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By Ildefonso Falcones

At final: The overseas bestseller— which has already offered approximately 2 million copies worldwide—comes to the United States!

Cathedral of the Sea, Ildefonso Falcones’s enthralling historic novel approximately medieval Barcelona, used to be Spain’s number 1 bestseller for a whole 12 months. Rights have bought in thirtytwo nations to this point, and comparisons to Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth are being made. Who higher to carry you this foreign sensation than Follett’s personal publisher?

Cathedral of the ocean follows the fortunes of the Estanyol relations, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land basically to gain striking wealth and devastating difficulties. in the course of Arnau’s lifetime Barcelona turns into a urban of sunshine and darkness, ruled through the development of the city’s nice pride—the cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar—and via its disgrace, the lethal Inquisition. A s a tender guy, Arnau joins the robust guild of stone-workers and is helping to construct the church together with his personal fingers, whereas his ally and followed brother Joan stories to turn into a clergyman. whilst Arnau, who secretly loves a forbidden Jewish lady named Mar, is betrayed and hauled prior to the Inquisitor, he reveals himself faceto- face along with his personal brother. Will he lose his lifestyles simply as his loved Cathedral of the Sea is ultimately completed?

An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a narrative of friendship and revenge, of affection and battle.

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He says that cards are to blame for many of the evils –’ ‘Yes, my dear, very likely! ’ said Mrs Tallant, somewhat obscurely. She fidgeted with her reticule for a moment, and then added, a little consciously: ‘I should not tease Papa with telling him the whole history of our doings today, girls. ’ Her daughters did not pretend to misunderstand her. ’ said Sophia. ‘No,’ agreed Arabella. ‘And particularly not about the fifty pounds, for I am sure he would say it was too much, and I must give it back to my uncle!

After a moment’s stupefaction he said resolutely: ‘That settles it! I shan’t come downstairs today after all. ’ ‘No, indeed! ’ There was a box lying open upon Mama’s dressing-table. ’ ‘My father gave them to me,’ said Mrs Tallant, sighing faintly. ‘Of course I have never worn them of late years, for I have no occasion to. Besides, they are scarcely suitable for a clergyman’s wife. But I have had them cleaned, and I mean to lend them to you to take with you to London. And I have asked Papa if he thinks I might give you Grandmama Tallant’s pearl necklet, and he sees no objection to it.

Did Mama wear it in company? What was in this elegant box? Poudre à la Maréchale! But did Mama then powder her hair, like the picture of Grandmama Tallant, up at the Hall? Oh, not quite like that! A gray powder? Oh, Mama, no! indd 29 6/10/09 2:20:50 PM Georgette Heyer without a gray hair to your head! How did you dress it? Not cut at all ? Curls to the waist at the back? And all those rolls and puffs over the ears! How could Mama have had the patience to do it? So odd as it must have looked, too!

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