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Black Lamb and Grey Falcon West, R. January 30, 2007

Part travelogue, part history, part love letter on a thousand-page scale, Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is a genre-bending masterwork written in elegant prose. But what makes it so unlikely to be confused with any other book of history, politics, or culture—with, in fact, any other book—is its unashamed depth of feeling: think The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire crossed with Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

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