Posted: November 23rd, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: now on kindle | Tags: novel, philosophy | No Comments »
This was a huge best seller after it was published in 1991. I just saw the paperback in the biggest English bookstore in Seoul. It is about the development of Western Philosophy in novel format.
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder’s unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian
About the Author
Jostein Gaarder, born in 1952 in Norway, taught philosophy for many years before becoming a novelist. He lives with his family in Oslo.
Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: deals | Tags: novel, woolf | No Comments »
This book was $8.25 before. It is the last novel of Virginia Woolf. Many likes it, some doesn’t find it as attractive as her other novels. You need to give it a try to find out.
Here, in her last book, is Virginia Woolf at her most tenuous, elusive, unreal. The various terms which have been applied to her art seem all to apply – “evocative”, “fragile”, “unsubstantial”, “eclectic”. The scene and the compass of this book is a pageant in a small English village, alternating with the actors of the local pageant are the figures in a private pageant of spectators:- Giles, stockbroker, at odds with his wife, Mrs. Manress, hearty, blowsy woman of forty who assumes the role of child of nature; Giles’ father, withered, dry, his sister a vague old lady, etc. There is no action, save in the pageant which is reproduced now in poetry, now in prose. The quality of the book lies in its nuance, its shadows, its reflections, its aestheticism. There is an ethereal, haunting, beauty, strangely distant. Sharply limited market. (Kirkus Reviews
‘Together these ten volumes make an attractive and reasonably priced (the volumes vary between L3.99 and L4.99) working edition of Virginia Woolf’s best-known writing. One can only hope that their success will prompt World’s Classics to add her other essays to the series in due course.’
(Elisabeth Jay, Westminster College, Oxford )
In Woolf’s final novel, villagers present their annual pageant, made up of scenes from the history of England, at a house in the heart of the country as personal dramas simmer and World War II looms.
Annotated and with an introduction by Melba Cuddy-Keane
Posted: October 14th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: deals | Tags: novel, wells | No Comments »
This was $9.99 before so you save $9 today. Ann Veronica is interesting since it shows how great Wells handles realistic fiction.
Twenty-one, passionate and headstrong, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to live her own life. When her father forbids her from attending a fashionable Ball, she decides she has no choice but to leave her family home and make a fresh start in London. There, she finds a world of intellectuals, socialists, and suffragettes – a place where, as a student in Biology at Imperial College, she can be truly free. But when she meets the brilliant Capes, a married academic, and quickly falls in love, she soon finds that freedom comes at a price.
About the Author
H. G. WELLS (1866–1946) was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books.
Margaret Drabble is recipient of many prestigious awards for her writing, which includes works of nonfiction as well as numerous novels.
Posted: October 10th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: now on kindle | Tags: foden, movie, novel | No Comments »
You can pre-order for delivery on 02 November 2011 in Kindle format.
Even if you have seen the movie, read this mesmerizing novel. It is the best debut novel of 1998 in my openion. You won’t be dissapointed. It not only illuminates a disgusting era of our age but also informs about the unique reality of Africa.
It is only a pity that Foden could not repeat this master level of writing in his next novels.
“Genuinely beautiful and disturbing.” –The Village Voice
“This decidedly quirky yet absorbing first novel–that brings to mind the diabolical Evelyn Waugh.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review
Nicholas Garrigan has fled his native Scotland, and his parents’ expectations, to take a position as a doctor in a remote rural outpost of Central Africa. Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, he is called to the scene of a bizarre car accident: Idi Amin, manically driving his red Maserati down the dirt tracks of Garrigan’s small village, has run over a cow. Garrigan binds Amin’s sprained wrist and puts the incident behind him, until a letter arrives from the Minister of Health informing him that Amin–in his obsession with all things Scottish–has ap-pointed Garrigan his personal physician. Garrigan is instructed to settle into State House, on the grounds of Amin’s residence, immediately.
Later, Garrigan will reflect that had he known what awaited him, had he foreseen the terrifying concatenation of events this decision would set in motion, he would have boarded the first plane back to Scotland. He will wonder why it never occurred to him to simply say no. But–flattered, disarmed, and intrigued, if uneasily, by the pros-pect of entering Amin’s inner circle–he steps into the role of caring for the man who will turn out to be one of the most brutal dictators of all time.
So begins Nick Garrigan’s journey into a Con-radian heart of darkness, as his own moral center
battles weakly against, and then succumbs to, the dark and irresistible seductions of Idi Amin Dada, whose cruelty and cunning are masked by brilliant rhetoric, hilarious wit, and electrifying personal magnetism. When at last Nick awakens to the horrors of Amin’s regime, he must awaken also to his own complicity in it–he cared for Amin, as a doctor and as a friend–and to the knowledge that he is both a traitor to his own country and a prisoner in his new one. By turns comic and chilling, Giles Foden’s The Last King of Scotland is a masterful debut from a remarkable talent–a riveting history of “blood, misery and foolishness” that lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned, and a profound meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart.
Posted: May 8th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: deals | Tags: novel | No Comments »
Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 2000: Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek opens with one wrenching death and ends with another. In between, this novel of turn-of-the-century Appalachian life works in fire, flood, swindlers, sickness, and starvation–a truly biblical assortment of plagues, all visited on the sturdy shoulders of 17-year-old Julie Harmon. “Human life don’t mean a thing in this world,” she concludes. And who could blame her? “People could be born and they could suffer, and they could die, and it didn’t mean a thing…. The world was exactly like it had been and would always be, going on about its business.” For Julie, that business is hard physical labor. Fortunately, she’s fully capable of working “like a man”–splitting and hauling wood, butchering hogs, rendering lard, planting crops, and taking care of the stock. Even when Julie meets and marries handsome young Hank Richards, there’s no happily-ever-after in store. Nothing comes easy in Julie Harmon’s world, and their first year together is no exception.
Throughout the novel, Morgan chronicles Julie’s trials in prose of great dignity and clarity, capturing the rhythms of North Carolina speech by using only the subtlest of inflections. Clearly the author has done his research too–the descriptions of physical labor practically leap off the page. (Suffice to say, you’ll learn far more about hog slaughtering than you ever dreamed of knowing.) Yet he resists the temptation to make his long-suffering characters into saints. Julie simmers with resentment at being her family’s workhorse, and Hank flies into a helpless rage whenever he feels that his authority is questioned. In novels like The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands, Morgan proved his ability to create memorable heroines. In Gap Creek, he writes with great feeling–but not a touch of sentimentality–about a life Julie aptly calls “both simple and hard.”