By W. Somerset Maugham
For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a visit to Paris, all costs paid. it may were a lark, yet on his first evening Charley meets a lady whose tale will perpetually switch his existence.
For Lydia has obvious tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family members, left her homeless, fatherless. And for purposes that elude Charley, Lydia pines for a guy part a global away--a dope broker and assassin whose sins Lydia seeks to absolve via her personal self-destruction. Haunting, erotic, deeply effecting, Christmas Holiday explores souls capsized via compassion--and the confusion that engulfed a new release within the days among the good Wars.
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On turning round the shipowner saw Danglars standing behind him. The latter, who appeared to be awaiting his orders, was in reality, like him, following the movements of the young sailor. But how different was the expression in the eyes of each of these two men as they gazed after Dantès’ retreating figure! CHAPTER II Father and Son LET us leave Danglars struggling with his feeling of hatred and trying to whisper some evil insinuation against his comrade into their master’s ear, and let us follow Dantès, who, after having run along the Cannebière, turned down the Rue Noailles.
The turn to travel writing is accompanied by an increasing interest in the possibilities of the novel for Dumas. By the early 1840s he is almost exclusively engaged in what, comparing his project to Balzac’s Human Comedy, he calls his “Drama of France,” a huge fresco that would cover French history itself. Thus begin Dumas’s second (or third, or fourth) career and the works for which he is best remembered: his historical novels. ” Often with the assistance of collaborators, and of Auguste Maquet in particular (today, one Dumas scholar tells us, these collaborators would be called “researchers”), Dumas embarks on what remains one of the monuments of French literature, a series of novels that includes the only work that compares in scope and quality with The Count of Monte Cristo, the Musketeer trilogy (The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne).
Dumas also becomes involved in politics, active on the republican side in the revolutions of 1830 (he led the capture of a gunpowder magazine at Soissons) and of 1848, when he stood as a candidate, although he never actually held office, as did some of the other Romantics. Because of his republican sympathies Dumas is forced to temporarily leave France in the early 1830s and simultaneously begins a career in travel writing. His Travel Impressions: Switzerland is the first of these works; others will follow, about cities and countries throughout Europe and as far as Algeria, Greece, and Russia.