"Aharon Appelfeld is one of the subtlest, most unorthodox, and most exactingly perceptive novelists to make the memory of the Holocaust his abiding project." --Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker A lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker transform each other’s lives in ways they could never have imagined. Ernst is a gruff seventy-year-old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II. A retired investment adviser, he lives alone (his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis; he divorced his shrewish second wife) and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels. Irena, in her mid-thirties, is the unmarried daughter of Holocaust survivors who has been taking care of Ernst since his surgery two years earlier; she arrives every morning promptly at eight and usually leaves every afternoon at three. Quiet and shy, Irena is in awe of Ernst’s intellect. And as the months pass, Ernst comes to depend on the gentle young woman who runs his house, listens to him read from his work, and occasionally offers a spirited commentary on it. But Ernst’s writing gives him no satisfaction, and he is haunted by his godless, Communist past. His health, already poor, begins to deteriorate even further; he becomes mired in depression and seems to lose the will to live. But this is something Irena will not allow. As she becomes an increasingly important part of his life—moving into his home, encouraging him in his work, easing his pain—Ernst not only regains his sense of self and discovers the path through which his writing can flow but he also discovers, to his amazement, that Irena is in love with him. And, even more astonishing, he realizes that he is in love with her, too.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04 - Publisher: Partridge Singapore
The author met General Tealeaf Howard Patrick on Skype on May 4th, 2011, two days after Osama bin Laden was killed by the SEAL in Pakistan. General Tealeaf Patrick was the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan back then, and nominated as the next Director of the
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-05 - Publisher: Zondervan
If you’re brave enough to take an honest look at the issues facing the culture–controlled church–and the issues in your own life–read on.Do you ever look at how the Christian faith is being lived out in the new millennium and wonder if we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-06 - Publisher: Navigating Life
Riding the river... ...If you want to survive the rapids of life, you'll need to stop trying to change the river and learn to change yourself... . Learn to examine the real cause of your frustrations . Learn to redefine yourself . Learn to reflect, focus and strategize before taking