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The Awakening

  10/02/2012       donkapuletti3      0 Comments

The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on womens issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism.The novels blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernism; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery OConnor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.[Style]Kate Chopins narrative style in The Awakening can be categorized as naturalism. Chopins novel bears the hallmarks of Maupassants style: a perceptive focus on human behavior and the complexities of social structures. This demonstrates Chopins admiration for the French short story writer Guy de Maupassant, yet another example of the enormous influence Maupassant exercised on nineteenth century literary realism.However, Chopins style could more accurately be described as a hybrid that captures contemporary narrative currents and looks forward to various trends in Southern and European literature.Mixed into Chopins overarching nineteenth century realism is an incisive and often humorous skewering of upper class pretension, reminiscent of direct contemporaries such as Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and George Bernard Shaw.Also evident in The Awakening is the future of the Southern novel as a distinct genre, not only in setting and subject matter but in narrative style. Chopins lyrical portrayal of her protagonists shifting emotions is a narrative technique that Faulkner would expand upon in novels like Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury. Chopin portrays her experiences of the creole lifestyle, in which women were under strict rules and limited to the role of wife and mother, which influenced her local color fiction and focus on the creole culture. Chopin adopted this style in her early short stories and her first novel At Fault, which also deals with some of the issues of creole lifestyle. By using characters of French descent she was able to get away with publishing these stories, because the characters were viewed as foreign, without her readers being as shocked as they were when Edna Pontellier, a white Protestant, strays from the expectations of society.The plot looks forward to the stories of Eudora Welty and Flannery OConnor and the plays of William Inge, while Edna Pontelliers emotional crises and her eventual tragic fall look ahead to the complex female characters of Tennessee Williamss plays. Chopin’s own life, particularly in terms of having her own sense of identity – aside from men and her children – inspired The Awakening. Her upbringing also shaped her views, as she lived with her widowed mother, grandmother and great grandmother, all of whom were intellectual, independent women. After her father was killed on All Saints’ Day and her brother died from typhoid on Mardi Gras Day, Chopin became skeptical of religion, which she presents through Edna, who finds church suffocating. Being widowed and left with six children to look after influenced Chopins writing, which she began at this time. Emily Toth argues against the view that Chopin was ostracized from St. Louis after the publication of The Awakening, stating that many St. Louis women praised her; male critics condemned her novel.Aspects of Chopins style also prefigure the intensely lyrical and experimental style of novelists such as Virginia Woolf and the unsentimental focus on female intellectual and emotional growth in the novels of Sigrid Undset and Doris Lessing. Chopins most important stylistic legacy is the detachment of the narrator.

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Switchblade(Harry Bosch #18.5)

  10/02/2012       lamak754      0 Comments

I enjoyed it. It’s good. But it’s too short to spend money on.It’s is a 28 page ebook about Harry Bosch looking into an old unsolved case. I got it free when I preordered The Gods of Guilt (TGOG).In Switchblade Harry investigates Sewel. In TGOG Sewel has a small part, but the two books don’t need each other and don’t add information for each other. Read them as two unrelated stories.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count: 323, 28 pages. Swearing language: strong but used once or maybe twice. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day Los Angeles, California. Copyright: 2014. Genre: crime mystery.

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Luciens Mate(Soul Mates #1)

  10/02/2012       samanta09      0 Comments

Sein Instinkt ist zu ihr zu behaupten. Ihr Instinkt ist zu laufen. Wird Lucien genießen Sie den Nervenkitzel der Jagd und die Zufriedenheit der Einstreu sein Kumpel?Jungfräulichen Lanie ist sprachlos schockiert, wenn sie Lucien, ein sexy Alpha erfüllt. Von dem Moment, das er sie sieht, weiß Lucien Lanie seinem Kumpel und er wird angehalten vor nichts zu ihr sein. Leider Lanie hat Angst vor ihrer Anziehungskraft auf ihn und weigert sich seine Annäherungsversuche. Kann Lucien diese Angst Jungfrau zu verführen? Wird Lanie Kampf ihrer wachsenden Wunsch nach Lucien oder wird sie Vorsicht in den Wind zu werfen und geben ihren Körper und ihr Herz mit einem Mann entschlossen, sie zu haben?

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The Scoop on Ice Cream!(History of fun stuff)

  10/02/2012       Kick321      0 Comments

Chill out with the fascinating history behind ice cream, the first in a fact-tastic Level 3 Ready-to-Read nonfiction series about the history of fun stuff!Did you know that immigrants to Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first meal in America? Or that George Washington spent more than $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790? Learn all about the cool history of everyone’s favorite frozen treat in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 reader.A special section at the back of the book includes relevant info on subjects like geography and science, and there’s even a fun quiz so you can test yourself to see what you’ve learned!

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Woven Hearts

  10/02/2012       Sandora      0 Comments

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Woven Hearts
 
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Glen Ebisch

Kate Manning, the owner and manager of Golden Needles, a fabric shop, becomes distressed when Fabulous Fabrics, a large discount fabric chain, opens a branch in her neighborhood. Her distress turns to anger when she discovers that Roger Garrison, a handsome, interesting man that she has just met in her shop, is the manager of the competition.While Roger finds excuses to run into his lovely nemesis, Kate finds herself drawn to the tall, good-looking businessman. But there is Melissa Hardgrove the beautiful, stylish, and very jealous assistant manager of Fabulous Fabrics who clearly wants Roger for herself.When Kates shop is covered in graffiti and her orders are misdirected, she begins to suspect that someone is attempting to sabotage her business. Can Kate fall in love with a man who can run her out of business and could spoil her dream of owning her own store?

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The Rural School Lunch

  10/02/2012       ifvfyjhr33      0 Comments

An EXACT reproduction of the original book THE RURAL SCHOOL LUNCH by Nellie Wing Farnsworth first published in 1916. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book

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Poetry (Volume 199, Number 5)

  10/02/2012       genys      0 Comments

A. E. Stallings, Nate Klug, Rabindranath Tagore, Philip Levine, Lisel Mueller, D. Nurkse, Weldon Kees, José Antonio Rodríguez, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Robert Pinsky, Janet Loxley Lewis, Connie Voisine, Langston Hughes, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Frost, Dean Young, Robert Creeley, Vijay Seshadri, Philip Metres, Albert Goldbarth, Wendy Videlock, Carol Frost, Greg Glazner, Fiona Sampson, David Biespiel.Cover art by Felix Sockwell, PegaPoe-asus, 2011

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Eljő a mi napunk (HCM zsebkönyvek #101)

  10/02/2012       marcesws      0 Comments

Gilda mély ellenszenvet érez mostohaapja iránt, aki felelőtlenségével súlyos adósságba veri magát, kockára téve családja jólétét. Amikor nem lát más kiutat, fizetség gyanánt szépséges mostohalánya kezét ajánlja fel hitelezőjének. Az alku megköttetik, és Gilda az édesanyja iránti szeretetből igent mond a házassági ajánlatra...

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Die Ethnologische Konstruktion Des Christentums: Fremdperspektiven Auf Eine Bekannte Religion

  10/02/2012       Darkbladez234      0 Comments

Das Christentum erscheint als eine zunehmend fremde Grosse gerade in seinen angestammten Kulturraumen, das unter veranderten Voraussetzungen mit anderen theoretischen Mitteln zu beschreiben ist: Eine unselbstverstandliche Wahrnehmung des Christentums mit methodisch ethnologischem Inventar macht dabei nicht nur auf den veranderten Ort des Christentums heute aufmerksam, sondern sensibilisiert fur die verdrangten Anteile des Fremden im Eigenen. Damit werden Fragen an die Konstruktionen des christlich Selbstverstandlichen adressiert. Sie haben Konsequenzen fur die religiosen und kulturellen Interpretationsleistungen des Christentums heute.

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