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His Hour   By: (1864-1943)

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His Hour by Elinor Glyn is a riveting tale of love, loss, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, this novel takes readers on a journey through the glamorous world of high society and the depths of human emotions.

The protagonist, Sir Roderick Killigrew, is a complex and intriguing character who captures the reader's attention from the very beginning. As a wealthy English aristocrat, Roderick seems to have it all - a prestigious title, a successful career, and a beautiful wife. However, beneath his seemingly perfect exterior, lies a man tormented by his own past and haunted by a deep sense of dissatisfaction with his life.

Glyn's writing style is elegant and descriptive, drawing readers into the opulent world of the upper class. With vivid and evocative language, she expertly portrays the extravagant parties, grand estates, and lavish lifestyles that define this era. At the same time, she delves into the human psyche, exploring the complexities of desire, self-discovery, and personal growth.

One of the most captivating aspects of the novel is Glyn's portrayal of the romantic relationships. His Hour transcends the boundaries of a typical love story, delving into the depths of passion and longing. The chemistry between Roderick and his forbidden love interest is palpable, and their relationship is fraught with tension and intensity. It is through their connection that Roderick begins to question the constraints of societal norms and the true meaning of happiness.

The pacing of the story is well-balanced, with moments of excitement and intrigue interspersed with introspective and contemplative passages. The narrative unfolds at a steady pace, keeping readers engaged and eager to discover the outcome of Roderick's journey.

Though His Hour was written over a century ago, its themes and messages still resonate today. Glyn's exploration of societal expectations and the struggle for personal fulfillment is timeless. She challenges readers to question the choices they make in pursuit of happiness and invites them to reflect on the true nature of love and contentment.

In conclusion, His Hour is a captivating and emotionally charged novel that will keep readers hooked until the very end. Elinor Glyn's impeccable writing and compelling characters make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and romance.

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His Hour


Elinor Glyn

Author of "Three Weeks"


[Illustration: A miniature of Prince Milaslávski in the uniform of one of his ancestors, in which he appeared at the famous fancy ball at the Winter Palace some years ago. He was about twenty three at the time. I have selected this likeness of him in preference to a later photograph, as the artist has happily caught him in one of his rarely soft moods, and also, the face being clean shaven, the characteristic chiselling of the lips can be seen. THE AUTHOR.]

"His Hour" is called in England and Russia "When the Hour Came."

With grateful homage and devotion I dedicate this book to

Her Imperial Highness The Grand Duchess Vladimir Of Russia

In memory of the happy evenings spent in her gracious presence when reading to her these pages, which her sympathetic aid, in facilitating my opportunities for studying the Russian character, enabled me to write. Her kind appreciation of the finished work is a source of the deepest gratification to me.

Elinor Glyn

St. Petersburg, May, 1910


The Sphinx was smiling its eternal smile. It was two o'clock in the morning. The tourists had returned to Cairo, and only an Arab or two lingered near the boy who held Tamara's camel, and then gradually slunk away; thus, but for Hafis, she was alone alone with her thoughts and the Sphinx... Continue reading book >>

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