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The Reluctant Widow written by Georgette Heyer performed by Cornelius Garrett on CD (Unabridged)

The Reluctant Widow written by Georgette Heyer performed by Cornelius Garrett on CD (Unabridged)£44.99

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

Billy Budd, Sailor written by Herman Melville performed by Peter Joyce on Audio CD (Unabridged)

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ISBN:  9781860150166
Genre - Main:  Fiction
Genre - Specific:  Adventure
Duration:  234 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Herman Melville
Narrator 1:  Peter Joyce
Rarity:  Rare

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On one level, Melville's tale is an historical adventure story telling of life aboard ship shortly after the mutiny at Spithead in 1797. Billy is taken from a homeward bound merchantman to serve on the Seventy Four' HMS Indomitable. He falls foul of Claggart, the 'Master at Arms' and the final confrontation...

results in death. However, below the surface lie some of Melville's thematic obsessions - the aristocratic savage pitted against inhumanity born of service and the institutions of war, innocence overtaken by fate and the law, the worthy encompassed by the inevitable.

Billy becomes an unwilling martyr - what passes for justice must be implemented because of the rebellious climate of the time. The natures of evil and conscience are explored and Billy Budd is the author's 'last word upon the strange mystery of himself and human destiny.'

Melville is regarded by many as the finest author America has produced.

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