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The Secret City

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1919)
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Lucy
Feb 02, 2013 Lucy rated it it was amazing
"One's private life is always with one..... it is a secret city in which one must always live, and whose gates one will never pass through, whatever may be going on in the world outside."
The characters in this novel get their lives all tangled up with the Russian Revolution, which becomes almost incidental to what goes on between them.
It is beautifully, carefully written, with a real flavour of Russia as we see it in the works of Dostoievsky - the pity, the despair, the elation, the love. And t
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Lawrence
I'd never read any Hugh Walpole and bought this book on a whim because the scenario is St. Petersburg at the time the Revolution begins and, well, because I liked the cover.

I enjoyed the book very much. But I was uncertain exactly what I was reading. There are, in a way, two novels going on side-by-side. One is a novel in which the the beginnings of the Revolution, the very edge of things before tremendous change, is the protagonist. And this was very interesting, indeed, from the absolute quiet
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Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. A prolific writer, he published thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and three volumes of memoirs. His skill at scene-setting, his vivid plots, his high profile as a lecturer and his driving ambition brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. A best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, his works ...more
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