(La Madone des Sleepings) [PDF FREE] ☆ Maurice Dekobra

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St potent aspect of this novel both represent a kind of freed or emancipated woman and both are presented as both wonderful and terrifying in their own ways Both are ruthless cruel heartless and fearless and while S iman s overwhelming preference is for Lady Diana one can also detect a sneaking admiration for Irina The men are presented almost as peripheral actors to be used by the women for their particular ends and purposes and with not too many other redeeming ualities As to which of the two women protagonists is the most monstrous I will Memory Boot Camp leave that to the individual reader to determineOverall a most enjoyable read Lady Diana Wynham seeks to wow the soulless and cynical Bolsheviks who are in case just bitter spurned romantics underneath I suppose the main curiosity here is that anyone would have thought it possible in 1925 that the USSR would open up andet foreigners claim their mining concessions granted the pre Revolutionary times Before Stalin a gradual decline away from communism by 1940 London Calling looked plausibleI dike to see the old film versions I was slogging my way through a couple of books that didn t fully have my attention when I rebelled and scoured my shelves for something engaging I don t think I ve read a spy novel since college or maybe high school but I trust Neversink Library so I ended up opening The Madonna of the Sleeping CarsAs usual I was not disappointed Well I was a Orchard Valley Grooms little disappointed that The Madonna didn t turn out to be the spy nor even really the star of her own book but what the book is instead was delightful and compulsively readableThen again despite the fact that the narrator of the story is Prince Gerard Seliman yes I m tooazy to figure out how to do the accent right now Lady Diana s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars secretary Gerard seems a bit hapless an old fashioned gentleman at the whims of the actual actors of the story all women Lady Diana herself a ruined capitalist in search of a new fortune Madame Mouravieff the terrifyingly ruthless agent of the relatively new Soviet regime and finally his estranged wife Princess Seliman flitting around on a yacht nursing her broken heartSeliman may not be a spy but there is at Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 least one spy another woman in this novel of subterfuge cynical grabs at power prison executions and a good deal of international travelThis book was one of the biggest bestsellers of all time and despite the sometimes old fashioned writing it s still easy to see why A superbly poetic book I can see why people go back to it now and again for a reread Its prose alone evokes the best of Fitzgerald I know theatter is American but his style is the closest I can think ofPrecious ittle time is actually spent on the Orient Express or any train for that matter or is described only fleetingly which was the primary reason I took up this book Other than that the plot felt a bit small and short few characters and few but harrowing series of eventsThat said this is a truly excellent classic thriller Lady Wyndham is a fascinating and inspiring character as many have noted and Prince Seliman is a singularly noble model I purchased a Neversink Library bundle for myself for Christmas about five or six years ago I had only recently become aware of Melville House and was uite intrigued by the design of these books and the mission of the Neversink series to make available titles which had been under appreciated or unfortunately forgotten I cannot uite recall if the bundle was ten pre selected titles or if I chose the volumes myself Over the intervening years I have read maybe two After Midnight for sure people in an apartment fearful of the Nazis bursting in upon them and the Right Way to do Wrong Houdini just riffing for about 200 pages Somewhere along the way I must have sold off several at current I only count five Neversink volumes on my shelves This book is appropriately described as a romp It sold over 15 million copies upon its publication in the 1920s and in many ways originated the spy thriller began a ong The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant legacy of mystery and intrigue stories set on and around the Orient express and provided the basis for the hard boilanguage of Raymond Chandler and others I found it delightful Many goodreads reviewers seemed mystified as to why Melville House would republish a book that amounts to such a One Girl One Dream light entertainment With its page turning ploteaps and its unenlightened vilification of the Soviet Union This strikes me as an unfair evaluation of the book Sure its The Amazing SAS light but there is so much here The whole book could uite easily be a chapter in aater Pynchon novel I think it is well deserving of a wider audience Recommended. ν ανέβηκε ποτέ άλλο γολγοθά από την πλατιά σκάλα του Ριτζ είναι απλώς αδιανόητη Ο πλούτος της είναι απαραίτητος ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να τον διεκδικήσει από αιμοσταγείς μπολσεβίκους Ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να 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(La Madone des Sleepings) PDF FREE ☆ Maurice Dekobra

3 12Amazing to think that this was a best seller in its day if only because it does not seem to fit into any one genre To me it is a blend of ight hearted escapades of the very British and very rich ala Jeeves and Wooster international espionage with sex ala James Bond critiue of Communism ala Orwell the plight of the woman who depends on men for wealth ala Edith WhartonOur narrator is a suave Frenchman with a heart of gold Like James Bond he oves women and does well with them unlike James Bond he is a human with feelings and also respects women as people than he desires bedding them Given the current political news it was very peculiar to read a book set in the mid 1920s having a plot centered on Russia corruption and oil and even peculiar to be rooting for the obscenely rich noble main characters The book is good read that was eual parts frothy and dark I enjoyed itAlso the main author changed his name to DeKobra because he really Broken Prophecy liked cobras so that s pretty badass Overwrought and antiuated with Soviets as cartoon villains It was a fairlyight read depending on how much you wanted to get into it I went into it with the false expectation that it was going to be a simple action thriller being a Spy novel It turned out to be constructed The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, like a pastry than in inverted spyglass sweet and flexible in interpretation I got about as much of it as I put in only to realise with sadness at the end that the things that made it than worthwhile the political historical references the women siberation themes and the close up examination of 20s high society were ignored by me for most of the time which was a crying shame because the novel focussed on these The narrator is a bit of a bumbling character with too much naivety for any real confrontation and it s due to him that the character gains its ight flavour With Prince Seliman around nothing too bad can happen it d be beyond his comprehension The author seems to make a point of contrasting him with the women he encounters mighty knowledgeable and daring than him although I felt the real finale was achieved by another man one assumed incompetent up till that point by shooting the icy Irina Mouravieff dead the only real action we get Of course it ends with the Madonna setting forth to find a new ife but only to find a husband in six months I personally felt et down by the novel s ending which was meant to be mysterious and free will y but only turned out to be another wealthman seeking expedition Then again this novel wasn t perfect but enjoyable I d have iked to give it 35 stars for what it aspired to When Quadruplets On The Doorstep looking over at to find books that were made into movies I have seen over the years I was introduced to Maurice Dekobra s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars I wasooking for the book based on Hitchcock s movie Foreign Correspondent thought I had found the book but it was modern author Alan Furst s novel by the same name The book based on the movie was Personal History by Vincent Sheean which is not available in Kindle format Furst had touted Dekobra s novel it being a best seller of it time 1925 it sound Luke like an interesting read His female characters exhibit a strength dominance Dekobra was a Frenchman who was a journalist as well as a novelist What I find enthralling is reading a book about Germany s Weimar Republic 1919 1933 pre Adolf Hitler Stalin s Russia Communist Russia through the eyes of someoneiving in those times Where the Reichsmark was necessary due to Germany s inflation The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane ladies of the evening debauchery were on the rise This story is about Lady Diana Wynham The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars a free spirited widow her uest to drill for oil on her beueathed property in the USSR Caucasus With the help of her secretary scandal ridden Prince Gerald Seliman Lady Diana devise a plan if it does not succeed she is ruined While in Germany they come to talk to the Communisteader in Berlin Leonid Varichkine his female associate This is a different kind of spy thriller were personal vendetta is the game death are at high stakes The Soviet system is seen for the horror it was for anyone that the is in its grasp that is targeted Excerpts About the author The publication of The Maddona of the Sleeping Cars in 1925 was an international success the book was translated into thirty A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy languages and sold million of copies It was banned in Boston and the New York Times dubbed him the biggest seller of anyiving French writer or dead one eitherHe nodded For eight years that same charming Madam Mouravieff has been Varichkine s official mistress She inspires him She directs him She terrorizes him Ah my dear boy that Irina Moura. Η μαντόνα των βαγκόν λι έχει για φωτοστέφανο τον φαύλο κύκλο των καπρίτσιων της και για Ιερή Σκέπη σουίτες πολυτελών ξενοδοχείων Οι μάγοι της προσφέρουν μαργαριτάρια Η άσωτη μαντόνα χορεύει γυμνή μπροστά στην έκθαμβη βρετανική αριστοκρατία και προκαλεί τα χρηστά ήθη στα πρωτοσέλιδα των κοσμικών φυλλάδων Η Λαίδη Γουάινχαμ

Vieff is an extraordinary woman She is one of those enlightened individuals who can conceive of human happiness by the way of machine gun bullets and who sends the people who contradict her to do a The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning little bit of uninterrupted meditation in the ice fields of SolovkiOnly the thick headedogicians are astonished to find that there is an elite society in a country where everything is eual But I must say that there are very few in the party to which I have the honor to belong You can count them on the fingers of one handMost assuredly And as anyone who is accused of counter revolution even if there is no proof is automatically condemned to death those innocent people end up in the dungeons of the Loubianka But all that is of no importance for it is better to shoot ten innocent people than to et one dangerous agitator escapeDo you really believe that tyrants are born into the world just ike musicians or taxpayers After all what does the cruelty of tyrants signify It is but a manifestation of the instinct of self preservation nothing nor ess A harmless piece of flesh and bone forced by destiny to command a million individuals who hate him is bound to be a perfect CaliguaJust a man cursed with an education valueless to the new regime a superfluous being who has been conuered in the unfair battle between brute force and brain powerMy next read Colette s The Vagabond This is the first book I ve read in the Neversink series where I thought upon finishing it Why Why republish this why think it deserves a broader modern audience This might have been relatively intriguing in its time the free oving heroine the jabs at Communism the relatively open acceptance of pre post and intra marital sex but unlike the books by Keun and Horvath even the Strugatskys that Melville House has previously published as part of this imprint this The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated little picaresue piece holds nothing but historical value It s a curiousity rather than aiterary find poorly written tediously plotted and terribly obvious I can t recommend it to anyone but completist collectors of this series It was curiosity than anything else that made me buy this book Curiosity as to what it was that made this book so immensely popular in the mid 20s this is a reprint of that work as translated by the Frenchreal name Maurice Tessier author s American friend Neil Wainwright so expect American punctuation and spellings to whom the book is dedicated At worst I thought it might simply be a frivolous pastime but it was curiosity that was foremost in my mindThere are four main characters the aristocratic Westerners Lady Diana Wynham and her secretary Prince Gerard S Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue liman who is the author of the book and so it represents his take on the characters and their attitudes and the Russian Communists Leonid Varichkine and his partner Irina Mouravieff The writing and dialogue is florid even awful by modern standards and stylistically uirky but it is not difficult to become used to it Somehow it also seems appropriate as the type of writing one would expect the character Siman might use but of course it is Dekobra s style and it represents a fascinating mix aka dekobrisme at the time of the author s first hand experience of the places and events described and the fictional elements of the narrative On a certain Silent Confessions level there is a certain spying uality that propels the narrative but the intriguing aspect is the complex interplay between the four main characters The setting in the mid 1920s provides the political background the Capitalist Aristocracy and their overwhelming fear of the conseuences of the Communist Russian Revolution Dekobra s style allows him to present unflinching descriptions of both political sides Wyndham and Siman provide prescient condemnations of the Communists and Communism while Varichnike and Mouravieff provide the eually incisive biting criticisms of the Aristocratic Capitalistic melieu Given the immense popularity of the book one cannot help but wonder how much its pro Western sentiments might have contributed in shaping the West s virulent anti Communist phobias prevalent both during World War II especially among our political and religious eaders and particularly throughout the Cold War periodAt the end of the book there is an Afterword written in 2012 by Ren Steinke Among other things it interprets the book from the point of view of its depiction of the New 20th century Woman as typified by the two central women in the book the outrageous Lady Diana Wynham the Madonna of the Sleeping Cars and the terrifying Irina Mouravieff the Maruise de Sade of Red Russia Indeed the characters of the two women are perhaps the mo. ?ισθησιακή ατίθαση και απαλλαγμένη από ηθικές ασημαντότητες σκανδαλίζει την Ευρώπη του '20 ταξιδεύει αδιάκοπα κι εξερευνά άλλοτε τα άγνωστα εδάφη της ψυχανάλυσης και άλλοτε τα επικίνδυνα εδάφη του υπαρκτού σοσιαλισμού συνοδευόμενη από τον έμπιστο γραμματέα της Πρίγκιπα Σελιμάν Η οικονομική καταστροφή; Για τη γυναίκα που δε.

Born Maurice Tessier in Paris in 1885 he adopted the pseudonymn of Maurice Dekobra which he used to write his novels in 1908 His works began with romantic fiction and went on to become whodunnitsHe studied in France and Germany and he spoke three languages French English and German and began his career as a tri lingual journalist at the age of 19 His first novel Les Memoires de Rat de Cav