The Lightless Sky

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The Lightless Sky

The Lightless Sky

An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to A New Life in Britain

  • Author: Gulwali Passarlay,Nadene Ghouri
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 1782398465
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
  • View: 6192
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The boy who fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers is now a young man intent on changing the world. His story is a deeply harrowing and incredibly inspiring tale of our times. 'To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?' Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of twelve, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US Army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali began a twelvemonth odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, making a terrifying journey across the Mediterranean in a tiny boat, and enduring a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone. In Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. Gulwali wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who are making this perilous journey every day. One boy's experience is the central story of our times. This memoir celebrates the triumph of courage and determination over adversity.

The Lightless Sky

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The Lightless Sky

The Lightless Sky

An Afghan Refugee Boy's Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain

  • Author: Gulwali Passarlay,Nadene Ghouri
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781782399230
  • Category:
  • Page: 384
  • View: 3543
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Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army for hiding Taliban fighters. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali began a 12 month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, brutality, nearly drowning in a tiny boat on the Mediterranean. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a boy of 12. Here in Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. He wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who risk their lives to leave behind the troubles of their homelands. Many die along the way, some are sent back to face imprisonment and possible death, some survive and make it here, to a country which offers them the chance of a life of freedom.

Eva - A Novel by Carry van Bruggen

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Eva - A Novel by Carry van Bruggen

Eva - A Novel by Carry van Bruggen

  • Author: Carry van Bruggen
  • Publisher: UCL Press
  • ISBN: 1787353303
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 192
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Eva, a 1927 novel by Dutch writer Carry van Bruggen, is an experiment in depicting a woman’s life from girlhood to marriage, and beyond, to sexual freedom and independence. At the same time, the narrative expresses Eva’s dawning sense of self and expanding subjectivity through a stream of consciousness told by a shifting narrator. Burdened all of her life by feelings of shame, at the end of the novel Eva overcomes this legacy of her upbringing and declares that it is ‘bodily desire that makes love acceptable’. Carry van Bruggen’s rich and varied language conveys Eva’s experience of the world. Powerful memories of an orthodox Jewish childhood pervade the novel with its fluid sense of time. As Eva puts it, ‘I let these years slip through my fingers like a stream of dry, glinting sand.’ Jane Fenoulhet makes this important modernist novel accessible to English readers for the first time. While it can be described as a becoming-woman of both Eva and her creator, so can the translation be seen as the translator’s own becoming, as Fenoulhet explains in the accompanying commentary, where she also describes the challenges of translating van Bruggen’s dynamic, intense narrative. For Fenoulhet, translation is more a matter of personal engagement with the novel than a matter of word choice and style. In this way, the emotional and intellectual life of the main character is re-enacted through translation.

Hunting Mister Heartbreak

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Hunting Mister Heartbreak

Hunting Mister Heartbreak

A Discovery of America

  • Author: Jonathan Raban
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307791637
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 384
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A New York Times Notable Book "In an era of jet tourism, [Jonathan Raban] remains a traveler-adventurer in the tradition of . . . Robert Louis Stevenson." --The New York Times Book Review In 1782 an immigrant with the high-toned name J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur--"Heartbreak" in English--wrote a pioneering account of one European's transformation into an American. Some two hundred years later Jonathan Raban, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, arrived in Crèvecoeur's wake to see how America has paid off for succeeding generations of newcomers. The result is an exhilarating, often deliciously funny book that is at once a travelogue, a social history, and a love letter to the United States. In the course of Hunting Mr. Heartbreak, Raban passes for homeless in New York and tries to pass for a good ol' boy in Alabama (which entails "renting" an elderly black lab). He sees the Protestant work ethic perfected by Korean immigrants in Seattle--one of whom celebrates her new home as "So big! So green! So wide-wide-wide!"--and repudiated by the lowlife of Key West. And on every page of this peerlessly observant work, Raban makes us experience America with wonder, humor, and an unblinking eye for its contradictions. "Raban delivers himself of some of the most memorable prose ever written about urban America." --Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times "When Raban describes America and Americans, he is unfailingly witty and entertaining." --Salman Rushdie

Inn-By-The-Bye Stories - 2

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Inn-By-The-Bye Stories - 2

Inn-By-The-Bye Stories - 2

  • Author: William Flewelling
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1504924274
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 212
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In an endeavor to find a fresh way into the scriptural text upon which I would be preaching, I began to develop an imaginary world, populated primarily by wee folk. I found that the characters I developed and the way that they evolved in my mind and on the page served me well as a consideration of how I sensed things happening in the scriptural text at hand. I want to make these stories and the world they represent newly accessible, and so I bring them to book form.

The Iron Tree

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The Iron Tree

The Iron Tree

  • Author: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1447217527
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 496
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Jarred, recently come of age, is leaving the sun-scorched desert village that has always been his home. He sets out with a band of friends to see the mighty and beautiful kingdom of the north and to seek out the truth about his father, who came to the village a stranger and departed when Jarred was ten, never to return. After the travellers are set upon in a ravine and several of their number sustain injuries, they seek shelter in the Marsh of Slievmordhu – a cool green world of dazzling beauty as different from their homeland as night and day. Here Jarred meets Lilith, and in a single moment he realizes that his life can never be the same again. But neither of the young lovers is aware how closely linked their fates – and their past – really are. During a visit to Cathair Rua, the Red City, Jarred stumbles across the secret of the Iron Tree, and with it an unbearable truth about his father's identity... Praise for the ‘Bitterbynde’ trilogy: ‘Dart-Thornton’s Bitterbynde trilogy – each book and all three together - deserves to win every fantasy award there is’ Tanith Lee 'Hobbit-fanciers will find much to delight them' The Times

The Poets and Poetry of America

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The Poets and Poetry of America

The Poets and Poetry of America

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: American poetry
  • Page: 622
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The New Jerusalem Magazine

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The New Jerusalem Magazine

The New Jerusalem Magazine

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: New Jerusalem Church
  • Page: N.A
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Includes Journal of the Massachusetts Association of the New Jerusalem Church.

The Animal Factory

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The Animal Factory

The Animal Factory

A Novel

  • Author: Edward Bunker
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • ISBN: 1466852976
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
  • View: 6566
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The Animal Factory goes deep into San Quentin, a world of violence and paranoia, where territory and status are ever-changing and possibly fatal commodities. Ron Decker is a newbie, a drug dealer whose shot at a short two-year stint in the can is threatened from inside and outside. He's got to keep a spotless record or it's ten to life. But at San Quentin, no man can steer clear of the Brotherhoods, the race wars, the relentlessness. It soon becomes clear that some inmates are more equal than others; Earl Copen is one of them, an old-timer who has learned not just to survive but to thrive behind bars. Not much can surprise him-but the bond he forms with Ron startles them both; it's a true education of a felon.

Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles Book #1)

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Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles Book #1)

Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles Book #1)

  • Author: Lynn Austin
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441262709
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 464
  • View: 9619
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Bestselling Author Lynn Austin Launches New Biblical Saga After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers. Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them, and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.