The Rage of the Vulture

by Barry Unsworth | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0393313085 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCordelia-annewing of Atlanta, Georgia USA on 11/24/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingCordelia-annewing from Atlanta, Georgia USA on Wednesday, November 24, 2021
I was attracted to the title of this book. It seems like we live in the age of the "rage of the vulture." I see Unsworth drew his title from these lines from Byron:

Know ye the land where the cypress and the myrtle
Are emblems of deeds that are done in their clime,
Where the rage of the vulture, the love of the turtle
Now melt into sorrow, now madden to crime.

Byron

The Bride of Abydos

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It is May 1908 and the Ottoman world is crumbling. Robert Markham, an Englishman in Constantinople, is newly posted to the British legation with his imperious wife and overly curious son. Markham's hidden life is about to make itself known as he forgets familial and patriotic ties in order to absolve a deep-seated guilt. Twelve years before, he had been involved with an Armenian woman. On the evening of their engagement, the Armenian massacres erupted. Saved by his British citizenship, he witnessed the brutal rape and murder of his fiancee. Amid the breakdown of the Turkish empire, he now seeks revenge.

Journal Entry 2 by wingCordelia-annewing at Little Free Library Charter 20502 in Atlanta, Georgia USA on Sunday, November 28, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (11/29/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library Charter 20502 in Atlanta, Georgia USA

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