Shadows of Ecstasy: A Novel

By Charles Williams

A charismatic and immortal chief rises up out of Africa to violently adjust humankind’s destiny

there's nice unrest at the African continent, and explosive uprisings that originated there are discovering their strategy to Britain’s beaches. a guy named Nigel Considine, a charismatic chief who calls himself the excessive government, is elevating an exceptional military to overcome the area. common love is his acknowledged aim, to be completed via violence if invaluable, and his dogma has unleashed a negative backlash of brutality, prejudice, and hatred all through so-called civilized London. yet who's this immortal prophet-king whose phrases inflame the passions of untold millions of disciples? Is he a power-hungry madman, because the unrepentant agnostic Sir Bernard Travers has flatly said, or is he the Antichrist, as Travers’s dearest pal, the vicar Ian Caithness, believes? probably the deathless Considine is the sunshine of the age—indeed, of every age: a saintly personage to be cherished and with out qualm or query, because the poet Roger Ingram is commencing to suspect. yet be he grasp felony or twisted genius, supernatural demon or savior reborn, the excessive Executive’s coming is destined to alter the world.

No twentieth-century writer explored subject matters of religion, spirituality, and the supernatural with extra verve and originality than the exceptional Charles Williams, who besides colleagues C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield, was once a member of the collage of Oxford’s famed Inklings literary society. mixing myth experience with breathtaking religious techniques, Williams’s acclaimed works, together with Shadows of Ecstasy, are must-reads for any lover of clever, thought-provoking metaphysical fiction.

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What, calling himself a king? ” she requested. “It used to be the best way he talked, taking a look like a god,” Rosamond acknowledged, virtually hysterically. “I hate him to seem like that. ” Isabel checked out the espresso cups. “Shall I transparent them away? ” she acknowledged, “or shall I go away them for Muriel? Roger won’t name her Muriel, he says it makes him suppose unclean. So awkward, simply because he continuously has to head and locate her if he occurs to wish whatever. He can’t simply name out ‘Hi! ’ Don’t fear, Rosamond, I don’t think you’ll see him back. ” “I hate him,” Rosamond repeated.

Really, aside from the 2 girls, all of them knew the substance of it prior to, yet they have been very keen to listen to it back compacted after this little lapse of time. every little thing used to be there—the photo, the tune, the opposite viewers, the weapons, the king’s sleep—and opposed to that heritage ran the summaries of Considine’s monologues, dialog, and declare. As they listened that river of wide pretension flowed speedier and deeper at their toes; they stood on its breaking point and questioned. used to be the resource certainly 200 years off some time past?

I'm going to move alone,” he acknowledged. “They won't assault me two times. ” “No, in fact not,” Roger stated. “Never assault a similar guy two times is a well known rule of mobs. Nonsense, guy, nobody is familiar with who’s approximately. i believe you must cease right here; you could, you recognize. We informed you that earlier than. ” “Do,” Isabel installed. Inkamasi appeared to hesitate, then he stated particularly vaguely, “No, I’m sorry, i need to move. There are purposes. …” “Are they truly vicious, Roger? ” Sir Bernard requested. “Nasty little things,” Roger responded. “The ordinary variety.

His personal exaltation, despite the fact that, had now not been precisely forbidden to thrive—until now. yet now she do not have it; she shrank from and repelled it. She wouldn’t be touched; she wouldn’t be approached. Isabel instructed him that her sister was once sound asleep badly. yet what Isabel didn’t inform him was once the doubtful and unsatisfied reason behind that damaged sleep. Roger, coming in early one night, came across his spouse on my own. He kissed her and flung himself down, and a silence collected them up. almost immediately Isabel stirred: “Well, darling?

He went ahead and his servants after him. Vereker signed to Caithness to precede him, and Roger followed the priest. Mottreux sorted them; then he went quickly to Rosenberg and laid his hand at the casket. “Do you actually suggest to compliment those to Jerusalem? ” he stated. “I am determined,” the outdated guy replied. “I will make haste to the town of our God. ” Mottreux became sharply away; he went after the others. They have been going to the room the place that morning Roger had noticeable the test at revivification, however the final of the disciples didn't particularly trap them up.

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