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The Beautiful and Damned

t Many readers agree that this book is one of the best works by Francis Scott Fitzgerald narrating about an affair between two young people. It is not even an affair; it starts like a real life when lovers are attracted to each other because of their differences but at the end their wish to become rich spoils their relationship. Anthony and Gloria Patch live in New York and wait for the death of Anthony's grandfather as they want to inherit his money. They met in New York suddenly and unexpectedly. Gloria comes from Kansas City; she is very spoiled and is not used to doing any kind of domestic work. She prefers spending time with her friends at cafes and bars, Gloria wants to lead a luxury life eating at expensive restaurants, renting luxury apartments, buying modern cars and so on. The author makes a wonderful plot having written the characters and their love in details. Anthony and Gloria seem to be real and very alive giving them good and bad traits for which readers love them. Other characters are also very bright and memorable, for example, Maury Noble, Anthony's best friend. We also meet a talented writer Richard Caramel who has written his first book and is planning to create a second one searching for inspiration. Joseph Bloeckman is German who moved to America when he was young. You will never forget the friends of the Patches silent Jewess Rachael Barnes and talkative Muriel Kane or Japanese woman Tana who looks for the house of the Patches. The book must be interesting for all readers who are in love or have ever loved in their lives.

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Medieval People

Eileen Power's "Medieval People" sets out to study the Middle Ages not from the Historical abstraction viewpoint, but rather from that of the people who lived during the age. It is an account of six individuals who lived during the MA's; Bodo, a Frankish Peasant; Marco Polo, the famous Venetian merchant; Madame Eglentyne, prioress of Chaucer; an anonymous middle-class Parisian housewife; and two English merchants, one engaged in the wool trade and the other a clothier in Essex. The author has described various aspects of social life of the era by drawing on such sources as account books, diaries, letters, records, and wills. She starts the book with an essay entitled "The Precursors," (that previously has never been published) which describes the barbarian conquest of Rome. In this, she describes the lives of three men, Ausonius, Sidonius and Fortunatus and uses them to predict the life that would re-emerge in the Middle Ages. She starts by imagining a day in the life of the Peasant Bodo, in the time of Charlemagne. From her study of primarily economic documents from the Middle Ages of this time, she not only extrapolates but truly brings to life Bodo and his wife Ermentrude. From there, she goes on to the better documented life of Marco Polo, and also describes how he served as an inspiration for Columbus. Madam Eglentyne is next. Here, Power humorously describes in details the inner workings of a gossipy nunnery and how Eglentyne would have gone about her life as an aristocratic women of God. She next details the life of a middle class Parisian housewife by studying the contents of the Menagier's Wife and validating many of its points by referring to other documents. She concludes by detailing the lives of the two Thomases; Betson and Paycocke of Coggeshall. Both are merchants and provide a chance for Power to really show off her grasp of medieval economics as well as an ability to compile disparate correspondences into a story of a life. This is a rare scientific work that truly entertains while being read. "Medieval people" gives readers a realistic vision of that life, of how people saw the world in those times. This book is a real trip to Medieval times. Eileen Power managed to masterly combine a serious scholar work with a fascinating story that amazes from the very first page. The book is written in a simple readable style easy for understanding (and what is also quite important, for remembering). Divided into several stories about different people, this great work will not ever become boring during reading. It is full of interesting facts, the will surely amaze you. Author’s idea about describing lives of several people is really great, because it gives the chance to make a full all-sided impression about those times. This book will be interesting both for students and their teachers, as it is written in a simple language, and you don’t need to be a professor of History to catch the idea of the work.

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Nowadays the world is becoming more international and globalized. People are not locked in their countries; often they have to travel to another countries either on business or as tourists. Sometimes they have to communicate with others or just learn the culture and traditions of a particular country. And in such situation the knowledge of a foreign language is very useful. This book is wonderful textbook for those who are thinking of learning Italian. It was created with the help of Berlitz, a professional in studying foreign languages and provides all necessary materials for learning the basis of communication, grammar and vocabulary of the Italian language. The method suggested in the book is very effective, and with its help it is possible to become fluent in Italian very soon. The textbook is well structured and covers such topics as greetings, meeting, shopping, restaurants, business situations, transport, traveling, hotels, emergencies and many others. Besides, it provides advice on how to make your studying most effective. When using this book, you don't even need tutors. You can devote several hours per week to the study and take the book as your guide when going to Italy. Moreover, mastering Italian in such a way will bring you a lot of fun and you will never get bored with this book.

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letters of a diplomats wife 1883 1900

Mary King Waddington was an American married to a French diplomat. This book consists of the lively, and descriptive letters she sent back to her family. They are almost like diary entries, fresh and true descriptions of her experiences. A large part of the book is devoted to the 1883 coronation of Russian Tsar Alexander III. The rest is devoted to life at the court of Queen Victoria during the last years of her reign. Waddington was a fluent and chatty letter writer. She includes details of what all the assorted queens and princesses wore to balls, coronations, and audiences, as well as excellent anecdotes. Waddington wrote her letters just after and, in some cases, during the events she describes. There is a vividness to her writings that one rarely finds in memoirs. A fun read for those interested in the Russian and English courts during the end of the 19th century and start of the 20th.

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Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris

“Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris” is centered around the victory of Prussia over France in Franco-Prussian War and the establishment of the German Empire.
The author, Henry Labouchère (1831 –1912), offers a first-hand chronicle of the Siege of Paris that lasted from September 1870 to January 1871; and the consequent capture of the city by Prussian forces.

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the baronetage of england containing a genealogical and historical account of

This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office.

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graziella a story of italian love

The author’s recollections of his first visit to Italy at the age of eighteen and of the romance of his youth. The autobiographical book was published in 1886 by a French poet, politician, historian, writer of travel books and popular literature, Alphonse de Lamartine. The once famous romantic novel tells a bittersweet and heartbreaking story of love of a fisher girl Graziella and a sophisticated Frenchman who, after a brief romance and courtship, left her and returned to his native land, to all appearance to marry a girl of his background back home.

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The Silent Bullet

The Silent Bullet is a wonderful novel written by a recognized American author and lawyer Arthur Benjamin Reeve (1880-1936) among whose works we also find such prominent stories as The Black Hand, The Deadly Tube, The Poisoned Pen, The Silent Bullet, The Dream Doctor, Guy Garrick, The Exploits of Elaine, Gold of the Gods, The War Terror, The Ear in the Wall, Constance Dunlap, The Romance of Elaine, The Treasure-Train, Master Mystery, The Film Mystery, The Fourteen Points, The Radio Detective, The Golden Age of Crime and The Stars Scream Murder. The Silent Bullet combines the features of a mystery and a romance with a number of fascinating moments. It would be interesting for a wide circle of readers.

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