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Book Title: Prayer for the Twenty-First Century|
Date of issue: December 3rd 2005
ISBN 13: 9781887734424
The author of the book: John Marsden
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 387 KB
Edition: Star Bright Books
Read full description of the books Prayer for the Twenty-First Century:An utterly beautiful book. The poem alone would be worth buying it for, but Marsden's heart-wrenching text is accompanied by stunning images collected from all walks of life and corners of the globe.
Whoever edited this book is a genius: the choice of images is wonderfully diverse, but each one is the perfect counterpoint to the line of the poem that it accompanies. I've owned this since I was seventeen - 12 years now - and I could still pore over it for hours. Particular favourites of mine are "May gardens be wild, like jungles..." and "May the solitary scientists, working...".
The poem itself is like much of John Marsden's work: eloquent, deceptively simple, and capable of delivering a swift emotional punch to the heart and gut. Although it's titled Prayer for the 21st Century and was released in the run up to the millennium (1997, I believe) it's just as apt fifteen years later. Honest emotion never gets dated, I guess.
I seem to remember the book as being quite expensive (although most likely you can now find a used copy on eBay or elsewhere) but definitely worth the price. This would make not only a beautiful, but also a readable addition to anyone's coffee table.
Read information about the authorSee also: John Marsden.
His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times in Australia. The first sequel of a new series of books featuring Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series (The Ellie Chronicles) was published in 2003, with the second novel and third novels released in November 2005 and November 2006 respectively.
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