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Month: October 2020

International Short Stories: French

International Short Stories: French

International Short Stories: French

The third book of a three volume anthology of international short stories, we now turn to French stories. Authors include Honoré de Balzac, Voltaire, Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo and more. Compiled and translated by Francis J. Reynolds.

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The Story of a New Zealand River

The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane Mander

The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane Mander

“This is the land of the lost, one of those happy spots where no questions are asked. Of course, the fact of a person’s being here is usually all the explanation necessary.” The Story of a New Zealand River is a romance set in the Northland region of New Zealand, in the time when the forests of New Zealand’s grandest tree, the kauri, were being logged for their exquisite timber. The novel begins as Alice Roland and her free-spirited daughter Asia are being rowed in a black punt by handsome and cultured David Bruce up the Kaipara harbour to their new home at a raw kauri logging settlement in a bend of the Kaiwaka river. Tom Roland, a rough colonial and the boss of the settlement, is Alice’s husband of a few years. Alice is a beautiful but tight-laced, proud, puritanical Englishwoman whose mismatch with Tom Roland is not a happy one. They arrive with Alice’s piano among their belongings to find a half-built cottage, a strange collection of inhabitants, from gentry to scoundrels, and a place that is beautiful and challenging. Jane Mander was a New Zealand novelist and journalist. As well as New Zealand, she also lived in Sydney, New York and London. There is a superficial resemblance between The Story of a New Zealand River and the Jane Campion film The Piano, which is principally the setting and the piano.

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Reasons why you should Read more!

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More than a quarter 26% of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the past year. That’s according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you’re part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels.

To Read or Not to Read is never the question. The Question is what to read? The answer… Anything and Everything.

  •  To Develop Your Verbal Abilities

Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.

All You Can Books offers various language courses, in audiobooks for a better understanding.

  • Reading introduces you to new ideas and invites you to solve problems

Have you ever solved a case in a mystery book before you read the conclusion or predicted a turn of events in a novel? Your analytical thinking was stimulated merely from reading. Reading helps you detect patterns, solve problems, and assimilate new information as if you were living in the characters’ shoes.

  • Readers Enjoy The Arts And Improve The World

A study done by the NEA explains that people who read for pleasure are more times more likely (than those that don’t) to visit museums and attend concerts. And almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work.

Readers are active participants in the world around them and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.

  • A book is a unique experience

Nobody is going to read a book and imagine the characters and story in their head in the same way you are, it’s a completely personal thing. Go watch a movie or a TV show and you will be entertained but in the same way that everyone else is because you are seeing the story how the Director and Producer translated the words onto the screen.

  • Improves Your Focus And Concentration

Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself in the text. Which over time will strengthen your attention span.

Reading is not only fun, but it has all the added benefits that we have discussed so far. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well). A good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills.

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Know the World: India

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India often attracts generalizations and stereotyping, but more often it defies them. After all, it is an enormous and varied place with the genetic, linguistic, culinary, and sartorial diversity which are usually found in a continent.

We are here today to discuss some interesting facts about this magnificent country, India.

Top 10 Interesting Facts on India

  • The holy gathering of Kumbh Mela is so massive that is visible from the space
Know What is Kumbh Mela? Significance And History | by The Shubham Group |  Medium
Source: Google
  • In 1980, the first satellite of India was transported on a bullock cart for testing
the first satellite of India
  • Chenab Bridge is the highest rail bridge in the world
Indian Railway

Not all of India’s famous monuments are religious. The jaw-dropping bridge spanning the Chenab river in Jammu is 1,178 feet above the water. If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to skip this one!

  • Home of a mysterious skeleton lake
Roopkund lake skeletons put a date to Nanda Devi Yatra origin — 'before 7th  Century'
Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand | Wikimedia commons

Located in the Himalayas at about 16,470 feet, the glacial Lake Roopkund has become famous for the human skeletons found in the lake and surrounding areas. It is thought that the skeletons are the remains of people from the 9th century who perished during a severe hail storm.

  • India has 22 recognized languages
Indian Languages by Number of Native Speakers | Indian language, Hindi  language, Language

The numerous languages spoken across India include Santali, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. However, the official languages is Hindi.

India also has the world’s second-largest population of English speakers (first is the United States), since most Indians speak their own regional language as well as English for easier communication.

Sanskrit is considered the oldest language in the world, the “mother of all languages.” Every Hindu book is written in Sanskrit, and it is said that Sanskrit is the language of the demi-Gods.

  • Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference
Unique Engineering Behind the Bandra-Worli Sea Link Bridge

It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.

  •  A floating post office

India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.

  • Water on the moon was discovered by India
  • A Voting Poll Booth Set Up For Just ONE Voter in Gujarat
Mahant Bharatdas, facts about india

India’s most privileged voter, Mahant Bharatdas, resides in a small hamlet called Banej in the middle of Gir Forest, Gujarat. The setting up of a particular polling booth for just one voter goes a long way in speaking decibels about the democratic spirit of the country.

  • The Number of People Travelling in the Indian Railways Every Day is Equal to the Population of Australia

After visiting the south Asian country, we will set sails to a new country next week. Be sure to check out the countries we have visited before. From the Majestic Canada, to neighbors of the Arabian Sea, Saudi Arabia.

Your trip to any country would be a more fulfilling one after learning a little about their Languages. Don’t you worry, All You Can Books has got you from that front.

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The World’s Storybook – Volume 1

The World's Storybook - Volume 1 by Eva March Tappan

The World's Storybook – Volume 1 by Eva March Tappan

This is the first volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world’s history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century.

Topics in Part I include China, Korea, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific.

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The Lion of Saint Mark

The Lion of Saint Mark by G. A. Henty

The Lion of Saint Mark by G. A. Henty

Of all the chapters of history, there are few more interesting or wonderful than that which tells the story of the rise and progress of Venice.”
And thus begins another swashbuckling adventure by G. A. Henty. The great city-state is in trouble from Genoa and other neighboring cities, and of course it’s up to a young English lad to save her! Kidnappings, sea battles, dangerous adventures of all sorts and even a little romance combine to make this one of Henty’s most exciting novels. Climb aboard and join us for an adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat

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Know the World: Saudi Arabia

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On September 23, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrated their National Day.  Buildings, roads, and cars are decorated with Saudi flags, there are traditional festivals, folklore dances, songs, and friends and family come together to mark the occasion.

Saudi National Day commemorates the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz.  The visionary King had fought tirelessly to unify the country after decades of upheaval and uncertainty from warring tribes and competing interests.  King Abdulaziz, head of the Al-Saud family, was finally able to unite the country under the name Saudi Arabia on 23rd September 1930 and since then the day has been a major celebration every year.

Let us dive deeper to know about this culturally rich country

Top 10 Interesting facts on Saudi Arabia

  • Mecca and Medina are two of the holiest cities of Islam. Non-Muslims are not allowed to step foot on these holy grounds
Mecca

Arabic is the official language in the religion of Islam

  • Too Much For Michael Phelps
Why is there a lot of oil in the Middle East? Causes and Origin
Source: https://www.thirdcoastautos.com/blog/why-is-there-a-lot-of-oil-in-the-middle-east/

Saudi’s oil reserves are envied the world over and their Ghawar oil field is the largest in the world. It has enough oil to fill 4,770,897 Olympic swimming pools.  We’re pretty sure even Michael Phelps couldn’t swim that many!

  •  It is strictly forbidden to carry and drink alcoholic beverages in Saudi Arabia
  • In Saudi Arabia, a liter of potable water is more expensive than a liter of oil
  • Youth Will Rise
The Status of Children in Islam (Part 1 / 2)

The population of Saudi Arabia is overwhelmingly young.  Only 5% of the population is over 60 compared to 47% that is under 24.  With such a contrast to more aging populations (like Japan), this bodes well for the modernization of such an important country.

  • Until 2006, taking pictures of government buildings, palaces and airports were also forbidden. Until today, you can still get in trouble with the civilians – and even with some of the policemen who are unaware of the law revision – if you go around shooting pictures in plain sight
  • Sex segregation is commonplace in Saudi Arabia. Single women – whether local or foreign – are never allowed to be accompanied by a male stranger
  • In 2012, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in government offices and most public places, which includes a ban on shishas (water pipes) and prohibits the selling of tobacco to minors. Saudi statistics state that the country is the world’s fourth-largest importer of tobacco, and Saudis spend about US$8 million a day on cigarettes
  • Nikah
Nikah Nama: The most important contract goes unnoticed! Why? | by Sab's  Lounge | Medium
Source: https://medium.com/@sabamehfooz1993/nikah-nama-the-most-important-contract-goes-unnoticed-why-beb32d13c7d8

In Saudi Arabia, wedding ceremonies are held separately for men and women. However, at some point during the wedding ceremony, or after its conclusion, the bride and groom do actually get together

  • According to Forbes magazine, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is the 8th most powerful person in the world and the world’s most powerful Muslim

Let us know in your comments below, what did you think of these amazing facts.

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