A Single Swallow

A Single Swallow
Author: Zhang Ling
Publsiher: AmazonCrossing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 9780761456957
ISBN 13: 0761456953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Single Swallow Book Review:

The eagerly awaited English translation of award-winning author Zhang Ling's epic and intimate novel about the devastation of war, forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring power of love. On the day of the historic 1945 Jewel Voice Broadcast--in which Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender to the Allied forces, bringing an end to World War II--three men, flush with jubilation, made a pact. After their deaths, each year on the anniversary of the broadcast, their souls would return to the Chinese village of their younger days. It's where they had fought--and survived--a war that shook the world and changed their own lives in unimaginable ways. Now, seventy years later, the pledge is being fulfilled by American missionary Pastor Billy, brash gunner's mate Ian Ferguson, and local soldier Liu Zhaohu. All that's missing is Ah Yan--also known as Swallow--the girl each man loved, each in his own profound way. As they unravel their personal stories of the war, and of the woman who touched them so deeply during that unforgiving time, the story of Ah Yan's life begins to take shape, woven into view by their memories. A woman who had suffered unspeakable atrocities, and yet found the grace and dignity to survive, she'd been the one to bring them together. And it is her spark of humanity, still burning brightly, that gives these ghosts of the past the courage to look back on everything they endured and remember the woman they lost.

A Single Swallow

A Single Swallow
Author: Zhang Ling
Publsiher: AmazonCrossing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 9781542041508
ISBN 13: 1542041503
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Single Swallow Book Review:

The eagerly awaited English translation of award-winning author Zhang Ling's epic and intimate novel about the devastation of war, forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring power of love. On the day of the historic 1945 Jewel Voice Broadcast--in which Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender to the Allied forces, bringing an end to World War II--three men, flush with jubilation, made a pact. After their deaths, each year on the anniversary of the broadcast, their souls would return to the Chinese village of their younger days. It's where they had fought--and survived--a war that shook the world and changed their own lives in unimaginable ways. Now, seventy years later, the pledge is being fulfilled by American missionary Pastor Billy, brash gunner's mate Ian Ferguson, and local soldier Liu Zhaohu. All that's missing is Ah Yan--also known as Swallow--the girl each man loved, each in his own profound way. As they unravel their personal stories of the war, and of the woman who touched them so deeply during that unforgiving time, the story of Ah Yan's life begins to take shape, woven into view by their memories. A woman who had suffered unspeakable atrocities, and yet found the grace and dignity to survive, she'd been the one to bring them together. And it is her spark of humanity, still burning brightly, that gives these ghosts of the past the courage to look back on everything they endured and remember the woman they lost.

A Single Swallow

A Single Swallow
Author: Horatio Clare
Publsiher: Vintage Books USA
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9780099526315
ISBN 13: 009952631X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Single Swallow Book Review:

From the slums of Cape Town to the palaces of Algiers, through Pygmy villages where pineapples grow wild, to the Gulf of Guinea where the sea blazes with oil flares, across two continents and fourteen countries - this epic journey is nothing to swallows, they do it twice a year. But for Horatio Clare, writer and birdwatcher, it is the expedition of a lifetime. Along the way he discovers old empires and modern tribes, a witch-doctor's recipe for stewed swallow, explains how to travel without money or a passport, and describes a terrifying incident involving three Spanish soldiers and a tiny orange dog. By trains, motorbikes, canoes, one camel and three ships, Clare follows the swallows from reed beds in South Africa, where millions roost in February, to a barn in Wales, where a pair nest in May.

In Time Out of Place

In Time  Out of Place
Author: You Jin
Publsiher: Epigram Books
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9814615056
ISBN 13: 9789814615051
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Time Out of Place Book Review:

Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (English Non-Fiction) You Jin brings to her travel writing the same wit evident in her fiction. Whether she is trekking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring the caves of Granada with gypsy pickpockets, visiting a farm stay in Tasmania, or negotiating for a horsehair-lacquer cup in Myanmar, she is adept at weaving a whimsical incident into a compelling and amusing narrative. Her trademark spirited humour brings to life the vastness of the globe we inhabit, as well as more intimate encounters with the people she meets along the way.

Anniversaries

Anniversaries
Author: Uwe Johnson
Publsiher: New York Review of Books
Total Pages: 1720
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN 10: 1681372045
ISBN 13: 9781681372044
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anniversaries Book Review:

A landmark of 20th Century literature about New York in the late 1960s, now in English for the first time. Late in 1967, Uwe Johnson set out to write a book that would take the unusual form of a chapter for every day of the ongoing year. It would be the tale of Gesine Cresspahl, a thirty-four-year-old single mother who is a German émigré to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and of her ten-year-old daughter, Marie—a story of work and school, of friends and lovers and the countless small encounters with neighbors and strangers that make up big-city life. An everyday tale, but also a tale of the events of the day, as gleaned by Gesine from The New York Times: Johnson could hardly foresee the convulsions of 1968, but some of the news—the racial unrest roiling America, the escalating war in Vietnam—was sure to be news for some time yet to come. Finally, it would be a tale told by Gesine to Marie about Gesine’s childhood in a small north German town, of her independent and enterprising father, of her troubled mother, of Nazi Germany (Gesine was born the year Hitler came to power) and World War II and Soviet retribution and the grimly regulated realities of Communist East Germany. An ambitious historical novel as well as a wonderfully observed New York novel, Anniversaries would take in the unsettled world of the present along with the twentieth century’s ­disastrous past, while vividly depicting the struggle of a loving, though hardly uncomplicated mother and a bright, indomitably curious girl to understand and care for each other and to shape a human world. Gesine and Marie are among the most memorable and engaging characters in literature, and Anniversaries, at once monumental and intimate, sweeping and full of incident, stylistically adventurous and endlessly absorbing, is quite simply one of the great books of our time.

Shadow

Shadow
Author: James Swallow
Publsiher: Forge Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-08-03
ISBN 10: 1250318785
ISBN 13: 9781250318787
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadow Book Review:

New York Times bestselling author James Swallow's The Marc Dane series continues with Shadow A ruthless far-right terrorist has broken out of captivity. A mysterious bio-scientist with a terrible secret is abducted. A lethal virus threatens millions of lives across Europe and the Middle East. Ex-MI6 officer Marc Dane and his partner, Lucy Keyes, are bound together in a desperate search for the sinister organization plotting the release of a deadly virus on the world. In their frantic race against time, Dane and Keyes will be tested more than ever before as they seem to find themselves one step behind at every turn. It will take everything they have to expose the evil forces lurking in the shadows and put a stop to this unstoppable pathogen ... and even everything might not be enough. What price would you pay to stop a global catastrophe? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Swallow

The Swallow
Author: Stephen Moss
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-10-29
ISBN 10: 1473577365
ISBN 13: 9781473577367
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Swallow Book Review:

From the bestselling author of The Robin, The Wren and The Twelve Birds of Christmas. With around 700,000 breeding pairs, the swallow is one of the most familiar birds in Britain. Though we consider the swallow to be 'our' bird, we also share this beloved creature with millions of others across the globe. Whilst we see it on a daily basis for half the year, the swallow then flies south to Africa, living on only in our memory in the long, dark winter. In The Swallow Stephen Moss documents a year of observing the swallow close to home and in the field to shed light on the secret life of this extraordinary bird. We trace the swallow's life cycle and journey, including the epic 12,000-mile round trip it takes every year, to enable it to enjoy a life of almost eternal sunshine, and the key part the swallow plays in our traditional and popular culture. With beautiful illustrations throughout, this captivating year-in-the-life biography reveals the hidden secrets of this charismatic and beautiful bird. PRAISE FOR STEPHEN MOSS: 'A superb naturalist and writer' Chris Packham 'Inspired, friendly and blessed with apparently limitless knowledge' Peter Marren 'Moss has carved out an enviable niche as a chronicler of the natural world' Daily Mail

The Flight of Swallows

The Flight of Swallows
Author: Audrey Howard
Publsiher: Hodder & Stoughton
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2009-12-10
ISBN 10: 1444724819
ISBN 13: 9781444724813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Flight of Swallows Book Review:

Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives. But Charlotte?s father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old, to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him ? but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong. Charlotte does not understand that Brooke adores her, and that he would never have forced his enchanting new wife to agree to the match. As they begin their ill-starred marriage, Brooke welcomes her brothers into his home and sets out to make her love him. And when Charlotte turns her back on her social duties to turn the Dower House into a home for Wakefield?s fallen women his patience is tested to the limit. Only when tragedy strikes will she will be able to admit that she loved him from the moment they met. But will it be too late?

1922

1922
Author: Stephen King
Publsiher: Scribner
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-11-12
ISBN 10: 1982136073
ISBN 13: 9781982136079
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1922 Book Review:

The chilling novella featured in Stephen King’s New York Times bestselling collection Full Dark, No Stars, 1922 is about a man who succumbs to the violence within—setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness. Wilfred James owns eighty acres of farmland in Nebraska that have been in his family for generations. His wife, Arlette, owns an adjoining one hundred acres. She wants to sell her land but if she does, Wilfred will be forced to sell as well. James will do anything to hold onto his farm, and he'll get his son to go along. Betrayal, murder, madness, rats, 1922 is a breathtaking exploration into the dark side of human nature from the great American storyteller Stephen King.

Star Trek Coda Book 1 Moments Asunder

Star Trek  Coda  Book 1  Moments Asunder
Author: Dayton Ward
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-09-28
ISBN 10: 1982158522
ISBN 13: 9781982158521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Star Trek Coda Book 1 Moments Asunder Book Review:

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse—only to find that some fates really are inevitable. STARFLEET’S FINEST FACES A CHALLENGE UNLIKE ANY OTHER TOMORROW IS DOOMED Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy. WANDERER, ORACLE, ALLY Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating temporal disaster, while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it, an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their future, but might the cause lie in their past? EVERYTHING THAT WILL BE Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined? ™, ®, & © 2021 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Like a Fox to a Swallow

Like a Fox to a Swallow
Author: Ella Voss
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2021-01-28
ISBN 10: 1800460775
ISBN 13: 9781800460775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Like a Fox to a Swallow Book Review:

Helen Kings and Alma Carneggio couldn’t be more different: Helen makes a living as a single-mum and partner in a London law firm, while Alma lives a privileged life as the wife of a Milanese industrial aristocrat. Yet, their lives are haunted by the same tragedy: the mysterious death of Luca Carneggio, Alma’s son and Helen’s lover- and the father of Helen’s teenage daughter Emmy, an illegitimate child and therefore a disgrace to the Carneggio family. While Alma drifts through her days on painkillers and tranquillizers, hiding in her family’s estate, Helen is keeping up the façade of a tough self-made woman. But in her quiet moments, only a ghost Luca keeps her company – and her resentment towards the Carneggios alive. She blames them for the dreams she had to give up. But as Emmy turns into a young adult, this truth is being challenged - until it finally falls apart. The reader follows Alma and Helen on their winded - and sometimes funny - ways to come to terms with their past, finding a new way of being after having lost what they loved the most. When Alma is suddenly stripped of her family corset, she begins to long for meeting her only granddaughter. But is it too late for a new beginning?

The Prince s Pen

The Prince s Pen
Author: Horatio Clare
Publsiher: Seren
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2013-03-30
ISBN 10: 1854115634
ISBN 13: 9781854115638
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Prince s Pen Book Review:

A contemporary retelling of the bizarre Mabinogion myth of Lludd and Llevelys, which reveales the origins of London. In this story by Horatio Clare, the Invaders' drones hear all and see all, and England is now a defeated archipelago, but somewhere in the high ground of the far west, insurrection is brewing. Ludo and Levello, the bandit kings of Wales, call themselves freedom fighters. Levello has the heart and help of Uzma, from Pakistan, the only other country in the free world. Ludon has a secret, lethal if revealed. A penetrating and daring raid on the past, present and future of the British Isles and their place in the modern world.

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun
Author: J. G. Ballard
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-03-19
ISBN 10: 1476737533
ISBN 13: 9781476737539
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Empire of the Sun Book Review:

The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China. Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him. Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world. Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

Asha and the Spirit Bird

Asha and the Spirit Bird
Author: Jasbinder Bilan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN 10: 1338571079
ISBN 13: 9781338571073
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Asha and the Spirit Bird Book Review:

In contemporary India, 12-year-old Asha will journey across the dangerous Himalayas to find her missing father and save her family's home -- guided by a mythical bird and a green-eyed tiger who she believes to be the spirits of her ancestors. This is an incredibly unique debut about loss, family, buried treasure, and hope. Asha lives on a family farm with her mother in rural India in the foothills of the Himalayas. Life would be perfect if her father were with them instead of working at the factory in the faraway city. But she knows they wouldn't be able to afford their home without the money he sends home.When four months go by without a single letter, a ruthless debt collector arrives with a warning, and soon the entire world that Asha has known is threatened. Determined to save her home, Asha and her best friend must swallow their fears and set out on a dangerous journey across the Himalayas to find her father.As desperation turns to peril, Asha will face law enforcement, natural disaster, and the wild dangers of the Himalayas. But with a majestic bird and a green-eyed tiger as her guides, who she believes to be the spirits of her ancestors, she's determined to keep faith in order to save her family.

Ten Tiny Breaths

Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-02-12
ISBN 10: 147674033X
ISBN 13: 9781476740331
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ten Tiny Breaths Book Review:

After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart. Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them. Four years ago, Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D. Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable, and Trent is desperate to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.

One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer

One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer
Author: Aristotle
Publsiher: Penguin Classics
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2020-09-24
ISBN 10: 9780241472866
ISBN 13: 0241472865
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer Book Review:

'One swallow does not make a summer; neither does one day. Similarly neither can one day, or a brief space of time, make a man blessed and happy' What does it mean to be a good person? Ranging over eternal questions of right and wrong, pleasure and self-control, friendship and courage, Aristotle's lectures on ethics are among the most lasting and profound philosophical works of all time. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

Swallow s Dance

Swallow s Dance
Author: Wendy Orr
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-06-27
ISBN 10: 1760636479
ISBN 13: 9781760636470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Swallow s Dance Book Review:

I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
Author: Mo Yan
Publsiher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Total Pages: 552
Release: 2012-07
ISBN 10: 1611454271
ISBN 13: 9781611454277
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out Book Review:

Stripped of his possessions and executed as a result of Mao's Land Reform Movement in 1948, benevolent landowner Ximen Nao finds himself endlessly tortured in Hell before he is systematically reborn on Earth as each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Swallow

Swallow
Author: Sefi Atta
Publsiher: Interlink Publishing
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2012-11-01
ISBN 10: 1623710073
ISBN 13: 9781623710071
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Swallow Book Review:

In the 1980s in Lagos, the government’s War Against Indiscipline and austerity measures are in full swing. A succession of unfortunate events leads Tolani, a bank secretary, to be persuaded by her roommate Rose to consider drug trafficking as a way to make a living. Tolani’s subsequent struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her morality—and that of her mother Arike’s—as she embarks on a turbulent journey of self-discovery.

The Swallow a Ghost Story

The Swallow  a Ghost Story
Author: Charis Cotter
Publsiher: Tundra Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 1770495924
ISBN 13: 9781770495920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Swallow a Ghost Story Book Review:

Seeking solace in the attics of their adjoining houses in 1960s Toronto, Polly, an imaginative girl from a large family, and Rose, a sharp-tongued waif whose parents leave her alone frequently, develop an unlikely friendship based on Rose's ability to see and talk to ghosts.