By Henry Williamson
A try out to Destruction (1960) used to be the 8th access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of historical Sunlight spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one international warfare. It starts within the ultimate yr of the nice struggle. After the cruel wintry weather of 1917 everyone seems to be nearing the boundaries in their persistence. Hetty, briefly relieved to have Phillip accurately domestic, hopes desperately that her son are not published to France back. Phillip, in spite of the fact that, is decided to return, and provides his identify to a listing of these on hand for carrier. After returning to front, in spite of the fact that, he's injured and despatched on convalescent depart within the West kingdom, the place his post-war civilian lifestyles begins.
'Williamson's type is romantic, although not often sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising.' Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the easiest in English in view that 1939
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Ich schwöre zu Gott, dass euch niemand hier auch nur ein Haar krümmen wird. Ich bin der Anführer der Camorra, und nur ich habe hier das Sagen. « Binnen einer Stunde hatten die neuen Gefangenen zwei nüchterne Lektionen gelernt: dass der Camorraboss den Mund keineswegs zu voll genommen hatte, was seine Macht anbelangte; und dass sein Versprechen, sie jeder »Camorrapflicht« zu entbinden, völlig wertlos war. Der Camorrista gab ihnen zwar die Beutel zurück, die bei ihrer Ankunft im Gefängnis beschlagnahmt worden waren.
Die Feudalherrschaft ging, der Privatbesitz kam. Eine wilde Mischung aus einheimischen Bräuchen, freiherrlichen und geistlichen Rechtsprechungen sowie öffentlichen Verordnungen verlor ihre Geltung; stattdessen kamen ein neues Zivilrecht und die erste Polizeitruppe.
Die Cosa Nostra blickt auf koordinierte und weniger koordinierte Phasen zurück; unterschiedliche Bosse vertraten unterschiedliche Führungsstile und sahen ihre Macht von diversen äußeren Beschränkungen beschnitten. Chaos, Betrug, gegenseitige Verdächtigungen und Bandenkriege sind seit jeher Konstanten in der Mafia. Die Spannbreite der Charaktere ist groß. Es gibt natürlich Parteiführer, Entscheidungsträger, Reformer und Rechtsverdreher. Doch auch etliche Rebellen, graue Eminenzen, ungeduldige Bonzen, »junge Türken« und Isolationisten.
A Test to Destruction (A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, Book 8) by Henry Williamson