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A Walk Across the Sun (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Corban Addison
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Ahalya Ghai and her younger sister Sita are as close as sisters can be. But their loving and secure childhood ends abruptly one day when a tsunami rips through their village on India's Coromandel coast. Their home is swept away, and Ahalya and Sita are the sole survivors of their family. Destitute, their only hope is to find refuge at a convent in Chennai, many miles away. A driver agrees to take them. But the moment they get into that car their fate is sealed. The two sisters - confused, alone, totally reliant on each other - are sold. Worse, they are separated.

On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke is struggling to cope after the death of his baby daughter and the collapse of his marriage to Priya. He takes a sabbatical from his high-pressure job and accepts a position with the Bombay branch of an international anti-trafficking group.

Thomas is now on a path that not only involves saving himself and his marriage, but the lives of two sisters who cannot bear to be apart. Spanning the globe, A Walk Across the Sun is an unforgettable tale of the transformative power of love, even in the face of unimaginable obstacles.

Biographie de l'auteur

CORBAN ADDISON is a litigation attorney and a supporter of human-rights and social-justice causes around the world. He holds degrees in law and engineering and lives with his wife and children in Virginia. This is his first novel.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 449 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (2 février 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0073HNKLE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 une découverte 21 juillet 2014
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surprenant à plus d'un titre, ce livre permet de mieux connaître une société si différente de la nôtre. L'écriture est très belle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une histoire pas facile 1 septembre 2014
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On y suit deux soeurs au destin plus que tragique mais ce livre nous rappelle que même si on se sent au chaud dans notre canapé, d'autres (et de nombreux autres) n'ont pas la même chance que nous
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 compelling story 12 septembre 2014
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you got completely involved in following the tragic destiny of two little sisters and their courage
it is a lesson of life
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow, I had no idea! 14 juillet 2014
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Fantastic story line, but an horrific subject. Beautifully, but sensitively written. An education into the very dark side of life, even in the 21st century.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Moving, Redemptive and An Awesome Ride 19 décembre 2011
Par Nathan Hagerty - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's the sign of an incredible book that when it finishes, you have that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling of closure, redemption and beauty. And that's what happens when you read this book. I read this as an ARC provided by the publishing company, but just bought it on Amazon so I could give it away to friends.

Some readers might say that this is a "hard book to read", and that's true--at first. Coming face-to-face with the gritty realities of the horrendous trade in young girls is difficult. But Addison deftly weaves a tale of beauty and redemption throughout. It reads like a thriller, but has the soul of poetic lyricism.

This might be a small spoiler, but I believe knowing this fact, actually, greatly improves the read -- it ends with goodness. It's not a "pat" ending, and all of the twists and turns of the story contribute to an overall effect of depth and reality. So the "happy" ending -- rather than being cliche or saccharine -- comes off as a picture of redemption. Yes, I know I've used that word a few times, but there's no better descriptor for how this book feels. Redemptive.

Thriller fans will be delighted. Those who want a story with poetic beauty will be moved. The (on-the-ground) research makes you feel like you are walking the streets of Mumbai or Paris -- and the characterization is strong.

I can't more highly recommend this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get It Now! 4 janvier 2012
Par Loving Life - Publié sur Amazon.com
What to say about Corban Addison's first novel, A Walk Across the Sun?

I am not much of a reader of "thrillers," mainly because I find so many of the characters to be one dimensional and the plots way too far-fetched. But Corban Addison combines the mind of a top notch investigator with the soul of a poet. This is one well-written beautifully nuanced book. He uses the power of a fictional world to paint a compelling picture of a monstrous problem that is all but hidden from the view of most Americans. We would frankly rather not think about the exploitation of young girls and would love to be able to relegate it to some remote corner of the third world.

But Addison starts right here in our own country with the abduction of a young girl in broad daylight, an abduction that his main character, Thomas Clarke, is powerless to stop. From there Clarke is drawn into a world of intrigue and danger, into the plight of two sisters kidnapped after losing both parents to a violent tsunami. Compelled to help, Clarke is drawn into the sexual cesspools of Bombay and Paris, and finally, full circle to our own back yard as he strives to rescue the younger sister from the brutal soulless world of sex slavers, dope pushers and pimps. He leaves no stone unturned and by the end of the book I found myself wrung out, the pages of the book tearstained and a rage rising within me that I hope never goes out.

Addison never preaches. Nor does he sensationalize with too much detail of the sexual abuses endured by his characters, although he certainly could have. He just tells one hell of a good story that left this reader wanting to know more about how to help. It's quite simply a wonderful first novel.

Buy, it, read it, pass it on to your friends, talk about it in book clubs. More importantly, read through his afterword for more information on human trafficking. Find a group committed to changing the world and join them. (so, okay Addison doesn't preach--but that doesn't stop this reviewer!)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast-paced thriller with a message 31 décembre 2011
Par Gemjennc - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I think of this book, all the reviewer's cliches apply: fast-paced, suspenseful, page-turning, heart-thumping, stayed-up-late-reading, etc. I'm not typically a fan of thrillers--too often they sacrifice character study for the sake of moving the plot along. But I admire the effort Addison took to give readers a realistic tableaux whether we were reading about the doomed family in Chennai, the hidden neighborhood of Indian restaurants in Paris, or the truck stops in Harrisburg, PA. We care...moreWhen I think of this book, all the reviewer's cliches apply: fast-paced, suspenseful, page-turning, heart-thumping, stayed-up-late-reading, etc. I'm not typically a fan of thrillers--too often they sacrifice character study for the sake of moving the plot along. But I admire the effort Addison took to give readers a realistic tableaux whether we were reading about the doomed family in Chennai, the hidden neighborhood of Indian restaurants in Paris, or the truck stops in Harrisburg, PA. We care about the two orphan girls, Ahalya and Sita Ghai, right from the start because of the details he gives us about their lives before disaster strikes (in fact, I wouldn't have minded a little more of that). Addison reveals to the reader the grim realities of an underworld that we associate with movies but that is actually happening--and not just in places like India and the Philippines. Human trafficking--particularly of young girls--is modern slavery, and Addison does here what artists do best: he gives a human face to the victims that are otherwise invisible in our society.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read 9 janvier 2012
Par Sandra K. Stiles - Publié sur Amazon.com
Those of us not familiar with the sex trade, me being one of those, usually think of it as happening "someplace else". The reality is that it happens all over the world, including right here in the United States. Children are sold for drugs, prostitution, kidnapped right off of the street. Before you go any further in this review you need to know that this is not a feel good topic. It is repulsive and hard to read.
We start off the story with two innocent girls whose life is decimated due to a tsunami. They try to get to their school where the sisters will take care of them. Things go wrong and they find themselves where no young person should ever be, in the sex trade. Thomas Clarke is a lawyer who has lost so much already. He witnesses a kidnapping of a young girl in a park and this sets him on his mission to work against these traffickers.

This story moves along smoothly carrying the reader from one heartbreak to another. It is a very emotional book to read. It lets you see inside the head and heart of these people who sell children for sex. I think it was best said when one of the characters said to the young girl he had with him, "You are not here because I enjoy the sale of sex. You are here because men enjoy the purchase of it." (page 329)
I thought about that remark. If we could get rid of all of the people who were willing to pay for this service then we would not have the sex trade.

As the author took us across India we get a look at the different caste systems and the way they treat people. Both of these girls were middle class students who knew English. This made them more valuable than many others. The author doesn't leave the reader in a depressive state. He definitely wanted to give the reader hope that this situation can change in the future. This is a must read book. If nothing else you as a parent should read it to see what you need to protect your children from.

Corban Addison is able to give a voice to the victims of human trafficking. Without that voice people like me know nothing of it. We live in our safe little world. After reading this book my world doesn't feel so safe anymore and it isn't as small as it once was.
21 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Blisters on the Sun 29 décembre 2011
Par Think Banned Thoughts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Buy it. Read it. Now.

Oh, you want more? Well, alright. A Walk Across the Sun is an exciting, suspenseful journey across the globe, deep into the illegal sex trade.

"But I don't care, or don't want to know about the sex trade. It's depressing, scary and might make me feel bad about myself. Besides, it has nothing to do with me, all that stuff happens somewhere else, on the other side of the planet. It doesn't affect me."

Yeah, I know, those were some of the excuses I used to avoid this book for the three weeks I had it before I cracked the cover.

I was scared, this is Corban Addison's first book and I was scared that he'd take it too far, I was scared that I would come away feeling brutalized by the stark and ugly reality of the international sex trade. I was scared that Corban Addison was going to rape me. Literarily speaking.

So, here's what you need to know. A Walk Across the Sun is a book about hope. It's a book about solutions, even if they seem small, too small to matter. It's a book about grace, and redemption. It's a book that takes you into the ugly world of sexual slavery and shines just enough light for you to glimpse its darkest shadows without having toothpicks stuck in your eyes while you're forced to watch under a spotlight.

It's a book about two sisters, lost in the international sex trade. And about a man who finds himself as he searches relentlessly for them and fights to pull them out and give them a better life.

It's a book about shadows and darkness, told through a prism of light. It's a book about wisdom and kindness even in the midst of Hell.

It's a book that finally and completely explained how these abuses can occur in so many places around the world in two simple sentences - "In Golpitha, love was sex, and sex was rape. It came to her that his affections knew no other outlet."

We tend to think of the sex trade as a female problem, we spend our resources rescuing and rehabilitating the girls and women sold, and sometimes born, into it. But in this simple line Corban reminds us that it's not the women we have to change.

Yes, we need to help them, but to really put an end to sexual slavery, we need to reach the men. The men who don't know better, who don't see what they are doing as wrong, who think that it's okay to purchase a woman, rent a woman, sell a woman. The men who think that love is sex, but who don't know that that kind of sex is rape.

If you think that task is daunting, let me share another line from this fabulous book - "Cynicism is the curse of the West. In India, we still have faith." Perhaps it's time to have a little faith, enough to start the journey, one small step at a time.

A Walk Across the Sun is blessedly nuanced and shadowed. Corban Addison will not rape you. But he will pull you under, suck you in and refuse to release you until the final page of this thrilling novel.

Buy it. Read it. Now. I'm not kidding.
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