A personal final work by the Pulitzer Prize- and Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning author of The Story of Civilization, found decades after his death, shares counsel on the pursuit of a meaningful life based on his research into world philosophies, religions and sciences. 30,000 first printing.
BOOK THE FIRST. AMELIUS AMONG THE SOCIALISTS CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 Mr. Hethcote was the first to speak again. BOOK THE SECOND. AMELIUS IN LONDON CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 BOOK THE THIRD. MRS. FARNABY'S FOOT CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 Amelius rose impulsively from his chair. CHAPTER 3 The young lady spoke first. CHAPTER 4 BOOK THE FOURTH. LOVE AND MONEY CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 BOOK THE FIFTH. THE FATAL LECTURE CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 BOOK THE SIXTH. FILIA DOLOROSA CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 The landlady of the lodgings decided what was to be done. CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 "Rufus! I don't quite like the way you look at me. You seem to think—" CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 BOOK THE SEVENTH. THE VANISHING HOPES CHAPTER 1 Two days later, Amelius moved into his cottage. CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 "Let me see the blister," said Amelius. CHAPTER 6 Toff returned to the cottage, with the slippers and the stockings. BOOK THE EIGHTH. DAME NATURE DECIDES CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 "Where has he been found?" Amelius asked, snatching up his hat. CHAPTER 5 The last dreary days of November came to their end. CHAPTER 6 CHAPTER 7 CHAPTER 8 Early the next morning, Rufus rang at the cottage gate. CHAPTER 9 Toff was the first who recovered himself. CHAPTER 10 CHAPTER 11 CHAPTER 12
This collection of twelve short stories and one essay by Vietnamese writers reveals the tragic legacy of Agent Orange and raises troubling moral questions about the physical, spiritual, and environmental consequences of war. Between 1962 and 1971, the U.S. military sprayed approximately twenty million gallons of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants on Vietnam and Laos, exposing combatants and civilians from both sides to the deadly contaminant dioxin. Many of the exposed, and later their children, suffered from ailments including diabetes, cancer, and birth defects. This remarkably diverse collection represents a body of work published after the early 1980s that stirred sympathy and indignation in Vietnam, pressuring the Vietnamese government for support. "Thirteen Harbors" intertwines a woman's love for a dioxin victim with ancient Cham legend and Vietnamese folk wisdom. "A Child, a Man" explores how our fates are bound with those of our neighbors. In "The Goat Horn Bell" and "Grace," families are devastated to find the damage from Agent Orange passed to their newborn children. Eleven of the pieces appear in English for the first time, including an essay by Minh Chuyen, whose journalism helped publicize the Agent Orange victims' plight. The stories in Family of Fallen Leaves are harrowing yet transformative in their ability to make us identify with the other.
This overwhelmingly hot summer everything seems to be slowing down in the tiny Devon village where Alison lives, as if the sun is pouring hot glue over it. 'This idn't nothin',' says Alison's grandmother, recalling a drought when the earth swallowed lambs, and the summer after the war when people got electric shocks off each other. But Alison knows her grandmother's memory is lying: this is far worse. She feels that time has stopped just as she wants to enter the real world of adulthood. In fact, in the cruel heat of summer, time is creeping towards her, and closing in around the valley.
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