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De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard yT John Keats Book Two Marcantonio is a tale of a desperateoung man his sexual confusions and the attempted intervention by his mother Book Three Alix focuses on the loneliness of the French Princess and her desperate search for escape from isolation Book Four Austree Luce and The Cardinal is a religious sermondebate about faith and the power of prayer that suddenly changes into a potentially deadly showdown Book Five The Dusk of the Gods is a dreamlike visitation in which Grier projects the deadly showdown Book Five The Dusk of Gods is a dreamlike visitation in which Elizabeth Grier projects the of the cabala into a classical background each portrayed as a pagan god or goddess The narrator is visited by Virgil Prince of Poets who evokes Milton and ShakespeareAs one might guess not much happens in The Cabala It is a novel of characterization not of plot It is also a display of exceptionally good writing Wilder provides the reader with realism accompanied by splash of fantasy Wilder is a literary stylist who uses precisely detailed descriptions elaborate similes and a wide array of classical and artistic allusions The aristocratic members of the Cabala are certainly well versed in religion art music and literature On every level The Cabala is intellectual academic and erudite without being pompous or condescending What a refreshing change to read something so vastly different from anything written nowadays Yes this book is extremely dated totally immersed in the language and outlook of the 1920s but that s much of its charm And what a delightfully bizarre menagerie of improbable exotic characters Wilder has presented here So strange and unbelievable are they that I doubt he could have just imagined them truth being stranger than fiction They must have really existed if not individually then organically as composites the last remaining artifacts left behind following the destruction of empires in The Great War Apart from their shared connection to a bygone world they each possess some uniue attribute that makes them exceptional and intriguingWilder draws a parallel between these displaced characters and the demise of the gods of antiuity after they were swept away by the rise of ChristianityWilder s wickedly satiric humour skillfully sends up the absurdities and ridiculous conceits of his protagonists et he does so in a kind manner because at heart he loves them for their eccentricity and we share his sorrow at their ultimate demiseReading this short novel I was struck by the fact that Wilder himself also represents a bygone era one where an education in the classics was considered mainstream. A semiautobiographical novel of unforgettable characters and human passions launched Wilder's career as a celebrated storyteller and dramatist. He word cabala ties them together in our imaginations THE CABALA was Wilder S First Novel It first novel It promise but it shows He went on to become a most worthy novelist and playwright It is full of wryly humorous ironic portraits of this group or cabal of mostly non and playwright It is full of wryly humorous ironic portraits of this group or cabal of mostly non socialites while vaguely admiring of their physical surroundings the palaces the villas the accoutrements I wouldn t call this the best novel I ve ever read but it is a fairly charming period piece from a time that was already over when it was written An uneventful and plotless but beautifully written story of a oung American who is befriended by a group of well to do socialites in 1920 s Rome It was Wilders first book and hinted at the enormous talent that he would demonstrate in his later writings It must have been the influence of high school where we were reuired to read Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey that gave me the idea that familiarity with Wilder was necessary for a liberal education In any case I went on to read his Ides of March and wasn t impressed and The Cabala and was even less impressed Ironic and self ironic unapologetically literary urbane and heady Reads for the most part like Woolf or Forster occasionally reaching wry delights When the bourgeoisie discovered that she was accepting invitations there was a tumult as of many watersThis is a book where Un nol River Falls (Suspense Crime) you get the feeling that the trees as it were are important than the forest And then after weaving this glittering verbal spell the story pounces from behind it and flexes does things that I not only haven t seen done but still can t imagine being done in serious literature This is absolutely a hidden gem of American lit I thinkou should read it and see what I mean Holy cow What an amazing writer The Cabala by Thornton Wilder is set in Rome in the early 1920 s and is a story that centers on of a group of Fierce intellectual snobs who are very rich and influential Thornton divided the novel into Five Books The first is First Encounters in which the characters are introduced by James Blair a oung American scholar and friend of the narrator known only as Samuele Among the cabalists there is Miss Elizabeth Grier wealthy American spinster Her Highness Leda Matilda Colonna Duchessa d Auilanera The Black ueen and her troubled son Marcantonio French Princess Alix d Espoli fanatically devout Mlle Astree Luce de Monfontaine and the wise Cardinal Vaine former missionary promoted to the heights of Vatican administration There is even a cameo appearance one hundred ears out of sync of poe. Secret community a cabala of decaying royalty a great cardinal of the Roman Church and an assortment of memorable American ex pats The Cabala. .

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Wilder s first novel written at age 26 after he had spent a ear at the American school in Rome A portrait of bored and decadent aristocracy in Rome between THE WARS DRAWN IN GREAT wars Characters drawn in great but somehow they never came alive for The tone of the narrator is irritating a very oung man trying very hard to persuade the reader of his immense erudition by describing all the art and artists he encounters with barely concealed condescension But then in what amounts to an describing all the art and artists he encounters with barely concealed condescension But then in what amounts to an entitled The Dusk of the Gods we are given the suggestion that all the characters we have seen are the worn out incarnations of ancient Roman deities and that the narrator himself is the incarnation of Mercury the founder of language and elouence and also the guide of souls to the underworld Suddenly all that has gone before becomes enlarged And there is a beautiful evocation of Virgil s poetry in a long description of nightfall on the Mediterranean as the narrator sails away from Rome on his way back to America Always interesting to go back and visit debut books from prized authors and inside this one ou can already see The Bridge of San Luis Rey forming Affluenza is defined as the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth per dictionarycom This story excellently demonstrates that concept as it explores the lives of a group of individuals whose wealth has insulated them from the world while convincing them that it s their job to run the worldThe exploration of the idea is absorbing especially given the contemporary post WWI setting which allows a 21st century reader to see outcomes that the author and characters could not Gloom at the Top A polite New Englander somehow penetrates a top hat society of aristocrats pale poets and princesses and Cardinals in Rome who are really hapless caught forever in the coils of wealth and privilege able to escape daily toil but not vacuity They are rather ironically known as the Cabala Note this book has nothing to do with Jewish mysticism Nothing Our narrator describes a series of Cabala members individually and we learn how they are connected Having money is tough ou know You wind up having to keep the hoi polloi away from the gates But they still might get in So best bring back kings divine right and the Almighty Church How are Een reis om de wereldin 45 kip en kalkoengerechten you going to do that Don t let them catch wind of it Wellou might form a secret group of the best people ie richest and most conservative and talk incessantly so seriously unserious Whether they have really created such a group is doubtful A Les Chevaliers d'Emeraude, Tome 1 : Les Enfants Magiques young American student spends aear in the exotic world of post World War I Rome While there he experiences firsthand the waning days of The Cabala