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BookWoman718 wrote:

Wow!  So it really exists!  I didn't look it up, but assumed it might have been a fictional creation of some sort.   I'm also absolutely intrigued by the methods Piet used for concealment and his skill as a book conservationist...

 

Thanks so much for posting.  I am passing this on to a couple of gun collectors I know. 

 


thewanderingjew wrote:

Swedish Mini Gun

 

 

 

 


Thanks, TWJ.  I could visualize as Paula was talking about taking the gun apart and this picture just makes it that much more real. 

 


Thanks TWJ..Between you and Pepper..We are now Gun Savvy,,It is amazing how small the gun is Just one Bullet is all Piet needs..

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http://www.bushnell.com/products/rangefinders/tech-talk/

 

 

A rangefinder is used to calculate distance and time for something (usually bullet) to travel to an object that you sight. 

 

Piet uses one to calculate distance from church balcony to just beyond prison workshop window. This gives him reading of three seconds for a bullet to travel from the balcony to inside the window. 

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Re: Three Seconds: Interesting Links -- Danviksberget

Danviksberget  Seems to be a mountain.  Didn't find a lot. There is a link to some pictures further down on the page, but most are taken from, not towards the mountain, and those that are seemed rather disappointing.  So, if anyone spots one worthwhile....


"Gamla Enskede, 'the garden city,' is a district of Enskede-Årsta borough, South Stockholm, Sweden. It was created in 1904 to provide housing for workers, and is 2.94 square kilometres (1.14 sq mi). The architectural type known as "the Enskede villa," with pointed roofs on wooden houses, originated in Gamla Enskede.the style of the streets are built to look like a 'typical English' garden city, therefore not one street is completely straight but instead the streets are crooked and bent...."

 

p. 153.  Where Piet and Zofia had their home?

 

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This thread is such a fantastic idea! I've visited some of the links and already feel like I understand a few things better in the book and geographically have my bearings a bit better. I had been asking my Swedish coworker about some of the locations in the book but it's great to have this thread as a compiled resource full of information.

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crazylilcuban wrote:

This thread is such a fantastic idea! I've visited some of the links and already feel like I understand a few things better in the book and geographically have my bearings a bit better. I had been asking my Swedish coworker about some of the locations in the book but it's great to have this thread as a compiled resource full of information.


This sort of page of links would be Great for any Firstlook Book It keeps it all in one place and Good Reference  material...Brings "Three Seconds" to life,in such a griity atmosphere..Also to see the beauty of Sweden..

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Wow, so cool, thanks for the links!

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I just read a review in The Seattle Times online Book Section for "Running the Books", a new non-fiction story of a young man who spends some time as a prison librarian, teaching writing, and mentoring prisoners.  It really caught my attention, after seeing how prominent the (mis)-use of books was in "Three Seconds".   The review was favorable, and it might make interesting reading.   Wonder if you can still use interlibrary loans to get your hands on thick tomes of poetry if you have an in-house library?  

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BookWoman718 wrote:

I just read a review in The Seattle Times online Book Section for "Running the Books", a new non-fiction story of a young man who spends some time as a prison librarian, teaching writing, and mentoring prisoners.  It really caught my attention, after seeing how prominent the (mis)-use of books was in "Three Seconds".   The review was favorable, and it might make interesting reading.   Wonder if you can still use interlibrary loans to get your hands on thick tomes of poetry if you have an in-house library?  


I heard an interview with this man on NPR and it was interesting to hear that some of more requested books went beyond popular fiction (like Grisham) and included lots of textbooks.

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JaneM wrote:

BookWoman718 wrote:

I just read a review in The Seattle Times online Book Section for "Running the Books", a new non-fiction story of a young man who spends some time as a prison librarian, teaching writing, and mentoring prisoners.  It really caught my attention, after seeing how prominent the (mis)-use of books was in "Three Seconds".   The review was favorable, and it might make interesting reading.   Wonder if you can still use interlibrary loans to get your hands on thick tomes of poetry if you have an in-house library?  


I heard an interview with this man on NPR and it was interesting to hear that some of more requested books went beyond popular fiction (like Grisham) and included lots of textbooks.


 

It is my understanding that a number of prisoners do use incarceration as an opportunity to pursue an education in some form or another.

 

 

Running the Books  by Avi Steinberg

 

From the B&N site:

 

"Synopsis

"Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction—and dental insurance—Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.
 
"The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There’s an anxious pimp who solicits Steinberg’s help in writing a memoir. A passionate gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. A doomed ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves — a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor. But when the struggles of the prison library — between life and death, love and loyalty — become personal, Steinberg is forced to take sides.

"Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process. 

 

"The New York Times - Dwight Garner

"The early bits…are as hopped-up as a spaniel with a new rubber ball. The tone is, more or less, "Augusten Burroughs Goes to the Clink"…But a funny thing happens to Running the Books as it inches forward. Mr. Steinberg's sentences start to pop out at you, at first because they're funny and then because they're acidly funny. The book slows down. It blossoms. Mr. Steinberg proves to be a keen observer, and a morally serious one. His memoir is wriggling and alive—as involving, and as layered, as a good coming-of-age novel."

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Pepper,

thanks for posting the link to "Running the Books" and the reviews!  I should have taken the time to do that.   It does sound intriguing to me.

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Been wanting to look this one up for a few weeks and just got to it:

 

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport

Warsaw Chopin Airport

 

"In 1924, when urban development around Warsaw's aerodrome at Mokotów Fields (Pole Mokotowskie) began affecting air traffic, the Ministry of Railways purchased land near the village of Okęcie to construct a new airport. In 1933, The Central Airport (Okęcie) took over the handling of all traffic from the Pole Mokotowskie. During  World War II, Okęcie was often used as a battleground between the German Army and Polish resistance and was practically destroyed. After liberation, LOT Polish Airlines resumed operations at Okęcie, using pre-war infrastructure. In 1956, maintenance of Okęcie was transferred from LOT Polish Airlines to state administration. In 1969 a new international terminal was built to handle 1 million passengers annually, few years later a separate, temporary arrival hall was built. Meanwhile, domestic flights continued to operate from the facilities built on the site of the pre-war terminal. In 1992, a new terminal (T1), with capacity for 3.5 million passengers per year, was built to replace the ageing complex from the communist era. In March 2001, Warsaw Airport was renamed in honour of the Polish pianist Frédéric Chopin (though this name is almost never used in practice, and most users know the place simply as Okęcie). In 2005, the old arrival hall from 70s was refurbished and reopened, and under the name "Etiuda" became a temporary terminal for low-cost traffic. Since 2007 the T2, a newly built terminal adjacent to T1, has been gradually taking over the major part of the traffic. In March 2009 the Etiuda terminal was closed and low-cost carriers moved to T1."

 

Bold added.

 

Mokotow

 

Images for Nacka Reserve, where Hugo and Rasmus have an outing. (p. 52)

 

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Ha! I thought that at first, too, but then I figured it had to be the US since he talked about the humidity :smileyhappy:

Peppermill wrote:

Here is a link for FLETC, the center where Erik was training in Georgia.

 

(At first, I thought Erik was training in the country formed from the former U.S.S.R.!?)


 

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camibones wrote:

 

Ha! I thought that at first, too, but then I figured it had to be the US since he talked about the humidity :smileyhappy:

Peppermill wrote:

Here is a link for FLETC, the center where Erik was training in Georgia.

 

(At first, I thought Erik was training in the country formed from the former U.S.S.R.!?)


 


I have been curious about this aspect of the novel and what the authors are trying to say.  Anyone have any thoughts?

 

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Do watch this promo for the English version by the authors if you haven't already.

 

Actually, this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNaaL7QBJu4&NR=1

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thewanderingjew wrote:

Swedish Mini Gun

 

 

 



That is very interesting. I knew the gun had to be small to fit in a book but I was imagining a gun that small. That really helps.

 

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Thanks to all of you that have been providing us with these great "links." 

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Yes, thank you everyone for all the great links!!

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Thank you for the link about Sweden.  I am astounded that men are able to get 13 months of paid parental leave.  Female school teachers in the US only get 6 weeks of paid/unpaid leave.  Perhaps this is why Piet is such an involved loving father to his children.  I would think that it also would reduce the divorce rate.  Women in the US have such a heavy load trying to do a full time job, be the person to care for the children, run the house and be the caretaker for others in the extended family with little or no help.  Many men in this country have no idea the pressure that is on their spouse and they are unsympathetic to the poor overburdened wife.  I hope that the trend comes to the US but I doubt that employers would be willing to pay for it.

 

HTTP://www.sweden.se/eng

 

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I remember my Swedish Grandfather rolling his own cigarettes when I was a child.

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