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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


A Dysfunctional Family in 19th Century Russia

New Book Features Stunning Tale About Peasants and Complexities of Multiple Themes

WAYNE, Pa., June 27, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Crossing the bridge to the past has its treasures. The life and culture of the 19th century return in vibrant fashion as Xlibris proudly releases Kr (short for Karamazov Revisited), the compelling new psycho-drama novel from author Edward J. Murray.

Kr is an historical novel that takes place in Russia in the 1860s. It was a time there when the peasants were being liberated from the bondage of serfdom. The centerpiece of the novel is a dysfunctional family. Each member displays the extremes of several human emotions -- unbridled passions, immoderate spirituality, acute cynical intelligence, world-class corruption, and cast-in-stone bitterness. The reader will be quick to recognize that such emotions are very alive in twenty-first century America and the rest of the world. Although a good bit of the novel is dominated by the dark intemperate side of human emotions, the comical slips in with an appropriate dose as do the ordinary virtues -- prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. It ends as a champion of hope, light and goodness.

A Clever, Faithful Parody of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Down To The Anagrams

“So Dark The Con Of Man" perversely becomes “Hookers Con Daft Man" in ER Escober’s parody The Givenchy Code. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2006 — Anagrams and other brain-boggling exercises played pivotal roles in Dan Brown’s terrific bestseller The Da Vinci Code so it’s not surprising that an excellent send up of it would also be riddled with anagrams, codes, puzzles, cryptograms and messages hidden in famous artworks - although poked fun at by Escober - in keeping with the spirit of his parody.

For example, Da Vinci Code’s puzzling anagram “So Dark The Con of Man” is parodied as “Hookers Con Daft Man”. In Escober’s Givenchy Code, the process leading to the decoding of this anagram, is chock-full of giggles. He wrote: (after Villain tells Heroes to go “where the hookers con daft man” as the next clue to solving the Holy Grail mystery).
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