Teaser Tuesdays: Jewels and Ashes – Arnold Zable

Posted on 3 August 2010. Filed under: Teaser Tuesday | Tags: , , , |

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Vistula was a retreat from the tumult, a comfort, full of stillness, such a contrast to what was happening in the bowels of the city. Ferries and barges steamed by, and the vast expanse of water hinted at broad estuaries that meandered into oceans he would one day cross to gain access to a new life.

Jewels and Ashes – Arnold Zable

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Website updates

Posted on 17 November 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Well, things are certainly a lot better now. The website problems seem to have resolved themselves very nicely and I’m able to upload books. I’ve managed to solve the problem of the banner and it is now clickable so it takes you back to the home page and I’ve also solved some search engine problems so that the urls now have the title of the book and name of the author in them. The problem now is with the wifi. It’s just not consistent and today I’ve had five minutes of internet access interspersed with half an hour of non-internet access. I’ve partially solved this problem by typing up my books and getting everything ready offline ready to be quickly pasted into the listing in the five minutes I have online before the wifi decides it doesn’t want to work. It’s unwieldly and I can’t research prices until I get back online, but it does work and I’m getting books listed a few at a time.

Today, in the few minutes of internet access I had I’ve managed to list a couple of fabulous autobiographies: Journey From Venice by Ruth Cracknell and Cleared For Take-Off by Dirk Bogarde. I’ve also listed a couple of cookbooks and a literary classic: Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

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Fred Hollows : an autobiography

Posted on 6 May 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

I’ve heard a lot about Fred Hollows over the years. He’d led an amazing life and done a lot of incredibly good work, if I do a fraction of his good work I could be happy with myself. Recalling all of this I picked up this autobiography written by himself with Peter Corris with tremendous excitement. I wanted to find out more about the man himself and what led him to do the things he did. The excitement faded as I read the book.

There’s a lot of facts and information about his life and a number of times we get told about his temper and how he spoke out, but we never get shown it. We do get told about his upbringing and his education and also what lead him to specialise in eyes. To me, though, it feels like a history book. All facts and no emotion, nothing to lead me to the man behind the story.

One of the projects he lead was to look at the health of the eyes of the Aboriginal communities across Australia. As a part of this project he and his teams wrote out copious notes about each person. An example of the paperwork was presented in the book with identifying features blacked out. It was tremendously detailed and was then and will be a fabulous resource in the future. It set the benchmark for any future projects. Unfortunately, the book was exactly like the paperwork for this project. Very clinical, very factual and not very emotional.

I would still recommend it as it is written well and does have a lot of information. It would be good reference material.

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