I was lucky enough to have been sent the first copy of the ‘Exclusive Edition’ of this book, however my TBR pile is huge and didn’t think I’d be able to read it before it’s publication date, so when my husband, Simon asked if could read it, I said yes straight away ! Here’s his review :
Back of the book :
The task in hand for young scribe Peter Schoeffer is ambitious, even blasphemous: printing the holy bible.
The ink was black as heavens vault, the letters sharp and gripping. He stared, transfixed. In their austerity and density, the letters made a page extraordinary beauty.
Gutenburg was fairly hopping just behind him. Peter felt his energy and eagerness, and from the corner of his eye he saw him reaching. Peter held the page out to him.
‘By God !’ The master face was open, softened, every trace of sharpness gone. ‘A scribe my eye ! A bloody carving genius, more like ! ‘
That was the moment it all changed.
What Simon thought :
Gutenburgs Apperentice has been meticulously researched, and is a plausibly interesting story crafted about and around the facts.
Having worked in a printing company, I understand the miracle of seeing a plain sheet of paper converted into a page of text. I could only wonder at what Johannes Gutenburg and Peter Schoeffer would make of the gigantic presses of the modern day, or even the ability to print without a press at all.
It is a book that demands your full attention and it, will reward you with an insight into how two men revolutionised the accessbility of the written word, the means to communicate, and quite possibly how you got the book in your hand.
On re-reading the story, I noted that on page 9, Cicero was mentioned. I fell upon this name with a smile on my face remembering Marcus Tullius Cicero being quoted as stating ‘ A Home without books is a body without a soul’
One can only wonder at the number of ‘Homes’ that down the ages, have had ‘Souls’ thanks to Gutenburg and Schoeffer.
This book really does make you think …
I give this book 7/10.
Published by Headline review on 23 September 2014.
Thank you to BookBridgr and the publisher Headline review for the copy of the book to read and review.