The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth. Tooly believes she will never know the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search for answers.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804164573
Branch Call Number: FICTION RACHMAN
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (900 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Rawlins, Penelope
Alternative Title: Rise and fall of great powers


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Aug 25, 2014

**** stars. Tooly Zylberberg, owner of a bookshop in the Welsh countryside, spends most of her life reading. Yet there?s one tale that never made sense: her own life. In childhood, she was spirited away from home, then raised around Asia, Europe and the United States. But who were the people who brought her up? And what ever happened to them?
There was Humphrey, a curmudgeon from Russia; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who hailed from Kenya; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader who transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he vanished.
Years later, she has lost hope of ever knowing what took place. Then, the old mysteries stir again, sending her ? and the reader ? on a hunt through place and time, from Wales to Bangkok to New York to Italy, from the 1980?s to the Year 2000 to the present, from the end of the Cold War.
Gradually, all secrets are revealed? ***** This book is confusing on purpose. Normally I would hate this in a novel. It is not that you cannot follow the story line, but I found myself wanting answers to all the questions that made up Tooly's life. Just when I was almost convinced that there was no hope, the author brings all the pieces together so amazingly that you want to start the book again once you know who all the important people in her life really were. Recommend!


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