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Bright and Distant Shores: A Novel by Dominic Smith

By Dominic Smith

From the award-winning writer of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and the attractive Miscellaneous comes a sweeping ancient novel set amid the skyscrapers of Nineties Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific.

With serious compliment lavished on his first novels, Dominic Smith has develop into a celebrated and deeply respected storyteller. vibrant and far-off beaches, his most modern novel, bargains a gorgeous exploration of late-nineteenth-century the USA and the tribal Pacific. It's an epic trip that fanatics of historic fiction won't ever forget.

In the waning years of the 19th century there has been a starvation for tribal artifacts, spawning amassing voyages from museums and creditors worldwide. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago assurance tycoon, sponsors an excursion into the South Seas to commemorate the final touch of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest construction. The send is to deliver again an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but additionally a number of natives similar via blood.

Caught up during this scheme are orphans--Owen Graves, an itinerant dealer from Chicago's South facet who has lately proposed to the woman he needs to depart at the back of, and Argus Niu, a undertaking houseboy within the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited along with his sister. on the cusp of the 20 th century, the day trip forces a collision direction among the tribal and the civilized, among younger males suffering from their respective and haunting pasts.

An epic and impressive tale that brings to brain E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, vibrant and far-off shorelines is a wondrous fulfillment by means of a author identified for developing compelling fiction from the material of history.

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Drew on you? Drew on his brother? It shall be remembered in the account," the old man promised grimly, and fixed his bloodshot eyes upon his younger son. "Come here, you! Come nearer! You're quiet enough now, are you? Are you in your right senses yet? —a thing a very savage would not do. You shall ask his pardon for it here and now, before you pay the rest of your score. On your knees! " Harry did not move. "I ordered you to ask your brother's pardon. " Harry shook his head a little, and maintained his stony regard, not even glancing in Ebrard's direction.

If my hand and Adam's lay severed before you, would you know which was the free, and which the unfree? " "Father, if I have a mind, if I have that faculty of measuring which you call judgement, is it not the gift of God? Am I to bury it in the ground and let it rot? " "That is very well said, Harry! And let me tell you this, law is a compromise, a makeshift, a best that can be done with the material at hand, never finished. — older and wiser and greater minds than yours, compounded it, and I think none who had a hand in it will ever claim that it cannot be bettered.

And you are right to speak out where you think it fails of its purpose, which is justice, though you must beware of thinking that your criticisms are therefore invariably justified. There are doubtless some laws which are bad—though to be plain with you I do not think this is among them—and in time they will be changed. It is a good part to work for such amendment. But while the law is as it is, you are bound by it, and so am I, and we must conform. " "Father, what choice had we? In a year, or two years, or ten, this penalty which I find vile may be done away.

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