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The Magic of Ordinary Days [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ann Howard Creel
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25. Juni 2002
Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

"Highly satisfying." (Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue)

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (Non-Classics); Auflage: Reprint (25. Juni 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0142000906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142000908
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,2 x 13 x 1,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 578.699 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Near the end of World War II, pregnant Olivia Dunne is forced into marriage and banished to a remote Colorado farm, where she develops a relationship with her new husband and with two Japanese-American sisters living in a nearby internment camp. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Ann Howard Creel is the author of two award-winning young adult novels, Water at the Blue Earth and A Ceiling of Stars. This is her first adult novel.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen There is indeed magic in ordinary days 24. April 2012
Eigentlich bin ich nicht so. Ich sehe keine Filme und lese dann die Bücher.
Auch die umgekehrte Reihenfolge ist für mich problematisch. Nicht so in diesem Fall.
Nachdem ich den Film eher zufällig entdeckt und innerhalb weniger Tage zehnmal angeschaut hatte, stand ein langes Wochenende vor der Tür und ich brauchte dringend Lesefutter.
Also habe ich mir dieses Buch bestellt. Mit etwas Bammel, zu oft ist das schon in die Hose gegangen.

Liebe Rezensions-Leser, es freut mich Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass sowohl der Kauf des Buches als auch der Kauf des Films kein Reinfall waren.
Gut - viel geschlafen habe ich dann nicht, denn ich musste unbedingt dieses Buch beenden. Und im Anschluss zum Vergleich noch mal den Film anschauen.

Es gibt einige Abweichungen zwischen Buch und Film und ganz ehrlich: ich kann nicht einmal sagen, welche Version mir besser gefällt. Ich mag sie beide.
Selbstverständlich sind im Buch für einige Details mehr "Platz" als in der Hallmark-Verfilmung.
So finde ich Livvys Weiterentwicklung im Buch etwas besser beschrieben.
Sogar Rays Glaube hat mich nicht gestört, ich würde das Buch allerdings auch nicht als Christian Romance bezeichnen.

an die, die fürchten, sie könnten nach Genuss des Films das Buch getrost vergessen, weil sie das Ende schon kennen: es besteht kein Grund zur Sorge.

Mir hat das Buch Lust auf mehr Bücher der Autorin gemacht. Leider muss ich mich da wohl noch ein wenig gedulden, denn ihre bisher erschienenen Young Adult Werke sprechen mich leider überhaupt nicht an.

Fazit: ein wunderschönes Buch mit einem wunderbaren Titel und einer magisch-schönen Geschichte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Title Says It All 22. April 2010
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Beautifully written and very wise in its own way, TMoOD is a heartfelt novel about true tenderness, respect, vulnerability, patience and fine love. Ray and Livvy share one of the kindest relationships I've ever witnessed. A wonderful novel especially made for sensitive hearts and dreamers, I guess.

Beginning in 1944, the novel also provides a very good insight into fears and struggles of american life back then during WWII.

Be aware that the TV adaption made by Hallmark Hall of Fame differs pretty much from the novel itself. Either way, you can't help but love this gentle story and its characters. I highly recommend both book and movie!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book with many themes 9. Februar 2005
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At first glance THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS is a love story. Of the surface it relates the story of Livvy, who is pregnant and forced to marry a man that she does not know. The story focuses on the evolution of their relationship and the changes in Livvy's life. Her husband Ray, has the very appropriate last name of Singleton, because he is indeed a single, solitary man.

But on a broader scale, there are a number of underlying themes that the reader should be aware of. The first is the responsibility that people must take for their own acts and how what seem to be casual decisions about relationships can alter a person's life.

Issues of family relationships are also brought out in the book. Most people will identify in some way with the relationships between the siblings. Women will contemplate what they would have done had they been Livvy - pregnant and without a husband in the early 1940's - and how their own father would have reacted. The underlying issues of religion and a small community vs a large city are also present.

Author Ann Howard Creel masterfully deals with a subject that is popular among historians and this is women on the home front during the time of war. She also deals with men, such as Ray who does not go to war but still deals with issues of guilt.

Creel's handling of the issues of Japanese interment is excellent. It is a subject that many readers, espcially young readers will know little about. So her even handed descriptions are informative. In addition, most Americans have little knowledge of the German and Italian POW's that came to America.

The Hallmark Hall of Fame did a wonderful job with this novel, following almost exactly as Creel wrote it, although the did not use the first person. However, their ending was probably more acceptable to a general audience. The Japanese women in the novel to not fare as well as they did on TV. The sad part is that Rose and Lorelie were victimized by being put in the camp and then made bad decisions, just like Livvy, based on their desire to be loved.

Although this book is well suited for young readers, and could be a useful tool in an educational environment, it is also an excellent read for readers of any age. War has many ripple effects on the society and Creel deals with many of them. This book gives much to reflect on. I'm just glad that Hallmark brought it to light for millions of readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining blend of plot lines, history and fiction 26. Juli 2001
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I originally purchased this book as a present for my wife; she couldn't stop talking about it so I read it for myself. Set in rural Colorado in 1944, the main story revolves around an educated, progressive woman forced into an arranged marriage to a farmer due to the result of a fling with a soldier leaving for the war in 1944. As the main character, Livvy, tries to cope with the disappointment and loneliness of her situation, a great love story unfolds as she begins to really know the man she married. This was my wife's favorite portion of the book, and I have to admit it was done extremely well. The spice in the story comes in a sub- plot which has Livvy befriend girls in a Japanese- American interment camp who become involved with German POWs assigned to work on the local farms. What I belived to be a great piece of fiction turned out to be based on actual events as recorded in the Denver Post in 1944. Livvy must make some difficult decisions and the result is my favorite part of the book. Well written and paced just right, the novel is balanced, informative and thought provoking. A great read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautully told story, well- written novel 22. Juli 2001
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The book opens with Olivia Dunne, a twenty- four year old with big dreams, being forced into an arranged marriage after succumbing to the advances of a handsome solder in 1944. It turns out her husband is a good man, but Olivia has nothing in common with the farmers that now surround her, and she befriends two girls, Japanese- Americans who were interned in a camp nearby. Their story culminates in a politically charged incident, based on actual events, involving the girls and German POWs from another camp. Olivia eventually begins to love her new home and even her husband, as she learns to make the best of what life has given her. Through Livvy's eyes, we feel the camp and the isolation of rural life only to discover an unexpected enchantment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the sweet, often heart- wrenching dialogue between Livvy and Ray, and the vivid description of life on a farm in Colorado in 1944. As I read I felt I was there; the author creates a strong sense of "place." The incident between the Japanese- American girls and the German POW's is a bonus and made me turn the pages even faster. From a historical perspective, I learned of Japanese internment camps and German prisoner of war camps in Colorado and the impact they had on the people there.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A beautiful love story - now a beautiful Hallmark movie 31. Januar 2005
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I loved this book when I first read it. So few love stories written nowadays take you through the true awkwardness of a forced relationship. This book does it slowly, building the love between two people like you normally would. Now Hallmark has made this into a beautiful tv movie, and sells the DVD through Hallmark stores and other online book stores.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Illuminating Debut 1. August 2001
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Ann Creel's The Magic of Ordinary Days illuminates the impact of World War II on those left behind to sacrifice, monitor its blows, and help pick up the pieces through the story of a minister's daughter forced to face herself in unimagined ways.
Romance is the farthest thing from Olivia (Livvy) Dunne's mind when she trades her urban, educated, albeit sheltered existence for an arranged marraige to a simple farmer in rural Colorado. A proud woman who feels her shame and loss all too acutely, she hides behind layers of reserve, convinced she can and should insulate herself from her husband as she waits out the period of her perceived exile, ever focused on eventual autonomy. Ironically, she ultimately finds the freedom she craves in her spouse's patient, unassuming, accommodating eyes.
In spare, lyrical prose whose cadences echo the ebb and flow of life in the High Plains, Creel describes Livvy's "ordinary days" as she resists the seduction of the seasons and bucolic ways, only to find herself enchanted with their singular logic and beauty. Like the two, young, interned Japanese-American women she befriends, Livvy can barely endure the injustice of being banished for who she is. But, like the butterflies her friends so revere, she achieves transformation through a natural life cycle and, with it, unexpected, enduring love.
The Magic of Oridnary Days is a deeply satisfying book that will resound wihin the reader's psyche long after the last page is savored. I highly recommend Ann Creel's debut, adult novel.
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