September, 2019

Home Sweet Home

Posted on September 1, 2019 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 0

Whether we like it or not, once summer is over, we all have to get back to our routines again. Let’s have a look at how others deal with their return to normal in 10 gems from our catalogue.

The story of Odysseus contains probably the most famous homecoming of all times. After the Trojan War and years of wandering, he needed to straighten out his home life as well before settling down for good. This edition is a German retelling of the ancient story by Karl Friedrich Becker.

Albert Payson Terhune tells the story of an unusual war hero: As a carrier dog in WWI, former unwanted puppy Bruce had to face many trials before being allowed to go home. Thankfully, his family can hardly wait to have him back again.

Peter’s family is not so eager to hear from him again, after all, Peter is dead and buried. But he stubbornly refuses to behave accordingly in the drama The Return of Peter Grimm, written by David Belasco and performed by a full LV cast.

Much more excitement elicited Charlie Chaplin when he travelled in Europe. Born in England, he had become a Hollywood superstar and tells in My Trip Abroad about his adventures with fans and journalists in England, France, and Germany.

Latvian hero Lāčplēsis is also a superstar, and he is also travelling through Europe, albeit not on vacation. Heroic deeds are his daily life, and only for a short time can he be happy with his wife. His story is told in the epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs.

Vandyck Jennings has recently married, and the happy couple has decided to return to his home country. However, Ellador is from Herland, where no men live… How she will fare in male-dominated America is told in Charlotte P. Gilman’s novella With Her in Ourland.

The life of journalist Richard Harding Davis was all but ordinary. He has visited many countries and describes his work on four continents and through five international conflicts in Notes of a War Correspondent.

A nuclear war has wiped out humanity 200 years ago, except for people on a few research outposts in space. In the short story The Return by H. Beam Piper and John McGuire, researchers from one of those outposts discover human survivors and their strange religion.

All that Nikhil hopes for is that his friend Sandip would leave… When the revolutionist bursts into Nikhil’s tranquil life, his marriage quickly spirals out of control… Read The House and the World by Rabindranath Tagore to see if peace and quiet will return again to Nikhil’s home.

A peaceful home is something to be proud of, but it’s never good to be bored. Learn something new and try Making a Rock Garden! The short lecture of Henry Sherman Adams tells you the basics you need to get started.

Enjoy – and cherish your (extra-) ordinary life!

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