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Free download à A Single Swallow ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Zhang Ling » 8 characters Download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Zhang Ling War and of the woman who touched them so deeply during that unforgiving time the story of Ah Yan’s life begins to take shape woven into view by their memories A woman who had suffered unspeakable atrocities and yet found the grace and dignity to survive she’d been the one to bring them together And it is her spark of humanity still burning brightly that gives these ghosts of the past the courage to look back on everything they endured and remember the woman they lo I am not someone who often leaves reviews unless the item leaves a strong impression and A Single Swallow did just that The story was well formed and the direction was clear The manner in which the story was told was effective and enjoyable It is difficult for a written to jump from past and present without the reader feeling as though they are lost in a storm but this is not the case with A Single SwallowThe translator deserves praise in particular for her ability to seamlessly take a story written in one language and translate so the reader does not even realise it was not originally written in another language Well done

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A Single Swallow

Free download à A Single Swallow ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Zhang Ling » 8 characters Download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Zhang Ling The eagerly awaited English translation of award winning author Zhang Ling’s epic and intimate novel about the devastation of war forgiveness redemption and the enduring power of loveOn the day of the historic 1945 Jewel Voice Broadcast in which Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender to the Allied forces bringing an end to World War II three men flush with jubilation made a pact After their deaths each year on the anniversary of the broadcast their souls would When I chose this First Reads book there was only one other review up a one star review I read the review and the book s description I thought that this work of literary fiction by an award winning author could not possibly be as bad as all that could it So I decided to find out for myselfWorth noting is that the author is a woman so we are in fact reading a woman s voice as she depicts through the eyes of men the woman who is so central to this storyThe three men in uestion are William E Macmillan an American medical doctor Ian Ferguson a gunner s mate Naval Group China and Liu Zhaohu a Chinese officer in training They are in China when the Japanese emperor makes his war ending announcement and their post mortem rendezvous thus take place in China This all makes sense since the author is originally from ChinaI find this book to be extremely well written I often wonder if people who stumble upon literary fiction and give it negative reviews are just unfamiliar with what really good writing looks like This book is well written clever and original not an easy featUPDATE For those of you interested in following this bickerfest between two of s Top 20 reviewers here is my snappy comeback to the other reviewer s update My review was not an ad hominem attack I referenced the 1 star review in my first paragraph Nothing wrong with that I generally read other reviews before posting my own and often respond as it were to other reviewers experiences I pay particular attention to the negative reviews and share whether I had a similar experience with the product As to my final paragraph nothing is amiss there either Not every product is suitable for every person For example I take issue with middle aged men writing negative reviews of children s movies which my daughter enjoyed and for which they were clearly not the target audience Literary fiction is not everyone s cup of tea and that s just fine Mysteries and thrillers are not mineWhat I find particularly disturbing about this 1 star review is that the reviewer posted reviews of 6 of the First Reads books before 1pm on First Reads Day and gave two of them 1 star I do not think you have to read every word of a book to form an opinion of it although that helps but unless a book is truly dreadful which this one is not a reviewer really has no business giving a 1 star review to an unread book Add to that the little factoid that First Reads is a known path to accumulating helpful votes and you can get a good sense of what is going on here One final tidbit Setting up a review to become the Top Critical Review is sure to lead to even helpful votes over time Getting that review posted first is a golden opportunity and one which the other reviewer clearly recognizesAs for the posting of credentials putting aside for the moment that anyone can claim anything on the internet I ll gladly stack up my three graduate degrees and decades of writing proofreading and editing experience against any reviewer s But really why And I would do so without arrogantly adding that a book labeled literary fiction isn t because somehow in a post factual world opinion counts for than reality

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Free download à A Single Swallow ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Zhang Ling » 8 characters Download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Zhang Ling Return to the Chinese village of their younger days It’s where they had fought and survived a war that shook the world and changed their own lives in unimaginable ways Now seventy years later the pledge is being fulfilled by American missionary Pastor Billy brash gunner’s mate Ian Ferguson and local soldier Liu ZhaohuAll that’s missing is Ah Yan also known as Swallow the girl each man loved each in his own profound wayAs they unravel their personal stories of the The placing of the story in China encompassing the second world war and after and embracing the local culture and s is understandable as originally written by a Chinese native I read an excellent translationThe lens of three different men coming with their own expectations relationships and different backgrounds tells a moving story of humans and others striving through adversity Master stroke of imagination to make them ghosts convening on the location of the intersection of their lives enables the story to jump backwards and forwards in time effortlessly so the reader is drawn in and wants to learn It is a timeless story of the human spirit no pun intended with all the ghosts aroundThe chapter that I enjoyed most was the dialogue between two dogs about themselves and the humans and their doingsI will remember this story for a long time and do not hesitate in recommending it to a wide open minded readership