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The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga
Softcover, 863 pages
Ballantine Books, 2006
Cromwell, the Famine, W. B. Yeats, and the women of the Easter Rising--Edward Rugherfurd brings Irish history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation: brothers who must choose between fidelity to their ancient faith and the security of their families; a wife whose passion for a charismatic Irish chieftain threatens her comforable marriage to a prosperous merchant; a young scholar whose secret rebel sympathies are put to the test; men who risk their lives and their children's fortunes in the tragic pursuit of freedom, and those determined to exterminate the rebels once and for all. Through the stories of people from all strata of society--Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic--Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland's four-hundred-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy, and glory.
When Anna Karenina was being published serially between 1873 and 1877, the novel was the talk of Russia. Although Tolstoy was already known as the author of War and Peace, he now seemed to have created an entirely new universe. Never had a novel so candidly treated the fate of a woman like Anna Karenina--a beautiful, well-born woman who leaves her prosperous, highly stationed husband for the dashing count Vronsky, throwing over her place in society for love. While describing this affair with a frankness and a sympathy unusual for his time, Tolstoy also explores with great delicacy the feeling of a much more conventional romance, the marriage of the Levins, one that incorporates vivid scenes from his own courtship and marriage. "We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art," Matthew Arnold once said. "We are to take it as a piece of life."
This pages of this copy are without writing, marks or tears, some cover wear including a crease and small tear at front edge, no remainder marks, not ex-library.