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The Remains of the Day

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ISBN10 : 0345809335

Publisher : Vintage Canada

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic. The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the most subtle, sad and humorous love stories ever written. It is the summer of 1956, when Stevens, a man who has dedicated himself to his career as a perfect butler in the one-time great house of Darlington Hall, sets off on a holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and, unexpectedly, into his own past, especially his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. As memories surface of his lifetime "in service" to Lord Darlington, and of his life between the wars, when the fate of the continent seemed to lie in the hands of a few men, he finds himself confronting the dark undercurrent beneath the carefully run world of his employer.

Never Let Me Go

Author : Kazuo Ishiguro

ISBN10 : 0307371336

Publisher : Vintage Canada

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

The Art of Fiction

Author : David Lodge

ISBN10 : 1448137799

Publisher : Random House

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: In this entertaining and enlightening collection David Lodge considers the art of fiction under a wide range of headings, drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James, Martin Amis, Jane Austen and James Joyce. Looking at ideas such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and illustrating each topic with a passage taken from a classic or modern novel, David Lodge makes the richness and variety of British and American fiction accessible to the general reader. He provides essential reading for students, aspiring writers and anyone who wants to understand how fiction works.

My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs

Author : Kazuo Ishiguro

ISBN10 : 0735276145

Publisher : Knopf Canada

Number of Pages : 64

Category : Literary Collections

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Book Summary: The Nobel Lecture in Literature, delivered by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and When We Were Young) at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 7, 2017, in an elegant, clothbound edition. In their announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy recognized the emotional force of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction and his mastery at uncovering our illusory sense of connection with the world. In the eloquent and candid lecture he delivered upon accepting the award, Ishiguro reflects on the way he was shaped by his upbringing, and on the turning points in his career—“small scruffy moments . . . quiet, private sparks of revelation”—that made him the writer he is today. With the same generous humanity that has graced his novels, Ishiguro here looks beyond himself, to the world that new generations of writers are taking on, and what it will mean—what it will demand of us—to make certain that literature remains not just alive, but essential. An enduring work on writing and becoming a writer, by one of the most accomplished novelists of our generation.

The Shadow out of Time

Author : H.P. Lovecraft

ISBN10 : 2291023470

Publisher : AB Books

Number of Pages : 150

Category : Drama

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Book Summary: "The Shadow Out of Time" indirectly tells of the Great Race of Yith, an extraterrestrial species with the ability to travel through space and time. The Yithians accomplish this by switching bodies with hosts from the intended spatial or temporal destination. The story implies that the effect when seen from the outside is similar to spiritual possession.

Of Vengeance

Author : J.D. Kurtness

ISBN10 : 1459743768

Publisher : Dundurn

Number of Pages : 152

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Of Vengeance portrays the evolution of an innocuous girl into a brilliant, cold-blooded killer, whose painstaking preparation makes every crime untraceable, and whose faultless reasoning makes her all too sympathetic.

Making Friends with Hitler

Author : Ian Kershaw

ISBN10 : 1101567988

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 512

Category : History

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Book Summary: Ian Kershaw’s biography of Adolf Hitler is widely regarded as the definitive work on the subject, as well as one of the most brilliant biographies of our time. In Making Friends with Hitler, the great scholar shines remarkable new light on decisions that led to war by tracing the extraordinary story of Lord Londonderry—one of Britain’s wealthiest aristocrats, cousin of Winston Churchill, confidant of the king, and the only British cabinet member to outwardly support the Nazi party. Through Londonderry’s tragic tale, Kershaw shows us that behind the accepted dogma of English appeasement and German bullying is a much more complicated and interesting reality—full of miscalculations on both sides that proved to be among the most fateful in history.

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Author : Mona Awad

ISBN10 : 0143194801

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 224

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 455

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Book Summary: Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlisted for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Longlisted for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl? In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.

Provenance

Author : Ann Leckie

ISBN10 : 0316388637

Publisher : Orbit

Number of Pages : 448

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Ann Leckie returns to the world of her record-breaking Imperial Radch trilogy, which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, with an enthralling novel of power, privilege, and birthright. NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2018 NOMINATED FOR THE LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL 2018 A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good. For more from Ann Leckie, check out: Imperial RadchAncillary JusticeAncillary SwordAncillary Mercy

Waking Gods

Author : Sylvain Neuvel

ISBN10 : 1101886730

Publisher : Del Rey

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward. “Sleeping Giants may have debuted his thrilling saga, but Waking Gods proves that Neuvel’s scope is more daring than readers could have imagined.”—Paste As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force. Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars. Praise for Waking Gods “Kick-ass, one-on-one robot action combines with mind-bending scientific and philosophical speculation. Series science-fiction fans will enjoy this follow-up filled with unexpected revelations and a surprise finale.”—Booklist “Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of mankind. In a word: unputdownable.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Sheer escapist fun.”—Shelf Awareness Don’t miss any of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel: SLEEPING GIANTS | WAKING GODS | ONLY HUMAN

Late in the Day

Author : Tessa Hadley

ISBN10 : 1473560551

Publisher : Random House

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1865

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Book Summary: 'Unflinching, intelligent and fascinating' Marian Keyes The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in this Sunday Times bestselling novel Alex and Christine and Zach and Lydia have been inseparable since their twenties. From student house-shares and grubby pubs to proper homes and grown-up careers, the two couples' lives have been interlinked for decades. Then one evening, Alex and Christine receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of their loss bringing them closer, the three of them find that love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness as old entanglements and resentments rise from the past. 'A fine-grained novel of friendship, loss and jealousy' Sunday Times, *100 Great 21-Century Novels*

The Great Movies

Author : Roger Ebert

ISBN10 : 0767910451

Publisher : Crown Archetype

Number of Pages : 544

Category : Performing Arts

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Book Summary: America’s most trusted and best-known film critic Roger Ebert presents one hundred brilliant essays on some of the best movies ever made. Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, wrote biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offered a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great film. The Great Movies collects one hundred of these essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to that film with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm–or perhaps to an avid first-time viewing. Ebert’s selections range widely across genres, periods, and nationalities, and from the highest achievements in film art to justly beloved and wildly successful popular entertainments. Roger Ebert manages in these essays to combine a truly populist appreciation for our most important form of popular art with a scholar’s erudition and depth of knowledge and a sure aesthetic sense. Wonderfully enhanced by stills selected by Mary Corliss, the film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, The Great Movies is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again. The Great Movies includes: All About Eve • Bonnie and Clyde • Casablanca • Citizen Kane • The Godfather • Jaws • La Dolce Vita • Metropolis • On the Waterfront • Psycho • The Seventh Seal • Sweet Smell of Success • Taxi Driver • The Third Man • The Wizard of Oz • and eighty-five more films.

Cioran ou les vestiges du sacré dans l’écriture

Author : Sara Danièle Bélanger-Michaud

ISBN10 : 2892617634

Publisher : Éditions XYZ

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Literary Collections

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Book Summary: Les institutions − et en premier lieu l’Église − où s’exprimait et se vivait l’expérience du sacré se sont peu à peu effritées. Mais le sacré déborde le cadre des institutions et il en reste des vestiges, entre autres, dans la littérature. C’est dans l’œuvre de Cioran que Sara Danièle Bélanger Michaud les a cherchés. Emil Michel Cioran (1911-1995) est un philosophe et essayiste d’origine roumaine qui a vécu en France à partir de 1937. Il est principalement connu pour ses aphorismes et pour son recueil De l’inconvénient d’être né, paru en 1973. Dans son essai, l’auteure présente son œuvre comme une manifestation de la quête du sacré et une nouvelle manière de l’habiter. Elle écrit: «Qu’il soit question de sa quête spirituelle (ou de son ratage spirituel), de ses rencontres avec l’absolu, de ses expériences d’extase, de son obsession pour le doute ou encore de sa nature religieuse à rebours, c’est toujours en même temps du sacré dont il est question».

Highland Fling

Author : Nancy Mitford

ISBN10 : 0345806964

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 208

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: In Highland Fling—Nancy Mitford’s first novel, published in 1931—a set of completely incompatible and hilariously eccentric characters collide in a Scottish castle, where bright young things play pranks on their stodgy elders until the frothy plot climaxes in ghost sightings and a dramatic fire. Inspired in part by Mitford’s youthful infatuation with a Scottish aristocrat, her story follows young Jane Dacre to a shooting party at Dulloch Castle, where she tramps around a damp and chilly moor on a hunting expedition with formidable Lady Prague, xenophobic General Murgatroyd, one-eyed Admiral Wenceslaus, and an assortment of other ancient and gouty peers of the realm, while falling in love with Albert, a surrealist painter with a mischievous sense of humor. Lighthearted and sparkling with witty banter, Highland Fling was Mitford’s first foray into the delightful fictional world for which the author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate later became so celebrated. With an Introduction by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.

Three Bullets

Author : R.J. Ellory

ISBN10 : 1409163172

Publisher : Orion

Number of Pages : 368

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: IT WAS THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD On 22nd November 1963, John F. Kennedy's presidential motorcade rode through Dealey Plaza. He and his wife Jackie greeted the crowds on a glorious Friday afternoon in Dallas, Texas. BUT WHAT IF IT MISSED? Mitch Newman is a photojournalist based out of Washington, D.C. His phone never rings. When it does, a voice he hasn't heard in years will tell him his former fiancée Jean has taken her own life. WHEN THE TRUTH IS BIGGER THAN ALL THE LIES Jean was an investigative reporter working the case of a lifetime. Somewhere in the shreds of her investigation is the truth behind her murder. WHO WOULD BELIEVE IT? For Mitch, piecing together the clues will become a dangerous obsession: one that will lead him to the dark heart of his country - and into the crossfire of a conspiracy...

D-Day

Author : Jean-Baptiste Pattier,Emmanuel Chaunu

ISBN10 : 2200626401

Publisher : Armand Colin

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Art

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Book Summary: Au mois de juillet 2019, l'Unesco va inscrire les plages du Débarquement au patrimoine de l'Humanité. L'occasion de revenir sur cet épisode qui constitue l'événement le plus marquant de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les auteurs, un reporter chercheur en histoire, et un dessinateur de presse, se sont associés pour nous raconter comment fut pensé le Débarquement de Normandie, la plus grande offensive de tous les temps, comment il s'est déroulé et ce qu'il en reste d'un point de vue mémoriel sans oublier le business fait autour du D-Day. Les dessins répondent aux textes de manière amusante et émouvante à la fois. La petite histoire côtoie toujours la grande, nous offrant des récits originaux et attachants, des anecdotes et des détails insolites, du Débarquement à la bataille de Normandie. Cet ouvrage, s'il peut susciter le sourire, voire le rire, a également vocation à provoquer l'empathie et l'interrogation. Il peut aussi se lire comme un hommage à tous ceux, civils et militaires, qui ont participé à cet événement majeur de notre histoire.

Le géant enfoui

Author : Kazuo Ishiguro

ISBN10 : 2848932147

Publisher : Editions des Deux Terres

Number of Pages : 416

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: « Ishiguro excelle à créer un univers, à instaurer des climats que l’on n’oublie pas. » Lire Le livre : Axl et Beatrice vivent un amour constant qui a résisté aux années. Ils décident de faire un voyage pour rejoindre leur fils, parti depuis longtemps. De nombreux obstacles se dressent sur leur chemin, parfois étranges, parfois terrifiants, et mettent leur amour à l’épreuve. Leur parcours est une métaphore de nos vies à tous. Dix ans après Auprès de moi toujours, Kazuo Ishiguro revisite, dans Le Géant enfoui, les thèmes shakespeariens qui traversent son œuvre : la mémoire et l’oubli, la confiance et la haine, la vengeance et la justice. L’histoire d’Axl et Beatrice, une allégorie du monde moderne, est d’ores et déjà un monument de la littérature. L’auteur : Kazuo Ishiguro, né à Nagasaki, est arrivé en Grande-Bretagne à l’âge de cinq ans. Décrit par le New York Times comme « un génie original et remarquable », il est l’auteur de sept romans : Lumière pâle sur les collines, Un artiste du monde flottant (Whitbread Award), Les Vestiges du jour (Booker Prize), L’Inconsolé, Quand nous étions orphelins, Auprès de moi toujours, Le Géant enfoui et un recueil de nouvelles : Nocturnes. Tous ses ouvrages sont traduits dans plus de quarante langues. En 1995, Kazuo Ishiguro a été décoré de l’Ordre de l’Empire britannique pour services rendus à la littérature et, en 1998, la France l’a fait chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Deux de ses livres ont été adaptés au cinéma : Les Vestiges du jour, avec Emma Thompson et Anthony Hopkins, et, plus récemment, Auprès de moi toujours, avec Carey Mulligan et Keira Knightley. Les droits cinématographiques de son dernier roman, Le Géant enfoui, ont été vendus à Hollywood. Kazuo Ishiguro vit à Londres avec son épouse.

A Pale View of Hills

Author : Kazuo Ishiguro

ISBN10 : 0571249337

Publisher : Faber & Faber

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: *Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel Klara and the Sun is now available to preorder* From the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go In his highly acclaimed debut, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer night in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their lives after the war. But then as she recalls her strange friendship with Sachiko - a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy - the memories take on a disturbing cast.

Corpus-Based Perspectives in Linguistics

Author : Yuji Kawaguchi,Toshihiro Takagaki,Nobuo Tomimori,Yoichiro Tsuruga

ISBN10 : 9027292388

Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing

Number of Pages : 442

Category : Computers

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Book Summary: UBLI has conducted field surveys since 2002 and built spoken language corpora for French, Spanish, Italian (Salentino dialect), Russian, Malaysian, Turkish, Japanese, and Canadian multilinguals. This volume features new research presented at the UBLI second workshop on Corpus Linguistics – Research Domain, which was held on September 14, 2006. The first part consisting of eleven presentations to this workshop shows a wide range of subjects within the area of corpus-based research, such as dictionary, linguistic atlas, dialect, translation, ancient texts, non-standard texts, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and natural language processing. The second part of this volume comprises ten additional contributions to both written and spoken corpora by the members and research assistants of UBLI.

Mind of Winter

Author : Laura Kasischke

ISBN10 : 006228441X

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1468

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Book Summary: Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling poet and author of The Raising, returns Mind of Winter, a dark and chilling thriller that combines domestic drama with elements of psychological suspense and horror—an addictive tale of denial and guilt that is part Joyce Carol Oates and part Chris Bohjalian. On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic. As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.