This is the original autobiography of the Dali Lama. Written in the early 1960’s it ends just a few years after he was driven from his native Tibet by the Chinese. The book includes not only his own story, but, of necessity a brief history of the Tibetan people, the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and a recounting of the resolutions filed in the United Nations after the Dali Lama’s exile asking to have Tibet restored to the Tibetan people.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If I were restricted to a single word to describe this book, it would have to be dense. There is so much going on here that it is difficult to keep everything sorted out. The number and complexity of the plot lines and the amount and severity of the violence are reminiscent of the Song of Ice and Fire books.
“It was all going by too quickly. Was there even any point in caring so deeply when it all spun past like ticker tape.? The last thing Elizabeth could remember, Rosie had been three years old….”
LaMott, Anne, Crooked Little Heart, p. 142
Nothing much actually happens in this story. Just the everyday life of a particular family through the spring, summer, and fall of one year. And everything happens.
On the contrary, he found it amazing how squirrels planted all these trees without even knowing it. How because of their little mistakes, they rebuilt parks, forests, jungles— the homes of countless plants and animals. How because of that tiny defect, they took part in something immensely big: protecting the Earth, a planet belonging to a solar system, to a galaxy, to a vast and ever-expanding universe.
Chen, Alexandro. Animal Suicide (Kindle Locations 891-894). Kindle Edition.
Li-Mei has decided to commit suicide because she no longer finds meaning in life. But while she is researching the perfect drugs to end her life, she receives the news that their family dog appears to have committed suicide.
Lincoln Rhyme wondered again what he’d been wondering all day— the question that kept floating to the surface: Why the clues?
Deaver, Jeffery. The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel (p. 159). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Jeffry Deaver is one of the best thriller writers there is. The Bone Collector, the first of the Lincoln Rhyme novels is certainly no exception.
Gorgon was a perversion, not a creation; the result of the union of two beings so diverse that such a thing seemed inconceivable.
Marks, C.S. Elfhunter (Tales of Alterra, the World that Is.#1) (Elfhunter Trilogy) (p. 212). Parthian Press. Kindle Edition.
Gaelen and her cousin Nelwyn, two Elf scouts from the Greatwood, are on patrol when they discover two of their fellow scouts who have been murdered by a mysterious evil being they have never heard of before.