this is about the full trilogy - Pasari de Prada vol 1-3 - which is the followup to the awesome original trilogy Dinastia Sunderland Beauclair which wthis is about the full trilogy - Pasari de Prada vol 1-3 - which is the followup to the awesome original trilogy Dinastia Sunderland Beauclair which was arguably the book that stunned me the most when I was a teenager as I couldn't believe such an unashamed apology of money, wealth and capitalism could have been published in communist Romania in the 1960's
While the original trilogy is mostly unitary and focused (volume 1 being the rise of the founder and volume 2 his apogee, while volume 3 brings his grown children into focus too), this one is more scattered as it starts just after the death of Richard with his oldest son Henry assuming the mantle, though he is soon "dethroned" by the youngest, Gerald who is duke of Lusignan Valois as he is also the (younger) son of Andreea; and so it goes with action throughout the world in 3 frenetic volumes covering the early 1820's and ending on partial cliffhangers in some threads - while this series is also unfinished, at least the author has written about the descendants of the dynasty throughout his modern era set books so we can assume that even Raymond (Gerald's nephew whose father Raymond de Beaulieu was Richard's son-in-law and chosen heir until his tragic death in the Mexican uprising against Spain) whose idealism sent him to Australia as a convict, makes a life for himself later and escapes the wreck of his transport vessel as there are de Beaulieu's in the many descendant families of the dynasty
Anyway this series is another one I read countless times across the years and I always highly enjoy it...more
Outstanding series and my 10th?, 15th? reread of it - for now see my short review for the second trilogy for more about it; as noted this was the oneOutstanding series and my 10th?, 15th? reread of it - for now see my short review for the second trilogy for more about it; as noted this was the one book that truly shocked me when i read for the first time in the dark times of the late Romanian communism of the mid 1980's as I couldn't believe such an unapologetic paean to wealth, capitalism and money could have been published there; has been a huge favorite ever since
Second book in the Angels series after 2015's Pelquin's Comet and definitely not last as it ends on a sort of cliffhanger, though it has some closureSecond book in the Angels series after 2015's Pelquin's Comet and definitely not last as it ends on a sort of cliffhanger, though it has some closure too as mysteries are solved, twists are revealed and the stage is prepared for the decisive encounter that will determine the fate of life, universe and everything as befits a space opera with super powerful presumed long ago dead aliens and their strange artifacts that humanity plunders for various uses
For a review of the first book (actually both on original read and on a re-read in may 2017 on publication of The Ion Raider) see here:
For this one, i will only add that it is non-stop action from the first page when we are introduced to another former dark Angel, Jen/Shadow through the pov of the assassin just preparing to kill her and her husband in their middle of nowhere rural farm (hint: it doesn't go well for the killer!) and then it follows both the known dark Angels (Leesa/Jen) trying to stay away from the killers set on the trail of all of them and then Corbin who is given another mission scouting a potential investment involving an Elder cache, mission that turns to be much deadlier than the Pelquin one - again as expected
Fun, fat, furious, a great ending (sort of a cliffhanger though not quite) promising more for the next volume; highly recommended and another top 25 of the year...more
Long time ago the two famous M. Yourcenar novels (Memoirs of Hadrian, Abyss) were huge favorites I used to read often, though I haven't looked at themLong time ago the two famous M. Yourcenar novels (Memoirs of Hadrian, Abyss) were huge favorites I used to read often, though I haven't looked at them in probably 25 years, maybe more, so i have no idea how they would read today; so when this book came to my attention by chance a few days ago and I liked the excerpt, I ordered a copy and as it's a short book, I actually managed to finish it in two days - funnily, I got a very annotated copy seemingly by someone for some study (it's a 1990's edition so i found it interesting someone actually studied it fairly recently as the book is written in the late 30's, published in the 50's and it shows in many ways ) and I enjoyed reading the pencil hand written notes alongside the text too
This being said and noting the blurb above is utterly wrong as Sophie is Conrad's sister and she has an unrequited passion for the narrator Erick actually, while he is more into Conrad though in the 30's tradition (and like in the Memoirs of Hadrian) there is no overt sexuality between the two men and Erick's inclinations are only hinted, it is definitely a book of its times
There are other ways in which the book shows its age (the sometimes over the top writing, the German aristocrat soldier hero narrator who had just returned wounded from fighting alongside Franco's forces in 1938 when he tells this tale of his younger years in the 1919-1921 war against Bolshevism in the Baltic states), while the novel is more of an old fashioned psychological tale where the war and death (symbolized so well in the 3 person bridge games, Erick, Conrad and Sophie play nightly on the siblings' Baltic estate - now a White force base on the front-line and where their soldiers and comrades die constantly under fire, while Bolshevik prisoners are also executed daily - with the dummy - "le mort - the dead" in French - getting the name of one of the corresponding day's dead) is a background that frames the over the top emotions of the narrator and of Sophie whose trauma early in the war leads to her fixation on the first "eligible man" (Erick is a poor aristocrat as his father lost their estates and money in gambling and prostitutes before dying conveniently on the front in France in 1915, but he is an aristocrat nonetheless, while Sophie and Conrad's relatives have recently been shot by the Bolsheviks in Riga) or at least this being how Erick intellectualizes Sophie's attraction to him, while he would rather be with Conrad all the time after all
Eminently readable and with the conclusion mentioned by Erick a few times across the narration, so with no particular twists or turns except in the intensity of the language, but the really old fashioned feel of the book shows too much for it too be one of my memorable reads; still a page turner that kept me interested till the end
read most a month or so ago but finished it on Jan 1st as I had a very busy December, so will count for 2017!
definitely good and absorbing - I both reread most a month or so ago but finished it on Jan 1st as I had a very busy December, so will count for 2017!
definitely good and absorbing - I both read tons of books (fiction and non-fiction) about the Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, the siege of 1453, the modern era and WW1, as well as visited the city in 2014, walked on the historic walls etc - and this book still manged to make me turn pages, imparted a few more nuggets and made me look back at my 5 day stay there with pleasure and fondness
highly recommended whether you are new to the city and its history, know some or know a lot about it...more