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The Eternal City

Sir Hall Caine

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. . .tied down to this mattress, and what is to happen if the Baron takes offence? The income he allows us from your father's estates is under his own control still. He can cut it off at any moment, and if he does, what is to become of me?"

Roma's bosom was swelling under her heavy breathing, her heart was beating violently and her head was dizzy. All the bitterness of the evening was boiling in her throat, and it burst out at length in a flood.

"So that is all your moral protestations come to, is it?" she said. "Because the Baron is necessary to you and you cannot exist without him, you expect me to buy and sell myself according to your necessities."

"Roma! What are you saying? Aren't you ashamed...."

"Aren't you ashamed? You've been trying to throw me92 into the arms of the Baron, and you haven't cared what would happen so long as I kept up appearances."

"Oh, dear! I see what it is. You want to be the death of me! You will, too. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A truly beautiful novel, with many tissues needed towards the end! A wonderful tale of the fight for justice in society, and the happiness of the people, against all the odds.

I heard and read much about this book over the years and finally decided to experience it myself. I'm very glad I did. While this is indeed a love story the the real lesson is an undying commitment to a cause of social justice. The people who pioneered the Soka Gakkai, an international organizati...more

In this book, the aim has been to rely solely on the humanities and the comradeship and to go back to the simple story of the woman who denounced her husband in order to save his life. It’s a story of Revolutionary who fought against corrupt authorities to save the people from the misery. It’s a...more

"في ميدان الحب، يربح الهارب!"
الجملة التي تجذب انتباهك بين السطور.. وسرعان ما يدحضها الكاتب من خلال الأحداث التى تجذبك وتجعلك لا تترك الرواية من بين يديك إلا وقد انتهيت منها، إنها قصة الحب والتضحية، قصة الوعي وتزييف الوعي، تعرضت للتاريخ والصراع القائم بين السلطة العسكرية والدينية وكفاح الشعب...more

inspirational. Entertaining and encouraging. David Rossi is my hero.

من أكثر الروايات اللى عجبتنى يمكن علشان القصه الثوريه والرومانسيه الجميله اللى شوقتنى ليها
صديق ديفيد روسى اللى ضحى بنفسه فى المحكمه لما كانو بيشككوا فى صديقه وبيخونه وتضحيات روما وانها تتحبس مكان حببها الا ان ماتت قصة حب وتضحيه اكثر من رائعه

This book may be a little hard to come by in Singapore. Back then, the only publicly available copy was the one in the NUS main library.

It starts out a little slowly, but eventually builds to a timeless tour de force.