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The Resource The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms : how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to, Ian Thornton

The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms : how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to, Ian Thornton

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The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms : how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to
Title
The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms
Title remainder
how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to
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Ian Thornton
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Great and calamitous tale of Johan Thoms
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Language
eng
Summary
Johan Thoms is poised for greatness. A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro. He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike. But he cannot drive a car in reverse. And as with so much in the life of Johan Thoms, this seemingly insignificant detail will prove to be much more than it appears. On the morning of June 28, 1914, Johan takes his place as the chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand and the royal entourage and, with one wrong turn, he forever alters the course of history. Blaming himself for the deaths of the archduke and his wife, Johan hastens from the scene, and for once his inspired mind cannot process what to do next. Guilt-ridden, he flees Sarajevo, abandoning his friends, family, and beloved in the fear that he has caused them irreparable grievance. He watches in horror as the Great War unfolds, every death settling squarely on his conscience. Turning his back on his old life, Johan does his best to fade out of memory. But the world has other plans for Johan Thoms. As each passing year burdens Johan with further guilt for his inaction, he seeks solace in his writing and in the makeshift family he has assembled around himself. With everyone from emperors to hooli-gans at his side, and pursued by Lorelei, Johan winds his way through Europe and the twentieth century, leaving his indelible mark on both
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CaOL
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Thornton, I. W. B.
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illustrations
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no index present
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fiction
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  • Guilt
  • Twentieth century
  • Life change events
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Europe
Target audience
adult
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The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms : how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to, Ian Thornton
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Publication
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ix, 319 p.
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9781451678482
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ill.
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(DLC)oka01618058
Label
The great & calamitous tale of Johan Thoms : how one man scorched the twentieth century but didn't mean to, Ian Thornton
Publication
Extent
ix, 319 p.
Isbn
9781451678482
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(DLC)oka01618058

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