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Randall and the River of Time
The first in a series of novels Forester wrote about an English inventor. Randall, the hero of the tale, is trapped into a loveless marriage as the story opens, and later accused of murder when his wife's lover falls accidentally to his death from an upper-story window. Once he is cleared of the charges, Randall decides to emigrate to America, feeling that England has no p ...more
Published 1968 by Signet
(first published 1950)
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A young infantry subaltern in the trenches of Flanders is irritated by another subaltern of his company, who takes the section of trenches for the night watch that should have been his. And yet, not ten minutes after the pure chance of the event, that section of trenches is raided by the Germans. Pure chance decided whether Randall lived or died, a curious matter that he reflects upon as chance events pile up throughout the book in a river of time.
Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t ...moreMore about C.S. Forester...