I found the story of Arthur Prescott, a bibliophile whose main interest in life is to find the Holy Grail, to be the most interesting when Arthur is giving us a “history” of the Grail through the writings of Sir Thomas Malory and other medieval writers.
But Arthur is not just a searcher, he is also a professor who seems to not understand his students, a friend who cannot seem to connect with people, and an all-round bumbler. When the beautiful American, Bethany Davis comes into his life, his whole world is turned upside down. Arthur is forced through Bethany’s sheer will-power to come meet the world half-way.
While I loved the progression of Arthur’s emotional life, what I really found to be the most compelling were the short stories regarding St. Ewoldas’ book, which was lost sometime in the past, but is so linked in some mysterious way to Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail. I liked the mystery of it all, and also the legends of the Grail.
I highly recommend this novel. One caveat that I have is that it’s quite strong on religion (obviously) with some theological discussions. Well done Lovett!