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From a Terrace in Prague   By: (1870-1957)

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From a Terrace in Prague by B. Granville Baker takes us on a captivating journey through one of Europe's most enchanting cities. Set in Prague during the early 20th century, the novel immerses readers in a vivid world filled with vibrant characters, historical events, and a love story that transcends time.

The story revolves around the protagonist, a young Englishman named William, who finds himself irresistibly drawn to the allure of Prague. As he settles into life in the city, he befriends a group of artists, writers, and Bohemian intellectuals, who introduce him to the rich cultural tapestry that surrounds him. Through their influence, William's worldview expands, as he finds himself clashing with societal norms and embracing the city's Bohemian lifestyle.

Baker's writing possesses a lyrical quality that effortlessly transports readers to the heart of Prague. His meticulous attention to detail weaves a tapestry of sights, sounds, and even scents, making the city itself feel like a living, breathing character. Whether it's the cobbled streets of the Old Town, the mystical aura of Prague Castle, or the quaint caf├ęs tucked away in hidden corners, every location in the novel is imbued with a sense of beauty and intrigue.

The characters in From a Terrace in Prague are equally captivating. Each one presents a different facet of the city's vibrant society, from the spirited young artist to the enigmatic femme fatale. Baker masterfully delves into their complexities, giving us a glimpse into their joys, sorrows, and aspirations. The dialogue between the characters is both genuine and engaging, further enriching the narrative's depth.

However, it is the love story at the core of the novel that truly casts a spell on readers. William's blossoming romance with Natasha, a passionate and free-spirited Czech woman, becomes a central theme that explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the longing for connection. As their relationship unfolds against the backdrop of social and political upheaval, we witness the transformative power of love and its ability to bridge cultural divides.

One of the most impressive aspects of Baker's storytelling is his ability to seamlessly blend history into fiction. Through his meticulous research, he intertwines the characters' personal journeys with significant events and movements of the time, such as the outbreak of World War I and the escalating tensions in a changing Europe. This historical backdrop adds layers of complexity and depth to the narrative, making it not only a compelling love story but also a poignant exploration of a pivotal era in European history.

From a Terrace in Prague is a beautifully crafted novel that captures the essence of a city while offering a timeless tale of love and self-discovery. B. Granville Baker's eloquent prose, vivid descriptions, and well-rounded characters make this a captivating read for anyone who yearns for escapism, a glimpse into history, or a love story that resonates on a profound level. Prague unfolds before our eyes, and we are left with a sense of awe, yearning for more.

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FROM A TERRACE IN PRAGUE

BY

LIEUT. COL. B. GRANVILLE BAKER,

D.S.O., F.R.G.S.

WITH 36 ILLUSTRATIONS AND ONE MAP

NEW YORK

BRENTANO'S

PUBLISHERS

( All rights reserved )

Printed in Great Britain by

UNWIN BROTHERS, LIMITED, THE GRESHAM PRESS, LONDON AND WOKING

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO A WISE AND GENTLE LADY WHO LOOKS OUT UPON LIFE FROM A TERRACE

PREFACE

There are many excuses for the writing of books, and sometimes there may even be sufficient reason. I offer no excuses, but will give what reasons I have for committing to paper these my reflections or meditations inspired by the sight of a fine old capital city as seen from a Terrace in Prague.

The first reason I wish to give may be altruistic, namely, that finding so many of my race quite ignorant of Prague and all that city stands for right down the ages, I feel compelled to add my mite to what has already been written about the subject.

My second reason, a strong one with me, arises out of my inability to enjoy things of beauty and interest without letting my friends know about them. This may be a weak and selfish reason, but there it is.

The third reason rests on my intense desire that you should come out here, to Prague, even to the terrace of my choice, and look at the scene through my eyes while I would endeavour to see it through yours... Continue reading book >>




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