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Climates by André Maurois

By André Maurois

Written in 1928 via French biographer and novelist Andre Maurois, Climates turned a top vendor in France and in all places Europe. the 1st 100,000 copies published of its Russian translation bought out the day they seemed in Moscow bookstores. This magnificently written novel a few double conjugal failure is imbued with refined but profound mental insights of a quality that arguably competitors Tolstoy's. the following Phillipe Marcenat, an erudite but traditional industrialist from relevant France, falls head over heels in love with and marries the gorgeous yet unreliable Odile regardless of his family's disapproval. quickly, Phillipe's possessiveness and jealousy force her away. Brokenhearted, Phillipe then marries the dedicated and honest Isabelle and speedily inflicts on his new spouse the exact same woes he persisted by the hands of Odile. yet Isabelle's integrity and resolution to save lots of her marriage provides another measurement to this striking paintings at the dynamics and vicissitudes of affection.

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Hendecasyllabic verse, following Dante舗s noble example, became the elevated poetic line of choice in Italian literature, just as the peerless example of Shakespeare舗s blank verse of iambic pentameter has privileged that poetic form in English. In general, the most successful English translations of Dante, such as Longfellow舖s, have always been in blank verse, not in rhymed verse. Italian poetry is not scanned by feet but by counting the number of syllables in a line. Since most Italian words are accented on the penultimate syllable, hendecasyllabic verse generally contains eleven syllables with the tenth accented.

Dante travels as part of a mission to the city of San Gimignano to rally Tuscan cities against the territorial ambitions of Pope Boniface VIII. 1301 Dante goes to Rome to ask Pope Boniface VIII to help prevent the French Charles of Valois, a papist sympathizer, from entering Florence. Charles takes the city in November, and the Blacks harshly regain power. 1302 On January 27 Dante is accused of corruption and bribery, fined, and sentenced to two years in exile. When he does not reply to the charges, his home and possessions are confiscated, and on March 10 his sentence is increased; he is now banished for life and condemned to be burned alive if he ever returns to the city.

Membership in a guild gives him a say in the Florentine government. Dante舗s friend and mentor Brunetto Latini dies. 1300 Dante, a persuasive and eloquent speaker, is appointed to Florence舗s highest office as one of the city priors. He holds this office from June 15 to August 15. Florence is once again divided into warring factions, the White and the Black Guelphs. Dante舗s sympathies lie with the Whites, who favor independence from papal authority; in what he considers to be the best interests of Florence, he must concur with the priors when they send Guido Cavalcanti, a Black and his longtime friend, into exile on the Tuscan coast, where he dies of malaria.

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