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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a captivating novel set during World War I that follows the lives of a wealthy Argentine family and their experiences during the chaos and destruction of the war. The story is filled with vivid descriptions of the horrors of the war and the devastating impact it has on individuals and families.

The characters in the novel are well-developed, each facing their own struggles and conflicts as they navigate through the challenges brought on by the war. The author does an excellent job of portraying the emotional toll that war takes on its protagonists, making the reader feel a deep connection with them and their experiences.

The plot is fast-paced and filled with tension, keeping the reader engaged from beginning to end. The depiction of the war and its consequences is both realistic and poignant, shedding light on the human cost of conflict and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Overall, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a powerful and gripping novel that offers a compelling portrayal of war and its impact on society. It is a must-read for anyone interested in historical fiction or stories of resilience and survival.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by Vicente Blasco Ibañez and translated into English by Charlotte Brewster Jordan, depicts two branches of a family with its roots in the pampas of Argentina. The wealthy Argentinian, Julio Madariaga, comes from Spain and raises himself from poverty, becoming a self-made, wealthy cattleman. He is a man of extremes; an honest man with a rascally knack for taking advantage of others; a self-made man with overweening pride, prejudices, and a sharp, flinty temper that can spark into violence, he is at the same time given to great generosity toward those who are under him. This almost feudal lord has two daughters who marry expatriates, a Frenchman and a German.

Julio Madariaga leaves his stamp on these two families who, after his death, return to the native countries of his two sons in law. At that time, the mood of Europe is in many ways similar to that of the old gaucho, a mixture of generosity, explosive anger, romanticism, strong prejudices, and wounded pride, a mood composed of extremes painted on an oversized canvas. World War I is waiting in the wings and will leave its own stamp on the old gaucho's lineage, pitting them against each other on opposite sides in the violent first year that many think will last only a few months but will, in fact, result in improbable destruction and loss of lives. An old Russian visionary given to drink, looks out on red skies one day and experiences its coming in a vision: hoofbeats; and riders.

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Reviewer: - June 8, 2018
Subject: Four horsemen of the apocolypse
Good story...I saw the movie. The reader unfortunately sounds like a stunted robot so I could not continue listening as it annoys after a while.

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