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A Time to Cast Away Stones ❮PDF❯ ❤ A Time to Cast Away Stones Author Elise Frances Miller – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Janet Magill's brother has been shipped off to Vietnam and Aaron Becker her childhood sweetheart might well be next When Janet's parents banish her from the Berkeley protests to what they expect will Janet Magill's brother has been shipped off to Cast PDF Î to Vietnam and Aaron Becker her childhood sweetheart might well be next When Janet's parents banish her from the Berkeley protests to what they expect will be a safe idyllic springtime in Paris she runs headlong into the May A Time PDF or Revolution and falls in love with a secretive Czech dissident Far from the City of Light Aaron makes plans to evade the draft and join her but loses contact as her safe year abroad turns into a dangerous coming of age.

  • Paperback
  • 392 pages
  • A Time to Cast Away Stones
  • Elise Frances Miller
  • English
  • 13 August 2015
  • 9781937818036

About the Author: Elise Frances Miller

Elise Frances Miller welcomes you to her to Cast PDF Î Goodreads Author Page and hopes to have honest conversations with you about love and revolution in and today Her novel The Berkeley Girl in Paris re released in formerly A Time to Cast Away Stones is A Time PDF or well researched historical fiction but her life has been pretty exciting in its own way She was born in Los Angeles into a fam.



10 thoughts on “A Time to Cast Away Stones

  1. Zarina Zarina says:

    A Time to Cast Away Stones is a literary lesson in history In his infamous epilogue to War and Peace Tolstoy states What does it all mean Why did it happen What induced these people to burn houses and kill their fellow creatures Wheat were the causes of these events What force compelled men to act in this fashion These are the instinctive guileless and supremely legitimate uestions humanity propounds to itself when it encounters the monuments and traditions of the bygone period of turmoil For an answer to those uestions Tolstoy states mankind looks to the science of history whose purpose is to teach nations and humanity to know themselves He however uses literature to search for an answer So does in the Tolstoy tradition Elise Miller Through a simple story of an ordinary young woman Miller undertakes a study of the nature of historyTime to stop and think says Miller Could one build a life above the battle Is it possible to be happy at the times of political crisis Is personal freedom possible in the world torn by wars and civil unrest What is personal freedom Can one individual change the course of history What is the woman's role in the life of the country in this world How and why do we choose our paths in life and is it even a matter of choseMiller's novel resonated with me on a personal level I read it soon after I had organized my first political rally in San Francisco Many young Americans came to protest the Russian president Putin's oppressive policy Our demonstration made no difference Young women artists were sentenced to serve three years in Siberia for their protests My home country slides back into the macabre medieval darkness of a totalitarian state History tends to repeat itself and if we don't learn from it or at the very least about it we are doomed to Joyce's history a nightmare I am trying to awake from Personal freedom dilemma is as relevant as fifty years agoBravo author for not shying away from the reality

  2. Laurel Laurel says:

    I enjoyed the hell out of this book I have to sayMy mom was part of the hippie generation and was an avid reader herself so when I was old enough I worked my way through her entire library we actually had one in our house including much material that pertained to the period Sometimes I feel connected to that time than my own and reading this book brought me back again if only to my own childhood when I was reading and discovering the revolutionary 60s for the first time and becoming enad of the FEELING of the era I don't know any other way to describe itWhat I can say is how easy it was to get involved in the book wrapped up in it to live the story in my own mind I suppose that just means that the author succeeded in what she set out to do with the book at least in my mind I enjoyed seeing the story from France as opposed to the usual BerkeleyHaight Ashbury type settings It really brought home to me the wide spread nature of the social and attitude changes of the time I'm sure the authenticity of the writing in that sense can be attributed directly to the author's own time in Paris at the timeExcellent read truly well done Totally recommended

  3. Linda Abhors the New GR Design Linda Abhors the New GR Design says:

    I'm in between 2 and 3 on thisShort disclaimer I would have been about 5 when this took place so I remember little Other than Watergate and footage of the war interrupting my cartoons my memories of this subject are limited to the following I went into the hospital to have my tonsils removed On the way we dropped my oldest brother then 18 at the bus station My mom was crying but I didn't know why During the operation I stopped breathing and turned blue thereby buying myself another three days in an improvised oxygen tent During that time my brother walked back into my hospital room My mom was crying but I didn't understand why Years later I found out he'd volunteered to go to Nam and they had turned him down for some medical reason like flat feet or low blood sugar or somethingSo I wanted to like this book like the main character my fear would have been that my brother one of the sweetest people I knew wouldn't have been tough enough to make it Even if he'd come back alive he would have been one of those who died in other ways they could have taken my younger brother though I don't think anything could have killed him And it was a giveaway accompanied by a nice note from the authorI liked how the chapters alternated between the points of view of Janet and her boyfriend Aaron I think that their voices are distinctive enough I liked that things didn't necessarily end with everything all neatly sorted out because we all know that it doesn't happen that way in real life It's probably good in providing a sense of what it was like to be a teenyoung adult at that time in a entertaining way than a historical text would be I remember getting this feeling particularly during the chapter on the reactions at Berkeley to the draft and MLK Jr's assassination see above disclaimerIt's also interesting that each of these characters has an inflated opinion of the other much as might happen in real life Janet sees Aaron as very confident Aaron isn't necessarily so Both can seem full of themselves at times in my humble UW Madison experience though I've never met anyone who came out of Berkeley who didn't; in Aaron's case he's almost unlikeable at moments due to his patronizing attitude toward his mother not the beneficiary of a college education But having been through similar moments I know what it's like to be first gen negotiating those relationships changes and growthThat being said there wasn't anything riveting about it that grabbed me and made me not want to put it down Some things just didn't ring true I'm definitely able to accept that parents could have sent a student to France hoping to remove her from Berkeley's political turmoil without knowing that the entire city of Paris would essentially be shut down for the same turmoil After all it was a pre Google world But I'm an INTJ and little details will throw me off although I know that they might not throw other readers off For example a lot is made of the fact that while they're both from Beverly Hills Aaron's from 'the other side of the tracks' that they are from two different social circles Why then are Janet's parents so excited that her brother got into the local power company as a meter reader I should think that they'd have used their golf club connections to at least land him something in the office Someone who starts as a reader probably isn't ever headed toward an exec's position Why is it that Aaron FLIES back to LA with Janet at Christmas holidays It's about 55 6 hours by carwhen I was in grad school in the 80s I was 4 5 hours from home When I didn't have a car I took a bus rode home with someone else or didn't go Flying was not an option for middle class me It was still relatively expensive in those days and I can only imagine that it was even so in the 60s And not having a roommate in itself was a luxury regardless of how much you worked renting an entire small cottage without roommates was not within reach Other little things like the language also distracted me anachronistic use of slang such as freaky sleaze or dorklong story on how I know this last one wasn't a slang word until the 70's and the French needed some editing Both wore off as I read on in other words I learned to get over it On the good side there are other great details such as a reference to those Ace bandages with a description because the bandages commonplace today were a recent innovation So for its portrayal of young life at the times I liked it although I wouldn't re read it and if you've read my list you'll know I'm not a fan of reading straight history I think the things that bugged me about it might not bug other readers it might just be me

  4. Max Tomlinson Max Tomlinson says:

    They say that if you can remember the ‘60s you weren’t thereBut this uip really only applies to a well known section of the population that stumbled its way through one of the 20th century’s turbulent decades Along with the conservative silent majority who were neither there were also the not so silent but politically conscious students on college campuses around the world'A Time to Cast Away Stones' is about these young people—the ones who might have had the odd toke but had higher so to speak aspirationsSet during the intensifying US involvement in Vietnam the novel follows two Berkeley students Janet Magill and her childhood sweetheart Aaron Becker Janet begins her college career as a good girl who learns that ‘you don’t have to be a nymphomaniac with dirty hair to be against the war’—although she is less than enad with the violent tactics of her fellow demonstrators at firstWhen things get rough Janet is shipped off to Paris for a semester or two of intended safety only to be pulled out of the proverbial frying pan and immersed in the fire of the ‘68 demonstrations heating up there Her role in the Paris demonstrations is a far cry from the passive one she took in California and Janet mans the barricades with the best of them Meanwhile Aaron wanting to be with Janet and avoid the draft is faced with real world financial concerns that prevent him from coming to Paris immediately His affair with Janet is chronicled sporadically at times through the onionskin airmail letters that go back and forth in a pre wired world The paths of several other very well drawn characters are followed in this novel as well including Janet’s brother who enlists to go to Vietnam and suffers a change of heart and Teo her Czechoslovakian beau who has a mysterious companion following him everywhereThis is a meticulously researched novel full of rich detail particularly the Paris of 1968 and the strikes and riots that brought France to its knees for a time and caused De Gaulle to temporarily flee the country It’s clear that Miller has been where she is taking us 'A Time to Cast Away Stones' is a faux memoir with historical relevance The writing is strong and soars to literary highs in many placesSome may find the alternating first person narrative jarring at first but it does allow the author to drill down into the two main characters Janet is clearly the protagonist but Aaron is a worthy second a young man with authentic emotions many he might not wish to reveal including jealousy and cowardice His transformation comes when he is faced with a situation that tests his love for Janet and his commitment to the new politics of the '60s Miller gives her characters just enough sympathy and doesn’t sugarcoat them with the exception of Teo perhaps Janet’s Czech boyfriend in Paris a true warts and all character Teo is a dashing third in a love triangle yet he lives in a hovel that belies his appeal Is he using Janet Just how much The late 60s are the real character in this novel though Any reader wanting to know or simply revisit a time that is fast becoming ancient history will enjoy 'A Time to Cast Away Stones'

  5. Audrey Audrey says:

    I tried to finish this book on Bastille Day July 14 which would have been so appropriate but missed by one day This book deeply immerses the reader in its time 1968 The main character Janet Magill possesses at the beginning of the novel a wide eyed innocence that is almost painful to observe and yet seems utterly of the moment uickly however current events begin to change her By the end of the book she is a very different young woman I really enjoyed the structure of the book partly because I am a sucker for alternating points of view The perspective shifts first between chapters and then between sections from Janet’s point of view to that of her boyfriend Aaron He remains in Berkeley plotting to evade the draft when he graduates from UC Berkeley She is shipped off to Paris ostensibly to escape the unrest in Berkeley only to find Paris in even greater turmoil The descriptions of the politics and political activities felt a bit like a history lesson at times; I would have liked them to be seamlessly woven into the plot Sometimes too the dialogue seemed a bit didactic But ultimately the main characters and the cast of minor character some of whom were truly memorable like Janet's irascible French landladycarried the story alongI was impressed too that the author managed to evoke current politics and social movements especially the Occupy movement simply through her description of what took place in 1968 in Paris and Berkeley I would recommend A Time to Cast Away Stones to anyone who wants an unconventional 1960s novel one that looks at the effect of war and social unrest on ordinary Americans and defies the stereotype of young people who tuned out and dropped out Neither Janet nor Aaron is ever less than fully engaged in their world and they both come out changed

  6. Vera Lam Vera Lam says:

    A Time to Cast Away Stones is written with love empathy and ample nostalgic feelingsMs Miller gives us a touching; intimate picture of Janet MaGill’s coming of ageI have great interests in learning what America was like in the 60’a and 70’s especially how the younger generation felt about the American war in Vietnam Ms Elise Francis Miller does a wonderful job in portraying the sentiments of the young men and women during that eraThrough the stories of Janet Aaron and Barbara I can feel the anti war sentiment on the university campus and perhaps a good representation of campuses all over American at that timeAt first I didn’t care much for Janet but as I read on I find myself liking her and After the Paris chapters I really really like herWhat I enjoy the most are the dialogues and the different settings – California and Paris Ms Miller does a great job in describing the student protests on St Germain des Pres and other parts of Paris Teo as a secondary character is well developed; I like him and care about him and want things to go well between Janet and himI also like the dialogues especially the ones in the France chapters The author has a away to make them lively genuine and poignant They flow easily and effortlesslyA Time To Cast Away Stones is not a novel about war or politics it is a lovely story about a young woman who is caught during one of most turbulent times in the 60’s in the US and in France and how she sails through those memorable years In the end our heroine has grown to be a confident courageous woman much different from the first time we’ve met her on the Berkeley campus An excellent read

  7. Mary Mary says:

    I flourished in both high school and college in the late 60's as a hippie and occasional protest marcher in Chicago so I relished Elise Miller's depiction of an ordinary nicely brought up young girl who finds herself conflicted when faced with the realities of incipient and real violence head bashing scary out of control people both police and protesters because that's pretty much what happened to me including real hard uestioning of the world as it was presented to me by my parents and the general culture A TIME TO CAST AWAY STONES captures very well the passion and the ambivalence that a lot of us felt at that time socially and politically But this novel goes a step further away from the US campus experience of the 60's to a gritty boots on the ground revolution in Paris in 1968 that pulled together not only students but also workers and unions unlike what happened here Revolution meant something completely different in France and especially in Czechoslovakia and stepping up to the barricades could easily end in exile or death not just getting kicked out of school or staying overnight in the local slammer The harsher reality of the Paris May '68 revolution along with the engaging love story that happens there to main character Janet is presented with force and understanding by the author A book well worth reading even or maybe especially if you're not a baby boomer Mary Burns author reviewer

  8. Jackie Bouchard Jackie Bouchard says:

    I was 3 at the time this novel is set so I can't comment as some other reviewers have how this relates to my own experience of that time Because I know so little about that period I found the book to be very interesting Of course I know about the Vietnam protests that were held here in the States but had no idea what was going at the same time in Paris And most of the moviesstories of this time focus on the hippie culture Janet is not a hippie She's probably a lot like I would have been if I'd been a college student at that time I really liked how the author developed Janet's character The way she is conflicted about what to do her freshmen year at Berkeley rang very true to me When the story moves to Paris there's so much great detail you'd swear the author is Janet All in all a very well written story with a very believable character arc and lots of rich detail to pull you into 1968 Paris I'd recommend the book to anyone who lived through that era or who wants to know about it

  9. Jamie Jamie says:

    This story is a winding and multi faceted tale of world events cultural upheavals and personal dramas which turned out to be fantastic Told from two perspectives it densely but deftly chronicles a short period of time the year or so leading up to the summer of 1968 that must have seemed interminable and limitless to those living it But the story is told with the compassion and insight of someone who lived and knew those years It was a bit hard to get into at first with some predictable or clunky bits but the veracity of the story is well worth working for and the passion is palpable For the idealist the history buff the youth the searcher Miller has composed a sonata of the human condition and performed the music with hopefulness and adroit musicalityThis book was won from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads program Thank you

  10. Jack Jack says:

    I have now finished reading this excellent book I received a free copy from a Goodreads First reads contest This book captured the emotional times of the turbulent years of my youth and did so with very interesting characters and a well constructed story The author is very strong in using real life locations and events for a fictional yet very believable book I like the way the story was told from two of the characters points of view and how they evolved over time I finished the book on the same day that I watched the new feature film 'Les Mis' at the theater so the latter part of the book really matched my emotional feelings about the sacrifices made by young french people to change their world Cheers for an outstanding writing achievement

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