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books cover for the signs and symbols sourcebook by Adele Nozedar
pages from inside the signs and symbols sourcebook

Series: N/A

Chapters: 11; s/m/L

Pages: 509

Genre: Non-Fiction/Symbology

Description: The sourcebook is a book composed of 11 parts that vary from magical signs and symbols to the human body. This book is packed full of interesting information about different symbols as well as their history and designs. The 11 different sections are Sign & Symbols of Magic & Mystery; Symbols in the Elements, the Landscape, and the Natural World; Fauna; Flora; The Mystical Charisma of Minerals, Metals, and Gems; Sacred Geometry & Places of Pilgrimage; Numbers; The Intrigue of Resonance, Letters, and Language; The Body as a Sacred Map; Rites & Rituals, Customs & Observances; and The Nature of the Divine. The sourcebook encompasses plenty to please the reader.

“A Buddhist symbol, the Tiratana is also known as the Three Jewels of Buddhism. These concepts are depicted as a flame that holds three circles protected within it. The flame is symbolic of eternity, and the three circles are the Buddha, his teachings or Dharma, and the Sangha, his followers.” (158)

tiratana

8.5/10
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book cover for the book thief by markus zusak

Series: N/A

Chapters: 88; S/m/l

Pages: 550

Genre: Fiction/Historical Drama

“Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in ‘Slaughterhouse Five’: with grim, darkly consoling humor” – Time

Description: Germany, 1939, a young girl is adopted after her brother dies and her mother leaves. She takes up the habit of stealing book from multiple places so her new father can teach her to read. As she grasps the stories before her and makes friends with one of her neighbours a sudden chaos is thrown into her and her family’s life. A Jewish man shows up on their doorstep and they must take him in and hide him from the horrors of the Nazis. The story is narrated by Death.

“I climbed through the windshield of the truck, found the diseased man, and jumped out the back. His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain. My feet landed loudly in the gravel, though not a sound was heard by a soldier or prisoner. But they could all smell me.” (389)

10/10

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