Ein Beziehungsgeflecht

Die Unschärfe der Welt – von Iris Wolff

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5 Stars
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“Die Unschärfe der Welt” ist eine sorgfältig konstruierte Erzählung über das Leben verschiedener, miteinander verflochtenen Persönlichkeiten aus mehreren Generationen einer deutschen Familie in Rumänien. Sie beginnt zur Zeit des Kommunismus und dauert bis nach dem Sturz von Ceaușescu.

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Roman history through the eyes of a patrician family

Dominus by Steven Saylor

Dominus: An epic saga of Rome, from the height of its glory to its destruction Kindle Edition

Starting in 165 AD, multiple generations of the legendary Pinarius family of sculptors lead us through 160 years of otherwise rather obscure Roman history. We follow the often very brief reigns of some thirty emperors – often called Dominus. We learn of their military exploits, family rivalries and sexual perversions. But we also become aware of a growing religious tension.

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A sad, sad story

Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey

5 Stars
Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey

This is a very personal and a very honest autobiographical book, covering primarily the author’s childhood and youth. Growing up in a very conservative Christian environment, which causes him much emotional anguish, Yancey develops into an intelligent and gifted writer. His many successful books and fame as an inspiring Christian apologist prove he has largely overcome the wounds and fallacies of his upbringing.

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Ein ordentlich trauriges Leben

Was vom Tage übrig blieb von Kazuo Ishiguro

Gewissenhaft und mit Würde erfüllt Butler Stevens seine Pflichten in voller Unterordnung seines Dienstherrn. Dabei wägt er sorgfältig die Erfordernisse und Folgen jeder Handlung ab – in skurrilem Detail.

Ausserdem führt er ständig Selbstgespräche über längst vergangene Ereignisse, die für ihn offensichtlich von grosser Bedeutung sind. Er sinniert über das Verhalten und die Einstellungen seines früheren Herrn, Lord Darlington – “Die Demokratie gehört einer vergangenen Zeit an” – und seinen daraus resultierenden schlechten Ruf als möglicher Nazi-Sympathisant. Kein Vergleich zu den relativ sorglosen Meinungen und Gewohnheiten seines neuen Chefs, des Amerikaners Mr. Farraday.

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Great fireside entertainment

The Top of the Dales by Gervase Phinn

5 Stars
Top of the Dales (3 book series)

Tom Dwyer – the ex-professional footballer, whom we got to know during his teacher training in The Little Village School series and is now newly qualified – turns out to be an immensely likeable, too-good-to-be-true addition to the tiny, old-fashioned school at the top of the Dales.

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Intriguing but not entirely convincing

Walled City by Maressa Mortimer

The theme of this book is both original and thought-provoking: a clandestine evangelistic mission to a despotically ruled city – reminiscent of present-day North Korea. Neither talking about the past nor emotional behaviour, neither pets nor religion, is permitted.

Gax is living in the house in which his grandparents grew up in Elabi. He was thoroughly briefed before sneaking in. Yet he is overwhelmed by the rigid class structure, civil organization and social customs he encounters. To say nothing of the intolerable heat. He is alarmed to discover everything he says aloud is processed and acted upon by his automated servant. He personifies ‘her’ with the name Yulra.

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Gottes Welt mit neuen Augen sehen

»Und mitten drin leben wir« von Dave Bookless

5 Stars

Wie weit reicht Gottes Gute Nachricht? Ist die Sorge um die Umwelt Teil des christlichen Auftrags?

Laut Dave Bookless lautet die Antwort eindeutig: Ja. Das Buch »Und mitten drin leben wir« spricht von Gott, von der Ökologie und von Deiner Verantwortung.

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