Author: Kathy Marks
Publisher: Free Press
Remote Pitcairn Island, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf, is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group of Tahitian maidens after deposing Captain Bligh in 1789. Shrouded in myth, the island was considered a tropical Shangri-La by outsiders--but as the world discovered two centuries later, it was also a place of sinister secrets. In 2000, police descended on the British territory to investigate an allegation of child rape, and uncovered a trail of child abuse dating back at least three generations. Most islanders, including the victims' mothers, claimed it was the Pitcairn "way of life." The ensuing trials commanded worldwide attention and tore the close-knit, interrelated community apart. Journalist Kathy Marks lived on Pitcairn for six weeks and observed how the tiny, claustrophobic community ticked: the gossip, the feuding, the intimacy--and the power dynamics that had allowed the abuse to flourish.--From publisher description.
Author: Cees Nooteboom
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
From “one of the greatest modern novelists” comes a haunting tale of angels, art, and modern love (A.S. Byatt). In Lost Paradise, Cees Nooteboom sets out to connect two seemingly unrelated strangers whom he has glimpsed on his travels, and to explore the major impact that small interactions can have on the course of our journeys. A beautiful woman aboard a Berlin-bound flight becomes Alma, a young lady who leaves her parents’ Sao Paolo home on a hot summer night in a fit of depression. Her car engine dies in one of the city’s most dangerous favelas, a mob surrounds her, and she is pulled from the automobile. To escape her memory of the assault, she flees across the world, to Australia, where she becomes involved in the beautiful but bizarre Angel Project. Not long after, Dutch literary critic Erik Zontag is in Perth, Australia, for a conference. He has found a winged woman curled up in a closet in an empty house. He reaches out, and for a second allows his fingertips to brush her feathers—and then she speaks. The intersection of their paths illuminates the extraordinary coincidences that propel our lives. “Dreamy and self-conscious . . . [Nooteboom] brazenly explores notions of reinvention, healing, loss, and the divine.” —Tom Barbash, The New York Times Book Review
Author: Ian Cameron
Publisher: Salem House Publishers
Amply illustrated throughout, Lost Paradise reveals in a narrative of extreme readability both the triumph of the Pacific voyages and the tragedy of their aftermath. 40 full-color and 100 black-and-white photographs.
Author: Kathy Marks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pitcairn Island -- remote and wild in the South Pacific, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf -- is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny on the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group of Tahitian maidens after deposing their captain, William Bligh, and seizing his ship in 1789. Shrouded in myth, the island was idealized by outsiders, who considered it a tropical Shangri-La. But as the world was to discover two centuries after the mutiny, it was also a place of sinister secrets. In this riveting account, Kathy Marks tells the disturbing saga and asks profound questions about human behavior. In 2000, police descended on the British territory -- a lump of volcanic rock hundreds of miles from the nearest inhabited land -- to investigate an allegation of rape of a fifteen-year-old girl. They found themselves speaking to dozens of women and uncovering a trail of child abuse dating back at least three generations. Scarcely a Pitcairn man was untainted by the allegations, it seemed, and barely a girl growing up on the island, home to just forty-seven people, had escaped. Yet most islanders, including the victims' mothers, feigned ignorance or claimed it was South Pacific "culture" -- the Pitcairn "way of life." The ensuing trials would tear the close-knit, interrelated community apart, for every family contained an offender or a victim -- often both. The very future of the island, dependent on its men and their prowess in the longboats, appeared at risk. The islanders were resentful toward British authorities, whom they regarded as colonialists, and the newly arrived newspeople, who asked nettlesome questions and whose daily dispatches were closely scrutinized on the Internet. The court case commanded worldwide attention. And as a succession of men passed through Pitcairn's makeshift courtroom, disturbing questions surfaced. How had the abuse remained hidden so long? Was it inevitable in such a place? Was Pitcairn a real-life Lord of the Flies? One of only six journalists to cover the trials, Marks lived on Pitcairn for six weeks, with the accused men as her neighbors. She depicts, vividly, the attractions and everyday difficulties of living on a remote tropical island. Moreover, outside court, she had daily encounters with the islanders, not all of them civil, and observed firsthand how the tiny, claustrophobic community ticked: the gossip, the feuding, the claustrophobic intimacy -- and the power dynamics that had allowed the abuse to flourish. Marks followed the legal and human saga through to its recent conclusion. She uncovers a society gone badly astray, leaving lives shattered and codes broken: a paradise truly lost.
This book examines the theme of lost paradise in Lieder by nineteenth-century composers including Franz Schubert.
The Lost Paradise
Author: Jonathan Glasser
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
For more than a century, urban North Africans have sought to protect and revive Andalusi music, a prestigious Arabic-language performance tradition said to originate in the “lost paradise” of medieval Islamic Spain. Yet despite the Andalusi repertoire’s enshrinement as the national classical music of postcolonial North Africa, its devotees continue to describe it as being in danger of disappearance. In The Lost Paradise, Jonathan Glasser explores the close connection between the paradox of patrimony and the questions of embodiment, genealogy, secrecy, and social class that have long been central to Andalusi musical practice. Through a historical and ethnographic account of the Andalusi music of Algiers, Tlemcen, and their Algerian and Moroccan borderlands since the end of the nineteenth century, Glasser shows how anxiety about Andalusi music’s disappearance has emerged from within the practice itself and come to be central to its ethos. The result is a sophisticated examination of musical survival and transformation that is also a meditation on temporality, labor, colonialism and nationalism, and the relationship of the living to the dead.
This book is composed of M Fethullah Gülen's selected articles which have so far been published in different magazines. In these articles, you will travel through the vivid expressions of M Fethullah Gülen and see the collapse of one of the greatest civilisations of the world and inward decay of believing peoples all over the world, and you will witness the lament of a responsible Muslim thinker for the miserable conditions of the wronged peoples of the world. The flowery language of M Fethullah Gülen will at times take you through a different world, the happy world of the future, where 'flowers' sway on 'sloping hills' and birds sing of spring everywhere, and you will come to know how it can be possible to find such a world.
A LOST PARADISE
Author: Junʼichi Watanabe, 渡辺淳一
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
A steamy tale of sexual obsession and an all-or-nothing love, this sensuous novel contrasts defiantly freewheeling passions against the rigidity of society and the constraints on fulfillment in life and love.
Author: Catherine Lucile Moore
Publisher: eStar Books
Northwest Smith embarks on a dangerous trip to learn the secrets of the moon and a lost civilization.excerpt"I'll bet you the next drinks," murmured Yarol, his wise black eyes twinkling under long lashes, "that you can't guess what race that little fellow's from, or where it originated.""The next drinks are on me anyhow," grinned Smith. "No I can't guess. Does it matter?""Oh-curious, that's, all. I've seen a member of that race only once before in my life, and I'll bet you never saw one. And yet it's an Earth race, perhaps the very oldest. Did you ever hear of the Seles?"Smith shook his head silently, his eyes on the little figure below, which was slowly drawing out of sight beneath the overhang of the terrace on which they sat."They live somewhere in the remotest part of Asia, no one knows exactly where. But they're not Mongolian. It's a pure race, and one that has no counterpart anywhere in the solar system that I ever heard of. I think, even among themselves their origin has been forgotten, though their legends go back so far it makes you dizzy to think of it. They're queerlooking, all white-haired and fragile as glass. Keep very much to themselves, of course. When one ventures out into the world you can be sure it's for some tremendously important reason. Wonder why that fellow--oh well, not that it matters. Only seeing him reminded me of the queer story that's told about them. They have a Secret. No, don't laugh; it's supposed to be something very strange and wonderful, which their race life is dedicated to keeping quiet. I'd give a lot to know what it is, just for curiosity's sake.""None of your business, my boy," said Smith sleepily."Like as not it's better for you that you don't know. These secrets have a way of being uncomfortable things to know.""No such luck," Yarol shrugged. "Let's have another drink-on you, remember-and forget it."
Lost in Paradise
Author: Jim Kelly
Crime novel. Vero Beach, Florida: (85k words) Rick Edwards comes roaring to life as a troubled young man trying to find his way in the world when he receives a ?calling? to become a police officer in a scenic seaside resort town. Rick learns what it means to strap on a gun belt and protect a great community from those who seek to do the unimaginable. There?s a fuzzy line separating right from wrong - and Rick comes out swinging. Rick reveals himself to be a clever street-smart cop while dealing with missing kids, battered spouses, crazed derelicts, and a bank robber, too. He handles them all with a positive mindset and a twisted sense of humor. Rick learns to hunt crime. He enjoys it. And he has a unique ability to find clarity in the confusion of chaos. He?s open minded to the helpless, yet spring-loaded for violence. You'll feel the passion in his triumphs and the desperate ache of his failures. The day comes when Rick lands his first major case - the murder of Caylee Davison, a prominent local businesswoman ? being a girl he once knew as a reckless teenager. After a careful review of evidence in an apparent open & shut case, Rick discovers an ulterior motive; and he starts to dig deeper. Rick teams up with a trusted friend from the state police and the two chase down leads in the flip-side of paradise. A web of lies begins to unravel exposing a notorious powerbroker. When Rick gets too close to the truth, a mobster targets his own family and all hell breaks loose in this true-to-life crime story. Rick believes most bad guys simply need some direction, while others... just need killing. While reading LOST, you can almost feel the warm surf lapping at your feet. The swanky beach lifestyle and local history are spellbinding.
Author: John Milton
Adam speaks The story of Adam and Eve is known throughout the world. It is a tale passed down through the beginning of humanity that is believed by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. There isn’t much to it other than the creation of man and woman and the loss of paradise attributed to their disobedience in biting an apple from a forbidden tree. This book gives a detailed portrayal of the familiar story from the perspective of Adam. It tells of the relationship Adam had with God before and after Eve was created and before and after the fall as well. As a consequence to Adam’s sin he is doomed to live many lives to witness the effect it has on mankind throughout history to the present day. Adam narrates significant events of history such as the fall of Satan, the first murder, the great flood and the origins of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim nations. Along the way he explains mysteries like creation, evolution, giants, dinosaurs, reincarnation and the spiritual laws that control the universe. As Adam tells his story he produces a scathing diatribe directed at organized religion with the passion only the one and only original man can muster. This story is thought provoking and entertaining and should appeal to fans of fiction and non fiction, believers, non believers and lovers of philosophy.