Download The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago PDF

By José Saramago

Solomon the elephant's lifestyles is ready to be upturned. for 2 years he has been in Lisbon, introduced from the Portuguese colonies in India. Now King Dom João III needs to make him a marriage present for the Hapsburg archduke, Maximilian. It's a pleasant concept, because it avoids the Portuguese king offending his Lutheran cousin with an openly Catholic current. however it capacity the negative pachyderm needs to go back and forth from Lisbon to Vienna strolling -- the best choice whilst transporting a wide animal this type of good distance. So starts a trip that might take the stalwart Solomon around the dusty plains of Castile, over the ocean to Genoa and as much as northern Italy the place, like Hannibal's elephants earlier than him, he needs to pass the snowy Alps. Accompanying him is his quiet keeper, Subhro, who watches whereas -- at each position they cease -- humans try and flip Solomon into whatever he isn't. From employee of holy miracles to umbrella stand, the unassuming elephant suffers the various makes an attempt of people to impose which means on what they don't comprehend. Saramago's newest novel is a fascinating mixture of truth (an Indian elephant particularly did make this trip in 1551), myth and myth. full of great landscapes and native color, peppered with witty mirrored image on human failings and achievements, it truly is, in spite of everything, concerning the trip of lifestyles itself.

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Download The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour PDF

By Louis L'Amour

Louis L’Amour has been most sensible identified for his skill to seize the spirit and drama of the actual American West. Now he publications his readers to an excellent extra far away frontier—the enchanting lands of the 12th century.
Warrior, lover, and pupil, Kerbouchard is a bold seeker of data and fortune sure on a trip of huge problem, chance, and revenge. throughout Europe, over the Russian steppes, and during the Byzantine wonders of Constantinople, Kerbouchard is thrust into the treacheries, passions, violence, and astounding wonders of a powerful time.
From citadel to slave galley, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess’s mystery chamber, and finally, to the impregnable citadel of the Valley of Assassins, The strolling Drum is a robust event in an historic global that you'll locate every piece as riveting as Louis L’Amour’s tales of the yankee West.

From the Paperback edition.

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Download The Secret Warriors (Men at War, Book 2) by W. E. B. Griffin PDF

By W. E. B. Griffin

Washington D.C., 1942. With assistance from Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy units up an air maneuver that may drop brokers into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore necessary to the palms race. yet this time, Canidy isn't really within the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And notwithstanding he's now not used to expecting anything to move unsuitable, he understands that it will...

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Download Desolation Island (Aubrey/Maturin, Book 5) by Patrick O'Brian PDF

By Patrick O'Brian

"The dating [between Aubrey and Maturin] in regards to the smartest thing afloat....For Conradian strength of description and sheer pleasure there's not anything in naval fiction to overcome the strict chase because the outgunned Leopard staggers via mountain waves in icy latitudes to flee the Dutch seventy-four."—Stephen Vaughan, Observer
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty status, Captain Jack Aubrey and his pal and health professional Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a carry packed with convicts. between them is a gorgeous and unsafe spy—and a treacherous ailment that decimates the staff. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her lifestyles into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, the place, in mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...

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Download The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett PDF

By Ken Follett

Ken Follett had lengthy been a staple of the bestseller lists for his novels of intrigue and espionage. Then got here The Pillars of the Earth, a grand novel of epic storytelling that readers and critics speedy hailed as his crowning fulfillment. Now, The Pillars of the Earth is on the market for the 1st time to a brand new viewers of readers, during this beautiful new exchange paperback version.

In 12th-century England, the development of a strong Gothic cathedral signs the sunrise of a brand new age. This majestic construction will bond clergy and kings, knights and peasants jointly in a narrative of toil, religion, ambition and competition. A sweeping story of the turbulent heart a while, The Pillars of the Earth is a masterpiece from one of many world's most well liked authors.

"A novel of splendor and power...Will carry you, fascinate you, encompass you." --Chicago Sun-Times

"A towering tale...There's homicide, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust...A reliable time might be had by way of all." --New York day-by-day information

"Touches all human emotions...truly a unique to wander away in." --Cosmopolitan

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Download The Glass Room by Simon Mawer PDF

By Simon Mawer

Honeymooners Viktor and Liesel Landauer are full of the optimism and cultural vibrancy of important Europe of the Twenties once they meet modernist architect Rainer von Abt. He builds for them a house to embrace their exuberant religion sooner or later, and the Landauer condo turns into an immediate masterpiece. Viktor and Liesel, a wealthy Jewish tycoon married to a considerate, smooth gentile, pour all in their hopes for his or her marriage and budding family members into their gorgeous new domestic, filling it with young ones, neighbors, and a new release of artists and thinkers wanting to abandon old-world eu variety in prefer of the hot and the avant-garde. yet as existence intervenes, their new domestic additionally brings out their such a lot passionate wants and darkest secrets and techniques. As Viktor searches for a hotter, much less hard convenience within the hands of one other lady, and Liesel turns to her wild, mischievous good friend Hana for pleasure, the wedding starts off to teach symptoms of pressure. The radiant honesty and idealism of 1930 speedy evaporate underneath the typhoon clouds of global conflict II. As Nazi troops input the rustic, the kin needs to depart their outdated lifestyles in the back of and try and get away to the United States ahead of Viktor's Jewish roots draw Nazi awareness, and sooner than the relatives itself dissolves.

As the Landauers fight for survival out of the country, their domestic slips from hand handy, from Czech to Nazi to Soviet ownership and at last again to the Czechoslovak nation, with new population consistently falling lower than the fervent and unrelenting impression of the Glass Room. Its crystalline perfection exerts a gravitational pull on those that understand it, inspiring them, releasing them, calling them again, till the Landauers themselves are ultimately drawn domestic to the place their tale began.

Brimming with slightly contained ardour and cruelty, the precision of technological know-how, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession, and the phobia of failure - the Glass Room includes all of it.

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Download The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland PDF

By Nicole Galland

A charming story of loyalty, politics, love and betrayal set within the wilds of twelfth century Wales.

Wales, 1198. A time of treachery, ardour, and uncertainty. King Maelgwyn ap Cadwallon, referred to as Noble, struggles to guard his small nation from foes inside and outside his borders. careworn right into a marriage of political comfort, he is taking as his bride the younger, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, niece of his strong English nemesis.

Through energy of personality, Isabel wins her husband's grudging appreciate, yet unearths the Welsh court docket backward and barbaric, and is quickly engaged in a conflict of wills opposed to Gwirion, the king's oldest, oddest, and such a lot relied on pal. earlier than lengthy, in spite of the fact that, Gwirion and Isabel's mutual animosity is all at once remodeled, and the king reveals himself as threatened by way of family as via the enemies who risk his crown.

A masterful novel through a talented storyteller, The Fool's story combines shiny historic fiction, compelling political intrigue, and passionate romance to create an intimate drama of 3 members sure -- and undone -- by means of love and loyalty.

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Download The Avignon Quintet by Lawrence Durrell PDF

By Lawrence Durrell

Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence Durrell used to be a seriously hailed and cherished novelist, poet, stand-up comedian, and go back and forth author most sensible identified for the Alexandria Quartet novels, that have been ranked through the trendy Library as one of the maximum works of English literature within the 20th century

This quantity comprises the entire Avignon Quintet, hailed via the Sunday occasions as “one of the good works fiction of our time”

Monsieur (1974), received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize,


Constance (1982), Nominated for the Booker Prize.



Published among 1974 and1985, the 5 books that make up theAvignon Quintetare one other huge success via the most artistic and acclaimed novelists of the 20th century. starting within the years major as much as the second one global conflict and finishing within the years simply after it, the characters of Durrell’s undying sequence commute from France to Egypt to England to Switzerland, encountering irrepressible political and non secular forces that sweep their lives towards a captivating and unforeseen conclusion.

Masterfully written and richly layered, the Avignon Quintet is an unforgettable paintings of fiction, and a strong ode to the hunt for that means amid life’s such a lot tumultuous moments.

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