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Historical fiction novel. The story begins with an actual historical tragedy - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen - one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.
Regarded by many as one of the first European novels and a classic of its era. Published anonymously in March 1678, and set in the royal court of Henry II of France a century earlier, it tells the story of the unspoken and unrequited love between Mme de Cleves and the irresistible Duc de Nemours. It recreates that era with remarkable precision as a backdrop for a poignant study of the human heart.
The War of the Worldsis the famous H.G. Wells Science fiction story of aliens from Mars invading earth. An explosion on Mars is followed by a cylinder landing on Horsell Common. When the cylinder opens tentacled creatures emerge and enormous tripod machines terrify all in their path. More cylinders land across the English countryside and the Martians from within their tripods armed with Heat Rays and chemical weaponry, heedlessly attack people and property leaving behind a trail of confusion, trauma and mass destruction. Is humanity doomed?......It's the stuff that movie blockbusters are made from. Legendary H.G. Wells.
A novel full of wonderful character sketches. David Harum, a dry and somewhat excentric country banker,
tells of a young man from a well to do family who finds himself in the small town of Homeville and begins a romance with a young lady.
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