Die Frau des Teehändlers


Author: Dinah Jefferies


ISBN: 3732513092

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 2964

Eine emotionale Familiengeschichte voller Geheimnisse vor der exotischen Kulisse Sri Lankas Sri Lanka in den 1920er Jahren. Die junge Engländerin Gwen Hooper trifft mit ihrem frisch angetrauten Ehemann Laurence in der familieneigenen Teeplantage ein. Dort bezieht das Paar eine traumhafte Villa, und Gwen fühlt sich wie im Paradies. Doch warum verhält sich ihr eigentlich sehr liebevoller Ehemann bisweilen so seltsam? Und warum macht er ein Geheimnis um seine verstorbene erste Ehefrau? Als Gwen schließlich Zwillinge zur Welt bringt, wird sie mit einer entsetzlichen Wahrheit konfrontiert, die sie zu zerstören droht ... Eine fesselnde Geschichte um die Selbstfindung einer jungen Frau, um Schuld, Verrat und wohlgehütete Geheimnisse Platz 1 der Sunday Times Bestsellerliste

Leaving Before the Rains Come

Author: Alexandra Fuller

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473521033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 4390

The sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight Born in England and uprooted to southern Africa as a toddler by her parents, Alexandra Fuller experienced a unique upbringing – both coloured with tragedy and joy – against the backdrop of the Rhodesian wars. Following her marriage to American Charlie Ross, she leaves Africa for Wyoming in the United States. This sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight vividly captures the highs, lows and ultimate dissolution of Fuller’s twenty-year marriage and her unbreakable tie to her African past as she searches for explanations for the present and answers for the future. Interlaced with stories from her childhood in Africa, Fuller paints a brilliant picture of an expatriate’s love for her homeland, a daughter’s acceptance of her father and the moving journey of her marriage and divorce. Poignant, candid and wistfully humorous, Leaving Before the Rains Come will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen out of love – with a person, idea or a place – and into self-acceptance and the belief that only we can save ourselves. ‘Remarkable, beautifully written and fantastically entertaining... a compulsive read’ Observer

Before the Rains

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241978823

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6001

A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author 1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself. But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, or following their hearts. . .

The Winds that Blow Before the Rains

Author: Michael Anthony

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780887159

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 5528

An African freedom fighter, a Special Forces soldier and the woman who loved them both. It is the summer of 1972 and Zimbabwe is at war. Amid the violence, Sengamo is framed for the rape of a white girl. He is forced to flee his village kraal for the killing fields of Mozambique, where an enemy soldier spares his life in a chance encounter that has far reaching consequences. Isabella lives a quiet life, alone on a remote farm in the hills of Nyanga. But her peaceful world is threatened when Mugabe's henchmen set up camp in the valley, waiting for their chance to strike and reclaim the land. Despite the danger, she refuses to abandon the home she loves and the ghosts that inhabit it. One day a stranger arrives at the farm. It is the start of a love affair that will change Isabella s world forever and bring Sengamo closer to his destiny. Out of the brutality of Zimbabwe emerges a hauntingly beautiful love story; an unforgettable tale of a tragic country, where extraordinary allegiances triumph over segregation.

Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

Author: Instaread

Publisher: Instaread Summaries


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: N.A

View: 5731

PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Inside this Instaread: • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style Preview of this Instaread: Leaving Before the Rains Come is the third memoir in a series written by Alexandra Fuller. In this book, Fuller searches for herself as her life falls apart around her. Fuller’s journey of self-discovery began in March 2010 when she learned from her sister, Vanessa, who lived in South Africa, that their father, Tim, had fallen ill and might die. Fuller could not get to Africa quickly from Wyoming, where she had moved with her American husband and was raising their three children. Amazing everyone, Tim rallied to celebrate his seventieth birthday. Fuller bitterly wished she could have been there with her loving, but chaotic, family. Her parents spent their married life moving around Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, trying to farm but mostly having one alcohol-fueled escapade after another. Fuller did not confide her feelings to her husband, Charlie. She felt that he would want to rush to the rescue…

Die Tochter des Seidenhändlers


Author: Dinah Jefferies


ISBN: 3732540782

Category: Fiction

Page: 413

View: 9852

Eine Frau zwischen zwei Kulturen, eine Liebe gegen alle Widerstände Vietnam, 1950. Die junge Nicole stand von jeher im Schatten ihrer schönen Schwester Sylvie. Als Tochter eines französischen Seidenhändlers und einer Vietnamesin soll sie nun in Hanoi ein Stoffgeschäft übernehmen. Bald kommt Nicole mit Einheimischen in Berührung, die sich gegen die französische Fremdherrschaft auflehnen. Dabei entdeckt sie voller Schrecken, dass ihr Vater in dunkle Machenschaften verwickelt ist. Als sie sich in den charismatischen Mark verliebt, gerät ihre Welt abermals ins Wanken. Denn Mark scheint auch für ihre Schwester Gefühle zu hegen. Auf der Suche nach ihrem Platz in einer Welt, in der nichts ist, wie es scheint, fasst Nicole einen kühnen Plan ... Farbgewaltige Exotik des Vietnam der 1950er Jahre - Mit "Die Tochter des Seidenhändlers" ist Dinah Jefferies eine mitreißende Geschichte um die Selbstfindung einer Frau, die Rivalität unter Schwestern und eine unmöglich scheinende Liebe gelungen.

Because the Rain

A Novel

Author: Daniel Buckman

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466854081

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3414

"A new Hemingway" (San Francisco Chronicle) weaves together the stories of two men and the Vietnamese call girl who unites them. Set on the rain-slicked streets of Chicago, critically acclaimed author Daniel Buckman explores the unfocused longing and unfulfilled expectations of two men balanced precariously on the edge. Mike Spence is an unsatisfied writer with nothing left to write about. He lives in Chicago with his wife and an enormous burden of unrealized expectations hanging over his head. To escape he concocts elaborate fantasies about travel and career and how his life will be different once he gets this job, takes that vacation, marries a different girl. He ends each evening staring out his darkened window and into the apartment of a beautiful Vietnamese girl who lives in the two-flat across the street. Donald Goetzler is a Vietnam Vet who made it through, spent the last thirty years of his life riding a desk at Weber Industrial Supply, and is now retiring with a bad Mexican buffet and a gold Rolex. He's got nothing to look forward to but his weekly session with the Vietnamese call girl who takes him back through his memories of when he was young and his life was real. As the two men construct their elaborate fantasy worlds around the same woman, these three souls are unaware of the shocking and explosive consequences that the intersection of their lives will bring In a beautifully crafted novel, Daniel Buckman demonstrates the prodigious talent that informs repeated comparisons to Hemingway, Faulkner, Mailer, and O'Brien, and once again tantalizes with the possibility that his name will one day be etched in American literature alongside the masters. .

Before the Big Rains

Author: O. H. Kopole

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524676322

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 2952

The twins destiny was decided by an age-old tradition long before they were born, but it was somehow altered through the application of wisdom and intellect by human intervention. The abnormal in society was normalised by custodians of tradition and the rule of customary law, councillors, and respected village elders vested with authority and the power to decide and act. Giving the twins a lifeline and letting them live when they should have been killed without any second thought about who their father is amounted to nepotism and infringed on the right of the one whose destiny was decided in an unorthodox way. This was an unforgivable violation of an ancestral practice, a grave transgression with dire consequences which pitted brother against brother, paving a path of dark hatred, witchcraft, and ultimately, murder in the guise of darkness with no witnesses. With the chiefs wife barren, leaving the clan without a leader, the throne without an heir was apparent and the inheritance shone brighter and larger in the direction of the perpetrator. If Makgabeng was destined to be in Seras hands, then the gods had surely erred in their judgement. How could they have sacrificed Paramount Chief Thaga at the altar of conspiracy, greed, and corruption? Would Lefa live to see the day and his rightful throne?

Der Regen, bevor er fällt

Author: Jonathan Coe

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641025184

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8342

Von Müttern und Töchtern, Lügen und Geheimnissen Eine Handvoll Fotos und ein Stapel selbst besprochener Tonbänder, das ist Rosamonds Vermächtnis an Imogen, die blinde Enkelin ihrer Cousine Beatrix. Auf den Bändern erzählt Rosamond die Familiengeschichte und findet nach und nach Worte für jenes Unglück, das zu Imogens Erblindung führte. – Ein bewegender Roman über drei Generationen von Frauen und über das verzweifelte Streben nach Liebe und dem Lebensglück. »Ich möchte dir, Imogen, einen Begriff von deiner Geschichte vermitteln. Du sollst ein Gefühl dafür bekommen, wo du herkommst und welches die Triebkräfte waren, die dich hervorgebracht haben.« So beginnen die Aufzeichnungen, die Rosamond hinterlassen hat. Anhand von zwanzig Fotografien erinnert sie sich an die tragische Geschichte ihrer Familie. In deren Zentrum steht Imogens Großmutter Beatrix, die unter der fehlenden Liebe ihrer Mutter litt und deshalb früh von zu Hause flüchtete; die die selbst erlebte Gefühlskälte an ihre Tochter weitergab und so den Weg zu dem schrecklichen Unglück ebnete, das Imogen für immer das Augenlicht nahm. Ein bewegender Familienroman über drei Generationen von Frauen und deren Sehnsucht nach Liebe – und die poetische Erkundung eines fatalen Vermächtnisses. Jonathan Coe gelingt es, in diesem dichten Roman emotional fesselnde Figuren zu entwickeln und ein sensibles Bild von der besonderen Dynamik der Mutter-Tochter-Beziehung zu zeichnen. Die Geschichte des blinden Mädchens Imogen, die Schilderungen der Momente intensiven Glücks zwischen Rosamond und Beatrix und die Aufdeckung der zerstörerischen Macht eines dunklen Familiengeheimnisses wird kein Leser je wieder vergessen.

The Rain and Blossom (Rabbit Brook Tales Volume 2)

Author: Colin Wilce

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1847281052


Page: 90

View: 8401

Every year the rains come during late Budding Season. This time the weather is so extreme that the Council orders an evacuation All that are able take refuge in the Mushroom Cave at the far end of the Terraces but Pippy Pippin and Tom Fluff risk everything by trying to rescue Nan Moss, the old doe that lives at Dam Bottom Cottage. At the end of the Budding Season, the Blossom Tree Celebration is held on the Dance House lawn. Preparations go well until Walter and Min have an argument that leads to the loss of the day's drink supply. Pippy volunteers to help whilst leaving the twins with Mr and Mrs Fluff. However, the twins get locked in the Drink Factory on their own and spend an evening trapped until rescued by Pippy. Next day, the Celebration takes place with a surprise ending.

Creating Rain Gardens

Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden

Author: Apryl Uncapher,Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604693975

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

View: 8368

Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars watering their yard, but there is an easy way to save money and resources—rain gardening. But what is it? As simple as collecting rain to reuse in front and backyards. Creating Rain Gardens is a comprehensive book for the DIY-er, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden. Water conservation experts Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher walk homeowners through the process, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds—the building blocks of rain-catching gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide four-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, Creating Rain Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home.

Edge of the Rain

Author: Beverley Harper

Publisher: Pan Australia

ISBN: 1742626874

Category: Fiction

Page: 540

View: 769

Hunger ached in her belly... the lioness slid forward as close as she dared. The little boy seconds away from death was two, maybe three years old. He was lost in the heat-soaked sand that was the Kalahari desert. Toddler Alex Theron is miraculously rescued by a passing clan of Kalahari Bushmen. Over the ensuing years, the desert draws him back, for it hides a beautiful secret... diamonds. But nothing comes easily from within this turbulent continent and before Alex can ever hope to realise his dreams he will lost his mind to love and fight a bitter enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy him.

Die Geschichte des Regens


Author: Niall Williams

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641173620

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 1273

Ein Buch wie irisches Wetter, plötzlich breitet sich die Sonne wie Glück über dem frischen Grün aus Die neunzehnjährige Ruth leidet an Leukämie und darf ihr Bett nicht verlassen. So liegt sie in ihrem Zimmer hoch über dem Fluss Shannon, während der irische Regen unablässig auf das Dach prasselt, und liest sich durch die dreitausendneunhundertfünfundachtzig Bücher, die ihr Vater Virgil Swain ihr hinterlassen hat. Inspiriert von der Lektüre und ihrer eigenen überbordenden Fantasie lässt sie vor den Augen des Lesers ihre Ahnen aufmarschieren: Urgroßvater Absalom Swain, den Reverend, Großvater Abraham, der beim Stabhochsprung das Fliegen lernte, und schließlich ihre Eltern Virgil und Mary, die sich vornahmen, die unfruchtbarsten vierzehn Morgen Erde, die Westirland zu bieten hat, urbar zu machen. Eine vielschichtige, tragische, oft aber auch sehr amüsante Familiengeschichte aus Irland, voller Pointen und Anekdoten und berührender Gedanken über das Leben und die Literatur. Ein Roman, in dem die Worte selbst zu einem Fluss werden, der den Leser davonträgt.

Singin' in the Rain

Kulturgeschichte eines Hollywood-Musical-Klassikers

Author: Joachim Brügge,Nils Grosch

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 3830980094

Category: Music

Page: 168

View: 422

Das Hollywoodmusical 'Singin' in the Rain', das Anfang der 1950er-Jahre von Betty Comden, Adolph Green und Roger Edens im Auftrag von Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) konzipiert und 1952 unter der Regie von Stanley Donen und Gene Kelly, mit Kelly in der Hauptrolle produziert wurde, gilt heute als Klassiker, ja als einer der künstlerisch und kommerziell erfolgreichsten und paradigmatischen Vertreter seines Genres. Das Musical basiert auf musikalischem Material, das zum großen Teil - genauso wie der durchschlagende Titelsong - bereits eine Vorgeschichte sowohl auf im Film als auch in anderen medialen Formen der populären Kultur besaß. In der Bühnenversion, welche 1983 am Londoner West End ihre Erstproduktion hatte, erlebt 'Singin' in the Rain' eine bis heute rege Aufführungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte. Das intermediale Miteinander von Songs, Kinofilm und Bühnenwerk macht 'Singin' in the Rain' mit seinen verschiedenen Werkkomplexen zu einem Schlüsselthema für eine interdisziplinäre Betrachtung des Musicals der Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

The Land of Little Rain

Author: Mary Austin

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1557095078

Category: Nature

Page: 113

View: 2855

by Mary Austin Originally published in 1903, this classic nature book by Mary Austin evokes the mysticism and spirituality of the American Southwest. Vibrant imagery of the landscape between the high Sierras and the Mojave Desert is punctuated with descriptions of the fauna, flora and people that coexist peacefully with the earth. PB, 5 x 8, 116 pp.

The Rapture Question Answered

Plain and Simple

Author: Robert Van Kampen

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441234888

Category: Religion

Page: 214

View: 9260

Answers the question surrounding the Rapture of the church at Christ's second coming and the timing of the end time events, as clearly taught in Scripture.