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Lina Ellina became known after the success of her first historical novel 'The Venetian'. Now she returns with her second book 'The English Scholar's Ring'. Both novels are placed in medieval Cyprus and bring to life aspects of the culture and method of life of the e English Scholar's Ring makes absorbing reading as it combines love with mystery and attractive descriptions of characters. Its uniqueness in continuously moving from the past to the show adds dozens and interest to the story. The reader is given enough background info to immerse himself in medieval life and almost immediately is brought to the realities of the modern world. The riddle of the ring unfolds gradually whilst the protagonists are brought to life by Lina's exquisite e reader maintains his interest right to the e novel is a must for the followers of the genre: it is well written, provides amazing info and keeps the interest of the reader right to the end.
This is a very unusual Stevenson novel, clearly written fairly quickly in 1939 as England prepared for an inevitable battle with Germany, and presumably required its spirits bucked up. I suspect Ms. Stevenson used some of the novels of Dornford Yates as a model here. The main hero is Sophie, a perpetually muddled widow with two grown children, Wynne and Roy. Wynne is a attractive blonde who has led a life so sheltered she is hardly allowed to do anything other than play tennis and do a little bit of shopping. Roy has joined the Navy and is not often seen. The household is run by an outsider, Dane, who is an amateur secret agent working part time for British intelligence! Into this weird arrangement comes Franz, the youthful son of Sophie's one-time best friend, who married a German, moved to Germany, and was basically never heard from again. (Dane knows what her not good fate was, but has no intention of telling anyone.) Franz has been sent by his Nazi father to size up England's spirit and mood. Instead he finds himself swept by uncontrollable admiration for the different "charming" quirks of British hero that are very unconvincingly exhibited by the thoroughly Scottish Ms. Stevenson, and (as you might guess before even opening the book) helplessly in love with the gorgeous spite some suspense involving Franz and his mishaps upon returning abruptly to Germany, surprisingly small happens in the novel, and long stretches were (to me, anyway) extremely tedious and outright boring. The depiction of life in Germany in 1939 and 1940 I also found quite unconvincing. [It comes across more like a description of life in modern North Korea!] Sophie is one of those mindless characters that Ms. Stevenson seems to think readers will search charming. r me the main fascination was the dust-jacket painting by the amazing illustrator Ben Stahl, who did the jackets for most of the late 1960s-early 1970s US hardback reprints of Ms. Stevenson's novels. The painting clearly depicts Wynne and Franz after a tennis match. But the entire right side of the painting has been crudely painted over with broad brush strokes using colors that don't match the rest of the painting at all. It is so hastily done that Franz's shoes have been painted out. What was removed? My guess is that the original painting showed the hero Dane, facing away from the viewer, and presumably looking with disapproval at Wynne and Franz. Wynne has her face downcast and looks embarrassed, while Franz looks toward the blank spot with an intent expression. I am also guessing that the painting was changed by the publisher's art director, to produce a more generic "romance-novel" boy-girl image.
I am enjoying other DES books, but "The English Air" directly with politics and the begin of WWII. It is impossible to mix the pleasant "hammock book" globe of DES with discussions of concentration camps, Nazi battle preparations etc. DES' globe is one where the characters are already nostalgic for the amazing old days, and her Scotland is vaguely like LLBean's "Maine"- fun but probably remote from the put ordinary people inhabit. It is not a globe of politics and military action. Once these things are brought together, I found myself facing up to the hidden politics of all the rest of DES' world: i.e. her manly young British heroes go off to different parts of the Empire to war "bandits." Some of these bandits may have been nationalist freedom fighters- but the point is, no one reads DES to obtain into these issues. "The English Air" makes them unavoidable.
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The English Home is a lovely magazine focusing on both the interiors of true homes and on decorating workshops given by illustrious professionals. In addition to showing a dozens of attractive interiors, gardens are shown and described. Although most homes featured are method beyond what I could ever afford, it's fun to daydream. Furthermore, unlike homes featured in a lot of American magazines, the settings seem less contrived.
I rented this film and watched it at least three times. It is a little movie, quietly focused on the psychology of the neurotic Malik, who has dutifully but reluctantly returned to Tunis to live with his recently widowed mother, played by Claudia Cardinale (who was actually born in Tunisia), in the family's gorgeous sea side source of interest in the movie is the strange position occupied by those of Arab heritage and French culture in not good and conservative Tunisia, though this becomes only the background while in the foreground we watch Malik pick his method anxiously toward establishing boundaries with his mother and other family members, and someway to be modern and homosexual in conservative e titular string ("le fil" -- a pun of sorts I guess, since "le fils" would be, the son) refers to Malik's anxiety concerning his attachment to his needy and subtly manipulative mother, which manifests as a neurotic sense of there being an actual string attached thru his back, in which he can become wrapped as he twists and turns. In the story, we learn Malik apparently was troubled even in childhood by his consciousness of this thread and his need to manage it by spinning to relieve anxiety. As a storytelling device, it worked for me, as artificial as it sounds, allowing the director to draw attention to the moments when Malik was least able to manage his anxiety and insecurity in relationship with his mother. Malik's inability to manage his relationship with his mother seems to create him detached, volatile and inappropriately mad at times; he's a small hard to like at these times.I message in other reviews some complaints about confusing editing in the film. It is real that there are some flashbacks to the latest past, when mother and son are interacting with and about the dying patriarch of the family a few months before the main narrative starts. I wasn't confused by the flashbacks, per se. Having seen the movie more than once in a short period, I realize that the filmmaker sometimes uses dialogue from one hero or situation for its implications for another, almost in the far more heavy-handed method a narrator might be introduced in voiceover. I think it is quite effective, but the indirection may induce some feeling of e moral center for the story becomes Bilal, the gardener and handyman whom the mother has recently installed in a room in the little servant's bungalow, next door to Wafa, the young woman who serves as maid and cook. In the opening stage we see Bilal with his friend, Hakim, taking beginning Arabic lessons. Raised in France, they have returned to Tunis from France, and Hakim is asking Bilal why anyone ever returns to his country of origin and complaining that he regrets returning every day, a complaint the teacher makes him restate from French to Arabic. Bilal is 25 and athletic and amazing looking, so naturally attracts the sympathetic attention of Malik. Bilal, knowing his place, remains formal and together a sweet and affecting small love story with a satisfied ending. I think it may be too minimalist in style and design, to be effective for some viewers, but the characters seem true and the development of intimacy is sketched in fairly well. We see Bilal, with his moral simplicity, and with his affection for Malik's mother as well as her son, intervening again and again to restore balance to the relationship of mother and son. The challenge of class and economic differences are touched on repeatedly both directly and indirectly, but they remain background to the emotional challenge presented by Malik's neurotic relationship with his bably there's some subtlety lost in language, as the shifts between French and Arabic may go unnoticed by those of us steadily reading the subtitles. The famous Italian song, La Bambola, is sung several times; its lyric in translation:"You create me twirl, You create me twirl, As if I were a doll, Then, you throw me down, Then, you throw me down,As if I were a doll, You don’t message when I cry, When I’m sad and tired, You think only about yourself"seems as if it speaks to Malik's neurotic anxieties, but the film-makers did not choose to subtitle the lyrics, so they may go unnoticed.
Set in a Muslim country and yet it is surprisingly begin to the daily occurrence of the modern day world. The story of a wealthy young man opening up to his gayness in a country of relative conservatives nature is interesting. Claudia Cardinale lends a amazing hand to the story plot with her acting. I would recommend the movie on an artistic level and a story base level, a movie worth watching and seeing again.
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I recently finished reading The English Scholar's Ring. I found it to be a really amazing read. What I appreciated the most was the author's extensive knowledge of the history of the region and how she successfully wove the narrative into the historical background of the time period. I am a fan of historical fiction, and I found the book immensely satisfying. The rhythm of the book, going from modern to ancient times, and the short chapters took a small bit of adjusting to at first. However, once I got into the rhythm, it almost created the book more enjoyable because each chapter ended with a sort of cliffhanger which added excitement. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a amazing story, which is historically correct in the time period it is set and geography where it takes place.
In both the English and the Greek literary traditions, the crusades and their influence on Cyprus are thus far virtually neglected. The English Scholar's Ring provides exactly what has been missing: it portrays the history of the crusades in the Eastern Mediterranean from the special angle of the island of Cyprus. Both a history and a romance, this novel explores the complex relationships of the Cypriots with foreign conquerors and most importantly sheds light on women as necessary figures in the history of this period. Even though graphically impressive, the cover of the book could have been more suitable to the quality of the story it tells.
Franz/Frank is the son of a German father and British mother, raised in Germany between the wars. He visits his English relatives with ulterior motives and has his eyes opened. I won't give away the rest of the story, but found it very eresting insight into the attitudes and conditions of the English middle class during WWII. Sympathetic and kindly. Not a lot of humor as in a lot of of DE's other stories, but the characters are likable and simple to care about.
I received my book the day prior to the projected delivery date in top class condition.I must allow everyone know if you happen to love gardens then this is one book you must have. The pictures are just astonishingly attractive and those who place this book together have taken amazing care in ensuring the zone of these wonderful gardens (true works of art) is clear for the reader to see.A unbelievable unbelievable book!!!
The strings that bind us to expectations, family, friends, our own expectations, our dreams, our reality. These are all tested. There is a unbelievable stage in the movie where the lead explains how he has dealt with, and with his strings. So a lot of of us run away from the ties that bind us, it is nice to see a film about one who returns home bringing with him the strings that have tied him and bound him throughout his life. Running away, escaping the strings of expectations is difficult, staying and living with them equally so, but returning home, I believe, is even more difficult. Strings must be severed if we are to live our own lives.
Enough have been said about this film in the comments so I will say this. There are not allot of films which have a well thought out plot and amazing hero development, actually there are hardly any which is why I search most to be so hard to watch. This film accomplishes all of that with depth and meaning. As someone from a West African culture I can so relate to allot of the conflicting struggles felt by Malik and his lover as well. I am so glad this had a Satisfied Ending! This is a must see!!!!
If you have fun reading historical fiction in the traditional sense - that is well crafted fiction that is based on actual happenings - I can recommend this book. I have an interest in British history and this book covers the period leading up to Globe Battle II and during it. It appeals to me because she writes about people you might know. They go about their lives, doing their best, taking care of their responsibilities. They don't think about patriotism, or being attacked by another country or possibly invaded and having their method of life destroyed until they have to with it. D.E. Stevenson writes about people in method that makes you care about what happens to them. They have their strengths and their weaknesses and insecurities and yet, they step up to the task when they must. Most of them. They have their loves. And dignity. These are books I wish to own so I can visit the locations and times again. I hope their are republished. It's very hard finding them to second hand.
While this is not one of my favorite D. E. Stevenson books, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Half-English half-German Franz comes over to England before WW2 to visit the English side of his family, and also to spy out the land, as it were, and see what the morale/feeling in England is. His father is quite high up in the Nazi troops and Franz himself is ashamed of his English roots and determined to do his best on his "mission." At first he thinks the Brits are and foolish, but as he gets to know his English relatives better he comes to see the underlying steel of their character. To create matters more complicated he falls in love with his attractive cousin and hopes he'll be able to propose, but her guardian, Dane, who saw what happened to Franz's mother in a "mixed" marriage, forbids him to speak to Wynn of his feelings. Because of his fresh perspective on England, Franz is overjoyed when Chamberlain is able to sign a pact with Hitler. The blow is all the harder when Hitler breaks the pact and attacks Poland. In despair, Franz returns to Germany, where he falls in with the German resistance movement. Dane hears him speaking his anti-Nazi propaganda over the radio and realizes it is Franz, and follows the speeches with interest, until one day in the middle of a speech he hears shots fired and the line goes blank. What has happened to Franz?! Read the book and search out. :^) Likeable characters, an interesting plot, and a amazing picture of a time we hopefully will never experience again create for a very enjoyable story.
Family, faith, and society all pull us in differing directions, trying to create us theirs, unwittingly suffocating our rightful claims to autonomy and destiny. The Tunisian film, „Le Fil (The String) explores these connections and one man`s attempt to and search himself in a delightful small gem that manages to be complex, moving and visually gorgeous all in lik (Antonin Stahly) returns home to Tunisia after living abroad as a successful architect. His return is not one of choice, but rather one of necessity. He must confront his domineering mother, Sara, played by the irrepressible Claudia Cardinale, and assert his autonomy from her. For Malik, this means coming out, cleanly and clearly to his mother once and for all, eliminating her fantasies of finding him the right lik`s journey to indepedence is assisted by the stunning-looking gardener, Bilal (the gorgeous Salim Kechicouche). From the first moment he spies Bilal, Malik is smitten, his affections ever deepening. Yet, Malik is entangled in familial obligations to his mother, to his extended family, and to the norms of his heterosexist environment. This crushing sense of obligation is creatively shown with Malik`s imaginary ‚string‘ that ties him it turns out, Bilal struggles with his feelings as well and soon enough, the men become lovers. Catching them in bed, Sara can no longer deny the truth of her son. Her journey of acceptance, so difficult for this ‚ex-Catholic bourgeois woman,‘ is poignantly traced throughout the film. Having married out of her culture to a Moslem, Sara know about the sacrifices love can demand.‚Le Fils‘ highlights how our familial and societal obligations are often the worst of our prisons, the best of our havens. Malik`s dying father is a wise and tolerant patriarch who senses just how difficult his son`s life will be while Malik`s doting aunts love him for who he is. Towering in the background is the stern grandmother shielded from the realities of her beloved e film`s best characterization besides Malik and Bilal comes with the supportive couple, Sirine and Leila. Malik is to be the father of their artificially-inseminated kid and agrees to marry Sirine in to give the kid the benefits of a father. While Malik and Bilal both balk at the deception, they know the end will justify the is solution might offend some as a cop-out but it fits the story beautifully. A truly Tunisian solution, the marriage works as a compromise that appeases all the parties involved, the couples themselves, the parents, the families, and finally the traditional-yet accepting-culture of these ominous times of Islamophobia, homophobia, religious fundamentalism and random violence, ,‘Le Fils‘ shows that the West might not have all the answers. Director Mehdi Ben Atta introduces his native land with a rare candor and love. We see a nominally homophobic culture where homoeroticism flourishes just beneath the surface. It is a put full of hungry men cruising for sex, a put where the ‚active‘ partners in don`t consider themselves at all. This is a culture where women, despite being unveiled and ‚Western‘ on the outside, must still obey the dictates of male control. Like Malik, Sirine is also an architect, but her opinions are ignored by her male e acting in ‚Le Fil‘ is natural and effortless. With his sorrowful eyes and boyish countenance, Stahly projects the excellent combination of innocence and sensual hunger. As Bilal, Kechicouche nicely compliements Stahly`s introspective Malik. His rough, macho exterior hides a wounded vulnerability, a spirit in as much need of affection as is Malik`s. In addition, Cardinale does fine work as the controlling matron struggling to both hold her kid and allow him go at the same time. Even the minor parts in the movie are played with a naturalness and gusto that create the picture appear seamless.And let`s not forget the score as well. A modern-classical background floats around every scene, hinting to the hidden tensions and passions lurking just beneath the surface. In contrast, the beach and wedding party scenes are enlivened with Patty Pravo`s lusty and smoky-sounding ode to easy joy, „La Bambola,“ a number that sums up the film`s manner and notice to the letter: live and love for now, worry not about is precisely this joie d`vivre that makes ‚Le Fil‘ such a delight. Sensual beauty and happy, smiling faces abound here. Stunning white beaches, rolling mountains and valleys of blue-gray olive trees, thumping discos, passion-direct and unadorned, all serve to make a feast for the eyes. Yet, it is the physical beauty of the actors and actresses that take away one`s breath. There`s not one unpleasing face in the whole film. With its sensual delight, honest affections, and an optimism unchecked, ‚Le Fil‘ leaves one with joy, hopeful that maybe, just maybe, satisfied endings are still possible. El hamdulillah.
I've watched this twice now and enjoyed it both times. The story is of a mixed French-Tunisian young man who returns home to live with his mother (Claudia Cardinale) and finds love with a Tunisian man who helps his mother take care of the house. The guys are very appealing in a reserved kind of way, and the setting in Tunisia with a culturally French family is fascinating.
This movie has all the elements of an perfect rom-com: star crossed lovers, meddlesome relatives, quirky friends, a wedding, a funeral, flash backs, old traditions vs. fresh mores, and a fascinating zone with attractive scenery. I learned a lot about Tunisian culture and nature in addition to all the romance. And Claudia Cardinale the mother was outstanding -- it is so amazing to see her lively and fierce, just like she was in her youth when she was one of the most attractive women in films. Tre magnifique! The stage where they wake up to search her staring at them created me laugh so hard I fell off the couch. OMG is right.
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For the (even at Amazon's discount) I expected the images to be a better quality, perhaps a small glossy too. The images are attractive but they actually look better on line when you view Amazon's peak inside. In the book the pictures look like the copies I obtain from an in-jet printer of my old family photos. Not as sharp and clear as the original. If you are looking for inspiration and perfect instructions on how to make an English Garden then I recommend Ursula's other book- "The Ultimate Garden Book For North America." This one is a amazing coffee table book. You and your guests will have fun looking at it once in a while. There are phtotos on almost every page. However, I don't think it will be very useful if you wish to modernize or make a fresh room in your the end of each chapter there is a list of gardens in England that you can visit for the particular e Chapters are titled as follows:1. Formal Bones (60 pages)2. Floral Exuberance (52 pages)3. The Landscape Tradition (30 pages)4. The Country Garden (36 pages)5. Gardening with Nature (26 pages)6. Influences from Abroad (22 pages)7. Ornament in the Garden (32 pages)8. Water, Water Everywhere (30 pages)9. The English Rose (20 pages)10. The Kitchen Garden ( 28 pages)11. The Contemporary Garden (28 pages) Notes (20 pages)
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"The English Scholar's Ring" was given to me as a gift, a book I was eager to begin reading, which I found difficult to place down as I was totally enchanted by the storyline. For that reason alone I decided I would not comment on the plot but instead focus on the other aspects of the e fact that each chapter was only several pages long somewhat disappointed me at first but then I realised that this only added to my heightened interest in the story. Jumping from one century to another after a cliffhanger meant that I wanted to read e book covered elements of history, geography, religion and romance; set in Cyprus, "all these foreigners with their various languages and customs passing through her island. The tag they'd left thus far was stained with blood".The protagonists each had a trait that I could relate to, making them more endearing to me through anger and heartache. I did shed a tear or two on more than one occasion.I must commend the author on a well written novel that I know I will read over and over again and use as a reference when I travel around the is is a book I would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Being a historical fiction fan, especially of the crusades to the Holy Land, Richard the Lionheart and all, I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched and well-written epic romance with a nice touch of culinary travelogue and adventure. The plot develops at neck breaking speed. The technique of the alternating chapters of the medieval and the modern story is very effective and makes you wish to read on. Lively dialogues, detailed descriptions. Very well done! I’m looking forward to reading Ellina’s next book."Everything is going to be all right," he said, but she was withdrawn in her silent anguish. Her father was dead! The only constant in her life, her source of love, wisdom, and strength was no more. Irene thought of all those men who lost their life fighting for their country and freedom that night. She didn't know them but said a prayer all the same, to tag their moment of if this grief was not enough, she felt torn inside. The man she loved was part of the drowning of the rebellion and the killing of the 'archontes'. How could she ever live with that? What future could they possibly have together? The gap between the two worlds they lived in felt like a massive weight on her chest, impeding her breathing.
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May Allah reward all those who had a hand in bringing His holy notice to the people. I have seen this application develop over the latest five years and I have to say it is my most trusted way for accessing the text in English alongside my physical copy of the Holy Quran. The a lot of articles concerning the Islamic faith and others are full of detail and are of large benefit to readers. I hope God-Willing that as the developers continue to refine the content that they will address the problem of text in parentheses which seems to occur very often, and expand upon the notes for individual Ayahs.
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