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By Russell Hoban

ISBN-10: 1590176464

ISBN-13: 9781590176467

Lifestyles in a urban might be atomizing, keeping apart. And it definitely is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers on the heart of Russell Hoban’s strangely heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book shop, lives in a rooming apartment after a divorce that has left him with no domestic or relatives. Neaera is a winning author of children’s books, who, in her personal estimation, “looks just like the type of spinster who doesn’t maintain cats and isn't a vegetarian. Looks…like a man’s girl who hasn’t obtained a man.” solely unknown to one another, they're either interested in the turtle tank on the London zoo with “minds packed with turtle thoughts,” pondering how the turtles can be freed. after which comes the day whilst Neaera walks into William’s bookshop, and jointly they shape an not going partnership to make what appeared a loopy dream develop into a fact.

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It will not be surrendered because fortune may have favored a tyrant through long and hard years; fortune is blind, and one day when it cannot find its favorite amid the dense smoke and the suffocating dust clouds of combat, farewell tyrant! farewell tyranny! It will not be surrendered because all those brutal, ignorant colonial traditions may have overtaken, in a misguided moment, the minds of the inexperienced masses; political convulsions also bring experience and knowledge, and it is a law of humanity that new interests, fecund ideas, and progress will triumph in the end over aging traditions, ignorant habits, and fixed prejudices.

To attempt this, I need to examine the ground and visit the scenes of action, hear the accomplices’ revelations, the victims’ depositions, the old people’s recollections, the painful stories of mothers who speak from the heart; I need to hear the confused echo of the common people, who have seen but have not understood, 42 I N T RO D U C T I O N who have been victim and executioner, actor and witness. The maturity of a finished event and the passing of one era to another, a change in the fortune of the nation, are needed in order to look backward fruitfully, making of history an example rather than a revenge.

Except for ideas, except for consolation, except for encouragement; no weapon is ours to bring to those combatants beyond the I N T RO D U C T I O N 37 one that the free press of Chile provides to all free men. The press! The press! Behold, tyrant, the enemy you suffocated among us. Behold the golden fleece we try to win. Behold how the presses of France, England, Brazil, Montevideo, Chile, and Corrientes will disturb your slumber, amid your victims’ sepulchral silence; behold how you have been compelled to steal the gift of language in order to excuse your evil, a gift given only to promote good.

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