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The Great Fire The year is The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia In its wake Aldred Leith an acclaimed hero of the conflict has spent two years in China at work on an account o

  • Title: The Great Fire
  • Author: Shirley Hazzard
  • ISBN: 9780312423582
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Great Fire By Shirley Hazzard, The year is 1947 The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia In its wake, Aldred Leith, an acclaimed hero of the conflict, has spent two years in China at work on an account of world transforming change there Son of a famed and sexually ruthless novelist, Leith begins to resist his own self sufficiency, nurtured by war Peter Exley, another veteThe year is 1947 The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia In its wake, Aldred Leith, an acclaimed hero of the conflict, has spent two years in China at work on an account of world transforming change there Son of a famed and sexually ruthless novelist, Leith begins to resist his own self sufficiency, nurtured by war Peter Exley, another veteran and an art historian by training, is prosecuting war crimes committed by the Japanese Both men have narrowly escaped death in battle, and Leith saved Exley s life The men have maintained long distance friendship in a postwar loneliness that haunts them both, and which has swallowed Exley whole Now in their thirties, with their youth behind them and their world in ruins, both must invent the future and retrieve a private humanity.Arriving in Occupied Japan to record the effects of the bomb at Hiroshima, Leith meets Benedict and Helen Driscoll, the Australian son and daughter of a tyrannical medical administrator Benedict, at twenty, is doomed by a rare degenerative disease Helen, still younger, is inseparable from her brother Precocious, brilliant, sensitive, at home in the books they read together, these two have been, in Leith s words, delivered by literature The young people capture Leith s sympathy indeed, he finds himself struggling with his attraction to this girl whose feelings are as intense as his own and from whom he will soon be fatefully parted.
    The Great Fire TV Mini Series Oct , A fascinating insight into what really happened on the night of Sunday nd of September , the Great fire of London in which parts of the city burned for days the fire started in a bakery in pudding lane with the loss of around recorded deaths and thousands of homes burnt to the ground. Great Fire of London The Great Fire PBS Programs The Great Fire is an epic drama about the Great Fire of London, when the city burned for four days Andrew Buchan stars as Thomas Farriner, The Great Fire Jim Murphy Books The Great Fire of was one of the most colossal disasters in American history Overnight, the flourishing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again It all began one Sunday evening when a small fire broke out inside the O Learys barn. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy The Great Fire of was one of most colossal disasters in American history Overnight, the flourshing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy, Paperback Barnes Noble The Great Fire is an excellent piece of juvenile nonfiction, providing a detailed account of the beginning, spread, and aftermath of the fire in Chicago, Illinois The author intersperses facts clearly based on extensive research with quotes from eyewitnesses. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy The Great Fire of was one of the most colossal disasters in American history Overnight, the flourishing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again It all began one Sunday evening when a small fire broke out inside the O Learys barn. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard Oct , The Great Fire of the title refers to the conflagration which was WW ll, choking and convulsing the world in its wake. Great Fire of London Historic UK The Great Fire of London by Ben Johnson The people of London who had managed to survive the Great Plague in must have thought that the year could only be better, and couldn t possibly be worse Great Chicago Fire The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned in the American city of Chicago on October , The fire killed approximately people, destroyed roughly . square miles km of the city, and left than , residents homeless The fire began in a neighborhood southwest of the city center.

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    1. Onvan The Great Fire Nevisande Shirley Hazzard ISBN 312423586 ISBN13 9780312423582 Dar 326 Safhe Saal e Chap 2003

    2. The only great thing about The Great Fire is its name This is one of those books that as you read it, you find yourself lost in thoughts about the morning commute, the long ago expired and still unpaid decal on your front windshield, about the dog, that you forgot to feed and you now know it repaid you by doing its business on the one spot of the carpet, which you fiercely guarded and hoped to protect before the weekend party with your boss and his pricy wife who for some time now has beenbut th [...]

    3. Although I find this book terrible on many levels, I must start by saying that Shirley Hazzard is a good writer Actually an excellent writer Looking back on my experience reading the book, I have to say that I often enjoyed the beautiful phrasing long enough to forget what a terrible book this actually is as a side note concerning Ms Hazzards language, if any Australians or New Zealanders happen to read this review, please let me know if you actually use the word Antipodean to describe yourselve [...]

    4. Beautiful inspired descriptive prose ultimately betrayed for me by the failure of the writer to fully imagine the character of Helen who throughout the novel came across as the wish fulfillment of an elderly woman rather than any kind of authentic seventeen year old girl and as such seeped way too much sentimentality into the structure of the novel It ends up a bit like The English Patient crossdressing as Mills Boon But the writing is stunning, wise and poignant and relentlessly at high tide.

    5. Often when I open up the app I am faced with a quote by Tracy Chevalier that says, I have consistently loved books that I ve read when I ve been sick in bed It always reminds me of reading The Girl with the Pearl Earring a number of years ago while lying on a couch, covered by blankets, drinking Lucozade Ironically I did not love the book but it certainly reminds me of sickness.So, too, with The Great Fire I have consumed it over 2 days while dealing with that dire malady, Man Flu In fact it is [...]

    6. Imagine if Jane Austen had returned to travel the world in the mid 20th century and to read novelists like Henry James, E.M Forster and Graham Greene What might she have written Something like Shirley Hazzard s The Great Fire Austen lived through a turbulent era, when the Napoleonic wars were raging, yet she stubbornly kept the great world outside of her novels Her world was made up of small English villages, and she persistently saw it through the eyes of her female protagonists Hazzard s novel [...]

    7. The Transit of Venus eventually won me over, despite occasional frustration with Shirely Hazzard s mannered and oblique style But there were relatively few rewards for plodding through this disappointing effort Hazzard s account of the romance between war veteran Aldred Leith and 17 year old Helen Driscoll spans a large canvas, both geographically and historically the action unfolds from Hiroshima and Hong Kong to London and Wellington, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, still a time of [...]

    8. Initially I considered not continuing to read this book because of what I considered a slow pace Many of my GR friends, whose opinions I often share, had praised this, so I perservered It is well that I did for I discovered that Hazzard has written an hypnotic, complex novel Her prose is elegant, vivid and fervent The Great Fireof the title refers to the conflagration which was WW ll, choking and convulsing the world in its wake The story takes place in the post war years, mostly in Asia, but co [...]

    9. War is hell, but victory is lonelier Vietnam vets were the first to be diagnosed with post traumatic stress, but Hemingway described the disaffection after battle almost half a century before in The Sun Also Rises Warriors have had trouble returning home since the The Odyssey.Add Shirley Hazzard s new novel to the shelf of haunting post war stories The Great Fire smolders in the aftermath of World War II, when the ashes of that calamity threatened to flash back into flame or choke estranged surv [...]

    10. This a book that I had to read for my book club It is in English, but hardly seems like it at times Take this sentence as an example my own creation While not quite thinking that the outside sky was truly blue, Elmo meandered into the edifice of goods meaning, Elmo went into the store Does that created sentence even make sense Think of an entire book written this way and you have the idea of what apparently constitutes Booker Prize level of writing The book reminds me of the two word joke Eschew [...]

    11. The immediacy, the level of the writing, transcends what is ultimately a simple love story set during WW2 and taking place in Japan, China, England and New Zealand Hazzard s descriptions and Nevil Shute like tone, both restrained and with exhilarating bursts of sparkly recklessness, make this a joy.

    12. I m actually reading this for the 2nd time, something I rarely do I m really concentrating on the language and imagery this time and loving it even than I did the first time Yay, Shirley

    13. Total sleeper as far as I m concerned, but a great book No one I ever talk to has read it My mother was given it as a gift and passed it along to me I almost put it down in the first 30 pages, but am thrilled I kept reading It s the story of a brother and sister in post WWII Japan who are European and are befriended by an American who is stationed there immediately after the war The setting is desolate and hopeless and guiltridden, the parents impossibly awful The soldier is torn about his feeli [...]

    14. Not really that thrilled with this book I read it because I had once found it on some must read classics list, but I also once read that Shirley Hazzard is a writer who thinks a little too much of her talent to write I believe it was Stephen King and that is what I get out of this book Loosen up and tell a story the long beautiful phrases mentioned by a previous review writer are exactly what the book seems to be about Oh, and there s some people doing some stuff, but very slowly and not very ex [...]

    15. As beautiful as the painting that is used to illustrate the cover Hazzard s writing is mesmerizing, and for that alone she totally deserved her prize Such writing is pure art, it s literature at its best The story happens to be as compelling and powerful, in a classic way that brings us back to a certain kind of Anglo saxon tradition of story telling.

    16. What a profound but sleepy novel The prose is exquisite Aldred Leith, with a lot of luck, survived WWII and POW camp He was given Great Britain s highest military award He has been tasked with writing how China and Japan have been impacted by the war and is distressed with how the Americans are acting in those countries After walking across China, he goes to Hiroshima to appraise the impact there There he meets the Driscolls They are Australian and the father his an important administrative post [...]

    17. The Transit of Venus eventually won me over, despite occasional frustration with Shirely Hazzard s mannered and oblique style But there were relatively few rewards for plodding through this disappointing effort Hazzard s account of the romance between war veteran Aldred Leith and 17 year old Helen Driscoll spans a large canvas, both geographically and historically the action unfolds from Hiroshima and Hong Kong to London and Wellington, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, still a time of [...]

    18. Another book that took me an awfully long time to read Like Richard Ford s The Sportswriter , I found it difficult to get a hold on anyone in this book Set in all sorts of places but at least initially in post WWII Japan, it tells the story of Aldred Leith, ex soldier, and somewhat of an expert in the affairs of China and the East he spent a two years walking through China, just sort of seeing what it was like In Japan, he encounters the Driscolls, an ex patriot Australian family The parents are [...]

    19. How this book won the National Book Award over The Known World and A Ship Made of Paper even with its minor faults is beyond me Women are left by the wayside in terms of character development The story takes place after WWII and centers on two male characters The writing is good and sometimes is so succinct that you may miss things that have happened But the relationships aren t that intriguing, the dynamic between the father and lead protagonist is lacking why wouldn t Leith care that his fathe [...]

    20. Question What could be worse than the horrors of the Second World War Answer Its aftermath.It is 1947, and war hero Major Aldred Leith is in Japan doing research on a book He stays in a compound under two despicable fellow Aussies named Driscoll, husband and wife Altogether different from their parents are their two changeling children, Benedict and Helen The first is brilliant, but deathly ill and his sister is almost always by his side She is fifteen years old, but Aldred and she manage to fal [...]

    21. Set in what was then called the Far East in the aftermath of World War II, The Great Fire is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary writer The novel examines how lives and even cultures have been forever altered by the war, and demonstrates how people caught in its grasp struggle to see themselves as having free will and being able to make choices it urges those who have managed to evade catastrophe to seize life and live it The characters are convincing and indelible Aldred Leith, the protag [...]

    22. Read this novel for the exquisitely crafted prose The sentences are understated, spare, austere, yet luscious Unfortunately, the story itself is skeletal and the main characters with the exception of Aldred Leith thinly sketched Also, all the characters think and speak in the same spare, luscious voice which is perhaps believable for a war veteran of 33, but hardly for a 17 year old girl and her teenage brother No matter how precocious they may be, teenagers don t have enough life experience to [...]

    23. While I want to give it a higher rating, I found this book challenging to read The author s voice was very difficult for me to interpret at times, which detracted from my enjoyment of it.On one hand, the sentences could be lovely, intricate and descriptive A line Having expected, repeatedly, to die from the great fires into which his times had pitched him, he discovered a desire to live completely by which he meant, with her On the other hand, they could be so subtle as to be virtually unintelli [...]

    24. There could be dissertations written about the many great fire meanings The most obvious is the bombing of Hiroshima, where the book first starts Aldred Leitch is a hero of WWII and takes time to wander China to record the lives of the people before their lives are turned upside down He goes to occupied Japan for something to do with his military job and ends up in Kure, a village outside Hiroshima There he encounters two young people who are living with their very strangely uninterested and dis [...]

    25. I had a similar reaction to my friend Janice, who said she had some initial reservations about the style but eventually came to appreciate it very much The Great Fire of the title is World War II, although there are several lesser great fires referred to along the way and it s also a love story I loved the way she explored the immediate aftermath of WWII in less familiar places to me Japan and China in terms of people trying to recall or rediscover how to live in a tentative peacetime again, lik [...]

    26. The jury in my brain is still out on this book I m conflicted as to whether this is a strong three or a strong four star At times, I felt FOUR loud and clear and others a not so brilliant three I often read passages twice either because I didn t understand what was going on was it intentionally cryptic and or was the author trying to make me get out my dictionary or because they were simply so beautiful The whole book was beautiful and reminded me of one of my favorite books of all time, The Eng [...]

    27. This is another terrific book about the ravages of war Hazard is a gifted and insightful writer whose story about a fairly ordinary young Englishman posted to Japan to help with the reconstruction and a proper English girl whose family has been stationed there is very good For those of you who have viewed my books of late, you ve probably noticed that I do have lots of WWII and refugee themes running throughout No apologies I think it is was a really profound part of our history and, of late, I [...]

    28. The title refers to WW II Dan gave this book to me after hearing a review on NPR.I think the writing is exquisite There are so many places I underlined that I would like to remember Special phrasesference to a handwome man build, brow, mouth and hands, all the things that are said to matter coaqxing the bones together a fine tall stone house, freezing away near black callligraphy of trees her immemorial feminie look regret, accountability, resistence, and a plea for indulgence just a neat book o [...]

    29. One of the few recent award winners that is deserving of the word A great novel, with prose that often is better, denser, beautiful, than a lot of modern poetry.

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