A mad confusion of rival affairs
At about the same time that Kate discovers her husband is unfaithful, she gets a crush on her snowboard instructor, Evan. And the flirtings and double-crossings start. And never seem to end.
The setting is a winter sports region in New Zealand. The players are mostly party-lovers who live rather loose relationships. While the tone is light-hearted and lively, some more serious issues are addressed, such as the emotional struggles caused by broken relationships, the care of a child whose parents are separated, the clash of values between old-school parents and their modern offspring, and even Christian forgiveness in the face of blatant betrayal.
This book is well written and fast-paced, drawing the reader in from page to page. We are left with unanswered questions as to how exactly the conflicts will be resolved and who will end up in bed with whom. Maybe that’s just life.
Dies ist eine kurze Geschichte von einem Franzosen in Algerien, der, von der Hitze verwirrt, zufällig einen Araber erschiesst. Dadurch will Camus seine Sicht des Lebens vermitteln: Leben oder Tod, Arbeit, Liebe, Zuhälterei oder Mord – alles ist belanglos, absurd.
Das ist ihm sehr gut gelungen!
Another masterpiece of passion and insight!
We experience the suspense and tragedy of WWII through the eyes of the offspring of the people we came to know in Fall of Giants, the first book in the Century Trilogy. These children grow up into realistic, passionate characters who travel the world, engage in devious pursuits and fall in love.
The Shadow Doctor – or is it Adrian Plass himself, in his inimitable way? – tantalises his characters – especially Jack, his young trainee partner. He also frequently leaves us readers in suspense as he delves off onto some unlikely sidetrack, which later turns out to be somehow relevant. The trick works. And, as a result, it’s hard to put this book down at the end of a chapter.
Jack has his list of questions and so do we. By the end, a few of them get answered.
Another charming bit of rather harmless fun through the eyes of Mma Ramotswe, written in McCall Smith’s unique voice. The somewhat moralistic tone seems appropriate in the portrayed culture.
The menfolk come off with a few scars, but that’s OK.
Winter 1959 in Jerusalem. Dem jungen Schmuel Asch gehts nicht gut. Seine Freundin hat ihn verlassen und sein Vater kann sein Studium nicht weiter finanzieren. Und doch wäre seine Diplomarbeit über Jesus aus Sicht der Juden von grosser Bedeutung. Seine These, Judas Ischariot sei keineswegs ein Verräter gewesen sondern im Gegenteil der treueste Verehrer von Jesus – eigentlich der erste und letzte echter Christ – wäre ja revolutionär. Aber Schmuel ist verzweifelt. Er verliert sein Ziel aus den Augen und hat keine Kraft, weiter zu kämpfen. Somit wirkt er vor allem als Antiheld.
If you’re after the sort of flippant humour you might have come to expect from Adrian Plass, then The Shadow Doctor might disappoint you. But I doubt it. You’ll be surprised – and a little confused – by the Doctor’s mysterious encounters and baffling remarks, but you’ll gradually come to realise he has an unusual and uncanny depth of perception, and a disquieting way of exposing shaky beliefs and practices.
I recently attended a lecture (in German) by Hans-Ruedi Stadelmann, a retired astrophysicist cum theologian, on the subject of ‘A contemporary image of God?’
If you want the salutary facts – necessarily subjective but certainly typical – about what a refugee family experiences after arriving in Europe from a vastly different geographic and cultural background, this will fill you in.
Although this is a continuation of the complex relationships we have discovered in the earlier books of the series, it is a valid standalone story in its own right.