Ironweed: A Novel

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Penguin #ad - Ironweed: A Novel #ad - Years earlier he’d left Albany after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. Now, francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, in 1938, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and present. Winner of the pulitzer prize and the national book critics circle award for FictionIn this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and full-time bum with the gift of gab, Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, the third in Kennedy’s Albany cycle, has hit bottom.

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Legs

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Penguin Books #ad - Legs #ad - Legs, the inaugural book in william kennedy’s acclaimed Albany cycle of novels, brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond. Through the equivocal eyes of diamond’s attorney, marcus gorman who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld, we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Billy Phelan's Greatest Game

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Penguin Books #ad - Billy Phelan's Greatest Game #ad - The second novel in william kennedy’s much-loved Albany cycle depicts Billy Phelan, a slightly tarnished poker player, pool hustler, and small-time bookie. A resourceful man full of irish pluck, billy works the fringes of the Albany sporting life with his own particular style and private code of honor, until he finds himself in the dangerous position of potential go-between in the kidnapping of a political boss’s son.

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Sheltering Sky, The

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EccoPress #ad - Sheltering Sky, The #ad - A landmark of twentieth-century literature. Paul bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three american travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

Ecco Press.

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The English Patient

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Vintage Books #ad - The nurse hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the english patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.

The English Patient #ad - With unsettling beauty and intelligence, this Golden Man Booker Prize–winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II. Ecco Press. Caravaggio, tries to reimagine who he is, the thief, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The indian sapper kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself.

Vintage books - Random House.

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The Color Purple

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Harvest Books #ad - Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self. Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, " a brutal man who terrorizes her.

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Hamlet Cambridge School Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Extended glossaries are aligned with the play text for easy reference. An improved, extensively rewritten, larger-format edition of the Cambridge School Shakespeare plays, expanded and produced in an attractive new design. Includes rich, exciting colour photos of performances of 'Hamlet' from around the world.

Students are encouraged to share Shakespeare's love of language, interest in character and sense of theatre. Mariner Books. Cambridge University Press. Vintage books - Random House. An active approach to classroom Shakespeare enables students to inhabit Shakespeare's imaginative world in accessible and creative ways.

Hamlet Cambridge School Shakespeare #ad - Ecco Press. Substantially revised and extended in full colour, classroom activities are thematically organised in distinctive 'Stagecraft', 'Language in the play', 'Write about it', 'Characters' and 'Themes' features. Expanded endnotes include extensive essay-writing guidance for 'Hamlet' and Shakespeare.

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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

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Grove Press #ad - Cambridge University Press. From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny left bank theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama.

The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, and nonsense, dreamscapes, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time. Grove Press. Ecco Press. Mariner Books. Vladimir and estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness.

Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts #ad - Vintage books - Random House. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. As clive barnes wrote, “time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century. The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot.

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Foreign Affairs: A Novel

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Random House Trade Paperbacks #ad - Despite carrying a U. S. Vintage books - Random House. Smartly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs remains an enduring comic masterpiece. Grove Press. Foreign affairs earns the same shelf as Henry James and Edith Wharton. John fowles“if you manage to read only a few good novels a year, make this one of them.

Usa today“an ingenious, touching book. Newsweek“A flawless jewel. Philadelphia Inquirer Ecco Press. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to. Winner of the pulitzer prize virginia miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children’s folk rhymes.

Foreign Affairs: A Novel #ad - Mariner Books. Both american, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A splendid comedy, very bright, brilliantly written in a confident and original manner. Cambridge University Press.

Passport, vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. Random House Trade.

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Under the Net

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Penguin Books #ad - Iris murdoch's debut—a comic novel about work and love, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Bellfounder, wealth and fameJake Donaghue, silent philosopher. Jake, and her glamorous actress sister, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, now penniless flat-hunter, hack writer and sponger, Sadie. Random House Trade.

Jake, fascinated, longs to learn Hugo’s secret. Cambridge University Press. Mariner Books. Grove Press. Ecco Press. Perhaps hugo’s secret is Hugo himself? Admonished, enlightened, Jake hopes at last to become a real writer. These meetings involve jake and his eccentric servant-companion, Finn, in a series of adventures that include the kidnapping of a film-star dog and a political riot on a film set of ancient Rome.

Under the Net #ad - Vintage books - Random House. He resumes acquaintance with the formidable Hugo, whose ‘philosophy’ he once presumptuously dared to interpret.

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Charming Billy: A Novel Picador Modern Classics

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Picador Modern Classics #ad - Mariner Books. Billy lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. As they trade tales of his famous humor, a loyal friend, a beloved husband, immense charm, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, and consuming sorrow, an incurable alcoholic.

. Alice mcdermott's striking novel, is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, Charming Billy, of the way good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide. Charming billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction. Ecco Press. Cambridge University Press.

Charming Billy: A Novel Picador Modern Classics #ad - Random House Trade. Grove Press. Vintage books - Random House.

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