Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende! Hardbound,with pricetag mark on the cover and a light pentel pen mark at the bottom.
Isabel Allende has established herself as one of the most consummate of all modern storytellers, a reputation that is confirmed in her novel Portrait in Sepia. Allende offers a compelling saga of the turbulent history, lives, and loves of late 19th-century Chile, drawing on characters from her earlier novels, The House of Spirits and Daughter of Fortune.
In typical Allende fashion, Portrait in Sepia is crammed with love, desire, tragedy, and dark family secrets, all played out against the dramatic backdrop of revolutionary Chile. Our heroine Aurora del Valle's mother is a Chilean-Chinese beauty, while her father is a dissolute scion of the wealthy and powerful del Valle family. At the heart of Aurora's slow, painful re-creation of her childhood towers one of Allende's greatest fictional creations, the heroine's grandmother, Paulina del Valle. An "astute, bewigged Amazon with a gluttonous appetite," Paulina holds both the del Valle family and Allende's novel together as she presides over Aurora's adolescence in a haze of pastries, taffeta, and overweening love.
One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is Allende's decision to turn her heroine into a photographer: "through photography and the written word I try desperately to conquer the transitory nature of my existence, to trap moments before they evanesce, to untangle the confusion of my past." There is little confusion in Allende's elegantly crafted and hugely enjoyable novel. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A picture of deception...
Annabelle Lawson knew nothing about the breathtaking stranger she met on the train -- only that he'd make an ideal model for the budding young artist...and that she desired him more than she believed possible. But after she'd been seduced, she learned that she'd also been betrayed. The man she thought she loved was really Magnus Wallis -- a scoundrel like his father before him, the loathed cousin of Annabelle's benefactor, the honorable Earl of Whitby.
A landscape of love...
No longer the naively romantic girl who would tumble for a rogue, Annabelle cannot avoid a reunion with the despicable Magnus, who wants to include her portraits in his new London gallery. She means to show him her coldest face -- but upon seeing him again, her every intention melts from the heat of his touch. It is clear that Magnus still burns with love for her. But is he still the villain he once was, or can he be reformed into a man Annabelle can dare to love?
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The Portraitby Iain PearsHARDBOUNDAfter the dazzling achievement of his bestsellers An Instance of the Fingerpost (â€œMay well be the best historical mystery ever written.â€ â€”The Boston Globe) and The Dream of Scipio (â€œA virtuoso display of craftsmanship.â€ â€”Macleanâ€™s), Iain Pears returns with a stunning novel of suspense and revenge.An influential art critic in the early years of the twentieth century journeys from London to the remote island of Houat, off Franceâ€™s northwest coast, to sit for a portrait painted by an old friend, a gifted, once acclaimed artist living in self-imposed exile. Over the course of the sitting, the painter recalls their years of friendship, the double-edged gift of the criticâ€™s patronage, the power he wielded over aspiring artists, and his apparent callousness in anointing the careers of some and devastating the lives of others. The balance of power between the two men shifts dramatically â€” and ominously â€” as the critic becomes a passive subject; and as the painter slowly captures the character of the man on canvas, we discover why he left London suddenly and mysteriously at the height of his success and why now, with dark determination, he has taken on this unusual commission.Set against the dramatic, untamed landscape of Brittany, during one of the most explosive periods in art history, The Portrait is rich with atmosphere and suggestion, and psychological complexity. With the marvellous detail of a miniature, it brings to the fore the great artistic figures of the late nineteenth century, and their ambitions and desires. And it is a novel you will want to begin again immediately after turning the last chilling page, to read once more with a watchful eye and appreciate the hand of an ingenious storyteller at work.
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A gifted artist conjures a modern-day bride for his father-but her bold beauty proves to be an irresistible temptation for the man who created her.
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The Gentle People: A Portrait of the Amish Hardcover Book
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Cover Type: Hard Cover
Publisher: A Middle Atlantic Press Book
Publish Place: Wilmington
Publish Year: 1985
Marlowes No: 056607
Description: 184 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout. Amidst Our Highly Industrialised, Mechanized And Scientific Society In Which We Live, There Exists A Group Of People Who Have Chosen To Live Within A Fixed, And Almost Static Social Structure. These People Call Themselves Amish.
The Dragonfly Pool A novel by Eva IbbotsonHARDBOUNDEXCELLENTTally Hamilton is furious to hear she is being sent from London to a horrid, stuffy boarding school in the countryside. And all because of the stupid war. But Delderton Hall is a far more unusual and interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils. Now she's even organizing an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania ...although Tally never expected to meet the prince. Prince Karil hates his life at the palace and he is only truly happy when he escapes to the dragonfly pool, a remote spot in the forests of Bergania. Then Karil meets a feisty English girl who brings the promise of adventure. But his country is under threat, and the prince soon looks to his new friend Tally for survival as well as friendship...