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The Ruinous Face   By: (1861-1923)

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The Ruinous Face by Maurice Henry Hewlett is a mesmerizing tale that takes readers on a journey into the depths of human emotions and the consequences of our actions. Set against the backdrop of a small English village in the early 19th century, the story explores the complexities of love, friendship, betrayal, and redemption.

The novel introduces us to a diverse cast of characters, each with their own distinct personality and hidden secrets. At the center of the story is Edward Raynes, a flawed but captivating protagonist who finds himself entangled in a series of unfortunate events after crossing paths with an enigmatic stranger. As the narrative unfolds, Edward's life becomes a whirlwind of passion, heartbreak, and tragedy.

Hewlett's writing style is both eloquent and poetic, painting vivid images in the reader's mind. His descriptive prose brings the village to life, creating a rich, atmospheric setting that becomes a character in its own right. The author's attention to detail is commendable, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and even smells of the era.

One of the standout elements of The Ruinous Face is the depth of the characters. Hewlett has crafted individuals who feel incredibly real, flawed, and relatable. Their motivations, flaws, and fears are laid bare, allowing readers to connect with them on a visceral level. It is impossible not to become emotionally invested in their journey, experiencing their highs and lows as if they were our own.

A driving force behind the novel is the exploration of morality and the consequences of our choices. Through the journeys of the characters, Hewlett poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of good and evil and the impact our actions have on ourselves and those around us. The author skillfully weaves these philosophical themes into the fabric of the narrative, prompting readers to reflect on their own lives and values.

While The Ruinous Face excels in many ways, there are moments when the pacing feels slightly uneven. Some chapters move at a brisk pace, full of action and intrigue, while others focus on introspection and character development. While the slower chapters allow for deeper exploration of the characters' thoughts and feelings, they may test the patience of readers seeking a more fast-paced narrative.

In conclusion, The Ruinous Face by Maurice Henry Hewlett is a captivating novel that transports readers to a bygone era, immersing them in a tale of love, betrayal, and redemption. With its masterful prose, well-drawn characters, and thought-provoking themes, it is a book that will linger in the reader's mind long after the final page is turned.

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[Illustration: HELEN AND EUTYCHES]






Copyright, 1909, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published October, 1909.

"Hence there is in Rhodes a sanctuary of Helen of the Tree."

Pausanias , iii., 19, 9.



THE ABDUCTION OF HELEN Facing p. 8 From the painting by Rudolph von Deutsch.

HELEN OF TROY " 20 From the painting by Sir Frederick Leighton.

PARIS AND HELEN " 30 From the painting by Jacques Louis David in the Louvre.


When the siege of Troy had been ten years doing, and most of the chieftains were dead, both of those afield and those who held the walls; and some had departed in their ships, and all who remained were leaden hearted; there was one who felt the rage of war insatiate in his bowels: Menelaus, yellow haired King of the Argives... Continue reading book >>

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