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True to Her Faith by Harriet Gabourel Sunday, 20 August 2017

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4 stars I bought this book mainly because of the subtitle: A Story of France in the Time of the Huguenots. That was the subject of interest to me, as some of my ancestors in Jersey were forced to flee France during the persecution after the Edict of Nantes was repealed in 1685. The fact that the story was apparently told through the life of a child, and claimed to be suitable for reading to 7 year olds, was an added benefit; my grandson is almost seven.

The book is beautifully and vividly written, both as regards descriptions of the rural scenery and depictions of the convictions and tortured emotions of the main players, and contains a wealth of information about the sufferings of the Huguenots under the obsessive and paranoid King Louis IV. (more…)

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Another dip into the complete works of this great author. The plot of The Old Curiosity Shop is intricate, if somewhat long-winded. In addition to the very well developed primary players – we quickly come to empathise with the charming Nell and the faithful Kit – we meet a host of interlocked secondary characters, some of whom tend to emerge in exaggerated black or white and to sport rather unbelievable eccentricities.

Throughout the book we are enchanted by the vivid scene-setting, whose interminable and multiply convoluted sentences do, however, challenge one’s breathing when reading aloud. Another quirk for the modern reader are the frequent remarks addressed to himself, some of which are inclined to be preachy.

All in all, a very rewarding novel with a distressingly abrupt ending.

Die Steinflut, von Franz Hohler Friday, 7 July 2017

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9783442742691xlDie Geschichte von Noahs Arche fasziniert die siebenjährige Katharina. Schade, dass sie in der Sonntagsschule nur den ersten Teil davon hört, bevor sie mit ihrem kleinen Bruder zur Oma auf dem Hügel geschickt wird, bis ihr neues Bruderlein oder Schwesterlein das Licht der Welt erblickt.

Katharina ist ein helles aber etwas zurückgezogenes Mädchen, das eher über mysteriöse Geheimnisse nachdenkt – Wie werden Babys gemacht? Wie ist es möglich, an Kropf zu sterben? – anstatt Blindekuh mit den anderen Schulkindern zu spielen. (more…)

The Stone Flood by Franz Hohler Friday, 7 July 2017

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Seven-year-old Katharina is fascinated by the story of Noah’s ark, the first part of which she heard in Sunday school, before being sent with her little brother to stay with her granny on the hill until her new brother or sister is born. She is a bright and somewhat withdrawn girl, reflecting on such mysteries as how babies are made and how it is possible to die of goitre, rather than playing blind man’s buff with other school children. (more…)

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Fascinating for nostalgic classicists!

Prudencia Prim wants to escape the boring, superficial business world and unexpectedly finds herself in a small village that seems to have got stuck in a previous century. We are introduced to her boss, ‘the Man in the Wing Chair’, his protegé nephews and nieces, who enjoy the Latin Masters, and several other personages, who all have chosen to follow the same culturally refined but old-fashioned lifestyle. (more…)

Highway to Hell by Matt Roper Sunday, 14 May 2017

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This book is appropriately subtitled “The Road Where Childhoods are Stolen”. Movingly written, we are brought to love and agonise with little lilac-dressed Leilah, desperate-to-start-a-new-life Mariana and all the other broken girls we meet along that tragic highway BR116. (more…)

Review of Mission With by Paul Keeble Friday, 14 April 2017

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Paul Keeble shares, on the one hand, his family’s experiences of living for over 30 years as part of an underprivileged community in inner-city Manchester and, on the other hand, his personal (theological, social, political) reflections on his motivation and influence in that situation. (more…)

Impressions of The Shack Wednesday, 12 April 2017

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Saw The Shack yesterday. Excellent film, very true to the book, highly recommended. It has a very refreshing message:

  1. God really loves us and longs for us to share our lives with Him day by day.
  2. Horrible things are not His doing; there is an evil power at work; but God can bring blessing out of the most tragic events.
  3. We are wrong to judge others; with God’s help we need to forgive those who wrong us.
  4. There is a very real life after death, where pain is forgotten, wrongs are forgiven and relationships are healed.

Tanausú: König der Guanchen von Harald Braem Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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Wir tauchen in eine bislang unbekannte Welt des Mittelalters hinein, die Kultur der Guanchen der Kanarischen Inseln, die grösstenteils von der Aussenwelt abgeschnitten existieren, weder Metall noch Papier kennen, jedoch einen eigenen Glauben, eine fortgeschrittene Ethik und eine raffinierte Heilkunde besitzen. Zwei Fäden leiten uns durch die Geschehnisse: Eine herzliche Liebesgeschichte zwischen Bencomo und Ica, und der spannende Zusammenprall zweier Zivilisationen, als die Spanier sich verpflichtet fühlen, die Insel La Palma zu erobern und die Einheimischen zum christlichen Glauben zu bekehren. (more…)

A convoluted family saga – Chosen? by Mel Menzies Monday, 28 November 2016

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We are plunged into a multifaceted family intrigue that seems to have rather too many coincidences at first. As the plot thickens, we are drawn in on the excitement and left guessing time and again. The main characters are well-developed and the storyline thought-provoking. (more…)