Stained Glass by William F. Buckley Jr.Of the Oakes stories, Ive found this to be one of the heaviest in terms of agonizing over the protagonists dilemma. It is also one of the more deliberately-staged alternate realities or what if scenarios, in which a much more compelling movement for German reunification is inserted into the post-war West German federal elections (a more plausible opponent to Adenauer). Still, it is fun, with relief coming in occasional laugh-out-loud moments of WFBs signature devilish humor. As always with Oakes, it is also fun to play what is real and what is fiction, something that WFB took delightfully beyond todays restraints of Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead....
Perhaps the most artful part of this novel is detailed description of the restoration of St. Anselms chapel, a 14th century gothic church on the estate of Count Axel Wintergrin. Wintergrin is the subject of Oakes mission and the reconstruction, consistent with American aid offered to post-war Germany, is his cover. Yet a fair portion of the novel is devoted to describing the careful and well-executed pursuit of restoring the chapel to its former beauty. The project becomes Oakes true passion as well as his only escape from the grim turns his official objective takes.
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William Frank Buckley Jr. His early schooling was in England and France. Drafted into the army as an infantry private in , he was discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant in Then he resigned to do freelance writing. In , he started his own magazine and is generally held to be responsible for assembling a coherent, responsible, modern conservative movement in the United States.
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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. A matter of some delicacy: finding the perfect blue to restore the windows of a thirteenth century German chapel at the Palace of St. Blackford Oakes, fresh from his daring exploits at Windsor Castle, is in charge. But Alex Wintergrin, owner of the chapel, is far more than a charming aristocrat and congenial companion. A charismatic hero, he is rising to power, rousing his countrymen to reunite Germany. As the cold war turns hot, Oakes is thrown into the arms of a beautiful KGB agent and onto the horns of a dilemma.
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