Historical Literary Fiction

The Maze Maker: A Novel by Michael Ayrton

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By Michael Ayrton

“I handle you throughout greater than 3 thousand years, you who reside on the conjunction of the Fish and the Water-carrier,” speaks Daedalus, an artisan, inventor, and dressmaker born into an totally alien family members of heroes who price acts of struggle exceptionally else, a global the place his fellow Greeks appear pushed purely to destroy—an lifestyles he feels pressured to escape.

In this fictional autobiography of the daddy of Icarus, “Apollo’s creature,” a super yet incorrect guy, author and sculptor Michael Ayrton harnesses the stories of the prior to mildew a fable for our occasions. We research of Daedalus’s more and more bold artifacts and innovations; his fascination with Minoan tradition, trade, and faith, and his efforts to evolve to them; how he involves layout the maze of the horned Minotaur; and the way, whilst he makes a decision that he needs to flee over again, he builds units of wax wings—wings that may be tools of his descent into the underworld, a spot of either purgatory and rebirth.

A compelling mixture of background, myth, lore, and meditations at the enigma of artwork, The Maze Maker will ensnare classicists, artists, and all enthusiasts of tale in its convolutions of existence and legend. “I by no means understood the trend of my life,” writes Daedalus, “so that i've got blundered via it in a maze.”

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Time Never Runs Back: A Novel by Nelson Martin

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By Nelson Martin

This twisting story, the sequel to the author’s Ring round the solar, takes Coot Boldt and Narlow Montgomery again to their youth within the wilds of the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico Territory and west Texas. the tale tracks their days tending Papa’s goats, and Narlow’s conflict together with his copper-lined, half-Pale Eye-half-Comanche mama. the lads lived with the Apaches for 2 years the place Narlow studied the mysteries of the medicineman. As younger males, they loved successes in ranching and land revenues in El Paso, a dusty adobe village recognized for whiskey, shot-dead males on its streets, dirty doves, and rigged roulette wheels. either their marriages went bitter, and although Coot went on, Narlow used to be caught with a spouse who by no means allowed the consummation in their vows. All these months Narlow disregarded Coot’s suggestion to take in with a widow-lady, yet in the course of a visit to San Francisco, he fell into the clutches of a filthy rich actress who demanded that he go back domestic and divorce his spouse. He refused, even though he did go back to El Paso and turn into the city under the influence of alcohol. ultimately, he was once confident through his father and Coot to hunt the solitude of a cave the place, as a baby, he had performed together with his father, a guy who made sawhorses with straw-stuffed sock heads, eyes drawn with charcoal, and browse the nice books to his son. Narlow gained his conflict over the bottle. comprises Readers Guide.

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The Sea Beggars: A Novel by Cecelia Holland

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By Cecelia Holland

A sixteenth-century relatives joins with pirates and William of Orange to struggle the Spanish Inquisition during this novel of the Dutch insurrection through “a first class storyteller” (People).

regularly ranked one of the most sensible authors of ancient fiction, besides Mary Renault, Mary Stewart, Phillipa Gregory, and Diana Gabaldon, the good Cecelia Holland now transports readers to the sixteenth-century Netherlands in a thrilling story of resistance and uprising opposed to merciless Spanish oppressors that mixes unforgettable fictional characters with genuine old personages.
 
nobody used to be secure from non secular persecution within the Dutch Low international locations whilst the “conqueror king,” Phillip II of Spain, dispatched the Catholic Church’s Inquisition to the Netherlands within the past due 1500s. The van Cleef family members has suffered mightily, with a father finished by means of a Spanish hangman and a mom pushed into insanity. Now their young children, Jan and Hanneke, needs to live to tell the tale on their lonesome whatsoever invaluable as destiny includes them down separate yet both harmful paths.
 
Jan’s future is at the excessive seas—and finally within the royal court docket of England’s Queen Elizabeth—as he and his uncle Pieter boldly retake the previous man’s captive send and subscribe to the notorious pirates often called the ocean Beggars of their quest to force the enemy invaders from Dutch waters.
 
final at the back of in Antwerp, Hanneke, in the meantime, is pressured to undergo a sequence of devastating trials that will overwhelm a tender lady of weaker spirit and sensibilities. powerful, brave, and self sufficient, she embarks on a harrowing trip to Germany within the corporation of refugee ruler William of Orange prior to the approaching terror of Spain’s sadistic Duke of Alva. yet younger Hanneke quickly realizes there might be no get away or refuge anyplace so long as her nation is in chains, and he or she vows to commit her lifestyles to the perilous reason behind freedom.
 
A sweeping and epic historic novel wealthy in colour and wonderful interval aspect, Holland’s The Sea Beggars is a charming, action-packed experience that interweaves truth with fantastic invention. it really is yet another fictional expedition into the breathtaking international of the previous by way of an writer the New York Times praises as “a literary phenomenon.”

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Val der titanen (Century) (Dutch Edition) by Ken Follett,Joost van der Meer,William Oostendorp

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By Ken Follett,Joost van der Meer,William Oostendorp

In 1911 verandert de wereld voorgoed. Arbeiders laten zich niet langer onderdrukken, vrouwen eisen hun rechten op, de rijke aristocratie kan haar macht niet langer handhaven. En overal fluisteren diplomaten elkaar woorden in die het lot van miljoenen mensen over de hele wereld zullen veranderen. Aan de vooravond van de Eerste Wereldoorlog proberen acht mensen hun weg in hun roerige wereld te vinden. Ieder op hun eigen manier dragen zij bij aan een titanenstrijd die zijn weerga niet kent…

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Sabbath Creek by Judson Mitcham

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By Judson Mitcham

In his hugely expected moment novel, Judson Mitcham, with undeniable yet stylish language, creates an emotional impression rivaled in basic terms by means of his severely acclaimed debut novel, The candy Everlasting (Georgia). Sabbath Creek is the tale of Lewis Pope, a fourteen-year-old boy thrust into an grownup international of heartache and brokenness. while his attractive yet far-off mom takes him on an aimless trip via south Georgia, the cerebral and delicate Lewis is pressured to confront latent fears—scars left from the emotional abuse of an alcoholic father and the inability of convenience from a preoccupied mother—that crowd his inside world.

At the center of the adventure, and the unconventional itself, is Truman Stroud, the quick-witted, cantankerous proprietor of the crumbling Sabbath Creek Motor courtroom, the place Lewis and his mom are stranded through vehicle hassle. His budding friendship with the ninety-three-year-old black guy is his simply reprieve from the mysteries that hang-out him. regardless of his prickly character and the significant burden of his personal own tragedies, Stroud turns into the boy’s top wish for a father determine as he teaches Lewis the secrets and techniques of baseball and the secrets and techniques of life.

Sabbath Creek is greater than a coming-of-age novel. And whereas Mitcham offers a nuanced examine the connection among a white adolescent boy and a black old-timer, his moment novel transcends the drained topic of race kin within the South. This compassionate, shrewdpermanent, strong paintings of fiction touches the heart beat of the human spirit. It travels from the ruined panorama of south Georgia and takes us all through the ruined panorama of a damaged heart.

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Charley's Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst by Fern J. Hill

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By Fern J. Hill

Charley Parkhurst ran clear of an orphanage, labored tough studying horse craft, and, over the consequent years, earned an indicator recognition using a six-up in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, and California through the gold rush period. whilst dying overtook Charley, many long-time pals and pals have been astounded to profit the tought outdated stage-driver was once a well-endowed lady who had given beginning at some point soon in her lifestyles. A member of the all male self sustaining Order of strange Fellows, Charley used to be the one girl recognized to have voted in California in the course of the 1868 federal election, fifty-two years earlier than ladies received the precise to vote.

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Me and King John: Medieval and Modern History Ransacked, as by William Ramsay

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By William Ramsay

King John, the much-maligned English monarch, during this novel reaches out from the opposite aspect to browbeat his descendant William Ramsay into solving up his recognition. by no means brain that the king beat his glib-talking nephew to loss of life together with his mailed fist; left his peculating steward to die, shackled to a rampart in chains of gold; and starved Maud de Briouze and her younger son to loss of life within the dungeons of Windsor fort. those peccadilloes, he says, have been compelled on him in his position as in charge monarch, and he simply needed to do what he did. Claiming to be grossly misunderstood, he insists that invoice Ramsay write up many of the incredible those that have been his descendants, and so start up an enormous makeover of his quite ominously pink karma. sadly! existence (and the opposite factor) isn’t that simple. because it seems, the vignettes due to a random sampling of the king’s DNA staff display another undesirable apples within the genealogy. Even worse, a few of the descendants are influenced by means of Ramsay’s paintings to get into the act themselves. So in any case, either invoice and the king get a few critical difficulty with the powers that be at the different Side.

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Sparrow by Giovanni Verga,Lucy Gordan,Frances Frenaye

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By Giovanni Verga,Lucy Gordan,Frances Frenaye

Set in and round Catania, Sicily, at the verge of the Italian Risorgimento, Sparrow, first released as “Storia di una capinera” in 1870, tells the tale of Maria, the daughter of a low-level bureaucrat, like such a lot of different younger women of the time, pressured into the convent by means of monetary and social forces. After a quick — and nearly imaginary — flirtation with the son of pals compelled along with her family members in the course of a cholera epidemic, Maria is distributed again into the convent, there to head from disillusioned love, to damaged healthiness, insanity, and death.

Verga creates a tour-de-force of emotional depth that represents one of many past due flowerings of the Romantic move and opens the door to the Realism of the overdue 19th century. Deeply emotional in its revelation, but bitterly ironic in its feedback of Bourbon Italy’s oppression of ladies, “Sparrow” nonetheless has the ability to fascinate and outrage whereas it delights the reader with the bravado of Verga’s fictional constructions.

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De jongen op de berg (Dutch Edition) by John Boyne,Bert Meelker

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By John Boyne,Bert Meelker

Als de zevenjarige Pierrot zijn beide ouders verliest, moet hij zijn huis in Parijs verlaten om een nieuw leven te -beginnen bij zijn Duitse tante Beatrix. Zij is huishoudster bij rijke mensen die boven op een berg wonen, ergens in Duitsland.

Maar het zijn geen gewone tijden: Pierrot leeft in 1935 en de Tweede Wereldoorlog nadert met rasse schreden. Evenmin is het huis op de bergtop een gewoon huis; het is Berghof, het adelaarsnest waarin Adolf Hitler zich regelmatig terugtrekt. Pierrot maakt al snel deel uit van Hitlers wereld. Een gevaarlijke wereld waarin terreur, geheimen en verraad aan de orde van de dag zijn. Is ontsnapping nog mogelijk?

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