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review 2021-03-20 11:49
Ein Sommer, den man nicht mehr vergisst
Hard Land - Benedict Wells

Sommer 1985 in der Kleinstadt Grady im US-Bundesstaat Missouri: Samuel Turner (15) ist ein schüchterner Außenseiter, der von seinen Mitschülern gemieden wird. Sein Kumpel Stevie ist gerade weggezogen, seine Schwester Jean ist schon länger aus dem Haus. Der Vater, Joseph, ist seit Längerem arbeitslos. Zudem hat Sam damit zu kämpfen, dass seine Mutter Annie unter einem Hirntumor leidet. Wie soll er bloß die langen Ferien rumbringen? Da kommt es ihm gerade recht, dass das örtliche Kino eine Aushilfe sucht. Sam findet dort nicht nur einen Job, sondern auch drei Freunde. Es beginnt ein unvergesslicher Sommer...

 

„Hard Land“ ist ein Coming-of-Age-Roman von Benedict Wells.

 

Meine Meinung:
Die Struktur ist wohl durchdacht. Der Roman besteht aus fünf Teilen - ebenso wie das gleichnamige, aber fiktive Werk, das in der Geschichte behandelt wird. In dem Gedichtband dreht es sich unter anderem um die angeblich 49 Geheimnisse von Grady. Genau so viele Kapitel hat folglich Wells Roman. Diese Verknüpfung finde ich sehr gelungen, zumal das fiktive „Hard Land“ auch dem Genre Coming of Age zuzuordnen sei, heißt es in dem Roman. Erzählt wird in der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Sam.

 

Stilistisch ist der Roman der Jugendsprache nachempfunden, ohne jedoch zu vulgär oder salopp zu sein. Starke Dialoge machen das Geschehen lebhaft. Sehr angetan bin ich von den kreativen Wortneuschöpfungen und den tollen Sprachbildern.

 

Als gelungen empfinde ich außerdem die Darstellung der Figuren, die nicht stereotyp angelegt sind. Mit Sam steht ein sympathischer Protagonist im Vordergrund. Er kommt authentisch rüber. Seine Entwicklung habe ich gerne verfolgt. Auch die übrigen Charaktere wirken lebensnah und besitzen psychologische Tiefe.

 

Der Stoff des Romans ist weder neu noch einzigartig. Dennoch habe ich mich beim Lesen der etwas mehr als 300 Seiten nicht gelangweilt, denn der Autor schafft es zu berühren, ohne ins Kitschige abzudriften. Es geht um die großen, universellen Themen wie Liebe, Freundschaft, Familie, Trauer und natürlich alle Aspekte des Erwachsenwerdens - eingebettet in eine Hommage an die 1980er-Jahre mit vielen Referenzen zu Musik, Film und Lifestyle dieser Zeit. Immer wieder sind lebenskluge Sätze eingestreut, die zum Nachdenken anregen.

 

Die Handlung bietet nur wenige Überraschungen, ist aber durchweg stimmig. Im letzten Teil wird die Story inhaltlich ein wenig schwächer. Das schmälert meinen positiven Gesamteindruck aber kaum, zumal der Autor am Ende sogar Selbstironie beweist.

Das Cover ist hübsch. Wie bei einigen anderen Büchern des Verlags erschließt sich mir das Motiv jedoch nicht. Der Titel wiederum ist äußerst passend.

 

Mein Fazit:
„Hard Land“ von Benedict Wells ist ein Roman, der mich sowohl emotional bewegt als auch trefflich unterhalten hat.

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text 2021-02-08 04:41
Why one should lease rather than buying warehouses
Warehouse management has become an integral business component to scale up businesses and ensuring customer satisfaction through state-of-the-art supply chain management and efficient inventorization. Warehouses ensure seamless and efficient product delivery framework, mapping logistics to a streamlined process ecosystem, spreading wings far and wide to satisfy customer requests from far flung regions. The big question then is: should entrepreneurs buy or lease warehouses? Seemingly a simple choice to make, but there are a variety of factors which go into making the decision. With the emergence of a massive real estate market, competitive pricing models, warehouse decentralization has become indispensable for companies, especially those in e-commerce logistics, to ensure enhanced customer experience and loyalty. According to CBRE, leasing of warehouses spaces has grown by a massive 31% Y-o-Y to 13 million square feet across 8 Indian cities in the first half of 2019 alone, with a total investment of more than USD 200 million. This points towards the potential growth prospects of a planned leasing model and its benefits to economize business cash-flow and optimize risks. Leasing costs is spread out over the time period of lease, rather than a lump sum amount. The businesses have a lot of flexible options to choose from, depending upon the business size, location, and those which are proximate to important infrastructural facilities for easier movement of goods. This also entails minimal/no repair and maintenance costs to be incurred by the lessee, and consequently minimal overhead expenditure. Since cost is often a critical deciding factor in sourcing assets, adopting the leasing route is often a profitable investment, especially with the wide-ranging business needs. Let us look at some of the benefits your business value accrues as a result of leasing assets: 1. Leasing is generally less expensive than buying, if arranged in a cohesive, efficient and future-oriented arrangement. Lease agreements must be reviewed with respect to major parameters like logistical services, financial impact, customer satisfaction and flexible options to up-scale business. 2. Lesser liabilities and overheads – Instead of focusing on providing exquisite customer service through an efficient supply chain management and timely delivery of services, owning assets poses additional liabilities arising out of repair and damages, re-selling assets and their valuation. With a dynamic market, technology and equipment needs have rapidly evolved, and it makes less financial sense to buy these assets than leasing them. Businesses would be better off in investing more capital on enhancing product value and service efficiency. 3. Leverage complementary business aspects - Your business should be known for the value it provides to customers, and resource allocation should be accordingly mapped to those needs. Leasing is an effective way to build networks and relationships, by gaining access to a plethora of business opportunities with other clients. 4. Leasing is the best option to consider when your potential for future expansion is high, avail tax benefits arising out of leasing and invest more time in nurturing innovation rather than getting tangled in managing owned assets. An integrated, flexible, dynamic business outlook requires businesses adopt leasing, rather than buying as their preferred mode of sourcing assets, and implement their business prospects in an efficient and economic manner without unnecessary overheads.
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url 2021-02-03 12:32
Deposit Required For House and Land Package in Brisbane

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url 2021-01-29 06:29
Arctic Refuge Region Opened Up For Oil Drilling by Trump Administration

Despite several protests, the Trump administration has approved millions of acres of land in the Arctic Refuge region for oil drilling.

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review 2021-01-22 23:17
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clap When You Land - Elizabeth Acevedo

Told in verse form, it tells the story of two girls--one American, one Dominican Republican--who lose their fathers on the same day. Secrets are revealed. Some know the secrets; some only are finding out the secrets. The girls must decide what to do with the secrets.

 

I wasn't sure what I felt about the story until the end. I liked how it went back and forth between the girls then switched to both of their sides. It was interesting how they ended up helping each other. Until the last quarter of the book, I was not happy with the book. I don't like all these secrets being kept. When the secrets finally are acknowledged by all then I enjoyed the story. I liked the ending. It was what I hoped it would be.

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