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The Great Fire ebook

by Virginia Leishman,Shirley Hazzard


I read the book years ago and loved it, but listening to Leishman's stellar reading was a revelation

I read the book years ago and loved it, but listening to Leishman's stellar reading was a revelation. This is a wonderful book and deserves notice.

The Great Fire: A Novel Audiobook. Shirley Hazzard (Author), Virginia Leishman (Narrator), Recorded Books (Publisher) & 0 more.

Written by Shirley Hazzard. Narrated by Virginia Leishman. Publisher: Recorded Books AudioReleased: Apr 23, 2004ISBN: 1449802621Format: audiobook. The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the great conflagration of the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again.

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. Imagine if Jane Austen had returned to travel the world in the mid-20th century and to read novelists like Henry James, . Forster and Graham Greene. What might she have written?

The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate . 1 5 Author: Shirley Hazzard Narrator: Virginia Leishman

The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the great conflagration of the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stric. 1 5 Author: Shirley Hazzard Narrator: Virginia Leishman.

By (author) Shirley Hazzard, Read by Virginia Leishman. The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

Shirley Hazzard (30 January 1931 – 12 December 2016) was an Australian-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. She was born in Australia and also held United States citizenship. Hazzard's 1970 novel, The Bay of Noon, was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010; her 2003 novel The Great Fire won the . National Book Award for Fiction, the Miles Franklin Award and the William Dean Howells Medal.

Virginia Leishman’s narration, precise and thoughtful, reflects this underlying irony with a sense of painful gentleness

Virginia Leishman’s narration, precise and thoughtful, reflects this underlying irony with a sense of painful gentleness. It is tentative and unhurried, reflecting Leith’s cautious retelling of his story and tenuous hold on life, yet it shimmers with an implicit energy that seems to respond to the life ready to spring out anew. Though not really a war novel, this 2003 National Book Award winner is probably the finest study ever of its aftermath, and Leishman’s narration replicates the almost imperceptible movement from postwar hollowness to hope reborn.

Читает Virginia Leishman. Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Мгновенный доступ к вашим любимым книгам без обязательной ежемесячной платы. Слушайте книги через Интернет и в офлайн-режиме на устройствах Android, iOS, Chromecast, а также с помощью Google Ассистента.

After a wet night, a brilliant morning. The shrine was possibly off limits. The custodian might have returned unbidden, like the gardener at the house uphill who had reappeared with peace to resume his raking of the pale koichi into whorls

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Marr
I would suggest Virginia Leishman's excellent audio narration of The Great Fire to anyone who may have trouble appreciating Shirley Hazzard's intricate and exquisite prose. I read the book years ago and loved it, but listening to Leishman's stellar reading was a revelation. This is a wonderful book and deserves notice. Highly recommended.
Fek
Beautifully written and would be nice to listen to in an audio version. I was confused by the entrance and exit of a number of characters, but still found it immensely engrossing.
Vertokini
Hazzard's multi-character romance in 1947 and 1948, is set in the Far East and in England, a world recovering from the deep ravages of WWII. The main plot centers around a romance between a decorated English war veteran named Aldred Leith (age 32) and a young girl, Helen Driscoll (age 16), with an important subsidiary character, an Australian friend of the Brit, Peter Exley, who is pursuing war crimes prosecution in Hong Kong.

This is just an amazing novel. It's one of those books that has some flaws but is so terrific that I just have to disregard them and strongly recommend it to you. Hey, "Jane Eyre" and "Crime and Punishment" have serious flaws, too. I'll briefly summarize the problems: I think Hazzard's generally beautiful and understated prose can tend towards the purposefully obscure -- a little more information is sometimes needed (this novel is not for the dim) -- although the story is very clear, even in its details. I also didn't like that the British protagonist's main act of heroism in war was never described (only the events behind his less important decoration were, as I understood it). Most importantly, the Australian's story was never resolved, which I think is a serious error.

Finally, I also want to point out that there is some serious suspense about the final resolution of the plot. Which makes a few of the negative reviews below kind of funny.

Go read this novel. I loved it. I mean loved it.
Bodwyn
No, this is not the Da Vinci Code. Or John Grisham's The Firm. But here's the good news: I enjoyed both the Da Vinci Code and The Firm, and I loved The Great Fire. You don't need to be a snob to enjoy this book. It's a great story with great characters. But you're more likely to enjoy it if you really love writing (not just a good story, but also how language is used to get the story across). It is true that you will be challenged at times. When I started reading the book, I had the feeling that I didn't really know what was going on or who was who--Hazzard's style is not very linear. But in time everything starts making perfect sense, and you can't help being fascinated by the extraordinary command of the English prose that Hazzard has. With one sentence she can convey a place, a time, a feeling, an emotion in a way that you'll think you're there and it's happening to you. I believe she's one of the most talented writers I have ever encountered, and I've read a lot. I recommend this book to anyone who truly loves both great fiction and the English language.
Modred
Ms. Hazzard has created an incomparable masterpiece in this book. Her prose is truly poetic. It is sensitive, philosophical, and deeply incisive. The winner of the National Book Award for 2003, it is one of the finest books of the decade. There are really few authors who are able to put this level of expression in so few pages. And each page is like a window upon somebody's soul, whoever she is talking about, as well as the reader.

Set against the backdrop of post WW II occupation, Hazzard expresses so many emotions and feelings in one book, that it is truly exceptional. With a basic anti-war theme throughout, she creates a love story, a very unlikely love story, that is the central theme of the book. But within, she shows us, despair, sadness, mutilation, ennui, elation and imbecility, side by side with love, tenderness, sensitivity, human kindness and purity of heart, especially, as that purity meets the cruel, real world. The book takes a very long trip through an existential reality, yet shows how such reality can be controlled, at least partly, by our decisions and actions.

With stylistic brilliance, Hazzard creates metaphors that are truly magical, and even uses some hugely effective and informative epistilary style with mail, that is not instant, but takes weeks sometimes to travel halfway around the world. Yet in the face of all this turbulence, this destruction, this horror, what may prevail as the strongest thing, is true and pure love. While the concept is surely not new, the manner in which Ms. Hazzard expresses it surely is.

This book is suggested for any reader interested in some of the most profound and exquisite writing to be found. It has appeal to virtually every group of thinking readers. It is a book that speaks to the reader on many levels, but to all of the readers, it has a way of speaking to them personally.
X-MEN
This is a wonderfully written story of people pulling themselves back together after WWII.
Hawk Flying
Drew me in. Loved the characters and the story. Came to read it after the author's obituary and so glad I did
Shirley Hazzard has a unique gift for lyricism in her story telling. She is a rare treasure whose works are under-publicized for their quality, richness of language and prose. I am slowly reading my way through all of her books. So far The Great Fire has been my favorite, but I would read and recommend her in a heartbeat. She is also very well spoken and highly cultured and interviews on line can be found that are well worth the effort to any lover of literature.
The Great Fire ebook
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Virginia Leishman,Shirley Hazzard
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