It is a rare writer who can transport her readers in just a few pages to another place and time. Shamsie’s writing is so evocative that she does just that. In this work she contrasts three different empires: the ancient Persians between 515 and 485 BCE, the dissolution of the Ottoman state, and the decline of British colonial rule in India. Spanning two continents and two defining events in the early part of the 20th century, the novel brilliantly illustrates how war tests loyalties and destroys empires.
Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money
Dave Ramsey (Author), Rachel Cruze (Author)
Release Date: April 22, 2014
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If you compare the post-Soviet bear to the Soviet one, the only thing they have in common is the imperial roar. However, the post-Soviet bear is teeming with corrupt parasites that infected it during the 1990s, and have multiplied exponentially in the last decade. They are consuming the bear from within. Some might mistake their fevered movement under the bear’s hide for the working of powerful muscles. But in truth, it’s an illusion. There are no muscles, the bear’s teeth have worn down, and its brain is buffeted by the random firing of contradictory neurological impulses.
If Mr Gwynne is to be believed, you really ought to cancel your weekend plans and concentrate on learning Latin instead. It’s not just that Latin is a brilliant subject per se (ah, see what I did there?), but through its study you’ll also develop other skills – problem-solving, strengthening your English, generally improving your character, et cetera. In fact, he believes a Classics-based education to be “many thousands of times better [sic!] than any education offered today”. The force of his conviction is hard to resist.
Skinny Meals: Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast!
Bob Harper (Author)
Release Date: April 15, 2014
$ 22.00 $ 13.24
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In the middle of a house-move I came across many books I didn’t know I had, among them pamphlets that I had picked up for their curiosity value as long as twenty years ago, and tucked out of sight among the overpowering hardbacks. Busy as I was, now, in the turmoil, I couldn’t resist sitting down among the packing-cases to read How to Write a Good Letter: A Complete Guide to the Correct Manner of Letter Writing by John Barter, F.S.Sc., Revised and Enlarged by Gilbert Foyle (London, W. & G. Foyle, 135 Charing Cross Road, W.C., 1912).
I haven’t read it for years but it is part of me, so ingrained that I know it formed my tastes and beliefs. A Little Princess has been loved by thousands of little girls, but I claim that it is responsible for the shape of my life.
In our time the transformation and transplantation of bodies are commonplace. The bionic woman, the bionic man—that’s us, more and more every day. We don’t have brain transplants yet, but we’ve thought about it. So what if a person could survive past his bodily death, to be reconstituted in another form? That is the question Marcel Theroux explores in his novel Strange Bodies.
The Restless Supermarket by Ivan Vladislavic – book review: ‘Giddy, riotous satire on post-apartheid South Africa’
Apartheid has just ended and in Johannesburg, retired proof-reader Aubrey Tearle, who has spent his entire life proofreading telephone directories, finds his world disintegrating: “silently, as we slept, the tide was darkening”, he euphemises, as even his refuge, Café Europa, a whites-only haunt, begins to allow entry to black people.