This Is Paradise

Author: Kristiana Kahakauwila

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 0770436269

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Elegant, brutal, and profound—this magnificent debut captures the grit and glory of modern Hawai'i with breathtaking force and accuracy. In a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, This Is Paradise provides an unforgettable portrait of life as it’s truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua'i and the Big Island. In the gut-punch of “Wanle,” a beautiful and tough young woman wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps as a legendary cockfighter. With striking versatility, the title story employs a chorus of voices—the women of Waikiki—to tell the tale of a young tourist drawn to the darker side of the city’s nightlife. “The Old Paniolo Way” limns the difficult nature of legacy and inheritance when a patriarch tries to settle the affairs of his farm before his death. Exquisitely written and bursting with sharply observed detail, Kahakauwila’s stories remind us of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.

This Is Cuba

Author: Ben Corbett

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465009964

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Beyond the throngs of tourists streaming through Central Havana's broad Prado Avenue, and outside the yoke of Castro's 43-year-old Revolutionary program, there exists a parallel Cuba - a separate evolution of a people struggling to survive. With personal stories that depict a people torn between following the directives of their government and finding a way to better their lot, journalist Ben Corbett gives us the daily life of many considered outlaws by Castro's regime. But are they outlaws or rather ingenious survivors of what many Cubans consider to be a forty-year mistake, a tangle of contradictions that has resulted in a strange hybrid of American-style capitalism and a homegrown black market economy. At a time when Cuba walks precariously on the ledge between socialism and capitalism, This Is Cuba gets to the heart of this so-called outlaw culture, taking readers into the living rooms, rooftops, parks, and city streets to hear stories of frustration, hope, and survival. Updated with a new preface.

Philip Larkin

Author: Sisir Kumar Chatterjee

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788126906062

Category:

Page: 408

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Philip Larkin (1992-1985) Is Today Acclaimed As A British National Cultural Icon. Historically A Movementeer, Larkin Followed The Pleasure Principle To Democratize Poetry By Forging A Distinctive Philistine Aesthetic, By Employing A Defiantly Demotic Diction, And By Building His Poems Around A Structure Of Rational Discourse.Philip Larkin : Poetry That Builds Bridges Is A Well-Researched And Immensely Readable Book. It Is Perhaps The Only Work Available Today That Offers A Comprehensive Critical Account Of The Full Range Of Larkin S Poetry. A Significant Contribution To Larkin Studies, This Book Provides A Between-The-Lines Analysis Of Almost All The Poems Embodied In The Four Major Collections Of Larkin The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings And High Windows.By Exploiting The Resources Of Larkin S Letters, His Prose Writings And His Biography, The Author Traces, Much Against The Grain Of Contemporary Larkin Criticism, The Poet S Thematic, Attitudinal And Technical Development From One Book Of His Poetry To The Next, And Shows The Trend Of Larkin S Evolution.With A Holistic Approach To The Total Corpus Of Larkin S Poetry, The Author Perspectivises The Poet, And Argues The Larkin S Achievements Lie In His Success In Building Bridges Between Aestheticism And Philistinism, Between Empiricism And Transcendentalism, Between Classicism And Romanticism, Between Modernism And Postmodernism, Between The Native British Poetic Tradition And The Anglo-Franco-American Experimental Line, And, Above All, Between Poetry And The Reading Public.This Book Also Contends The Larkin S Vision Of Life Is Neither Pessimistic Nor Optimistic, But Tragic And Melioristic.

The Meat Puppets and the Lyrics of Curt Kirkwood from Meat Puppets II to No Joke!

Author: Matthew Smith-Lahrman

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810884135

Category: Music

Page: 294

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In The Meat Puppets and the Lyrics of Curt Kirkwood from Meat Puppets II to No Joke!, Matthew Smith-Lahrman interprets the words of Curt Kirkwood, founding member and songwriter of the Meat Puppets, a pioneering rock ’n’ roll band of the last thirty years. Smith-Lahrman’s analysis covers Kirkwood’s lyrics on nine albums, from 1983 to 1995, when he wrote virtually every lyric for the band. A lyricist whom Rolling Stone writer Kurt Loder once rated alongside Bob Dylan, Kirkwood remains an important, yet overlooked songwriter. His often oblique “cut-up” style not only recalls Dylan but also other great lyricists, such as Brian Eno, Jimi Hendrix, and Robert Hunter, as well as poets and authors like John Milton, Arthur Rimbaud, Lewis Carroll, and William Burroughs.

On Modern Poetry

Author: Robert Rowland Smith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441148523

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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All too often, the history of poetry criticism in the 20th Century is told as a tale of two sides. While 'Lit crit' pored over the author's every line, 'Theory' stood on the shoulder of texts to gaze into the metaphysical mists. Drawing on the key insights of both Lit crit and Theory, On Modern Poetry tries to get beyond the opposition between them, proposing instead a 'total criticism' that draws on all resources available.It combines 'analytic irony' with 'imaginative empathy' in order to generate fresh insights. The themes discussed in the first part of the book include tradition, voice, rhyme, rhetoric, and objects, bringing in critics such as Eliot, Heidegger, Empson, Blackmur, and De Man. The second part examines texts by Tennyson, Symons, Hopkins, Larkin and Prynne. An original exploration of poetry and its criticism, On Modern Poetry is an essential guide for readers and students at all levels.

Islam in Practice

Author: Reinhold Loeffler

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887066795

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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This book is a unique study of Shi’a Islam as it lives in the minds and hearts of people in a Southwest Iranian village. The central segment of the text is presented in the form of edited interviews conducted in the course of anthropological fieldwork both before and after the Iranian revolution. The individuals, representing all major socio-economic and educational backgrounds, speak in their own words. Loeffler discovers that what people make of their religion is characterized by not only an unexpected diversity, but by an astounding sophistication. His format of presenting these views gives justice to the highly individualized character of religious worldviews. This feature has gone unrecognized in Islamic studies because the preferred methodology of working with composite and generalized accounts has made it impossible to detect. In his conclusion, Loeffler formulates a new theory of religion based on the emerging paradigm of evolutionary epistemology and the dialectic between the individual and the religious system. This area of Islamic studies remains untouched by scholars preoccupied with historical texts and orthodox doctrines of established religious authorities.

Out of the Bottomless Pit

Author: S.N. Strutt

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1782223258

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 368

View: 7593


This Book about the paranormal is well worth the read & is indeed very intriguing. Once you start to read it you can’t put the book down as the topics are so interesting and the documentations are extremely thorough. — From Joseph Candel (Author and writer of current events) Hang on to your hats and get ready for the “read of your life”, as you have your basic suppositions about your existence on earth challenged. This book will definitely “rock your boat” and expand your thinking about future events. — Paul Theo (PhD) (Author, writer & educator) “It was so enthralling that I simply couldn’t put it down”… — Joanna S. (Editor) A compelling and fascinating collaboration of both unusual and unexplainable happenings as well as the sinister plans underlying them. — John B. A “Survivor’s Guide” in a world of confusion. The historical facts & well researched details from varied, informative sources challenge our basic assumptions about the truths that we think we know. — Allan Trenholm (Author of Journey to Tricon) This Book about the paranormal is well worth the read & is indeed very intriguing. Once you start to read it you can’t put the book down as the topics are so interesting and the documentations are extremely thorough. — From Joseph Candel (Author and writer of current events) Hang on to your hats and get ready for the “read of your life”, as you have your basic suppositions about your existence on earth challenged. This book will definitely “rock your boat” and expand your thinking about future events. — Paul Theo (PhD) (Author, writer & educator) “It was so enthralling that I simply couldn’t put it down”… — Joanna S. (Editor) A compelling and fascinating collaboration of both unusual and unexplainable happenings as well as the sinister plans underlying them. — John B. A “Survivor’s Guide” in a world of confusion. The historical facts & well researched details from varied, informative sources challenge our basic assumptions about the truths that we think we know. — Allan Trenholm (Author of Journey to Tricon)

Narnia and the Fields of Arbol

Author: Matthew Dickerson,David O'Hara

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813138655

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Scholars have discussed the work of C. S. Lewis (1898--1963) for decades, but they have focused on Lewis's Christian and pagan allusions and have largely ignored his other important themes. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis is the first book dedicated to Lewis's vision of our relationship to nature and the environment. Matthew T. Dickerson and David O'Hara examine The Chronicles of Narnia and the Ransom books, as well as The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, and Lewis's essays and personal correspondence, connecting his writing with that of authors more traditionally associated with environmentalism, such as Wendell Berry, Aldo Leopold, and Gary Snyder. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol offers a fresh way for readers across disciplines to understand the work of this literary legend.

Dante

Author: Amilcare A. Iannucci,Iannotius Manettus

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802077363

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

View: 1763


The essays in this volume probe current critical assumptions about the celebrated Italian poet, literary theorist, moral philosopher, political theorist.