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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse [Hardcover]

Vincente Blasco-Ibanez , Vicente Blasco Ibaanez
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November 1911 0848801989 978-0848801984
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique account of World War I Feb. 29 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This novel concerns the Desnoyers family, who move from Argentina to France just before the start of World War I. Desnoyers is a Frenchman, his wife is Argentinian and his brother-in-law is German. When tensions between Germany and France mount at the beginning of the war, the already difficult family relationships are strained. Sisters cannot understand their differing loyalties. Desnoyers cannot accept the laid-back lifestyle of his son, who prefers to tango and does not jump to enlist in the army. This son, Julio, is later devestated by a broken romance and joins the army in an attempt to heal himself. The war changes everyone. As the conflict goes on, the ideaology of the time is examined in great detail, as is the mind-set of each of the primary characters. While it takes a while to really get involved in the story, the conclusion of the book is ultimately very moving and the novel seems to make an important point about the nature of war and the bonds that tie fathers to sons. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" is clearly an important piece of historical fiction which is still relevant today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another world June 13 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book depicts in great detail a way of life that is so changed from the present that it might as well be science fiction. The story begins in South America and moves to France and both places are described in loving detail. The father had first left Europe to avoid serving in the military and he returns, unknowingly, in time for his son to become involved in World War I. The description of the changing opinions and moods in Paris were fascinating. How many times have people thought a war would be over in a matter of weeks? The insight into pre World War I Germany was very educational. Many of the characteristics that I had assumed arose with the Nazis prior to WWII were clearly present much earlier. This book should not be missed by anyone interested in history or human nature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 36th printing from 1918 Dec 26 1999
Format:Hardcover
This novel with the famous title is a historical adventure fiction from the early 20th century. It is an adventure on a level akin to the Count of Monte Cristo. A good read for the adventure reader looking for new (old) territory to learn about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another world June 13 2000
By Joanne Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book depicts in great detail a way of life that is so changed from the present that it might as well be science fiction. The story begins in South America and moves to France and both places are described in loving detail. The father had first left Europe to avoid serving in the military and he returns, unknowingly, in time for his son to become involved in World War I. The description of the changing opinions and moods in Paris were fascinating. How many times have people thought a war would be over in a matter of weeks? The insight into pre World War I Germany was very educational. Many of the characteristics that I had assumed arose with the Nazis prior to WWII were clearly present much earlier. This book should not be missed by anyone interested in history or human nature.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique account of World War I Feb. 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This novel concerns the Desnoyers family, who move from Argentina to France just before the start of World War I. Desnoyers is a Frenchman, his wife is Argentinian and his brother-in-law is German. When tensions between Germany and France mount at the beginning of the war, the already difficult family relationships are strained. Sisters cannot understand their differing loyalties. Desnoyers cannot accept the laid-back lifestyle of his son, who prefers to tango and does not jump to enlist in the army. This son, Julio, is later devestated by a broken romance and joins the army in an attempt to heal himself. The war changes everyone. As the conflict goes on, the ideaology of the time is examined in great detail, as is the mind-set of each of the primary characters. While it takes a while to really get involved in the story, the conclusion of the book is ultimately very moving and the novel seems to make an important point about the nature of war and the bonds that tie fathers to sons. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" is clearly an important piece of historical fiction which is still relevant today.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 36th printing from 1918 Dec 26 1999
By Norman Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This novel with the famous title is a historical adventure fiction from the early 20th century. It is an adventure on a level akin to the Count of Monte Cristo. A good read for the adventure reader looking for new (old) territory to learn about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A propaganda novel ! Aug. 11 2007
By J. Thiry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The writing is good and the story is gripping. But one should not forget that the author was given the task of writing this war novel by Poincaré, who was French president in the years leading up to the first world war. This novel was designed as a partisan, pro-French, anti-German novel right from the start. And indeed, its analysis of the responsibilities for the first world war are black-and-white: the phillistine and war-mongering Germans on the one hand, the peace-loving French on the other. Such a depiction might have been right for the second world war but it wasn't for the first. In 1914 France was eager to wage war to recover the two provinces it had lost in the 1870 war. For a non-biased impression of the first world war I recommend Verdun, The Prelude, The Battle by the French writer Jules Romains.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 30 2013
By Sara W. Ashcraft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a history buff, so I am enjoying it very much. Will probably get the movie later and so will understand it more.
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