1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal

By Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence spans the background of the us from the Revolution to the post-World warfare II years. With their vast canvas and massive solid of fictional and ancient characters, the novels during this sequence current a landscape of the yankee political and imperial adventure as interpreted by way of considered one of its such a lot worldly, figuring out, and ironic observers.

The centennial of the USA used to be celebrated with nice fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and maybe the main underhanded political machination within the country's heritage: the robbery of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in prefer of Rutherford B. Hayes. This used to be the Gilded Age, whilst robber barons held the handbag strings of the country, and the celebration in energy was firm to stick in strength. Gore Vidal's 1876 provides us the inside track of the day during the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has back from exile to regain a misplaced fortune and manage a wedding into big apple society for his widowed daughter. And even though Tammany corridor has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the consequences of corruption succeed in deep, even into Schuyler's family.

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The texts were written by a Cistercian monk named Roland de Hainaut. ” Holliday asked. ” Holliday nodded, visualizing a map of Egypt and the fan-shaped delta of the Nile not far from Cairo, which lay just below it. “According to Hainaut he traveled to a Coptic monastery somewhere in the desert, and while he was at the monastery he heard rumors about the location of Imhotep’s tomb. Imhotep was a polymath, sort of a Leonardo da Vinci of his era. ” “I know who Imhotep was,” said Holliday. ” “Sorry,” said Rafi.

On the right edge of the picture Holliday could see some pale-colored ruins of what might have once been stone huts. “This photograph was taken by a Canadian tourist chasing the 2006 eclipse. It was taken at the ruins at the small oasis of Tazirbu in the central Sahara. ” Holliday looked closely. Al-Barouni looked much older than his companion. His face was drawn and deeply lined, skin drawn tightly over his bladelike cheekbones. Tekbali was younger, his face darker, his eyes covered by expensive Serengeti Driver sunglasses.

Summertime in the south of France was a story-book come to life. With the exception of the odd highway here and there the valley of the Dordogne was the same patchwork of fields that had existed since the Middle Ages, dotted about with walled villages, hillsides dark with forest, the earth itself as black as pitch and capable of growing almost anything. Ahead of them the steep cliff rose from the banks of the winding river, cloaked in a protective skirt of evergreens. At the top of the cliff on a long angular plateau they could see the walls and the castle keep where more than seventy Knights Templar were imprisoned after the sudden dissolution of the Order in 1307.

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