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France

The End Is Near

by Ann Morrow September 13, 2012

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  On July 14, 1789, the inconceivable happened: The people of Paris rose up and stormed the Bastille. But as dire as this revolutionary act would seem, it took the cosseted nobles within the opulent confines ...

The Swashbuckling Spirit

by Shawn Stone October 26, 2011

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Paul W.S. Anderson’s version of The Three Musketeers opens with a bravura sequence that doesn’t seem like it belongs in The Three Musketeers. Athos, Aramis, Porthos and a female confederate storm a Venetian palace with ...

No Happy Endings, Please

by Shawn Stone August 31, 2011

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  This involving Holocaust drama is not an exercise in historical instruction. Sarah’s Key sets the overwhelming evil of genocide in a larger context spanning six decades, and builds its heart-wrenching drama around characters who mostly ...

Time Capsule

by Ann Morrow June 29, 2011

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Some 32,000 years ago, a prehistoric man in southern France entered a bear cave, and for reasons that may well be one of the world’s oldest mysteries, he painted his palm prints in a random ...