The Eagles of Malice by Alan Scholefield
German South-West Africa, early 1904: Revolt is raging among the oppressed Hereros. High above the infinite expanse of veld that is their homeland towers a Wagnerian castle, from which the ruthless Baron von Steinberg rules with neither mercy nor restraint. Into this cauldron of strife come two adventurers. Here each will meet a woman who will challenge his loyalties at the same time as she kindles his passions – and here they will witness violence and bloodshed such as they have never known.
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Set in the mid-1970s in India, A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a ‘State of Internal Emergency’. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Written with compassion, humor and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured and powerful novel by one of the most gifted writers of our time.
This collection of four stories, “I Stand Here Ironing, ” “Hey Sailor, What Ship?, ” “O Yes, ” and “Tell Me a Riddle, ” has become an American classic. Since the title novella won the First Prize O. Henry Award in 1961, the stories have become staples in literature classes. They have been anthologized over a hundred times, made into three films, translated into thirteen languages, and – most important – once read, they live forever in the hearts of their readers.
When Richie Rossiter, once a famous pianist, dies unexpectedly, Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters: their parents were never married. And there is one more shock to come when Richie’s will is read. It seems he never forgot the wife and son he left behind years ago – Margaret, who lives a quiet life of routine and work, and Scott, who has unresolved feelings about the father who left him. Now tow families are left to confront their losses and each other, and neither of them will ever be the same.
Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, a novel of large beauty and power, creates a magical world out of four generations of black life in America, a world we enter on the day of the birth of Macon Dead, Jr. (known as Milkman), son of the richest black family in a mid-western town; the day on which the lonely insurance man, Robert Smith, poised in blue silk wings, attempts to fly from a steeple of the hospital, a black Icarus looking homeward… We see Milkman growing up in his father’s money-haunted, death-haunted house with his silent sisters and strangely passive mother, beginning to move outward–through his profound love and combat with his friend Guitar…through Guitar’s mad and loving commitment to the secret avengers called the Seven Days…through Milkman’s exotic, imprisoning affair with his love-blind cousin, Hagar…and through his unconscious apprenticeship to his mystical Aunt Pilate, who saved his life before he was born. And we follow him as he strikes out alone; moving first toward adventure and then–as the unspoken truth about his family and his own buried heritage announces itself–toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life. This is a novel that expresses, with passion, tenderness, and a magnificence of language, the mysterious primal essence of family bond and conflict, the feelings and experience of all people wanting, and striving, to be alive.