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Embers   By: (1862-1932)

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Embers by Gilbert Parker is an exquisitely crafted novel that delves into the complex lives of its characters against the backdrop of late 19th-century Quebec. This historical fiction masterpiece effortlessly transports readers to a tumultuous era of political unrest, personal struggles, and matters of the heart.

The narrative revolves around the remarkable story of Lieutenant Surette, a French-Canadian soldier, who returns home after a distinguished military career in Africa. As Surette reacquaints himself with his hometown and rekindles friendships, the novel weaves together a tapestry of love, loyalty, and deeply-rooted secrets.

One of the book's notable strengths is Parker's evident skill in painting vivid and intricate landscapes that capture the readers' imagination. The descriptive passages transport readers to the rugged terrain of Quebec, making them feel as though they are part of the narrative. From the bustling city streets to the serene countryside, every setting is brought to life with such richness and authenticity.

The characters in Embers are equally captivating. Each one is distinctly drawn, with their unique strengths, weaknesses, and hidden truths. Parker expertly explores their complex emotions, interweaving their personal journeys with the larger societal changes taking place at the time. This multifaceted approach lends depth and depth to the narrative, ensuring that readers become emotionally invested in their fates.

Furthermore, the author uses the backdrop of political tensions between Quebec's French and English communities as a catalyst for conflicts and personal growth. These themes of identity and heritage are masterfully explored throughout the story, highlighting the importance of understanding and reconciliation in a rapidly changing world.

The pacing of Embers is perfectly balanced, with a meticulous blend of moments of introspection, action, and profound emotional connection. This combination keeps readers engaged and eager to unravel the characters' destinies. The novel also boasts elegant prose, which is both poetic and accessible, adding another layer of beauty to the story.

If there is a minor critique to be made, it would be the occasional meandering nature of the narrative, which may test the patience of some readers. However, this is a small flaw compared to the vast array of strengths this book possesses.

Overall, Embers is a breathtakingly beautiful novel that transports readers to another time and place and immerses them in the lives of its unforgettable characters. Gilbert Parker's storytelling prowess and richly detailed world-building make this book an absolute standout in the historical fiction genre. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a captivating, emotionally resonant read that will linger long after the final page is turned.

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EMBERS, Complete

By Gilbert Parker

CONTENTS

Volume 1. EMBERS ROSLEEN WILL YOU COME BACK HOME? MARY CALLAGHAN AND ME KILDARE YOU'LL TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE FARCALLADEN RISE GIVE ME THE LIGHT HEART WHERE SHALL WE BETAKE US? NO MAN'S LAND AT SEA ATHENIAN EYES LIKE THE SEA UNDER THE CLIFF OPEN TRY GATE SUMMER IS COME O FLOWER OF ALL THE WORLD WAS IT SOME GOLDEN STAR? I HEARD THE DESERT CALLING THE FORGOTTEN WORD WHAT WILL IT MATTER? THE COURIER STAR CONTENTS CONTENTS THE WORLD IN MAKING HEW O SON OF MAN AT THE END OF THE WORLD WAYFARERS THE RED PATROL THE YELLOW SWAN THE HEART OF THE PIONEER THE NORTH TRAIL ALONE THE SCARLET HILLS THE WOODSMAN LOVER QUI VIVE THE LITTLE HOUSE SPINNING FLY AWAY, MY HEART SUZON MY LITTLE TENDER HEART THE MEN OF THE NORTH THE CROWNING CLOSE UP W. E. H. WHEN BLOWS THE WIND

Volume 2. DOLLY LIFE'S SWEET WAGES TO THE VALLEY THE LILY FLOWER LOVE IN HER COLD GRAVE LIES GRANADA, GRANADA THE NEW APHRODITE AN ANCIENT PLEDGE THE TRIBUTE OF KING HATH THERE IS AN ORCHARD HEART OF THE WORLD EPITAPHS THE BEGGAR THE MAID THE FOOL THE FIGHTER THE SEA REAPERS THE WATCHER THE WAKING WHEN ONE FORGETS ALOES AND MYRRH IN WASTE PLACES LAST OF ALL AFTER REMEDIAL THE TWILIGHT OF LOVE IRREVOCABLE THE LAST DREAM WAITING IN MAYTIME INSIDE THE BAR THE CHILDREN LITTLE GARAINE TO A LITTLE CHILD L'EMPEREUR, MORT PHYLLIS BAIRNIE

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