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Much Darker Days   By: (1844-1912)

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Much Darker Days by Andrew Lang is a gripping and hauntingly beautiful piece of literature that explores the depths of human despair and resilience. Set in a dystopian future, Lang takes readers on a journey through a desolate and crumbling world where darkness reigns supreme.

The novel introduces us to the protagonist, a young woman named Eleanor, who finds herself trapped in this bleak world after a cataclysmic event known as "The Great Collapse." In this new reality, she must navigate the treacherous streets filled with danger and uncertainty, where lawlessness prevails and hope seems almost nonexistent.

What sets Much Darker Days apart from other dystopian works is the author's exquisite attention to detail, vividly describing the war-torn landscapes and the deteriorating state of the human condition. Lang's evocative prose allows readers to truly immerse themselves in this dystopian nightmare, feeling the palpable sense of despair that hangs in the air.

Throughout Eleanor's journey, Lang masterfully explores various themes such as loss, survival, and the enduring power of human spirit. Despite facing countless obstacles, Eleanor proves to be a resilient and determined protagonist, fighting against the odds with every fiber of her being. Her character development is organic and realistic, making her struggles relatable and deeply moving.

The supporting characters in Much Darker Days are equally compelling, each contributing to the narrative with their unique backgrounds and motivations. From the enigmatic leader of a group of rebels to a compassionate doctor who offers a glimmer of hope, each character adds another layer to the intricately woven plot.

The pacing of the novel is skillfully executed, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they eagerly flip the pages to uncover the next twist and turn. Lang seamlessly blends heart-pounding action sequences with moments of poignant introspection, effectively balancing the fast-paced narrative with moments of respite.

One of the standout aspects of the novel is Lang's ability to create a sense of atmosphere that is both eerie and captivating. The author's rich descriptions of the shattered cityscapes and crumbling buildings imbue the story with a haunting beauty, painting a vivid and lasting picture in the reader's mind.

If there is one criticism to be made, it is that the ending feels somewhat rushed, leaving a few loose ends untied. However, this does not detract from the overall impact and resonance of the novel, as readers are left contemplating the deeper themes and implications long after turning the final page.

In conclusion, Much Darker Days is a thought-provoking and engrossing dystopian novel that delves into the darkest depths of the human soul. Andrew Lang's masterful storytelling and vivid imagery create an immersive reading experience that is both haunting and deeply affecting. This book is a must-read for fans of the genre and anyone who appreciates a well-crafted tale of resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity.

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MUCH DARKER DAYS

by Andrew Lang

[AKA A. Huge Longway]

1884

PREFACE

A belief that modern Christmas fiction is too cheerful in tone, too artistic in construction, and too original in motive, has inspired the author of this tale of middle class life. He trusts that he has escaped, at least, the errors he deplores, and has set an example of a more seasonable and sensational style of narrative.

Contents:

CHAPTER I.—The Curse (Registered).

CHAPTER II.—A Villain's By Blow.

CHAPTER III.—Mes Gages! Mes Gages!

CHAPTER IV.—As A Hatter!

CHAPTER V.—The White Groom.

CHAPTER VI.—Hard As Nails.

CHAPTER VII.—Rescue And Retire!

CHAPTER VIII.—Local Colour.

CHAPTER IX.—Saved! Saved!

CHAPTER X.—Not Too Mad, But Just Mad Enough.

CHAPTER XI.—A Terrible Temptation.

CHAPTER XII.—Judge Juggins.

CHAPTER XIII.—Cleared Up. (From The 'Green Park Gazette.')

MUCH DARKER DAYS.

CHAPTER I. The Curse (Registered).

WHEN this story of my life, or of such parts of it as are not deemed wholly unfit for publication, is read (and, no doubt, a public which devoured 'Scrawled Black' will stand almost anything), it will be found that I have sometimes acted without prim cautiousness that I have, in fact, wallowed in crime. Stillicide and Mayhem I (rare old crimes!) are child's play to me , who have been an 'accessory after the fact!' In excuse, I can but plead two things the excellence of the opportunity to do so, and the weakness of the resistance which my victim offered... Continue reading book >>




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