This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.
Author: Sony Lab'Ou Tansi
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Listed as one of the 100 best books on Africa, Life and a Half was Sony Labou Tansi's response to the death of close friends during a bloody military and political crackdown in Congo. The novel takes place in an imaginary African country run by the latest in a series of cannibalistic dictators who has captured Martial, the leader of the opposition, and his family. Though shot, knifed, butchered, and bled, Martial's spirit lives on to guide his followers in their fight against the dictators. Facing censorship, Tansi insisted that his book was a fable and that if he were ever given the opportunity to write about real events, he would be much more direct rather than follow the torturous paths of a novel. This crisp translation by Alison Dundy maintains the fast-paced action and bitingly satiric tone of the original.
... “For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and
that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to
the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” Then I ...
Author: Deborah Wright
Who would you date if you had a time machine? Lucy’s love life needs a boost. When she isn’t flirting with the gorgeous guy at the newsstand, she’s daydreaming about torrid affairs with Lord Byron and George Clooney—anyone but her boyfriend Anthony. So she does what any sensible woman would do: she steals a time machine and tracks down the great lovers of the past. From Casanova to Ovid to Byron himself, Lucy’s dating pool expands to truly historic proportions. But she quickly finds that even the world’s most renowned lovers have their limitations—and that her true love may be closer to home than she ever believed.
In Half a Life we are introduced to the compelling figure of Willie Chandran.
Author: V. S. Naipaul
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
In Half a Life we are introduced to the compelling figure of Willie Chandran. Springing from the unhappy union of a low-caste mother and a father constantly at odds with life, Willie is naively eager to find something that will place him both in and apart from the world. Drawn to England, and to the immigrant and bohemian communities of post-war London, it is only in his first experience of love that he finally senses the possibility of fulfilment. In its humorous and sensitive vision of the half-lives quietly lived out at the centre of our world, V.S. Naipaul’s graceful novel brings its own unique illumination to essential aspects of our shared history. ‘Parts are as sly and funny as anything Naipaul has written. Nobody who enjoys seeing English beautifully controlled should miss this novel’ John Carey, Sunday Times
Two years before this time the Exodus from Ireland had commenced, which,
during one decade, added two millions and a half to the population of the United
States. We quitted Killarney with the intention of exploring the wonderful scenery
Author: Charles Knight
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
An 1873 three-volume autobiography providing insights into the economics as well as the personalities of the mid-Victorian publishing world.
Earth itself is just over four and a half billion years old. The oldest rocks we know
are about 4 billion years old—but they are granites, cooled from a molten melt, so
they cannot be expected to contain any remains of ancient, fossilized life.
Author: Niles Eldredge
An examination of nature's extraordinary biological diversity and the human activities that threaten it. * 200+ A–Z detailed entries on Earth's ecosystems, major groups of organisms, threats to biodiversity, and academic disciplines related to the study of biodiversity * Contributions from 50 recognized authorities from the fields of anthropology, biology, botany, earth science, ecology, evolution, and more * 150 photographs of key people, animals, and organisms; line drawings; tables, charts, and graphs including the major families of birds, the effects of agricultural intensity on biodiversity, and the number of years needed to add each billion to the world's population * Four major overview essays explaining what biodiversity is, why it is important, how it is threatened, and the Sixth Global Extinction
>9 Half a life-time ago, there lived in one of the Westmoreland dales a single
woman, of the name of Susan Dixon. She was owner of the small farm-house
where she resided, and of some thirty or forty acres of land by which it was
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
Publisher: The Floating Press
Popular nineteenth-century writer Elizabeth Gaskell packed her fiction with the kind of riveting social details that keep contemporary readers and fans of historical drama glued to the page. This collection of short stories offers a comprehensive introduction to her body of work, which rivaled Dickens' in terms of popularity at the height of her career.
Author: Steve Ankers
Publisher: Mereo Books, mereobook, mereobooks
ÿSteve Ankers? wife Margaret and big brother John have been vets all their lives, so Steve has spent a large part of his life helping one or other of them, sometimes both, through amusing, harrowing and occasionally disgusting encounters with creatures of all varieties, shapes and sizes. The experience has given him a hilarious fund of tales about adventures with animals and their owners, from llamas, wallabies and escaped alligators to dodgy greyhound trainers and the cat that ate a Chihuahua. Sometimes moving and often extremely funny, this is a very well-written account of life working closely ? sometimes TOO closely - with animals.
Thank you also to Ed Goldstein for talking to me about prewar Jewish life and
how his family decided to leave Germany: Lamelle Ryinaii for her expertise on
Judaism; Luke Evans Calhoun of the Harvard University Chess Club for his
Author: Kim Ablon Whitney
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
A heartbreaking novel based on the true story of a World War II voyage. In May of 1939, the SS St. Francis sets sail from Germany, carrying German Jews and other refugees away from Hitler’s regime. The passengers believe they are bound for freedom in Cuba and eventually the United States, but not all of them are celebrating. Fifteen-year-old Thomas is anxious about his parents and didn’t want to leave Germany: his father, a Jew, has been imprisoned and his mother, a Christian, is left behind, alone. Fourteen-yearold Priska has her family with her, and she’s determined to enjoy the voyage, looking forward to their new lives. Based on the true story of the MS St. Louis, this historical young adult novel imagines two travelers and the lives they may have lived until events, and immigration laws, conspired to change their fates. Kim Ablon Whitney did meticulous research on the voyage of the St. Louis to craft her compelling and moving story about this little-known event in history. From the Hardcover edition.
of mental powerwhich has ̧been destroyed is infinitely greater ̧ thanthat which
has beensuffered towork out its destined purpose. ̄ 3 Civilization depended
onthe proper working out ofmental power.But the natureofdemocratic life ledto
Author: G.J. Barker-Benfield
Now a classic in the field, The Horrors of the Half-Known Life is an important foundational text in the construction of masculinity, female identity, and the history of midwivery.
In spite of the slow depopulation, which for the last century and a half had been
draining away its life-blood, the empire in Europe had a population of over thirty
millions, and was the envy of the barbarians who surrounded it. Although the ...
Author: P. Boissonade
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Erudite yet readable work traces the economic evolution of Europe from 5th to 15th century. Focusing on working people, it covers breakup of feudal estates, development of small craft and large capitalist industries, and more.
... just one black feather in the larger scheme of things. I didn't understand that
everyone's tepid emotions were reasonable. The panicky little drum that kept me
going required that this event, this death, be epochal. Of course, 47 HALF A LiFE.
Author: Darin Strauss
Publisher: Random House
In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey—graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force. Look for special features inside, including an interview with Colum McCann. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com From the Trade Paperback edition.
Only half her life was spent in intimate knowledge of male attraction and yet it is
inevitable that she should be remembered as a screen goddess of love. The truth
is far more complex, indeed sexual allure relates to the whole person, it is the ...
Author: David Stuart Ryan
Publisher: kozmik press
The story of Marlene Dietrich's life is the story of the 20th century. Author David Stuart Ryan who wrote the bestselling biography 'John Lennon's Secret' explores the amazing and circuitous route that took her to Hollywood and riches. But to understand the essential Marlene it is necessary to go right back in time to the era of La Belle Epoque when a very feudal and settled order still existed in Europe. 'The Blue Angel' transports you to a glittering world that is all about to disappear in the maelstrom of world war. What emerges from the conflict is a feverish gaiety that seeks to put behind it all the suffering that has taken place. You are entering the Jazz Age and a Berlin that having suffered hyperinflation decides anything goes. The Berliner Luft - the Berlin air - is what the locals call it. This madcap atmosphere was to be recreated by a young journalist - Billy Wilder - when he made the journey to Hollywood. Indeed, the plot for his greatest film, 'Some Like It Hot', drew on his experiences in Berlin, and Billy Wilder was one of the respondents to the author when he came to write Marlene's story. Marlene's big break came when she played a vampish nightclub singer of dubious morals, not a million miles away from her own background trying to survive in a world turned upside down. 'The Blue Angel' took her to America and a carefully constructed film star image which embodies all the dazzling wealth and influence of Hollywood at its most powerful and hypnotic. Yet the more you get into the life of Marlene Dietrich, the greater the mystery becomes. Who was she really? Only now can the expert analysis of David Stuart Ryan reveal the true Marlene Dietrich, the person behind the image, the human being behind the facade. Was she indeed the blue angel?
Peter Cadbury, a direct descendant of the founder, shows in A Life and a Half how he has achieved something similar with his own extraordinarily full life.
Author: Cadbury Peter H G
Publisher: Mereo Books
Cadbury's famous advertisement portrayed an impossibly large amount of creamy milk being poured into a chocolate bar. Peter Cadbury, a direct descendant of the founder, shows in A Life and a Half how he has achieved something similar with his own extraordinarily full life. After surviving a flight in a blazing plane at 14 and narrowly escaping being the youngest MP at 24, Peter moved from law into banking. He recounts the personal dramas of advising on high profile takeovers, being a pioneer of crossborder mergers and working in over 20 countries, especially South Africa. Peter was at the centre of the Westland crisis which nearly saw the fall of the Thatcher Government, and tells how he might have prevented it. He recounts travelling to over 100 countries, including taking a Land Rover to India and back, and being the first tourist to Albania since King Zog. He recalls historic artistic occasions, building up his important collection of Norwich School landscapes and arranging the wedding of his daughter to a clan chieftain.
At the writing of this book, I have been a game warden for exactly half my life—
twenty-one and a half years. Now, granted, that longevity does not rank me with
the pyramids, but it has put me in contact with almost every type of situation a
Author: Eric Wight
Publisher: Down East Books
Being a game warden in Maine is not just a job, it’s a way of life. This honest and entertaining book by a twenty-two-year veteran of the service tells the story of America’s oldest game warden service. The stories told cover the risks wardens face dealing with poachers, rogue wildlife, and the elements, as well as the drama that surrounds every search and rescue operation.