By Mary Renault
Alexander the good stands on my own as a pace-setter and strategist, and fireplace from Heaven is Mary Renault's unsurpassed dramatization of the youth of his lifestyles. His mom and dad struggle for his or her precocious son's love: On one facet, his risky father, Philip, and at the different, his overbearing mom, Olympias. the tale tells of the conqueror's nice bonds—to his horse, Oxhead, and to his dearest good friend and eventual lover, Hephaistion—and of the military he instructions whilst he's slightly an adult.
Coming of age through the battles for southern Greece, Alexander the good seems to be in all of his colors—as the guy who first takes someone's lifestyles at age twelve and who quickly removes his competitors once he involves power—and emerges as a charming, complicated, larger-than-life figure.
Fire from Heaven is the 1st quantity of the Novels of Alexander the good trilogy, which maintains with The Persian Boy and Funeral Games.
This e-book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Mary Renault together with infrequent photos of the writer.
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Lily is haunted through memories–of who she as soon as was once, and of somebody, long past, who outlined her life. She has not anything yet time now, as she recounts the story of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
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With the coming of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of creation in nu shu, their friendship is sealed they usually turn into “old sames” on the gentle age of 7. because the years cross, via famine and uprising, they replicate upon their prepared marriages, loneliness, and the fun and tragedies of motherhood. the 2 locate solace, constructing a bond that retains their spirits alive. but if a false impression arises, their lifelong friendship without warning threatens to rip apart.
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There's fact in paintings. however the fact can kill.
Young archaeologist Finn Ryan is laboring for a London public sale condominium while she will get a few not likely good fortune. besides the good-looking younger nobleman Billy Pilgrim, she's inherited a home in Amsterdam, a shipment send off Borneo South Pacific, and what seems to be a faux Rembrandt.
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Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Number of Pages: 784
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Author Description: Francis Edward Wintle, top recognized lower than his pen identify Edward Rutherfurd, used to be born within the cathedral urban of Salisbury. informed in the community, and on the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he labored in political study, bookselling and publishing. After various makes an attempt to put in writing books and performs, he eventually deserted his occupation within the publication exchange in 1983, and back to his youth domestic to jot down SARUM, a ancient novel with a ten-thousand yr tale, set within the zone round the historic monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury. 4 years later, whilst the publication used to be released, it grew to become an fast overseas bestseller, ultimate 23 weeks at the big apple occasions Bestseller record. considering then he has written 5 extra bestsellers: RUSSKA, a unique of Russia; LONDON; THE woodland, set in England's New wooded area which lies within reach Sarum, and novels which conceal the tale of eire from the time ahead of Saint Patrick to the 20 th century. His books were translated into twenty languages.
Edward has lived in London, manhattan, New Hampshire and eire. He at present divides his time among New England and Europe. He has children.
Edward Rutherfurd is a lifestyles Member of the buddies of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the chums of Chawton condominium, that is positioned in Jane Austen's village and devoted to the research of girls writers. he's additionally a consumer of the nationwide Theatre of eire (the Abbey Theatre) in Dublin.
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Hold this action, and your men, too. Maclaren, that came from the loch—from Colonel Pole. There may be trouble there, but it's no danger for you or for your prince. If you want to send men anywhere, send them to the loch. " Logic had spoken to Maclaren faster than Darwin could. He had recalled the cannon that Pole had brought with him and carried to the loch. He shouted a command to the men outside, then moved swiftly over to the figure on the bed. There was a new hopelessness in his expression, as though he was fully realizing for the first time the import of Darwin's pronouncements on the future.
Maclaren walked quietly to the door. "And here is your proof," said Darwin. He lifted from the open chest in front of him a long cloak. "See the hidden pockets, and the tube that can be used to carry materials from them to the hands. " Maclaren nodded. "I see it. " He left, and Jacob Pole looked across at Darwin. "Does he mean that? " "He has had a bad shock tonight, but for him I do not worry; Malcolm Maclaren is a brave man, and a strong one. " Pole went across to the empty bed and sat down on it with a groan.
I knew this from my childhood. There were four old rivers on the north shore, the Walbrook, the Fleet, the Tyburn, and the Westbourne. Unless my old schooling serves me false, this must be a spur of the old Walbrook. The main river rises in Finsbury, and runs close by the Mansion House. " Mary stepped close to the lip of the stream, peering over the worn stone edge at the water. " She was pointing down. In the moving water, firmly supported by metal braces from the stony edge, sat a new structure.