"'The Turn of the Screw' has been called the greatest ghost story ever written." This is what I knew prior to reading it. Having completed it, I agree"'The Turn of the Screw' has been called the greatest ghost story ever written." This is what I knew prior to reading it. Having completed it, I agree! It's an amazing, suspenseful story. Henry James' style allows each reader to come to his/her own conclusions about the characters and their circumstances. As this story was a selection discussed in a book club, the feelings and opinions of others regarding the truth, meaning, and evil in the story, was interesting to hear. My own interpretation differed slightly from each of them. James manipulates the governess, the housekeeper and the two orphaned siblings, expertly. Are the apparitions ghosts or is the governess losing her mind? Is there a demonic influence or are we interpreting events, incorrectly?
I find James' writing to be masterful. He creates an eerie and secretive environment which allows the reader to deduce his/her own unique story. James plays with his readership; tauntingly, menacingly. Love it!...more
The rhymes are nice, but they're really loooong which took the fun out of reading it. A child would have to be of an age that their attention span is The rhymes are nice, but they're really loooong which took the fun out of reading it. A child would have to be of an age that their attention span is great in order to enjoy this....more
The reason may be that I'm 'technology-challenged', but I REALLY enjoyed reading this book! The author is co-founder of Twitter. In this book he recapThe reason may be that I'm 'technology-challenged', but I REALLY enjoyed reading this book! The author is co-founder of Twitter. In this book he recaps his ascent from a young man who finesses his way out of doing homework, to a successful businessman, marching to the beat of his own keystrokes! Add to that his above-par writing ability, and hence the high rating! I know he continues to experiment; perhaps he will create and nurture another amazing concept for the masses. I do hope that he continues writing, too. For me, this was an all-around enjoyable read! I plan to purchase a few copies as Christmas gifts....more
I picked up the book after seeing the '48 Hours' episode on television. While the story is heartbreaking, the book is hopeful. Kent Whitaker manages I picked up the book after seeing the '48 Hours' episode on television. While the story is heartbreaking, the book is hopeful. Kent Whitaker manages to relate the murder of his wife and younger son while leaning heavily upon his faith in God. His older son choreographed these murders, hoping to include his father as one of the dead. Instead, his father survives to tell an amazing tale of forgiveness. His writing is exceptional. I was certain that there must be a ghostwriter who would be acknowledged at the end of the book, but there wasn't. The beauty of this book is that anyone can appreciate the shock and despair felt by Whitaker. Here is a man with a strong faith. He goes a step further and actually practices what he professes to believe. Even without faith in God, any reader would benefit from reading Kent's rendering of his older son's problems, the murders, and the trial that followed. Whitaker epitomizes what it means to truly forgive someone. ...more
The book came 'this close to rating a 5'...(I'm holding my thumb and forefinger really close to each other, nearly touching). The story itself is amazThe book came 'this close to rating a 5'...(I'm holding my thumb and forefinger really close to each other, nearly touching). The story itself is amazingly written. The young author exhibits an impressive knowledge of infidelity, relationships, and love. Her writing is lovely and insightful. She moves the story along in a thoughtful, appropriate manner. So why only the rating of 4? Well...she interrupts the story with badly placed diatribes about the beginning of the war in Iraq. She incorporates her disdain by arranging for a main character, an artist, to create an interesting piece of art while he and his wife are estranged. I found the inclusion of the war to be distracting. I would have preferred an equally profound piece of art that was more in keeping with the tone of the story. Other than that, I loved reading this! I intend to read her other books. ...more
Yes, I read it...FIVE TIMES IN ONE AFTERNOON! My 13 month old grandson loves the rhyming and the bright, simple pictures. I love all of it, too! It'sYes, I read it...FIVE TIMES IN ONE AFTERNOON! My 13 month old grandson loves the rhyming and the bright, simple pictures. I love all of it, too! It's an adorable story. I appreciate the lilting, sweet way the story is told. I'll never look at a roll of duct tape the same way again! I just know we will both enjoy this book for years to come.
Former FBI agent Robert Wittman and writer, John Shiffman present an amazing true story of efforts to recover stolen art pieces. Paintings, sculpture Former FBI agent Robert Wittman and writer, John Shiffman present an amazing true story of efforts to recover stolen art pieces. Paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds, coin collections, stamps, war relics, and historical documents all fall under this category.
The stories are amazing! Both the cunning and stupidity of art thieves and the fences who sell these items are incredible. The FBI and other world agencies employ elaborate sting operations to recover these stolen pieces. Most art is displayed in museums to be enjoyed and appreciated by many. Each piece has its own unique. significant, historical value. Each theft robs us all of the opportunity to admire beauty and learn about both recent and distant history.
Wittman reveals the difficulties encountered while maneuvering among the many agencies involved in these recovery missions both in the U.S. and abroad. The egos and territorial infighting often hamper these efforts. The cooperation necessary in finding these stolen items is not always present. Negotiating with the fences and ultimately, securing them for return to the places from which they were stolen is a tricky and dangerous job.
The manner in which these stories are told is riveting. Every page of this book is informative and exciting. There is no waste of words here. ...more
Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews and all others who were perceived roadblocks in building a pure Aryan race. Homosexuals, Roma and Sinti (gypsies) Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews and all others who were perceived roadblocks in building a pure Aryan race. Homosexuals, Roma and Sinti (gypsies), the physically and/or mentally handicapped, Jehovah Witnesses and anyone considered to be asocial, were also targets. This book focuses on the stories of homosexuals who were imprisoned; suffering the beatings, medical experiments, starvation, and all cruelties of the concentration camps.
Before the Nazi's rise to power, Berlin was considered the "Homosexual Capital of Europe". Gay men and lesbians could socialize and enjoy a gay lifestyle in many bars, clubs and restaurants. There was a law on the books called, Paragraph 175. It stated that homosexual behavior could result in imprisonment, but enforcement was lax, usually resulting in a fine. Then, with Hitler in power, revisions were made to this law. Homosexuality was then loosely defined as 'acts contrary to human nature'. As scores of homosexuals were arrested, imprisoned and sent to concentration camps, 'good Germans' looked the other way. As with the Jews, years of prejudice against homosexuals made it easier for the Nazi government to persecute them.
The facts are well-researched and expertly explained. The heart-breaking personal stories of several gay men who endured the concentration camps and the degradation associated with the 'pink triangle' sewn on their clothes, are told. There is no way to read the stories of these men without crying. Beautiful, intelligent, artistic men were imprisoned/beaten/killed, just for being gay. They couldn't change who they were any easier than a Jew could change himself from being a Jew.
This is an excellent resource for educators and the layperson needing a thoughtful, truthful account of the treatment of homosexuals in Europe during the 20's, 30's and 40's. Additionally, the author offers a timeline through 2012, highlighting significant dates and events pertaining to homosexuals. Included are the monuments and memorials recognizing the fate of homosexuals and their losses during WWII. This book is a great tool for a classroom or for an individual who needs to understand the impact of ignorance in the World. ...more