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A Siddons heroine of a familiar stripe, Caroline Aubrey Venable battles adversity and despair to save her South Carolina island in a somewhat unwieldy novel that again shows us a woman maturing under pressure. The death of her daughter five years earlier still shadows Caroline's life, and her occasional overindulgence in alcohol is something neither she nor her husband of 25 years will discussAso long as Caroline continues dutifully to play "mother superior" to the junior partners of her husband Clay's land-developing empire. When rumor comes to light that Clay's company plans to turn their low country home into a theme parkAthreatening the wild ponies that Caroline loves, not to mention the Gullahs who have lived there for centuriesACaroline is roused from her stupor. The leisurely pace and evocative atmospheric background of Siddons's fiction are in evidence here, and the confiding tone of this first-person narrative of betrayal and redemption offers few surprises. Some readers, however, may find Caroline annoyingly self-absorbed; may question why she doesn't object more strenuously when Luis CassellsAone of the islandersAcharacterizes Clay as "Mengele"; may find Siddons's depiction of Luis as a Cuban-Jewish Don Quixote improbable; may take umbrage at Caroline's patronization of the Gullahs; and may agree that the climax, while surprising, makes for a pat denouement. $250,000 ad/promo; U.K. rights to Little, Brown; first serial and dramatic rights: Virginia Barber; audio rights: HarperAudio; translation rights: HarperCollins; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This abridged version of Siddons's (Fault Lines, Audio Reviews, LJ 3/15/96) romance novel will please those in search of an emotionally satisfying human drama. The production perfectly conveys the mysterious mood of a Gullah island of the South Carolina low country. Actor Debra Monk's bag of tricks includes a broad Cuban accent and over-the-top voices for the Southern folkAvoices that really do sound like they are native to the region. The story involves a tug of war between Caro Venable and her husband, Clay, over the fate of the island and its people; Caro's flirtation with their Cuban visitor; and the couple's coming to grips with the death of their young daughter. It is full of engaging characters and has a winding plot that leads to the only possible resolution. Recommended.AMark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (June 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694519960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694519965
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,627,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Anderson on March 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from the library, but I'm going to buy a copy and re-read it at regular intervals.

I read it over the course of one day, thought "nice fable" & began reading another book as soon as I finished this one. But I found that the lessons contained in this simple story of a shepherd boy seeking treasure, won't be dismissed so easily. They must have taken up residence in my subconscious and kicked up some dust, because my mind keeps returning to the lessons of the story to find new and more subtle insights having formed.

These are lessons that we all know in our hearts, but that we forget as we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our material lives. Lessons about listening to our hearts and following our dreams. Lessons about living in the moment, the transient nature of possessions and the illusion that we can even "possess" something to begin with. Lessons about freeing ourselves from fear and about understanding our lives as part of the energy of the Universe and understanding that everything will work out the way it was intended to. Lessons about trusting in signs, knowing that our lives have a grand purpose and that the forces of the Universe will conspire to help us fulfill that purpose. And the lesson that all of the fortunes and misfortunes we encounter in life are part of our spiritual education, and that it's not the earthly "treasure" we seek that's important but the lessons learned while in pursuit of it.

If you like to ponder the meaning of life, then let your mind and spirit mull over the lessons in this book. It's a quick and enjoyable read that will provide some new insights, or remind you of some old one's that you've forgotten.
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book -- with its wondrous tale of adventure, the sensitively written characters, and most of all, the lessons of the heart to be gleaned in the book's central premise -- that the Universe does all it can to help when one is brave enough to follow one's own dreams, and that you ignore the lessons of the heart at your own peril. This is probably the second or third time I've read the book, but this edition -- with enchanting illustrations by Moebius -- is a special treat, and I read the book completely transfixed! The story, the drawings, and the beautiful typography all combine to form a sensuous, exquisite reading experience. Do get the book, and it's the perfect gift for a loved one for your own self.
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Format: Hardcover
I know this review will result in a whole heap of "No It Wasn't Helpful" votes, because I am going against the trend!
Just as I hated Jonathan Livingston Seagull when I was a teenager, I hate this book now! No, hate is too strong a word for this piece of insignificant and shallow tripe. In every generation along comes an over-hyped meditation which is nothing more than New Age, melange-religion twaddle. And this is the one for now.
And it's way over-priced.
Disappointingly, it's by the author of one of my favourite books of the past couple of years (Veronika Decides To Die) .
Personal Legends sound like some of advertising industry hype for the latest inspiration for how You Too Can Be President, or how You Too Can Win A Gold Medal at the Olympics.
But when I got to this nonsense on page 80: "Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive....and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rearely recognize that it is working for us. But in the crystal shop you probably realized that even the glasses were collaborating in your success", I just exploded in laughter. God, Allah and Crystals.
As a woman this book says absolutely nothing to me: "The desert was full of men who earned their living based on the ease with which they could penetrate to the Soul of the World. They were known as seers, and they were held in fear by women and the elderly." (p 103). Probably those other weaklings, children as well, though that is not specified. But there is a role for women - waiting around the oasis for their men to either return or hearing they have been killed. Grand! Just what I've been wanting to know - it's transformed my life! The most profound insight yet known to Man. Come, on pull the other leg!
If I want to go looking for The Philosopher's Stone, I think I'll choose Harry Potter as my companion!
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Format: Hardcover
After a friend told me that The Alchemist was one of his favorite books to teach and passing by it time and again on the table at the local bookstore, I decided to read it through. Since the illustrated version was available, I picked that one up.

The story is phenomenal. It is about a shepherd, Santiago, who undergoes his quest of his Personal Legend. Through the course of the story, you meet an interesting array of characters like the King of Salem, the owner of the crystal shop, a camel driver, an Englishman, Fatima and the Alchemist, just to name a few. Each is distinct and contributes to the growth of the main character.

I also found the message about following one's Personal Legend hit me in on a personal level, since I have found myself at a crossroads in my life in following my dreams or taking another path. The story does not tell you which why is right or wrong, but you feel Santiago's fulfillment as he pursues his path.

The book is made of good quality paper that will last with a slight gloss to them, giving the illustrations a nice medium. The pictures are by Mobius, and they are really well done. The art is simple, like the prose of the story, and they help frame different scenes. You cannot see the face of the character is most of the pictures, allowing the reader to visualize the character in his mind's eye. However, you do have an occasional partial face, and the images have the potential of hampering your own personal vision of the story.

The prose is simple, but the meaning is deep. I have heard people compare Coelho to Richard Bach or Joseph Campbell. While there are aspects that do translate, The Alchemist is an enjoyment of its own. The illustrations are nice, and the book itself is nicely bound. However, I would rather have the text alone. The book would make a nice gift, but I would recommend reading a non-illustrated version first.
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