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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Posted by greyowl in Berichte / Reports, History, Politik / Politics.
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This is an amazing book, the first of the Century Trilogy. It is superbly researched and masterly written. We follow the events leading up to WWI through the eyes of several interrelated characters, from America, Great Britain, Germany and Russia. (more…)

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Deep convictions under fire. Flame in the Night by Heather Munn Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Posted by greyowl in History, Rezensionen / Reviews.
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Flame in the Night by Heather Munn is a captivating drama about the resistance movement in occupied France during WWII. Teenage scouts conceal Jewish children from the Gestapo in remote farms, attics, treetops and caves, while everyday life continues as usual: cultivating vegetables, going to school, shovelling snow, attending church.

An informer, working for the compromising Vichy government, takes up residence in the village. Injured German soldiers from the Eastern front are sent there to recuperate. The pastor and his assistant encourage the faithful to practise nonviolent resistance, and they establish a network of helpers, which enables many Jewish children from Poland or Germany, whose parents have been deported to concentration camps, to go into hiding or to take on new identities and mingle with the locals. However, some lads join the underground armed Maquis. And so the agonising questions of conscience keep surfacing. (more…)

The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Scandalous rumours and immoral men do their best to ruin May Rose Long’s life. But she strives to remain honest and chaste. With neither home nor money, she even adopts the forlorn wild teenager, Wanda, before realising she is her fugitive husband’s daughter.

The book is well written and paints a realistic picture of the social relationships and harsh living conditions of a logging town in West Virginia’s virgin forest in 1899. It builds an appetite for the other books in the Mountain Women Series.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Thursday, 16 August 2018

Posted by greyowl in Rezensionen / Reviews.
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It’s a bit strange for a Jerseyman to watch a film about WWII Guernsey in Switzerland. As can be imagined, the audience was small.

I was pleased to discover a war film with a difference: no explicit brutality and no sex. (more…)

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster Friday, 10 August 2018

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This charmingly innocent book traces the relationship between orphaned Judy Abbott, who feels she has neither worth nor right to exist but is clever and has a gift for writing, and her mysterious benefactor known only as Daddy-Long-Legs, since he insists on remaining anonymous. (more…)

Rosenduft, Murmelspiele, Bombengedonner Sunday, 5 August 2018

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“Mama sagt, dass selbst die Vögel nicht mehr singen” von Myriam Rawick

Für den Leser sind es eher Kleinigkeiten, die der sechsjährigen Myriam aus Aleppo wichtig sind: schöne Kleider, Düfte aus der Bäckerei, Spiele mit ihren Schulkameraden. Ob sie wie sie Christen sind oder Muslime ist ihr egal. Und die Begriffe der Erwachsenen – Demonstration, Revolution, Blockade usw. – versteht sie sowieso nicht. (more…)

Still Waters by Viveca Sten Sunday, 22 July 2018

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I usually look for historical fiction when I visit a new place. But during a recent sailing trip among the spectacular Swedish skerries, the only novel I found with a local setting in the bookshop of the picturesque island of Sandhamn was a contemporary murder mystery. It took me only a few days to devour it.

Detective Inspector Thomas Andreasson has become a bit of a workaholic with not much of a social life (more…)

Wie denkt man eigentlich, wenn man ‘hebräisch’ denkt? Tuesday, 3 July 2018

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Dr. Wolfgang J. Bittner erklärt, was es bedeutet, ‘hebräisch’ zu denken – in Geschichten statt durch Begriffe. Hier ein Auszug aus seiner These.

‘Wir sind bei einem der wesentlichen Aspekte dessen, was man hebräisches Denken, hebräische Wirklichkeitsauffassung nennen kann. Über einen Begriff kann ich nachdenken. Das hebräische Denken ist interessiert an den Vorgängen, die man betrachten kann. Im Musical Anatevka, das auf die jiddische Dichtung von Tewje dem Milchmann (Scholem Alejchem) zurück geht, taucht der Begriff Liebe auf. (more…)

Psaumes interdits by Marjolaine Chevallier Sunday, 27 May 2018

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This is a very well-crafted story of an extended family of Huguenots caught up in the frenzied and irrational persecution under King Louis XIV after he repealed the Edict of Nantes in 1685. It is based on a true incident, in which smuggled documents from sympathisers in Holland are salvaged from a shipwreck near Rochefort on the west coast of France. (more…)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Sunday, 27 May 2018

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A frolicking and rather preposterous classic tale of romance, gallantry, bravery and vengeance set in 17th century France (and England). D’Artagnan and his three friends Aramis, Athos and Porthos are never shy of a duel or some undercover mission and, although their own morals are questionable, they always fight for justice and always emerge (almost) unscathed from whatever scrape they fall into.

This book contains vivid descriptions, clever character studies and rich prose. It is extremely well (more…)

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