Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is in some sense a different person? what and who is the real you? does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid? is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you?with his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism,
Euripides' classic drama about the often mortifying consequences of the unbridled--and frequently hysterical--celebration of the feast of dionysus, the god of wine.
Logan gonzago mountstuart, writer, was born in 1906, and died of a heart attack on october 5, 1991, aged 85. william boyd's novel any human heart is his disjointed autobiography, a massive tome chronicling "my personal rollercoaster"--or rather, "not so much a rollercoaster", but a yo-yo, "a jerking spinning toy in the hands of a maladroit child." from his early childhood in montevideo, son of an english corned beef executive and his uraguayan secretary, through his years at a norfolk public school and oxford, mountstuart traces his haphazard development as
Never mind, the first installment in edward st. aubyn's wonderful, wry, and profound patrick melrose cycle, follows five-year-old patrick through a single day, as the melrose family awaits the arrival of guests. bright and imaginative, young patrick struggles daily to contend with the searing cruelty of his father and the resignation of his embattled mother. but on this day he must endure an unprecedented horror—one that splits his world in two. in never mind, st. aubyn renders this vivid tragedy with profound grace and precision, and introduces us to the
Writing with the scathing wit and bright perceptiveness for which he has become known, celebrated english author edward st. aubyn creates a complex family portrait that examines the shifting allegiances between mothers, sons, and husbands. the novel’s perspective ricochets among all members of the melrose family -- the family featured in st. aubyn’s widely praised trilogy, some hope -- starting with robert, who provides an exceptionally droll and convincing account of being born; to patrick, a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favor of
Life of pi is a fantasy adventure novel by yann martel published in 2001. the protagonist, piscine molitor "pi" patel, a tamil boy from pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. he survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the pacific ocean with a bengal tiger named richard parker.
A special book about the end of one life and the beginning of another. "life's that way" is a modern-day book of job. in august 2003, jim beaver, a character actor whom many know from the popular hbo series deadwood, and his wife cecily learned what they thought was the worst news possible- their daughter maddie was autistic. then six weeks later the roof fell in-cecily was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. jim immediately began writing a nightly e-mail as a way to keep more than one hundred family and
'miracles of life' opens and closes in shanghai, the city where j.g. ballard was born, and where he spent most of the second world war interned with his family in a japanese concentration camp.
With the mysteries of udolpho, ann radcliffe raised the gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators. portraying her heroine's inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, the mysteries of udolpho is the story of orphan emily st. aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, montoni. inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, montoni's threats, and
First published pseudonymously in 1764, the castle of otranto purported to be a translation of an italian story of the time of the crusades. in it walpole attempted, as he declared in the preface to the second edition, "to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern." crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and walpole's own favorite among his numerous works. the novel is reprinted here from a text of 1798, the last that walpole himself prepared for the press.