A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent

By Jeffrey Lent

On the shut of the Civil warfare, weary veteran Malcolm Hopeton returns to his domestic in western manhattan nation to discover his spouse and employed guy lacking and his farm in disrepair. A double homicide ensues, the repercussions of which ripple via a neighborhood with religious roots within the moment nice Awakening. Hopeton has long past from the horrors of struggle to these some distance worse, and arrayed round him are a bunch of different humans suffering to make feel of his crime. between them is Enoch Stone, the attorney for the neighborhood, whose religious commitment is subverted via his lust for energy; August Swarthout, whose spouse has left earthly time and whose eye is decided on eternity; and a boy who needs to straddle worlds as he reveals his personal fact and power. constantly there's love and the reminiscence of love—as haunting because the American Eden that Jeffrey Lent has so exquisitely rendered during this unforgettable novel.

A Slant of sunshine is a singular of earthly excitement and deep love, of loss and struggle, of prophets and fans, of robbery and revenge, in an American second the place a doubtless golden age has been shattered. this can be Jeffrey Lent on his domestic floor and on the top of his powers.

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Copernicus could not prove his theory because there was no telescope for accurate study of celestial bodies. Moreover, the church set about making it heresy to say the earth orbited the sun. It wasn’t until 1610 that Galileo perfected a telescope enough to see the moons of Jupiter and observe that Venus had phases like our moon, which meant it circled the sun, proving Copernicus right. By then, however, the struggle between science and religion had hardened enough so Galileo was forced to recant his findings.

At public gatherings to expunge lechery and luxury, known as bonfires of the vanities, “they outdid one another in zeal, tossing into the flames rich clothes, perfumes, jewelry, wigs, toiletries, veils, dice, playing cards, musical instruments, and paintings of beautiful women. After four years, history’s most notorious pope, Alexander VI, a Borgia who had his murderous son Cesare made a cardinal at age seventeen, accused Savonarola of heresy and had him hanged from, and burned on, a gibbet placed on a special causeway built out into the city’s main square.

As a great maritime power, Venice established the quarantining of sailors off arriving ships, initially for thirty days. To cut down sources of contagion when plague threatened, many cities banned the resale of old clothes (which were burned instead). Communal public baths were banned, too. Florence had a city ordinance forbidding citizens to throw dead cats into the river Arno. But there, as elsewhere, people were buried in city churchyards that leached into nearby streams. In some places, garbage was burned or collected to be tossed over the city walls.

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