By Booth Tarkington

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize whilst it was once first released in 1918, The very good Ambersons chronicles the altering fortunes of 3 generations of an American dynasty. The protagonist of sales space Tarkington's nice old drama is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and smug grandson of the founding father of the family's beauty. Eclipsed through a brand new breed of builders, financiers, and brands, this pampered scion starts his sluggish descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the operating type.

Today The excellent Ambersons is better identified throughout the 1942 Orson Welles motion picture, yet because the critic Stanley Kauffmann famous, "It is excessive time that [the novel] seem back, to face outdoor the strength of Welles's genius, convinced in its personal right."

"The amazing Ambersons might be Tarkington's most sensible novel," judged Van Wyck Brooks. "[It is] a standard tale of an American relatives and town--the nice family members that in the community governed the roost and vanished almost in an afternoon because the city unfold and darkened right into a urban. This novel doubtless was once an everlasting web page within the social background of the us, so admirably conceived and written was once the story of the Ambersons, their residence, their destiny and the expansion of the neighborhood during which they have been submerged within the end."

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And the key lay in the small, blood- spattered notebook now locked in a desk drawer in Lieutenant Colonel John Holliday’s study. The notebook was the gift of an ex-priest named Helder Rodrigues, dying in Holliday’s arms on the island of Corvo in the distant Azores. The gift came with a codicil, however: use it wisely, use it well or use it not at all. The Templar treasure Rodrigues had revealed to Holliday and Peggy that day in the furious rain had been great enough; the secret revealed within the bloody notebook was a million times greater.

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