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Time's Magpie: A Walk in Prague (Crown Journeys)

by Myla Goldberg

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Goldberg resided in Prague in 1993 and returned in 2003 for the purpose of writing this book. It takes the reader on a tour of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. In the book, the reader becomes acquainted with the changes that freedom has brought to this city--from toppled statues to escalators. The reader is also exposed to the remnants of the former Communist State through police corruption. My favorite portions of the book were the descriptions of a couple libraries and cemeteries. The work could have been greatly enhanced by the addition of photographs to accompany the narrative. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jul 30, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0739313010, Audio CD)

From the critically acclaimed bestselling author of Bee Season comes a travelogue through the magical and historic city of Prague - a city of vast beauty and wonderfully intimate detail. In Time's Magpie, Myla Goldberg uses her eye for the wonder of tiny objects and everyday things to put us in touch with the essence of this haunting and fantastical place. Goldberg takes us through the city's historic streets, some eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to Lunapark, home to bumper cars, go-carts, and a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and through Strahov Monastery, where the cabinets of curiosity display everything from butterfly specimens to a supposedly real jabberwocky. We attend an anti-war protest in Old Town square and watch the skateboarders do tricks on a ramped marble pedestal that once held a statue of Lenin.

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"Myla Goldberg lived in Prague in 1993, just as the process of Westernization was getting under way, the city straddling a past it wished to shed and a future it was eager to embrace. In 2003, she returned to see what the pursuit of capitalism had wrought and to observe the integral ways in which Prague's character had endured. In Time's Magpie, Goldberg explores a city where centuries-old buildings have become receptacles for Western values and a generation defined by the Communist regime coexists with a generation for whom Communism is a rapidly fading memory." "Wander through the narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets to places most tourists never see - to a neighborhood eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to an anachronistic amusement park that is home to a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and to the cabinets of curiosity in the Strahov Monastery, where hidden among deceptively modest displays of butterfly specimens and ladies' fans are creatures that defy the laws of taxidermy. This imaginative, individualistic journey will show you the odd and unique corners of a city often seeking to erase what its very stones will not allow it to forget."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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