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Ersteintrag: 18.08.2011 23:56:09 GMT+02:00
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Veröffentlicht am 29.10.2011 17:34:04 GMT+02:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.--The Bookbag
1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family’s early history—their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith’s story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Veröffentlicht am 01.11.2011 14:16:13 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99 euro cents second edition

To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pitiless memoir of a personal and social history
With so much suffering all over the world we Westerners sometimes forget the suffering and starvation that occurred in our backyards among poor white people during the Depression... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book We Should All Read
Instead of arid history books, read this. Harry's humble, poverty-stricken and hopeless beginnings produced a remarkable man (although he doesn't see himself that way)... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and highly recommended
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Published 6 months ago by Midwest Book Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Much More Than I Expected
When I ordered this book, I was expecting an interesting read, but I wasn't expecting to be totally enthralled with an autobiography covering only the period from birth to the end... Read more
Published 6 months ago by V. Adair

Veröffentlicht am 04.11.2011 13:45:48 GMT+01:00
The Barley Hole Chronicles 1,15 euros
Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my family's heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion.
The Barley Hole Chronicles are an odyssey of the human spirit that stretch across time and geography to incorporate, diverse personalities, personal hardships, World Wars and the struggle for peace and love, in a society fallen from grace. These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's decent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the great depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in post war Germany. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a summation of two memoirs by Harry Leslie Smith 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a true account of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real. It is also a social history of the 20th century at its bloodiest and deadliest time.

Veröffentlicht am 29.11.2011 13:16:32 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99
"It is a beautifully written and moving story of a child growing up during a time of post war poverty and depression in northern England. Harry's memories are extremely vivid and provide an emotive view of how his family fell apart through circumstances, lies and deceit.

Written in the style of a novel, it's easy to forget that this is true life, as the words and memories flow in detail along the pages. It's interesting and at times sad to read how hard life was for poor Harry to begin with, and how it impacted the poignant relationship with his father. There's no sympathy for his mother, Lilian, until you understand the problems she herself deals with, and then you realise there are two sides to every story."

Veröffentlicht am 16.12.2011 21:41:23 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99 second edition
"Creating a great memoir is a delicate matter. When relying so heavily on personal recollection, it is easy to mire the story in detail and bring the focus down to street level. The mark of a great memoir is the sense of elevation, of perspective, especially when the story told is one of sweeping historic events that framed one life. The selection of details and the areas of focus are the most important elements in the telling of a life, and these elements are also the most difficult portray effectively while still allowing freedom of imagination. Harry Leslie Smith’s elegiac and moving memoir, 1923: A Memoir: Lies and Testaments, is a sweeping narrative with startlingly accurate characterizations and dialogue. The reader is elevated to the best vantage point, and a new dimension is created to witness the writer’s life in its fullest scope.

Mr. Smith’s life is told in this memoir from his birth in Bradford, England in 1923 until the end of the war in 1945."

To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Veröffentlicht am 17.12.2011 14:03:59 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99

My sister and I were children of the one true Church which took its orders from the Vatican. We were commanded by God’s earthly representatives to arise, early, each Sunday and dress in clean, presentable clothes. On Sundays, Mam stayed late in bed while Dad always escaped our ritual with an early morning walk. After breakfast of a shared piece of stale toast, my sister would clean my face and hands with an old soapy dish-rag. Until the age of six, I had been excluded and shielded from religious penance and paying homage to Jesus snug in his heaven. So I was mystified and frustrated by this weekly occurrence of stomping across city streets with stores shuttered and bolted. I was envious of our town’s well-fed but less-devout brethren who were still wrapped up warm in their beds, while my sister and I traversed, two or three miles to the parish cathedral.

In front of St. Joseph’s, we lined up with other hungry children from our school and from other parochial establishments in the parish. We formed neat lines and rows designated by age and classroom. Nuns, from the Sisters of the Cross and Passion barked up and down the street like sergeant majors at inspection. They pulled and dragged sleepy eyed worshippers into their correct drill formation. Nuns, in wimples and long black gowns, impenetrable to human emotions and suffering, demanded silence. Nuns commanded while pulling ears or twisting arms that there was to be order and no shuffling of feet. They ordered us to demonstrate reverence, for the Holy Father and for the Church. The street was a parade ground of regimented child soldiers for Christ. We were twisted in military boxed squares, divided and codified by our school and by our level of education. All of us, impatiently waited to be marched into Sunday Mass and confession. “Father, forgive me, for it has been seven days since my last confession and I have had impure thoughts about my pudding for tea.” I was seven then when I shivered before the entrance to God’s Holy House, in Bradford.

Now I am twenty-three. The sky is clear. I am in the back of a truck, in a long convoy of vehicles. We are moving like an enormous centipede up a two-lane road. There are fifteen men in each lorry. Woodbine cigarettes and Capstans dangle from our mouths. The straps to our tin helmets hang loosely around our chins. We are cocksure and unafraid. We are survivors and conquerors pushing our way through Northern Germany. Opposite our convoy, there is an endless procession of refugees. They are pushing their scant possessions in handcarts, or dragging along worn luggage with ropes wrapped around it. The procession contains men and women, the young and the old. Thin, cadaverous horses follow the throng dragging their hoofs in the thin soil beside the road. The jetsam is a mixture of forced labourers, ex-prisoners, ex-concentration camp inmates and the Diaspora, from Germany’s eastern provinces. They are all moving southward, as if believing that their homes still existed or that they still had relatives alive to give them shelter. If the Netherlands and Belgium are any example to me, there is little left of Europe. What has not been bombed has been looted and what has not been looted has been burned to the ground.

Veröffentlicht am 21.12.2011 14:34:27 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99
New Year's Eve 1945
Confined to camp on New Year’s Eve, we sang Auld Lang Syne at the chime of midnight and toasted the year to come. During the first days and then weeks of January, we waited in disjointed apprehension to deploy to Europe. After a while, we thought our captain had played a cruel prank on us. He promised us in December a mission in Europe and a greater role in this war, and it now seemed as fanciful as Meade’s desert premonitions. We waited and asked our sergeants, “You’ll know when you know,” was the answer.

We waited and Warsaw fell to the Russians. We waited impatiently and the death marches began for the near-lifeless prisoners of the concentration camps. We waited while the Germanic retreat of volks deutch began, from the Eastern, Hanseatic fortresses of Lithuania, Latvia, and Pomerania. Over two million Aryan refugees limped across the snow or sailed in over-laden ships across the icy Baltic. While underneath the slushy sea, Russian submarines hungrily trawled the waters in vengeful wait. The Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz and we waited. For parts of Holland still under German occupation, “The Hunger Winter” was now in its fifth month and the citizens were reduced to consuming tulip bulbs and boiling shoe leather for nutrients. We waited anxious, ignorant, and callow for Europe.

Veröffentlicht am 28.12.2011 14:10:03 GMT+01:00
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 0,99 euros

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Smith stays true to himself and his inner voice as he recounts the events of his early life.-Feeding My Book Addiction
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family’s early history—their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith’s story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 30.12.2011 23:44:16 GMT+01:00
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Oh, come on! Would you give it a rest now, please? That .com's restrictions don't come into play here at .de doesn't mean you are not annoying. Seriously, I get that you want to sell your book but sheesh! Enough already.
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