Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President, by Robert J. Rayback, was the most popular book with visitors to this website during 2017.
Diego : Mentir est toujours une sottise.
Nada : Non, c’est une politique.
Albert Camus , L’État de siège.
The Witches’ Tree: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, by M. C. Beaton
If you’ve read the previous 27 books in the Agatha Raisin series, then you’ll want to read this one, although it is not one of the better books in the series. It is a pleasant read, but it falls short of being a page-turner. A few people are killed, for no immediately apparent reason, and ultimately it is revealed who did the killing. Throughout the book there remains the question whether the friendship between Charles and Agatha will ever lead to a marriage. The story chugs along without much that amounts to a plot. I would not recommend the book to one who has not read the previous books in the series.
The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy
Sylvia came to live among the shepherds of Arcadia. She and the shepherd Thyrsis are in love. But then she is abducted. Why? What is her true identity? And what is the parentage of Thyrsis, who was found as a child by a shepherd? What will become of Sylvia and Thyrsis when the shepherds are called to entertain the royal court of Arcadia? And what will come of the romantic entanglements of some of the other shepherds and shepherdesses?
Joseph Rutter was a member of Ben Jonson's circle of poets, known for his translation of Corneille's The Cid. The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy enjoyed some popularity in its day. The play was performed about 1634 at the Palace of Whitehall before King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, and received public performances at the Cockpit Stage, Drury Lane, London. Professor Felix Emanuel Schelling considered the play “an estimable piece of work not wanting in dramatic power or poetic embellishment.”
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 1532920911 / 9781532920912
Page Count: 152
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Color: Black and White
Related Category: Drama / English
In Act II, Scene II, Roderigo says:
Be not so hot, I know I’m young, but yet
In noble souls, valour prevents their years.
“Precede” is an archaic meaning of “prevent,” i.e. “comes before.”
Barton Swaim was struggling to find an academic job—he’d recently received a PhD in English—when he sent his resume to Mark Sanford, the conservative and controversial governor of South Carolina. He thought he could improve the governor’s writing and speeches.
On the surface, this is the story of Sanford’s rise and fall. But it’s really an account of what happens when a band of believers attach themselves to an ambitious narcissist. Everyone knows this kind of politician—a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Swaim describes what makes people invest in their leaders, how those leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down.
The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the governor’s office, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he’d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he’d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he’d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. In the end, it’s also an account of the very human staffers who risk a life in politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart.