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From gracious drawing rooms to the lush green countryside, from sensuous boudoirs to the stately halls of Parliament, here is a magnificent novel, a richly romantic panorama of love and destiny. Brilliantly etched and dramatically portrayed, three generations of remarkable families struggle with divided loyalties, ambition, adultery, love, and intrigue as they search for tFrom gracious drawing rooms to the lush green countryside, from sensuous boudoirs to the stately halls of Parliament, here is a magnificent novel, a richly romantic panorama of love and destiny. Brilliantly etched and dramatically portrayed, three generations of remarkable families struggle with divided loyalties, ambition, adultery, love, and intrigue as they search for the strength to survive. It is a story bursting with the destiny of unforgettable people, an epic novel that will haunt you long after you've turned the last page....

Title : Now, God Be Thanked: A Novel
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ISBN : 9780722105535
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 704 Pages
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Now, God Be Thanked: A Novel Reviews

  • Laura
    2018-12-20 15:23

    PeaceNow, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power, To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping, Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary, Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move, And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary, And all the little emptiness of love!Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there, Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending, Naught broken save this body, lost but breath; Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.by Rupert BrookePage 107:"But why would France attack Germany?" "Revenge for 1871 ... and the best moment for France would be when Germany is threatened, or actually attacked, by Russia."Page 131- 132:On July 27th, 1914, after four weeks of threats, counter threats, entreaties, offers, negotiations, warnings and ultimatums, Austria declared war on Serbia. On July 30th Russia ordered general mobilization. On July 31st Austria and Germany followed suit. On August 1st Germany declared war on Russia, and demanded to know from France what's France attitude would be in the Russo-German war. France replied that she would act in her best interests; and, the same day, ordered general mobilization. On August 2nd, Germany demanded passage through Belgium for her armies, since this was the route laid down in her Schlieffen Plan for a war on two fronts. Belgium refuses the demand. On August 3rd Germany declared war on France, and her armies entered Belgium, whose frontiers and independence she and others had guaranteed. Among these others was Great Britain, who now required Germany to withdraw her troops from Belgium at once. If Germany did not agree to do so by midnight of August 4th, Germany time, a state of war would exist between Great Britain and Germany.Besides the historical background of World War I, the plot describes the stories of two English families - the Rowlands and the Strattons - and their turbulent lives during this tragical period of the Humanity.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-15 15:15

    This book is the first volume of a trilogy entitled LOSS OF DAY. The title is from a 1914 sonnet by Rupert Brooke:Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,And all the little emptiness of love!Oh! we who have known shame, we have found release there,Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending,Nought broken save this body, lost but breath;Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace thereBut only agony, and that has ending;And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.Dedication: To the victims of the Great War, among whom were the survivors.Four family trees:StrattonsGorsesDurand-BeaulieusRowlandsOpening: As the arc of dawn passes over the steppes of Russian Asia it moves swiftly westward to pour its warmth on a royal and long-established continent - Europe.

  • Mr Roy Davidson
    2018-12-29 18:03

    699 pages

  • Paul
    2019-01-18 18:04

    This is a superb book and I would recommend it to anyone. I had never heard of it but a few weeks ago I was debating TV coverage of World War 1 in an internet forum when someone recommended this book as an excellent work of fiction set in the great war. I looked the book up on Amazon and found that to buy it new would cost £50+, probably because it is out of print. However, used copies were available for £0.01 plus P&P so I ordered one.The story begins just before the start of WW1 and ends in December 1915. It covers the lives of a number of people from different walks of life living in Kent. It has everything: the status of people from different social classes and how they live their lives and interact; harrowing tales from the battle field on land and at sea; personal conflicts born of the tension between ambition and duty to serve one's country; big and small business capitalising on opportunities presented by the war (or could that be people adjusting to circumstances beyond their control, due to the war, in order to survive); struggles with sexuality; youthful recklessness; lust; adultery; love; people coping with personal regrets and tragedies.....and more....I would never say a book is the best I have ever read because there are so many different stories, but this ranks amongst the best.....if you can get your hands on a copy!!

  • Frank
    2018-12-23 21:22

    I was sold on the fact that this was to be a novel really centering on World War 1, but a great deal of it dealt with characters back in Great Britain, and their lives .It portrays four families and does a poor job on just dropping you into so many of lives simultaneously with no real purpose at times. The battlefield scenes as well as the soldiers do appear, but is limited in these 700 pages. Too much time is spent on one character who is a poacher and has an ax to grind against the resident Earl. This novel is really be more of a family saga taking place during the error. Other novels (see Phillip Rock's trilogy) have done this much better. I'm not sure if I will continue with the other two books in this trilogy and wonder how involved with actual war they will include in the story lines.

  • Tom
    2018-12-25 15:09

    This was book one of a trilogy recounting England's experience during world war I. Set in a rural English community it follows the lives of four families , each representing a different stratum of society, from lowly tenant, to upper class Lord. All know that the war will ineluctably change their lives and the England they formerly knew transformed. This was an illuminating look of the class divide that existed in England at this time ; in addition through it's characters touching on other social issues such as feminism, homosexuality and worker's rights. The author does a deft job at juggling the many different views and story lines.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-13 23:17

    ordered one penny wonder paperback 19/08/2012Go to keep reading and FAST - the end of the world is in December this year *gasp*

  • Andrée
    2019-01-01 20:07

    Downton Abbey meets All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Kerki Marc
    2018-12-30 16:18

    Deel van een schitterende trilogie

  • Terry
    2018-12-21 22:03

    I read this book when in the army myself many many years ago. Loved it then and love it now. Just sad that Kindle haven't available the next two in the trilogy.

  • Dangermousie
    2018-12-20 22:08

    Just one word for this one - epic.