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The Road to Nowhere by Catherine M. Byrne Sat, 10 Nov 2018

Posted by greyowl in History, Rezensionen / Reviews, Uncategorized.
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 Isa and her young family emigrate from the tiny Orkney island of Raumsey to Alberta, where her parents are already living. An unfortunate young English girl, Sarah, happens to arrive at the same time, destined to marry a friend of her father’s, who is much older than she. The vastness of the prairie environment and the harsh climate prove enormously challenging for the newcomers. Hard work, tight finances and cruel weather strain Isa and Davie’s marriage and he spends months up north working on the paddle steamers.

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Mary Rosie’s War by Catherine Byrne Tue, 30 Oct 2018

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 This book, number 5 in the Raumsey series, not only portrays the horrors of WWII through the eyes of simple, ordinary participants, but sheds a sidelong glance at the morality of a war initiated at some high level, far away from those who are forced to carry it out without understanding why.

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Wild at Heart by John Eldredge Mon, 29 Oct 2018

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Eldredge has hit on something big! He dares to turn his back on the common modern Christian perspective on society (esp. masculine roles) and explore the deep, real motives and needs of men.

His analysis is rather one-sided (e.g. every man carries a wound given by his father P.60) and so is his remedy: accept and live out your desire to fight battles, experience adventure rescue your beauty. (more…)

Die Schweiz sprach Sun, 21 Oct 2018

Posted by greyowl in Interviews, Politik / Politics.
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Im Rahmen des von verschiedenen Schweizer Medien organisierten Projekt “Die Schweiz spricht“, das Begegnungen mit politisch Andersdenkenden fördern wollte, habe ich mich heute mit JP zum Austausch getroffen. (more…)

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett Wed, 26 Sep 2018

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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…)

Deep convictions under fire. Flame in the Night by Heather Munn Tue, 18 Sep 2018

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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 Thu, 30 Aug 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 Thu, 16 Aug 2018

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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 Fri, 10 Aug 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 Sun, 5 Aug 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…)

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