Mary Malloy combines the themes of literature, history and geography in the novel Paradise Walk. This novel is entertaining as well as educational. I have never been to England, but I would love to visit someday. For now, this novel is the next best thing for me. The enjoyable thing about this novel is simply visualizing all of the things that Malloy describes. The walk is a two hundred mile pilgrimage from Bath to Canterbury by a fictional historian named Lizzie Manning. This is a journey that Malloy has actually done herself. This journey contains things that I would like to see like Jane Austen's house and intricate trails with various wild animals on them.
The main character on this journey is historian Lizzie Manning. I love the character of Lizze. She has a passion for travel and historical scholarship that I find inspiring. All of the other characters in this book possess a special talent, which helps Lizzie to complete her journey. The friendships in this book are fictional but believable. These characters help move the plot of the novel along. The supporting characters have individual passions that make them interesting. Malloy could easily write a novel centered around each of them.
Lizzie's journey is inspired by the Wife of Bath. She is a character in Chaucer's classic book The Canterbury Tales. I have heard of this book before, but I have never read it. Malloy succeeds in sparking my interest in English literature. I never knew about the historical figure of Thomas Beckett. He is a fascinaing character in English history with an expertise in law and religion. Malloy describes several cathedrals in the south of England. Each cathedral contains a fascinating discovery like a tapestry, chalice or statue. Malloy describes each in superb detail. Malloy poses the question what do women desire most. This is an interesting question for a single man like me. I will ask all my female friends this question and to try to get some answers. Paradise Walk is an excellent book. I could not put it down.
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