The Tremendous Event

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Author: Maurice LeBlanc
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,704 / 177 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.2
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,469
Added to site: 2010.08.09 28672
Genre: Adventure

The tremendous event of the 4th. of June, whose consequences affected the relations of the two great Western nations even more profoundly than did the war, has called forth, during the last fifty years, a constant efflorescence of books, memoirs and scientific studies of truthful reports and fabulous narratives. There was nothing lacking but Simon Dubosc's own story. And it was strange that we should have known only by reports, usually fantastic, the part played by the man who, first by chance and then by his indomitable courage and later still by his clear-sighted enthusiasm, was thrust into the very heart of the adventure.It was in Simon Dubosc that the western spirit first became conscious of itself and it is the whole man that belongs to history.

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r three trial swings, to assure himself of the precise direction; a second's reflection and calculation; and suddenly the club swung upwards, descended and struck the ball.

The ball flew through the air and suddenly veered to the left; then, curving to the right after passing a clump of trees which formed an obstacle to be avoided, it fell on the putting-green at a few yards' distance from the hole.

"Well done!" cried Simon. "A very pretty screw!"

"Not so bad, not so bad," said Lord Bakefield, resuming his round.

Simon did not allow himself to be disconcerted by this curious method of beginning an interview and broached his subject, without further preamble:

"Lord Bakefield, you know who my father is, a Dieppe ship-owner, with the largest merchant-fleet in France. So I need say no more on that side."

"Capital fellow, M. Dubosc," said Lord Bakefield, approvingly. "I had the pleasure of shaking hands with him at Dieppe last month. Capital fellow."

Simon continued


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1922) Sci-fi (Natural disaster) / Adventure (Survival) / Romance

R: * * * *

Plot bullets

  • All is not well in the English channel. Many ships have not reached port and their are rumors of giant water spouts and whirlpools.

  • The events are precursors to a great earthquake. It raises the sea floor in the channel. There is now land above the waters between England and France.

  • One man is caught up in the turmoil. His life is in constant danger as he wanders. Landmarks have been obliterated and there are, at first, few others from whom to ask directions.

  • This tragedy, is however, the opportunity he needs to fulfill the conditions that will allow him to marry. The girls father demands a station in life that he does not have, currently.

  • At their last parting, they were caught up in one of the channel ship wrecks. The girl lost a precious heirloom. That ship is now above the waters and provides for yet another opportunity for adventure and danger, as her lover goes on a quest to recover it. Others know of that wealth and more. It is not safe, as people take the land and the law into their own hands.

  • Everyone's life has changed. His may change for the better, and all due to 'The Tremendous Event'.

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