Billiards at Half-Past Nine (The Essential Heinrich Böll) by Heinrich Böll

By Heinrich Böll

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Böll’s recognized competition to fascism and struggle informs this relocating tale of a unmarried day within the lifetime of traumatized soldier Robert Faehmel, scion of a kin of profitable Cologne architects, as he struggles to come back to dull existence after the second one global battle. An come upon with a war-time  nemesis, now an influence within the reconstruction of Germany, forces him to confront inner most stories and the injuries of Germany’s defeat within the global Wars.

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Hypocrisy a-la-Mode. indd 21 9/18/2012 3:33:45 PM 22 poems (kilmarnock, 1786) I UPON a simmer Sunday morn, When Nature’s face is fair, I walked forth to view the corn, An’ snuff the callor air. The rising sun, owre GALSTON Muirs,° Wi’ glorious light was glintan; The hares were hirplan down the furrs, The lav’rocks they were chantan Fu’ sweet that day. II As lightsomely I glowr’d abroad, To see a scene sae gay, Three hizzies, early at the road, Cam skelpan up the way. Twa had manteeles o’ dolefu’ black, But ane wi’ lyart lining; The third, that gaed a wee a-back, Was in the fashion shining Fu’ gay that day.

An’ bake them up in brunstane pies For poor d — n’d Drinkers. 110 120 Fortune, if thou’ll but gie me still Hale breeks, a scone, an’ whisky gill, An’ rowth o’ rhyme to rave at will, Tak a’ the rest, An’ deal’t about as thy blind skill Directs thee best. indd 15 9/18/2012 3:33:44 PM 16 poems (kilmarnock, 1786) THE AUTHOR’S EARNEST CRY AND PRAYER, TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE AND HONORABLE, THE SCOTCH REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS Dearest of Distillation! last and best! —— —— How art thou lost!

Now that he appears in the public character of an Author, he does it with fear and trembling. indd 3 9/18/2012 3:33:43 PM 4 preface dawnings of the poor, unfortunate Ferguson,° he, with equal unaffected sincerity, declares, that, even in his highest pulse of vanity, he has not the most distant pretensions. These two justly admired Scotch Poets he has often had in his eye in the following pieces; but rather with a view to kindle at their flame, than for servile imitation. To his Subscribers,° the Author returns his most sincere thanks.

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