A Creed for the Third Millennium

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Harper Collins, 1985 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Tomorrow's America is a cold and ravaged place, a nation devastated by despair and enduring winter. In a small New England city, senior government official Dr. Judith Carriol finds the man she has been seeking: a deliverer of hope in a hopeless time who can revive the dreams of a shattered people; a magnetic, compassionate idealist whom Judith can mold, manipulate and carry to undreamed-of heights; a healer who must ultimately face damnation through the destructive power of love.


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This isn't just allegory... it is prophecy !

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Page 130 - BRIGHT is the ring of words When the right man rings them, Fair the fall of songs When the singer sings them. Still they are carolled and said — On wings they are carried — After the singer is dead And the maker buried.
Page 225 - A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke; And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke.
Page 257 - Get leave to work In this world — 'tis the best you get at all; For God, in cursing, gives us better gifts Than men in benediction. God says, "Sweat For foreheads," men say "crowns," and so we are crowned, Ay, gashed by some tormenting circle of steel Which snaps with a secret spring. Get work, get work; Be sure 'tis better than what you work to get.
Page 361 - I've been waiting for you to come. But if you're going to begin to tell me what I can do and what I can't do- — RIMS. If you don't know enough to keep clear of Mengle, you shouldn't be at large. BOBBY. That's just the point. I do know enough to keep clear of Mengle. Only I'm on my own now, and I'm going to use my own judgment. RIMS. Such as it is. BOBBY. Exactly. Such as it is. You use yours such as it is...
Page 196 - ... Count to be very agreeable ? — that won't content you. You want me to marry a man whom I have seen for one half hour. Are you reasonable, Monsieur Gironac ?" " He has rank, wealth, good looks, talent, and polished manners ; and you admit that you do not dislike him ; what would you have more ?" " He is not in love with me, and I am not in love with him.
Page 229 - Not now!" She glared until her entourage backed off. "You know you're going to give them a complex," he kidded. "Who cares," she muttered. Daniel watched her for a moment, in all the years he had known her, he had never seen her like this. "You want to talk about it?
Page 290 - JO. 31. LOVE has many phases: love of husband and wife, parent and child, friend and friend, neighbor and neighbor, are not the same. Love does not always mean congenial fellowship. There is no reason for imagining that the Good Samaritan found the despoiled traveler an agreeable comrade ; certainly Jesus did not find comradeship in Judas Iscariot, and yet it is said that, having loved his own, he loved them to...
Page 254 - I am not a religious man, if by that you envision a man who observes an established religious regimen. Yet I believe in God! My God. Not anybody else's God. And God is the crux of my life, my therapy, my book. So...
Page 162 - Therefore just pray the guard dogs in State and the bloodhounds in Justice and the mastiffs in Defense were lying peacefully sleeping beside their own fires, immune to the scent of that modem butt of all national rancor, Environment.

About the author (1985)

Colleen McCullough is the author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Caesar, and other novels. She lives with her husband on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.

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