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Número de páginas: 443 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Stuck in a dead-end job, single, and discontented...

Lily receives a most unexpected visitor: an “heir finder” who informs her she is the sole beneficiary to an unclaimed fortune—$16 million left behind by a grandfather she never met. The boon comes with a caveat: the money can only be claimed if the remains of her grandfather—a man who went missing in action in World War Two—are located and he’s proven legally dead.

The Far Shore follows Lily as she embarks on a global odyssey—from the shores of South Carolina to the deepest jungles of Myanmar—in a quest for answers. In the process, she uncovers an incredible story—that of a stricken, shell-shocked soldier who left the battlefield and went to the ends of the earth in an attempt to answer the age-old questions of mankind: Why do we suffer? Is there a God? Is there a way out? It is a journey that will change Lily forever; for, like her grandfather, she finds herself going further afield in search of answers, deeper into harm’s way, into both the unmapped places of the world and of the heart, where she will find either unimaginable wisdom and wealth . . . or madness and death. 

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1950 KB
  • Número de páginas: 443 páginas
  • Quantidade de dispositivos em que é possível ler este eBook ao mesmo tempo: Ilimitado
  • Editora: One Light Road, Inc. (7 de março de 2017)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B01MU7VOP3
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado
  • Leitor de tela: Compatível
  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 3.8 de 5 estrelas 18 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 137 de 146 pessoa(s):
1.0 de 5 estrelas I really wanted to love this... 13 de julho de 2017
Por Paula C. - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Based on all the 5-star reviews I read.
I expected this to be a great read.
Wonderful themes.
Unfortunately, I'll never know.
I couldn't get past the one-sentence paragraphs.
Have our attention spans really gotten this bad?
I won't read James Patterson because I can't handle the two-page chapters.
This is far worse!
I couldn't get past the first chapter.
I found it jarring to be forced to take a mental break...
... after every...single...sentence.
Of course, your mileage may vary.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 33 de 35 pessoa(s):
5.0 de 5 estrelas The Far Shore: A Fascinating Journey into the Unknown 7 de março de 2017
Por Amazon Customer - Publicada na Amazon.com
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At some point, we all ask ourselves the timeless questions: What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? If there is one, why is there so much suffering in the world? With all its destruction and bloodletting, why does war persist? In his stunningly ambitious debut novel, The Far Shore, Paul Scheuring considers these and other questions through the prism of a thrilling and suspenseful mystery. Creator of the hit television series Prison Break, Scheuring has crafted a beautifully written novel that contains something for everyone: intrigue, drama, humor, philosophy, history, and culture. Woven throughout are moments of quiet contemplation and heartbreaking pathos.

Lonely, adrift, and suffering from ennui, Lily Allen works at a tedious office job during the day, only to come home to a cramped, cluttered apartment at night. Her sole comfort consists of vegging out in front of the TV while consuming a steady diet of Coors Lights and Klondike bars. As Lily longs to escape her rut, her dream seemingly comes true when an heir-finder informs her that her grandfather, Gray Allen, left behind a fortune to the tune of $16 million. Rightfully suspicious, Lily’s quickly told that the “prize money” comes with a catch: She can only claim it if she’s able to locate her grandfather’s remains and prove he’s legally deceased. Unfortunately, she knows little about him as he went missing in action during World War II.

Driven by this potential windfall, Lily slaps on her detective cap and embarks on an international quest to retrace his steps. As her journey takes her across the world, from South Carolina to the Far East, she learns that she and her grandfather have more in common than blood relation: A traumatized soldier, he yearned to free himself from his haunted past by walking the Earth, seeking answers to life’s biggest questions. Lily realizes that, without even knowing it, she has also been searching for answers and a sense of meaning in her own life. However, if she’s to ever uncover this pot of gold, she’ll not only have to risk life and limb, she’ll have to conquer her own demons as well.

The Far Shore is a gripping page-turner, one that will keep you up into the early hours of the morning, eagerly following Lily’s journey into the unknown. In truth, part of what makes the novel so engaging is that it’s as much about Gray (the grandfather) as it is about Lily. What’s more, Gray’s story is actually a series of stories told by the people who encountered him over the years. Unfettered by time or place, Scheuring cleverly uses this device as a way to immerse the reader into his characters’ lives and perspectives. Meanwhile, he deftly weaves these characters’ narratives into a whole, and as a result, Gray, who starts out a ghostlike figure at the beginning of the novel, is a fully defined character by the end.

A perfect blend of escapism and realism, you could simply sit back and lose yourself in the mystery, which serves as the bedrock of The Far Shore. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, as Scheuring incorporates a range of ideas into his work, the more rewarding experience involves taking time to reflect on the subtle insights laced throughout. While relating his story to Lily, Kesuke, a Japanese Buddhist monk, says it best: “I now know that a man’s surface thoughts are rarely what actually drives him; those thoughts are effectively just a movie projected upon his consciousness, a facile narrative to render the confusing experience of life into a most easily digestible shorthand. The really interesting stuff is what is going on over in the darkness by the projector. The real currents of the soul.”

In terms of dialogue, Scheuring’s extensive experience as a screenwriter has obviously paid off, as he possesses a real ear for it. Realistic and natural, it effortlessly flows across the page like the voice of an old and dear friend. Similarly, Scheuring paints his scenes in such startling detail that you can actually feel Gray’s terror as the artillery shells rain down on him during an especially harrowing battle. Later, as Gray traverses the Bangladeshi countryside, living off the land, you can feel the smooth earth beneath his bare feet.

As a good chunk of the novel focuses on Gray’s nightmarish experiences as a World War II soldier, there are some disturbing passages not meant for the faint of heart. However, it’s this grittiness that enhances the realism of the novel. Scheuring doesn’t sugarcoat the cruelty humanity is capable of, and seen through this lens, the novel is also a grim exploration of how we cope with life’s inherent suffering and pain. Fortunately, Scheuring wisely knows to balance this weighty subject matter with Lily’s modern humor and dry wit. Here she is offering her views on the opposite sex: “Men were ultimately funny. Actors that didn’t know they were bad. Wholly transparent, with no clue that they were so. Any complexity they exhibited during the romance stage—whether in business, relationships, dating, or conversation—could always be reduced to a binary of sex and power.” In a less capable writer’s hands, this could come off as bitter or even shrewish; yet, Scheuring imbues Lily with a combination of strength and humility that instantly makes her a likeable protagonist.

The Far Shore is many things: an exciting mystery, a meditation on humanity and its capacity for war, an individual’s path to enlightenment. It’s also the understanding that, while life can be painful and isolating, it’s only by turning outward toward your fellow man that you can truly begin to heal. I highly recommend The Far Shore for anyone who enjoys curling up on the couch and diving into a juicy mystery, one full of labyrinthine twists and turns. What’s more, with its spiritually rich and profound insights, it may just illuminate a few dark corners in your life.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 46 de 50 pessoa(s):
1.0 de 5 estrelas but I read about 6 pages and deleted it because of the foul language. 13 de julho de 2017
Por Speedy Grandma - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
This sounded so interesting, but I read about 6 pages and deleted it because of the foul language.
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 5 de 5 pessoa(s):
1.0 de 5 estrelas Too distracting to finish 15 de julho de 2017
Por Cecilia Taylor Baird - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
I read the first couple of chapters of this book and had to stop. The author used no quotation marks for dialogue, an affectation that annoyed me. In addition. I couldn't warm up to the characters who were introduced in those chapters. The book felt bleak, dark and grim. Not for me.
5.0 de 5 estrelas A challenging and thought provoking read 18 de julho de 2017
Por Jeannette A. - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
A very interesting book. A hard one to put down even when the strain of reading it cries out to end the torture... however, I persevered through the one line sentences, tedious as they are and kept on reading. I was surprised at the turns the story took and while the content was quite shocking and emotionally charged, it was well incorporated into the story. A philosophical journey for the heroine and the hero; Well worth persevering. Well written Paul.Scheuring who has obviously done a lot of research for this work.
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