The Stone Angel (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

The Stone Angel, The Diviners, and A fowl within the House are 3 of the 5 books in Margaret Laurence's well known "Manawaka series," named for the small Canadian prairie city during which they ensue. each one of those books is narrated by means of a powerful lady turning out to be up within the city and being affected by actual and emotional isolation.

In The Stone Angel, Hagar Shipley, age 90, tells the tale of her existence, and in doing so attempts to return to phrases with how the very characteristics which sustained her have disadvantaged her of pleasure. Mingling earlier and current, she keeps delight within the face of senility, whereas recalling the existence she led as a rebellious younger bride, and later as a grieving mom. Laurence provides us in Hagar a girl who's humorous, infuriating, and heartbreakingly poignant.

"This is a revelation, no longer impersonation. The impact of such expert use of language is to guide the reader in the direction of the self-recognition that Hagar misses."—Robertson Davies, New York Times

"It is [Laurence's] admirable success to strike, with an both definite contact, the extraordinary word and the common; she provides us a portrait of a striking personality and even as the image of previous age itself, with the discomfort, the weariness, the phobia, the impotent angers and actual mishaps, the conclusion that others are ready and wishing for an end."—Honor Tracy, The New Republic

"Miss Laurence is the simplest fiction author within the Dominion and the most effective within the hemisphere."—Atlantic

"[Laurence] demonstrates in The Stone Angel that she has a real novelist's present for catching a personality in mid-passion and lifestyles at complete flood. . . . As [Hagar Shipley] daydreams and chatters and lurches throughout the novel, she lines probably the most convincing—and the main touching—portraits of an unregenerate sinner declining into senility on account that Sara Monday went to her present in Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth."—Time

"Laurence's triumph is in her evocation of Hagar at 90. . . . We sympathize along with her in her resistance to being moved to a nursing domestic, in her preposterous flight, in her impatience within the medical institution. Battered, depleted, soreness, she rages along with her final breath opposed to the loss of life of the sunshine. The Stone Angel is an outstanding novel, admirably written and sustained by means of unfailing insight."—Granville Hicks, Saturday Review

"The Stone Angel is an efficient booklet simply because Mrs. Laurence avoids sentimentality and condescension; Hagar Shipley remains to be passionately curious about the puzzle of her personal nature. . . . Laurence's imaginitive tact is strikingly at paintings, for absolutely this is often what it appears like to be old."—Paul Pickrel, Harper's

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Dodsworth is a satirical novel by way of American author Sinclair Lewis, a couple of retired fellow and his spouse who journey Europe jointly within the 1920's. On their huge travels throughout Europe they're quickly stuck up in greatly assorted life, and as they following their very own goals, their marriage is strained to the brink. Dodsworth's material, specifically the diversities among US and eu mind, manners, and morals, is identical to that which seems to be within the writing of Henry James.

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A Brief Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature

By David Tresilian

This brief ebook bargains a special evaluation of contemporary Arabic literature, concentrating on advancements over the past fifty years and offering a advisor to the literary panorama, indicating the main landmarks within the form of authors, principles, and debates.

This is the second one of 2 titles released to release a brand new sequence delivering perception into Arabic advances in technology and tradition. geared toward the overall reader, the titles are illustrated and include glossaries, indices, and recommendations for extra reading.

David Tresilian has taught at Columbia college and the yank collage in Cairo. He has been on the American college of Paris due to the fact that 1999.

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By Irvine Welsh

Trainspotting is the radical that first introduced Irvine Welsh's wonderful career―an real, unrelenting, and surprisingly exhilarating episodic workforce portrait of blasted lives.

It entire for its personal time and position what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last go out to Brooklyn did for his. Rents, unwell Boy, mom more suitable, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a seize of junkies, impolite boys, and psychos as readers will ever stumble upon. Trainspotting used to be made into the 1996 cult movie starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by means of Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave).

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The Titan

By Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser's moment novel of a 3 publication sequence, the 1st being The Financier, keeps the saga of Frank Cowperwood's quest for energy and wealth by using monetary acumen present in just a particularly few participants. whereas written as fiction, the radical can also be an excellent historical past lesson of the political constitution and shenanigans hired through the political and fiscal professionals of that interval. The characters and occasions of the overdue nineteenth century are delivered to existence via Dreiser's wealthy and descriptive prose. particularly few authors may be able to reach the measure of element Dreiser devotes to his plot and characters, the entire whereas utilising observe utilization in comparable to a fashion as to create a digital masterpiece.

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Jane Austen For Beginners

Jane Austen's novels are classics. they've got by no means been out of print, and feature always been became numerous video clips and television sequence, but her works nonetheless stay mostly misunderstood. On their floor, Austen's novels all contain characters from provincial groups in rural England, a ways got rid of geographically and thematically from larger social events, battle, undefined, colonization, and imperialism. This impact couldn't be farther from the reality. Jane Austen For Beginners explores the intentions in the back of Austen's paintings. Her exam of cash and gear, of the wedding industry, of social category, and of the rending of the British social textile of her day are between her many issues. Jane Austen For Beginners will foster a deeper appreciation and realizing of Austen's maximum tales and such a lot memorable characters.

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The Egyptians: A Radical Story

By Jack Shenker

From award-winning journalist Jack Shenker, The Egyptians is the fundamental e-book approximately Egypt and radical politics In early 2011, Cairo's Tahrir sq. in brief commanded the eye of the realm. part a decade later, the overseas media has principally moved on from Egypt's explosive cycles of revolution and counter-revolution - however the Arab World's such a lot populous country is still as risky as ever, its turmoil in detail sure up with different types of authoritarian energy and grassroots resistance that extend correct around the globe. within the Egyptians: an intensive tale, Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the rebellion that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak, one of many center East's such a lot entrenched dictators, and explores a rustic now divided among irreconcilable political orders. not easy traditional analyses that depict modern Egypt as a conflict among Islamists and secular forces, The Egyptians illuminates different, way more very important fault strains: the far-flung groups waging warfare opposed to transnational companies, the lads and ladies struggling with to subvert normal gender norms, the employees dramatically seizing keep an eye on in their personal factories, and the cultural manufacturers (novelists, graffiti artists and illicit bed room DJs) appropriating public house in defiance in their repressive and more and more violent western-backed regime. Situating the Egyptian revolution in its right context - now not as an remoted occasion, yet as an ongoing renowned fight opposed to a undeniable version of nation authority and fiscal exclusion that's replicated in several varieties world wide - The Egyptians explains why the occasions of the prior 5 years have proved so threatening to elites either within Egypt and out of the country. As Egypt's rulers search to do away with all varieties of dissent, seeded in the rebellious politics of Egypt's younger iteration are huge rules approximately democracy, sovereignty, social justice and resistance which may but swap the realm.

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A Different Kind of Normal

By Cathy Lamb

From acclaimed writer Cathy Lamb comes a hot and poignant tale approximately moms and sons, relatives and forgiveness--and loving anyone sufficient to allow them to be real to themselves. . .

Jaden Bruxelle understands that lifestyles is beneficial. She sees it in her paintings as a hospice nurse, a task choked with compassion and humor even at the saddest days. and she or he sees it in Tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever in view that her sister gave him up at beginning. Tate is seventeen, academically extraordinary, humorous, and loving. he is additionally a skilled basketball participant regardless of having been born with an abnormally huge head--something Jaden's mom blames on a relations curse. Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, simply as she ignores the legends approximately witches and magic within the kinfolk.

Over the years, Jaden has centred all her power on her activity and on sheltering Tate from the realm. Tate, for his half, simply desires to be a customary child. via his web publication, he is slowly achieving out, discovering his voice. He desires to try for the college basketball workforce. He wishes his mother to target her personal existence for a transformation, perhaps even date back.

Jaden understands she must allow go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the duties she makes use of as a defend. and during a chain of unforeseen occasions and revelations, she's approximately to benefit how. simply because as pricey as lifestyles might be, its in basic terms genuine worth comes after we are keen to stay it absolutely, whether that implies risking all of it.

Beautifully written, soft and precise, A varied form of general is a narrative approximately embracing love and event, and studying to seem forward for the 1st time. . .

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The Word Exchange: A Novel

By Alena Graedon

A dystopian novel for the electronic age, The note alternate offers a creative, suspenseful, and decidedly unique imaginative and prescient of the risks of know-how and of the iconic power of the published word.

In the not-so-distant destiny, the forecasted “death of print” has develop into a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the previous, and we spend our time glued to handheld units referred to as Memes that not just keep us in consistent communique but in addition have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs earlier than we depart our offices, order takeout on the first growl of a hungry stomach, or even create and promote language itself in a industry known as the note Exchange.
     Anana Johnson works together with her father, Doug, on the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), the place Doug is tough at paintings at the final variation that might ever be revealed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech highbrow who fondly recalls the times whilst humans used e-mail (everything now could be textual content or videoconference) to communicate—or even really spoke to each other, for that topic. One night, Doug disappears from the NADEL workplaces, leaving a unmarried written clue: ALICE. It’s a code observe he devised to sign if he ever fell into harm’s method. And hence starts off Anana’s trip down the proverbial rabbit gap . . .
     Joined by way of Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague, Anana’s look for Doug will take her into darkish  basements and subterranean passageways; the stacks and studying rooms of the Mercantile Library; and secret conferences of the underground resistance, the Diachronic Society. As Anana penetrates the secret of her father’s disappearance and a virulent disease of decaying language known as “word flu” spreads, The Word alternate becomes a cautionary story that's instantaneously a technological mystery and a meditation on the excessive cultural expenses of electronic technology.

From the Hardcover edition.

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