The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

By Penelope Fitzgerald

In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous pupil of philosophy who will later achieve status because the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his precise philosophy -- a undeniable, basic baby named Sophie. The attachment shocks his friends and family. This really good younger guy, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it's? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the U.S., The Blue Flower was once one in every of 11 books- and the one paperback- selected as an Editor's selection via the recent York instances booklet evaluate. The 1997 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.

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By Penelope Fitzgerald

In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous pupil of philosophy who will later achieve status because the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his precise philosophy -- a undeniable, basic baby named Sophie. The attachment shocks his friends and family. This really good younger guy, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it's? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the U.S., The Blue Flower was once one in every of 11 books- and the one paperback- selected as an Editor's selection via the recent York instances booklet evaluate. The 1997 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.

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The five slaves who traveled with the troupe were already passing out plates of spicy meat and bread, and the men fell around the large fire and dug into the food. indd 26 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i lonely spot in the scratchy grass. Her stomach heaved with physical and emotional unrest, but she forced the food down for the sake of her strength. She watched the gang of men wolf down their meal. Most of these Gentiles were indeed wolves. If they discovered that she was not a slightly built young man but a woman—she shuddered to think of the outcome.

He had heard the politician’s name muttered a few times by disgruntled citizens but knew nothing more of the elected official. “Don’t let the position fool you. The city is united in its hatred for him. indd 21 6/28/13 10:20 AM T r ac y L . H ig l e y refused to give him a take of the shop’s profits, Maius destroyed him. ” Cato straightened, two shards of pottery in his hands. ” “Indeed. The man’s a—” Remus’s sentence hung unfinished as the doorway darkened and Cato looked up, still expecting his delivery.

A twinge of concern bloomed in his chest. The purchases of the shop and fields and home had all but annihilated the family fortune, and there was little left for building the business. Along with his list of tasks, the list of costs was also lengthening. Would there be enough? He slammed the lid on the money box and clenched his fist around the coins. There must be. As though his heart were the fertile black soil of his vineyard, the determination to thrive here had taken root inside him like a stubborn vine, curling around his heart, drawing nourishment from the pain of the past, longing to bear fruit.

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