A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Release Date : 2020-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593230169
  • Total Read : 93
  • File Size : 9,7 Mb

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A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom Summary:

From the bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky—“a darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart” (People)—comes a new novel that plays out across all of human history: a story as precise as it is unlimited. This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons, one with his father’s violence in his blood, one with his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life among the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold. From the award-winning author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies comes A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom, an epic tale of humanity. The story of all of us, stretching across two millennia. Imaginative, unique, heartbreaking, this is John Boyne at his most creative and compelling.

A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2020-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385695862
  • Total Read : 75
  • File Size : 7,5 Mb

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A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom Summary:

From the award-winning author of The Heart's Invisible Furies comes an epic tale of humanity that stretches across space and time. Some stories are universal. Some are unique. They play out across human history, and time is the river that flows through them. This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons. One with his father's violence in his blood. One with his mother's artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life amongst the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold. A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is the story of all of us, stretching across two millennia. Imaginative, unique, heart-breaking, this is John Boyne at his most creative and compelling.

This House Is Haunted Book
Score: 3.5
From 34 Ratings

This House Is Haunted


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385681551
  • Total Read : 86
  • File Size : 12,5 Mb

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This House Is Haunted Summary:

A striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story, from the award-winning and bestselling writer John Boyne. 1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past...

Next of Kin Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Next of Kin


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2013-08-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466852310
  • Total Read : 93
  • File Size : 9,8 Mb

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Next of Kin Summary:

John Boyne has been heralded as "one of the most imaginative and adventurous of the young Irish novelists working today" by the Irish Independent. He achieved bestseller status and won numerous awards worldwide for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Now in Next of Kin, he steps into the drawing rooms and private clubs of the prewar English aristocracy to offer an unobstructed view of a social elite driven by the conflicting desires to uphold tradition and to acquire vast wealth. It is 1936, and London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. But the king is not the only member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic scion of a wealthy family, is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will, for Owen has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: Find 50,000 pounds by Christmas or find yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favor of his cousin Stella, he finds that even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit, and for murder. Next of Kin vividly captures the spirit of 1930s London, revealing the secrets of the upperclass, complete with gambling, murder, an art heist, and a conspiracy to unseat the new king that could change the future of the country.

A Ladder to the Sky Book
Score: 4
From 31 Ratings

A Ladder to the Sky


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2018-11-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385692922
  • Total Read : 86
  • File Size : 15,5 Mb

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A Ladder to the Sky Summary:

The new novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Heart's Invisible Furies, a seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame. If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a West Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter. Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them--or to whom they belong--as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse. A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

The Heart s Invisible Furies Book
Score: 4.5
From 70 Ratings

The Heart s Invisible Furies


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Release Date : 2017-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524760809
  • Total Read : 85
  • File Size : 16,5 Mb

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The Heart s Invisible Furies Summary:

Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017 Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017 Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

The Thief of Time Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Thief of Time


  • Author : John Boyne
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-04-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407068879
  • Total Read : 68
  • File Size : 12,5 Mb

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The Thief of Time Summary:

'Extraordinary.... The various strands of the story are resolved with a stylish twist and genuine warmth.' The Sunday Express 'A minor masterpiece of organisation and historical sampling.' Time Out Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century. Starting in 1758, a young Matthieu flees Paris after witnessing his mother's brutal murder. His only companions are his younger brother Tomas and one true love, Dominique Sauvet. The story of his life takes us from the French Revolution to 1920s Hollywood, from the Great Exhibition to the Wall Street Crash, and by the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu has been an engineer, a rogue, a movie mogul, a soldier, a financier, a lover to many, a cable TV executive and much more besides. Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery - and redemption. _______________ What readers are saying about Thief of Time: ***** 'Beautifully written with a story that will stay with me for a very long time.' ***** 'Captivating from start to finish!' ***** 'Boyne is a born storyteller.' John Boyne's upcoming novel, THE ECHO CHAMBER, is available for pre-order now.

The White Gates Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The White Gates


  • Author : Bonnie Ramthun
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2008-11-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375892325
  • Total Read : 95
  • File Size : 18,9 Mb

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The White Gates Summary:

WHEN TORIN SINCLAIR’S mom gets a job as the town doctor in Snow Park, Colorado, Tor can’t wait to learn to snowboard. But on Tor’s first night there, a member of the high school snowboarding team dies. “It’s the curse,” everyone whispers. Tor’s new friends Drake and Raine explain that there’s an old Native American curse on the doctors of the town. Snow Park can never get a doctor to stay. Tor and his friends must piece together a mystery involving an old mine, a Ute curse, the entire snowboarding team—who just might be blood doping in order to win competitions— and an attempt to save the wild river otters of Colorado. But to complete the puzzle, will Tor have to ride the deadly White Gates? And how will he survive the avalanche that follows?