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By Brian Moore

The Lonely ardour of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a lady destroyed by way of self and condition. First released in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as an immense determine in English literature (he could move directly to be short-listed thrice for the Booker Prize) and verified him as an astute chronicler of the human soul.

Judith Hearne is an single girl of a undeniable age who has come down in society. She has few talents and is filled with the prejudices and pieties of her genteel Belfast upbringing. yet Judith has a mystery existence. and she or he is only one heartbreak clear of revealing it to the area.

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But the oldest stories of Atlantis said nothing of blowing up in a volcano. They spoke only of the great civilization sinking into the sea. The supposition was that later visitors came to Santorini and, seeing water where an island city used to be, assumed that it had sunk, knowing nothing of the volcanic eruption. To Kemal, however, this now seemed farfetched indeed, compared to the way it would have looked to the people of Atlantis themselves, somewhere on the Massawa Plain, when the Red Sea seemed to leap up in its bed, engulfing the city.

But humans as property, humans with a cash value -- it wasn't there. And that's one of the things you love best about your idea of stopping Columbus. Preserve the one place on earth where slavery never developed. " "That's not the primary reason for looking at Columbus," said Tagiri. "I think you need to look again," said Kemal. "Because slavery was a direct replacement for human sacrifice. Are you actually telling me that you prefer the torture and murder of captives, as the Mayas and Iroquois and Aztecs and Caribs practiced it?

We will build a tower so high that it can't be immersed. Didn't Genesis link the flood with Babel in just that way, complete with the nomads' stern disapproval of the city? This was the story that survived in Mesopotamia -- the tale of the beginning of city life there, but with clear memories of a more ancient civilization that had been destroyed in a flood. A more ancient civilization. The golden age. The giants who once walked the earth. Why couldn't all these stories be remembering the first human civilization, the place where the city was invented?

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