Anti-death League by Kingsley Amis

By Kingsley Amis

Brian Leonard, a Monty Python of mystery brokers, meets James Churchill, a tender officer, at an English military base the place arrangements are lower than manner for Operation Apollo. To complicate concerns, Churchill has long gone round-the-bend for a parole from the psychological ward.
Thrown among those unfastened cannons is a widowed good looks who practices "conspicuous polyandry," an unfocused psychiatrist, an unbelieving chaplain, and an enthralling alcoholic.
"Amis delights in combining espionage, violence, love and non secular skepticism. Such disparate parts, like dishpans and fireplace earrings, problem his juggler's dexterity. Who wins? The reader!" (Publisher's resource)

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We accept it as truth even when we know better. The agonies of love and death, the obligations of duty and honor, the trials and the triumphs of human existence all find a place in these pages and seem familiar to us despite the potentially distancing effects of the book舗s seventeenth-century French setting and the slightly old-fashioned language of this translation. It is no wonder that it is Dumas舗s version of the legend of the man in the iron mask that has survived and will continue to survive longer than any other.

Le Baron du Vallon de Pierrefonds, he hopes to be named a duke. Indeed, whereas in The Three Musketeers Porthos at times lacked a single, presentable suit of clothes, he now has acquired a vast wardrobe whose sole purpose is to guarantee that he will always be in fashion and will be prepared for any occasion. It is amusingly ironic, then, that when he is invited to Vaux, Porthos complains he has nothing to wear. He explains this paradoxical situation to d舖Artagnan by disclosing a longstanding objection to be measured by a tailor.

Page 402) D舗Artagnan seized a pistol and cocked it, hoping that the noise of the spring would stop his enemy. (page 554) Contrary to what always happens, whether in politics or morals, each kept his promise, and did honour to his engagements. com/classics Š The Vicomte de Bragelonne was first published in 1847. The present text of The Man in the Iron Mask comprises the latter third of Dumas舗s titanic narrative and follows the standard translation, which remains anonymous. Š Published in 2005 by Barnes & Noble Classics with new Introduction, Notes, Biography, Chronology, Inspired By, Comments & Questions, and For Further Reading.

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