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The Convert Reviews

The Convert by Stefan Hertmans, David McKay

The Convert

Stefan Hertmans, David McKay

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1 review

Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781787300125

In this startlingly contemporary novel, Hertmans follows in her footsteps as the lovers flee through France together, pursued by crusading knights, and recounts her dazzling journey full of love and hardship, courage and hate, as she journeys on towards Jerusalem alone.

3 stars out of 5
James Walton
1 Jun 2019

"Love amid the unrest of medieval Europe rarely runs smooth"

At first, admittedly, this does have the desired effect of keeping it vivid. A few chapters on, it begins to get in the way of the narrative momentum and becomes quite irritating. Happily, in the end, the central story and medieval Europe’s convulsed politics remain powerful enough to triumph over Hertmans’s rather smothering obsession with them. At times, however, it’s a pretty close-run thing.