Across a Dark and Wild Sea

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Macmillan, 15 de març 2002 - 32 pàgines
Columcille was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521. Legend has it that as a child, he was fed a cake filled with the letters of the alphabet, and so learned to love writing. He grew up to become a monk and a scribe a thousand years before the invention of printing, when books had to be copied by hand.

There was one book, a beautiful volume of psalms from distant Rome, that Columcille especially loved, and even though its owner refused him permission, Columcille secretly copied it. The copy was discovered, and a dispute arose over who it belonged to: Columcille, who made it, or the owner of the original. So better was the argument that a battle was fought between the two men's powerful friends; although Columcille's side won, the victory felt hollow to him. To punish himself, he set out in a tiny boat, vowing to leave Ireland forever.

A revered figure in Celtic history, Columcille (also known as Columbia) founded the famous monastery on the Scottish island of Iona and left a legacy of learning that illuminated a corner of the Dark Ages. History, drama, and a love of books and reading fill a story--told here in exquisite watercolors and deflty understated prose by noted author and artist Don Brown.
 

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Revisió d'Usuari  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

This is the story of a saint who preserved books above all else. I'd never heard of the guy before, but what a cool biography about someone who is truly obscure! It's well worth the read time. Llegeix la ressenya completa

ACROSS A DARK AND WILD SEA

Revisió d'Usuari  - Kirkus

Brown (A Voice from the Wilderness, 2001, etc.) continues his series of picture-book biographies of lesser-known figures with a tale of the life of Saint Columcille, the sixth-century prince and monk ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Don Brown's previous books include the "ingeniously staged and picture perfect" (Booklist, starred review) Mack Made Movies and the recently published Kid Blink Beats the World. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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