Kipling was one of the most popular writers in English, both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James famously said of him: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. This book is the world famous autobiography that Kipling penned toward the end of his life and sheds much detail on his life, career, travels and influences.
A mig camí entre la memòria i la ficció, en una barreja de gèneres, Pa negre gira a l’entorn de l’Andreu, un vailet de la Plana de Vic en els anys més crus de la postguerra. Ell pertany a la banda dels perdedors: el seu pare, home de ferms ideals republicans, ha estat empresonat per roig. De resultes d’això, la mare s’ha hagut de posar a treballar a la fàbrica i el confia a uns parents que viuen a pagès. Tot i viure lluny dels pares, en un clima de por que es palpa arreu, el temps a la masia estarà farcit de sentiments i descobertes. Hi descobrirà el misteriós món dels adults, la intuïció rere les paraules dels grans, farà tentines en els viaranys del sexe. És, també, un temps d’amistats valentes, de contes explicats a la vora del foc, de jocs a l’aire lliure, de plantar barraques a les branques dels arbres, de farinetes de blat de moro, de pa amb vi i sucre... de pa negre. En temps de guerra –i de postguerra- tots els sentiments són abrandats, van a l’essència: o tot o res, perquè no hi ha gairebé res a perdre. L’amor, l’odi, la passió, la rancúnia, la venjança, la hipocresia, la humiliació... res no s’escapa de la vida dels personatges d‘aquesta obra, en què Emili Teixidor aconsegueix transportar-nos a una època de repressió i de missa obligada. L’autor recrea amb total precisió l’ambient rural de la Catalunya de postguerra amb una llengua vivíssima, rica, plena de matisos, i un ple domini de la tensió narrativa. De mica en mica, el lector assistirà a un canvi substancial en l’Andreu, que aprendrà de cada cosa que li passa i que, de perdedor passa a sentir-se guanyador, en una metàfora del país que assimila la derrota i accepta, amb passivitat, una victòria que no és la seva.I s’adonarà també d’una lliçó molt important: a més estimació, més perills de tota mena. L’amor crema.
Evolve opens with the FDA rejecting a genetic therapy that cures breast cancer and unfolds into a political, philosophical, and scientific drama that will have readers asking questions about a fictional world that are more appropriately asked of the real one. The FDA rejects a new breast cancer therapy and scheming politicians stoke public outrage against the drug’s creators, claiming the drug would only be available to the wealthy and would be used as a weapon of genetic warfare against minorities and the poor. The scientists who created the drug are baffled and deeply depressed by the furor over their life-saving creation and are eventually driven to leave their entire lives’ work, going into hiding from a world hostile to everything in which they believe. Politicians manipulate each other and the public for power, the company which created the drug struggles to maintain its independence from an impending government take-over, and investors and rival companies must choose sides in a political war. Billion dollar budgets, entire industries, individuals who might be saved by drugs that will never exist, and the Presidency are the casualties of the deception, manipulation, power struggles, and fighting of Evolve. In Evolve, actions are shown to have their logical if unintended consequences; people are driven by unrecognized but ever-present incentives; and the way the world works is made apparent in the order that ultimately emerges. Evolve presents the reader with a grandiose vision of the world. Politicians meddle with the economy; regulation is used to protect people from themselves and destroy enemies; scientists scheme to better their own careers while feigning to seek the truth in nature; and business leaders are shown to be geniuses, corrupt, humanitarians, and sleazy opportunists. Readers will come to see slivers of each of the novel’s characters in the people in their own lives. Human evolution, achievement, and the value of freedom are the novel’s core themes. Evolve is Jurassic Park meets Atlas Shrugged with a timely and time narrative.
Ahh . summer! Nothing beats the freedom from school - time to chill and hang out with friends at the pool and the tennis courts. It is also the season for summer camp.
Ten-year-old girls Kat, Tiff, Amy, and Hanna meet for the first time at Camp Cherokee. It will be a summer they'll never forget. Kat is a sarcastic tomboy who rocks at sports. Tiff, an ultra spoiled rich girl, arrives in a limo and feels miffed that her parents have sent her to camp.
Amy is a shy animal lover who has a secret she will need to share. Hanna, a bookworm and computer whiz, has a secret of her own. The four girls are tossed together in the same cabin. At first, sparks fly as they struggle with their differences. But soon they begin to tolerate each other as they learn to overcome food fights, smelly outhouses, bed bugs, and being lost in the woods. Are you a Kat, Tiff, Amy, or Hanna? Could you survive Camp Cherokee? Find out how these unlikely friends not only survive camp, but end up being best friends forever.
Hamsters have a long history of popularity with children everywhere, and in Japan their popularity has skyrocketed. Driving the phenomenon is Ritsuko Kawai's hugely popular manga series, Hamtaro Tales. Now kids who want to raise real hamsters can do so with the help of this lively veterinarian-approved guide. The process of choosing and raising a hamster is covered, and photos of real hamsters engage young readers.
Francesca Clark-Bartlett, wife of the American Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, is seeking more power than she already has. Meanwhile, the attractive yet naive Melissa Iverson wishes she had never inherited her family's vast fortune. After they both become entangled with a 44-year-old, womanizing British intelligence agent, the two women find themselves in a web of deception and mystery. Threatening letters, dark family secrets and connections to persons of power all tell them that the path they tread is wrought with danger. Daniel Kemp's Once I Was A Soldier is both a thriller brimming with international intrigue, and a story of poignant self-reflection.
This is a rare chance to re-discover a contemporary account of a military conflict which took place a Century ago. "The Agony of Belgium", written in 1914 by Frank Fox, a war correspondent veteran of the Balkan Wars, precedes the trench warfare of the Great War. It recounts events that the modern European mind would probably wish to forget. The bravery and resilience of the relatively new and untested Belgian Army, following the rejection of the German Ultimatum by the King, deserves a wider audience. Throughout this account the courageous and noble qualities of King Albert in the dark days come to the fore. Whether at the Front as an active Commander-in-Chief; with his people during Zeppelin raids and artillery bombardments at Antwerp; declining refuge in France after the retreat from Ostend; or rallying his troops for rearguard actions his conduct was of the finest. For these first 4 months of WW1, Fox used a bicycle to travel extensively (up to 75 miles/day- including an escape from Brussels over the border to Holland) to the various fronts admiring the determination of "our" Army against insuperable odds, and lamenting the miseries heaped upon the populace. His account of the "frightfulness" of the events in Louvain against the civilian population- including women and children- and the sacking of cultural treasures was not at first believed by Officials in Antwerp. However his reporting of Zeppelin raids helped to arouse public opinion in the United States. Having been turned over as a spy by civilians to the French cavalry, he prevailed to produce a unique insight into the ebb and flow of the campaign. From reporting the use of civilians as human shields at Alost, to suffering the effects of the final bombardment of Antwerp from which he escaped by boat, and the turning of the tide after the battle of the Yser, Fox provides vivid descriptions of a terrible, and little known, conflict. "A harrowing account of the suffering that Belgium endured from the German invasion in 1914. Sir Frank Fox charts Belgium's heroic stand, and the personal courage of King Albert I that inspired his Army." LORD ASTOR of HEVER - British Defence Minister "As a Belgian citizen, who has lived in two of the martyr-towns, Leuven and Aarschot, I was stunned by this powerful account of the atrocities of war. Fox's reports undoubtedly contributed to the British support of our valiant King Albert I and his Army". Dr. LUDO SCHELLENS - Kasteel Schoonhoven, Aarschot