Download E-books Q & A: A Novel PDF

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By Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup's awesome debut, which supplied the muse for the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, is a page-turning and beguiling tale of affection, perseverance, and drama.

Vikas Swarup's outstanding debut novel opens in a prison mobile in Mumbai, India, the place Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after adequately answering all twelve questions about India's greatest quiz exhibit, Who Will Win 1000000000? it truly is tough to think terrible orphan who hasn't ever learn a newspaper or long past to varsity may well win one of these contest. yet via a sequence of exhilarating stories Ram explains to his legal professional how episodes in his lifestyles gave him the reply to every question.

Ram takes us on an grand evaluation of his personal history—from the day he used to be discovered as a toddler within the outfits donation field of a Delhi church to his employment by means of a pale Bollywood big name to his event with a security-crazed Australian military colonel to his profession as an excessively artistic travel consultant on the Taj Mahal.

Swarup's Q & A is a captivating combination of excessive comedy, drama, and romance that unearths how we all know what we know—not on the subject of minutiae, yet approximately existence itself. slicing throughout humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup provides a kaleidoscopic imaginative and prescient of the fight among reliable and evil—and what occurs while one boy has no different selection in existence yet to outlive.

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Download E-books The Godless: Children: Book One PDF

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By Ben Peek

The Gods are death. Fifteen thousand years after the top in their battle, their our bodies can nonetheless be stumbled on the world over. They kneel in forests, lie underneath mountains, and relaxation on the backside of the world's ocean. For hundreds of thousands of years, women and men have awoken with unusual powers which are derived from their our bodies. the town Mireea is equipped opposed to an incredible stone wall that stretches throughout an enormous mountain variety, following the large fallen physique of the god, Ger. Ayae, a tender cartographer's apprentice, is attacked and discovers she can't be harmed via fireplace. Her new energy makes her a aim for a military that's marching on Mireea. With the aid of Zaifyr, a wierd guy decorated with charms, she is taught the grim historical past of ‘cursed' women and men, coming to grips together with her new powers and the enemies they make. in the meantime, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the military that's forthcoming her domestic to benefit its bad mystery. cut up among the 3 issues of view, the narrative of Godless reaches its end in the course of an epic siege, the place Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are compelled not only into clash with these invading, yet with these contained in the urban who desire to do them damage.
The first installment in Ben Peek's fascinating new epic delusion sequence, The Godless is a fast paced web page turner set in a charming new world.

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Download E-books A Night to Remember (Holt Paperback) PDF

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By Walter Lord

The vintage minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic, in a fiftieth anniversary variation with a brand new advent through Nathaniel Philbrick

First released in 1955, A evening to Remember is still a totally riveting account of the Titanic's deadly collision and the habit of the passengers and team, either noble and ignominious. a few sacrificed their lives, whereas others fought like animals for his or her personal survival. other halves beseeched husbands to hitch them in lifeboats; gents went taut-lipped to their deaths in complete night costume; and hundreds and hundreds of guidance passengers, trapped lower than decks, sought assist in useless.

Available for the 1st time in alternate paperback and with a brand new creation for the fiftieth anniversary version by means of Nathaniel Phil-brick, writer of In the center of the Sea and Sea of Glory, Walter Lord's vintage minute-by-minute new edition is as brilliant now because it used to be upon first book fifty years in the past. From the preliminary misery flares to the struggles of these left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial version brings that moonlit evening in 1912 to lifestyles for a brand new new release of readers.

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Download E-books Ma'i Lepera: A History of Leprosy in Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i PDF

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By Kerri A. Inglis

Ma‘i Lepera makes an attempt to recuperate Hawaiian voices at an important second in Hawai‘i’s historical past. It takes an exceptional examine the Hansen’s disorder outbreak (1865–1900) nearly completely from the point of view of “patients,” 90 percentage of whom have been Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). utilizing conventional and nontraditional resources, released and unpublished, it tells the tale of a disorder, a society’s response to it, and the implications of the adventure for Hawai‘i and its people.

Over a span of thirty-four years greater than 5 thousand humans have been despatched to a leprosy payment at the distant peninsula in north Moloka‘i typically often called Makanalua. Their tale has seldom been advised regardless of the masses of letters they wrote to households, neighbors, and the Board of healthiness, in addition to to Hawaiian-language newspapers, detailing their issues on the cost as they struggled to keep their humanity within the face of ma‘i lepera. Many remained politically lively and, every now and then, defiant, resisting authority and difficult rules. up to they suffered, the Kānaka Maoli of Makanalua validated new bonds and cared for each other in ways in which were mostly ignored in renowned histories describing leprosy in Hawai‘i.

Although Ma‘i Lepera is basically a social background of sickness and medication, it deals compelling facts of the way leprosy and its remedy altered Hawaiian perceptions and identities. It replaced how Kānaka Maoli considered themselves: by way of the top of the 19th century, the “diseased” had turn into a cultural “other” to the fit Hawaiian. additionally, it bolstered colonial ideology and furthered using either biomedical practices and sickness as instruments of colonization.

Ma‘i Lepera could be of important curiosity to scholars and students of Hawai‘i and clinical heritage and historic and clinical anthropology. Given its available sort, this ebook also will attract common readers who desire to be aware of extra in regards to the Kānaka Maoli who shriveled leprosy—their connectedness to every one other, their households, their islands, and their nation—and how leprosy got here to impact these connections and their lives.

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Download E-books Living Spirits with Fixed Abodes: The Masterpieces Exhibition of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery PDF

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At the eve of Papua New Guinea’s attainment of independence from Australia, leader Minister Michael Somare talked about the recent nation’s cultural treasures as "living spirits with mounted abodes." He used to be touching on the existing trust of Papua New Guineans that every little thing is invested with spirit, now not least the items carved, modeled, or developed for ceremonial, and sometimes daily, use. The Masterpieces Exhibition comprises the main major cultural treasures on exhibit on the Papua New Guinea’s nationwide museum. This publication offers the reader a radical account of every of the exhibition’s 209 pieces.An creation goals to provide the final reader an idea of the importance of the gadgets and the way they're to be understood. different chapters supply a short heritage of the museum and its position in forging nationwide id. Editor Barry Craig units the person works of their neighborhood context with historic and box pictures. The gadgets are handled lower than quite a few headings: Watercraft, structure, home goods, Gardening and Fertility Figures, searching and war, Musical tools, mask and Mortuary gadgets.

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Download E-books The Archaeology of Micronesia (Cambridge World Archaeology) PDF

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By Paul Rainbird

This used to be the 1st book-length archaeological research of Micronesia, a suite of island teams within the Western Pacific Ocean. Drawing on a variety of archaeological, anthropological and ancient resources, the writer explores some of the ways in which the societies of those islands were interpreted when you consider that ecu navigators first arrived there within the 16th century. contemplating the method of preliminary colonisation at the island teams of Marianas, Carolines, Marshalls and Kiribati, he examines the histories of those islands and explores how the neighbouring components are drawn jointly via notions of fusion, fluidity and flux. the writer areas this area in the broader area of pacific island experiences and addresses modern debates akin to origins, procedures of colonisation, social organization, environmental swap and the translation of fabric tradition. This e-book should be crucial interpreting for any pupil with an curiosity within the archaeology of the Pacific.

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Download E-books Lands of True and Certain Bounty: The Geographical Theories and Colonization Strategies of Jean Pierre Purry PDF

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Jean Pierre Purry (1675-1736) was once a Swiss civil servant and entrepreneur who driven for the institution of Purrysburg Township, SC, in 1732, established principally on his theoretical conclusions concerning the area's weather and soil productiveness and his unrelenting enthusiasm for colonization. in spite of everything, he w

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Download E-books Persistence of the Gift: Tongan Tradition in Transnational Context PDF

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Tonga, the South Pacific island country situated east of Fiji and south of Samoa, is without doubt one of the world’s few final constitutional monarchies. even though Tonga has lengthy been associated with the area approach via markets and political relationships, within the previous few a long time rising nearby and international buildings have had fairly severe and transformative results. this present day, due to vastly elevated labour migration, humans, cash, and assets are in consistent movement between Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S..

In Persistence of the Gift, Evans offers an in depth ethnographic and ancient research of ways, despite superficial appearances on the contrary, conventional Tongan values proceed to play key roles within the method that Tongans make their manner within the smooth international. yet this ethnography is neither that of a undying “ethnographic current” nor of a distant coral atoll. as an alternative, just like the population of Tonga themselves, the monograph starts off within the islands, and works outward, tracing how Tongans search to satisfy their very own, culturally particular targets, in the constraints, demanding situations, and possibilities of the realm approach.

Tongan tradition, like our personal, maintains to rework within the face of worldwide swap, however the adjustments skilled through Tongans in all places are patterned and controlled via the values of Tongan brokers. either inventive and conservative, the rising transnationalist approach remains to be discernibly and proudly Tongan.

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Download E-books Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers PDF

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One of Library Journal’s 10 top Books of 2015

Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The males Who United the States, New York Times bestselling writer Simon Winchester bargains a charming biography of the Pacific Ocean and its function within the smooth international, exploring our courting with this implementing strength of nature.

As the Mediterranean formed the classical international, and the Atlantic attached Europe to the recent global, the Pacific Ocean defines our the following day. With China at the upward thrust, so, too, are the yankee towns of the West coast, together with Seattle, San Francisco, and the lengthy cluster of cities down the Silicon Valley.

Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological background has lengthy remodeled us—tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis—but its human heritage, from a Western standpoint, is kind of younger, starting with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. it's a usual ask yourself whose such a lot interesting heritage is at the moment being made.

In telling the tale of the Pacific, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the various small islands and archipelagos that lie in among. He observes the autumn of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land on the finish of the realm. His trip features a journey down the Alaska street, a cease on the remoted Pitcairn Islands, a trek throughout South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.

Winchester’s own adventure is huge and his storytelling moment to none. And his ancient realizing of the area is ambitious, making Pacific a paean to this significant sea of attractiveness, fantasy, and mind's eye that's reworking our lives.

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