Release on 2011-09-01 | by Salim Tamari,Ihsan Salih Turjman
A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past
Author: Salim Tamari,Ihsan Salih Turjman
Pubpsher: Univ of California Press
Year of the Locust captures in page-turning detail the end of the Ottoman world and a pivotal moment in Palestinian history. In the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893–1917), the first ordinary recruit to describe World War I from the Arab side, we follow the misadventures of an Ottoman soldier stationed in Jerusalem. There he occupied himself by dreaming about his future and using family connections to avoid being sent to the Suez. His diaries draw a unique picture of daily life in the besieged city, bringing into sharp focus its communitarian alleys and obliterated neighborhoods, the ongoing political debates, and, most vividly, the voices from its streets—soldiers, peddlers, prostitutes, and vagabonds. Salim Tamari’s indispensable introduction places the diary in its local, regional, and imperial contexts while deftly revising conventional wisdom on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.
A deeply imaginative debut novel about a family in crisis, Time of the Locust “deftly brings together the fantastic and the realistic, and touches on a variety of issues, from politics, race, and murder to disability, domestic tragedy, and myth…[and] spins them with gold and possibility” (The Washington Post). Sephiri is an autistic boy who lives in a world of his own making, where he dwells among imagined sea creatures that help him process information in the “real world” in which he is forced to live. But lately he has been having dreams of a mysterious place, and he starts creating fantastical sketches of this strange, inner world. Brenda, Sephiri’s mother, struggles with raising her challenged child alone. Her only wish is to connect with him—a smile on his face would be a triumph. Sephiri’s father, Horus, is serving a life sentence in prison, making the days even lonelier for Brenda and Sephiri. Yet prison is still not enough to separate father and son. In the seventh year of his imprisonment and at the height of his isolation, Horus develops extraordinary mental abilities that allow him to reach his son. Memory and yearning carry him outside his body, and through the realities of their ordeals and dreamscape, Horus and Sephiri find each other—and find hope in ways never imagined. Deftly portrayed by the remarkably talented Morowa Yejidé, this “unique and astounding debut” (New York Times bestselling author Lalita Tademy) is a harrowing, mystical, and redemptive journey toward the union of a family.
A True Story of Murder, Money and Mayhem in the Last Age of Boxing
Author: Jon Hotten
Pubpsher: Random House
Category: Boxers (Sports)
The Years of The Locust is a true story of intrigue, paranoia, murder and money set in the shimmering cities of South Florida in the 1990s. It's the story of two men who never should have met; and when they did, one killed the other. There are walk on parts for Don King, George Foreman, the FBI and a fallen NFL hero, yet it's the two central characters -a sociopathic door-to-door sales king turned boxing promoter Rick 'Elvis' Parker and his loyal, naive and ultimately incorruptible fighter Tim Anderson - that make this story extraordinary and unforgettable.It would be impossible to invent a man like Rick Parker, a freakishly fat ginger-haired giant who modelled his personal style on Elvis Presley and wanted to become the next Don King. Don himself told Rick how to do it -find a white man who could become the heavyweight champion of the world. Then Rick met Tim Anderson, a handsome, funny former baseball pro -was he the fighter to take Parker all the way? Rick left a trail of fixed fights and violent mayhem all across the South, but his dream stayed out of reach. By the end of his reign of terror the heroic Tim would be broke, poisoned and facing the hardest choice of his life. And now Tim is doing life without parole in a federal penitentiary, and Rick -well, Rick's dead.By juxtaposing the lives of these two extraordinary men, The Years of The Locust turns a remarkable, riotous true-crime story into a profound examination of fate, choices and remorse -one that's scary, sad and blackly, bleakly funny.
Unlike most cultures, the Japanese culture has preserved its native myths as a connected system, and as a system Japanese myths have much to say about the human condition in the cosmos. The series, Mythological Essays by Professor Metevelis explores what this myth system seeks to tell us. Volume Two, Myth in History, focuses on the historical foundations of the Japanese Empire and its early myths. The volume also delves into Japan's solar myths and their place in East Asian solar mythology.The series of essays took twenty years and long residence in Japan to research. It treats Japanese myths in the context of world mythology, and is interdisciplinary, oriented toward mythologists, historical folklorists, historians of religion, archaeoastronomers, Japanologists, and anyone interested in East Asian culture or history.
Release on 2014-01-03 | by Gary A. Haugen,Victor Boutros
Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
Author: Gary A. Haugen,Victor Boutros
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
Category: Political Science
A Washington Post bestseller While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help the poor. Common violence like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, and police abuse has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in its path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? In one of the most remarkable social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse, and there's nothing shielding the poor from violent people. Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here and what it will take to end the plague. The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world's poorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence. While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect will forever change the way we understand global poverty, and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.
The Seventh Law of the Prophecy is a collection of book prophesies and the work done from the readers of the great seers of the past and at biblical times. It is not, by any means, proclaiming to be of the great prophets, but there is a message instilled and embedded for the future generations of the world and lessons to be learned from Jesus and God the Father. As the author tells us, “I wrote this book to leave that message of Jesus to the world, and I hope readers will learn from it all. I believe as I have written and hoped that the world has a lesson to be learned from. All of us seek hope and the future isn’t set for us by all means, but we should learn from the past and help the experience change our fate. We all need the Lord in our lives. This is my message of hope in this profane world.”
Fifth graders read a high-interest nonfiction article, strengthen comprehension skills by responding to follow-up questions, study a primary source document, and demonstrate critical-thinking skills through document-based questions.
The Diary of a Desperate Naija Woman in the Year 2011 is collection of random blogs written by Bola Essien-Nelson giving the reader an insight into her daily life. It captures, in her own unique conversational manner, the soars and dips, the losses and the victories, the whoops of joy and the frustrated cries of defeat, and pain of an ordinary woman desperately chasing after her extraordinary God. Bola hopes that, as you read this book, the words you encounter will make you smile a little, laugh out loud a lot, and maybe even tear up on occasion as you realise that you are not alone and that many of lifes experiences are universal. She hopes that you will read and come to a deeper understanding of the incredibly intense love God has for you and that this realisation will birth a new hunger in your belly to chase after God and to do so desperately.