Chronicle in Stone

Chronicle in Stone Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 9781628721300
Release 2013-12-13
Pages 320
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Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy’s eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty—as well as the simple pleasures of life. Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary things, but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish. Woven between the chapters of the boy’s story are tantalizing fragments of the city’s history. As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges.

Chronicle in Stone

Chronicle in Stone Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 1559708336
Release 2007
Pages 301
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A coming-of-age tale by the inaugural Man Booker International Prize winner follows a young man's efforts to juggle the challenges of growing up in Albania during the terrors of World War II, a period marked by devastating cruelty, betrayals, and simple pleasures.

Chronicle in Stone

Chronicle in Stone Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 1550820753
Release 1993
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Chronicle in Stone has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Chronicle in Stone also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Chronicle in Stone book for free.

Under the Mountain Wall

Under the Mountain Wall Author Peter Matthiessen
ISBN-10 9781101663202
Release 1987-01-06
Pages 320
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A remarkable firsthand view of a lost culture in all its simplicity and violence by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927 to 2014), author of the National Book Award–winning The Snow Leopard and the novel In Paradise. In the Baliem Valley in central New Guinea live the Kurelu, a Stone Age tribe that survived into the twentieth century. Peter Matthiessen visited the Kurelu with the Harvard-Peabody Expedition in 1961 and wrote Under the Mountain Wall as an account not of the expedition, but of the great warrior Weaklekek, the swineherd Tukum, U-mue and his family, and the boy Weake, killed in a surprise raid. Matthiessen observes these people in their timeless rhythm of work and play and war, of gardening and wood gathering, feasts and funerals, pig stealing and ambushes. Drawing on his great skills as a naturalist and novelist, Matthiessen offers an exceptional account of an ancient culture on the brink of incalculable change.

England s Chronicle in Stone

England s Chronicle in Stone Author James Frothingham Hunnewell
Release 1886
Pages 445
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England s Chronicle in Stone has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from England s Chronicle in Stone also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full England s Chronicle in Stone book for free.

The Imperial Island

The Imperial Island Author James Frothingham Hunnewell
ISBN-10 UOM:39015038077007
Release 1886
Pages 445
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The Accident

The Accident Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 9781921799761
Release 2010-08-30
Pages 272
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The Accident is a destabilising mixture of vivid hallucination and cold reality, by the inaugural winner of the Man Booker International Prize. On the autobahn in Vienna a taxi leaves the road and strikes the crash barrier, flinging its male and female passengers out of its back doors as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control, he only says that the mysterious couple in the back seat seemed to be about to kiss. Set against the tumultuous backdrop and aftermath of the war in the Balkans, The Accident intimately documents an affair between two people caught in each other's webs. The investigation into their deaths uncovers a mutually destructive obsession that mirrors the conflicts of the region. Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Translations of his novels, which include The Siege, The Successor, Chronicle in Stone and The Accident, have been published in more than forty countries. In 2005 he became the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize. 'The Accident cannot be put aside, but richly teases the reader to try to understand more of the meaning of what, exactly, the cab driver glimpsed in his rear-view mirror.' Independent 'Kadare is a novelist of the utmost subtlety' Scotsman 'the psychological atmosphere of tyranny, menace, uncertainty and a particular steely stoicism tinged with unhopeful defiance, is utterly characteristic, both of Kadare's individual voice and of the political regimes against which he has been accustomed to setting his strange, resonant narratives.' Sunday Telegraph '[Kadare is] a modernist fabulist who by allegory and metaphor has nimbly laid bare the ironies and idiocies of recent Balkan experience...The Accident cannot be put aside, but richly teases the reader to try to understand more of the meaning of what, exactly, the cab driver glimpsed in his rear-view mirror.' Independent '[Kadare's] elegant tales circle in the murky interface between the political, the personal and the psychotic...At heart, it is a romantic crime thriller that intrigues and illuminates...This is an important novel from one of Europe's grand masters. Its tale weaves you in whilst beguiling with its stylistic elegance. This is scintillating and inspiring writing.' Sunday Star Times 'Kadare is a master storyteller.' Weekend Australian 'Kadare writes with a plainness and understatement that concedes nothing to sentimentality.' NZ Weekend Herald

The Fall of the Stone City

The Fall of the Stone City Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 9780857863331
Release 2012-08-30
Pages 176
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Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokastër, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the town square and a fateful dinner party that would transform twentieth-century Europe. A captivating novel of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore, The Fall of the Stone City shows Kadare at the height of his powers.

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles Author Ray Bradbury
ISBN-10 9781451678192
Release 2012-04-17
Pages 256
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The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by humans who want to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

Stone and a Hard Place

Stone and a Hard Place Author R. King
ISBN-10 0692394672
Release 2015-03-14
Pages 364
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SAFE AS HOUSES It's hard enough for Alastair Stone to keep his two lives-powerful mage and mundane Occult Studies professor-separate without an old friend asking him to take on a new apprentice. Especially after a university colleague wants him to investigate a massive old house for things that go bump in the night. Still, Stone figures it's an easy job: just turn up, put on a little show, and announce that the house is clean. Only it isn't. A malevolent spirit is reawakening in the basement, imprisoned between dimensions and intent on escape. If it succeeds, countless people will die. Worse, a trio of dark mages want to help it break free so they can control it for their own sinister purposes. They'll do whatever it takes-including seducing Stone's young apprentice and using him against his master-to get what they're after. With time running out, Stone has to stay alive long enough to uncover the spirit's secrets. But even if he does, he fears that his own power won't be enough to send it back. "Book 1 of the Alastair Stone Chronicles"

The Successor

The Successor Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 1559707739
Release 2005
Pages 207
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A fictionalized political tale based on true-life events and the author's conversations with the victim's son follows the events surrounding the death of Mehmet Shehu, a hand-picked successor to hated ailing Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha who succumbs to an unlikely suicide and sparks a government maelstrom.

Stone by Stone

Stone by Stone Author Robert Thorson
ISBN-10 0802719201
Release 2009-05-26
Pages 224
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There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America's Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. They took three billion man-hours to build. And even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story-about the geothermal forces that formed their stones, the tectonic movements that brought them to the surface, the glacial tide that broke them apart, the earth that held them for so long, and about the humans who built them. Stone walls layer time like Russian dolls, their smallest elements reflecting the longest spans, and Thorson urges us to study them, for each stone has its own story. Linking geological history to the early American experience, Stone by Stone presents a fascinating picture of the land the Pilgrims settled, allowing us to see and understand it with new eyes.

Broken April

Broken April Author Ismail Kadare
ISBN-10 9781461663263
Release 1998-06-16
Pages 248
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Two destinies intersect in Broken April. The first is that of Gjor, a young mountaineer who (much against his will) has just killed a man in order to avenge the death of his older brother, and who expects to be killed himself in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the highlands. The second is that of a young couple on their honeymoon who have come to study the age-old customs of the place, including the blood feud. While the story is set in the early twentieth century, life on the high plateaus of Albania takes life back to the Dark Ages. The bloody shirt of the latest victim is hung up by the bereaved for all to see—until the avenger in turn kills his man with a rifle shot. For the young bride, the shock of this unending cycle of obligatory murder is devastating. The horror becomes personified when she catches a glimpse of Gjor as he wanders about the countryside, waiting for the truce of thirty days to end, and life with it. That momentary vision of the hapless murderer provokes in her a violent act of revulsion and contrition. Her life will be marked by it always.

Untitled Rothfuss 3 Of 3

Untitled Rothfuss 3 Of 3 Author Patrick Rothfuss
ISBN-10 0575081449
Release 2012
Pages 896
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The third in 'The Kingkiller Chronicle' series of fantasy novels by Patrick Rothfuss.


Dreamland Author Sam Quinones
ISBN-10 9781620402511
Release 2015-04-21
Pages 384
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Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the's 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times' Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe's Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Books of 2015--The Guardian's The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer's Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone Author Abraham Verghese
ISBN-10 9788184001754
Release 2012-05-17
Pages 556
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Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance and bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The Everything Store  Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Author Brad Stone
ISBN-10 9781448127511
Release 2013-10-17
Pages 464
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**Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award** Though started off delivering books through the mail, its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, was never content with being just a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become ‘the everything store’, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now... Jeff Bezos stands out for his relentless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way that Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. Amazon placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet. Nothing would ever be the same again.