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The White Hecatomb And other Stories   By: (1855-1943)

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The White Hecatomb And other Stories by William C. Scully is a collection of meticulously crafted and thought-provoking tales that delve into the complex depths of human nature. From the very first page, Scully’s masterful storytelling captivates readers and transports them to fascinating worlds filled with intriguing characters and haunting narratives.

This collection primarily revolves around exploring various aspects of the human condition. Scully tackles themes such as love, loss, betrayal, and hope, diving deep into the emotions and motivations that drive his characters. Each story feels like a window into a different world, showcasing the author's versatility and ability to transport readers to diverse settings and time periods.

One of the standout features of Scully’s writing is his ability to convey vivid imagery and create a rich atmosphere. Whether it is a bustling cityscape or a desolate landscape, his descriptive prose brings each scene to life and immerses readers in the story. It is easy to visualize the vivid details and feel the emotions coursing through the pages.

The author’s talent for creating compelling characters shines throughout the collection. From heroes to villains, every protagonist feels like a real person, flawed and vulnerable. Scully delves deep into their psyche, unraveling their innermost thoughts, fears, and desires. This exploration adds depth and authenticity to the narratives, making it easy to empathize with the characters and become invested in their journeys.

Each story in The White Hecatomb And other Stories is unique and leaves a profound impact on the reader. Scully’s narratives are not bound by conventions, and he effortlessly surprises and delights his audience with unexpected twists and turns. From tragic endings to bittersweet resolutions, the stories leave an indelible mark and stay with the reader long after the book is finished.

While The White Hecatomb And other Stories is an immensely enjoyable collection, it does require a certain level of engagement from the reader. Scully’s writing can be intricate and introspective, demanding attention to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of his stories. However, for those willing to invest their time and focus, the rewards are undoubtedly worth it.

In conclusion, The White Hecatomb And other Stories is a remarkable collection that showcases the immense talent of William C. Scully. With his evocative writing style, relatable characters, and thought-provoking narratives, Scully provides a profound exploration of the human experience. This book is a must-read for fans of literary fiction and those seeking stories that both entertain and challenge their perspectives.

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The White Hecatomb And other stories By William Charles Scully Published by Methuen and Co, London. This edition dated 1897.

The White Hecatomb, by William Charles Scully.




"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." Hosea VIII, 7.

"Ehea, Inkosi am. I know by the smell of it that this snuff is of the same kind as that which my grandson brought from you the other day. Well, I am thankful that before I die I taste in my nose what really is snuff. But to think that I should have had to wait all these years for it; and now to be unable to see its colour! There, I have kissed your hand, and that is all I can do to show my gratitude.

"That one like you one who can have as much as he likes of such snuff should want to come here and talk to an old woman such as I, is wonderful. You cannot be old, to judge by your voice. Is it not perhaps the young women you want to talk to? But give them none of that snuff, they are impudent children of no experience, and would not value it. Well, if it be myself that you want to talk to, my tongue is alive although my eyes are dead... Continue reading book >>

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