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Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. These unpretentious short stories focus on the modern South, portraying the protagonists, both black and white.
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His always brilliant characterizations alternately incite sympathy and deep disgust. With inspired understanding of subtext, Muller portrays the graphic scenes of depraved sexual activity with a flatness that, more than any type of enthusiasm, conveys their total lack of intimacy. The Talisman. Viking, The unbeatable team of Stephen King and Frank Muller provides another winner, this time with Peter Straub lending his unique magic to the game. Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer wants to save his mother's life. To do so, he must revisit unanswered questions from early childhood and face the truths his late father understood.

Jack's quest takes him into parallel worlds, one of which provides the answers he needs. Frank Muller enters the fantasy with abandon. His performance shifts invisibly between the childish visions of a young Jack to the self-serving evil of his antagonist's inner thoughts. As always, Muller's characterizations steal the show. Werewolves, boys, rotten evangelists, and Jack's mom come alive far beyond the level at which the text gives them soul. Ancient black jazz musician Speedy Parker drops in and out of the story as another performer entirely, or so it would seem. Our level of disbelief is not only suspended, it flies right out the window on Muller's capable wings.

Hyperion, Highbridge Company, Those who have liked George Carlin in the past may just roll on the floor. Or wince. Or yawn. It's much of the same old stuff--in-your-face raw language and toilet humor interspersed with sharp political satire and a playful exploration of the absurdities of the English language. There are laugh-out-loud segments along the way, and most listeners will find something that tickles. A routine about getting stoned in an airplane bathroom has its moments but needs serious editing.

Delivery is just right. Carlin knows timing, and makes the most of his material. There's something for everyone! Knopf, Randum House Audiobooks, Bragg's telling of his maternal grandfather's life is eloquent and touching, and his spare prose is alive with fresh metaphors and memorable sentences. Bragg never knew Charlie Bundrum, who died prematurely at age 51 in ; the story of this proud, flawed, loving and much-loved hero of Depression-era Appalachia is derived from family and community oral history. Interestingly, this book emerged because readers of Bragg's best-selling book about his mother , All Over but the Shoutin' , wanted to understand the force that drove her to be such a strong figure.

Few actors could have read this work as well as the author has. Bragg's Appalachian accent, slightly polished by Northern living, adds authenticity to the fine, funny and painful anecdotes that made up his grand-father's life and to the feelings each story encompasses.

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His smooth reading enhances the rhythms and sounds of his prose, rendering with genuine sincerity his deep admiration for his people and for the vanishing culture they represent. The Breaker. Recorded Books, The corpse of an attractive and pregnant woman is discovered washed ashore on the rocky Dorset coast in England. She has been drugged and sexually assaulted, her fingers deliberately broken, her body lashed to a dinghy to ensure her slow and painful death. What resident of the seaside village could be capable of such an atrocious crime?

It's telling about the current state of English seaside villages that there are three prime suspects handy. Steven Harding, an actor whose most recent roles have been pornographic and who likes to sail, discovers the body. His friend Tony Bridges may have been jealous enough of Steven to try to shift blame for the murder onto him. And there is the victim's husband, who may have been pushed just far enough to murder his errant wife.

Walters plumbs the human psyche in gritty fashion, working language with a skill that few can equal. Her work is showcased remarkably in audio format, especially when the vocal instrument is Simon Prebble's. From the book's introductory scene of a woman's rape, mutilation and death to a later eerie imitation of the same brutality-Prebble gets it right. Leading us through tortuous routes of investigation with characterizations that are incomparable, he reveals each voice in the heat of the moment, along with all its underlying emotional subtext.

There are many compelling and repelling characters here, and we become fully acquainted with them. Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate the books that they most enjoyed hand selling to their customers throughout the year. Vreeland, Susan. Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

Reading Vreeland's book is like opening up a Chinese box: each chapter reveals a new layer of meaning and import.

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The "novel" follows the trail of an "unknown" painting by the Dutch master Vermeer—"The Girl in Hyacinth Blue" from the time of its creation in seventeenth-century Holland to the present day. In each of the eight independent but chronologically linked chapters, the painting shows up as a prop in the lives of different owners, and in telling the circumstances under which these people acquire or lose the painting, Vreeland gives the readers a sense of the evolution of Dutch social history.

The first chapter opens with the discovery of the painting in the basement of a mathematician. Her work is showcased remarkably in audio format, especially when the vocal instrument is Simon Prebble's. From the book's introductory scene of a woman's rape, mutilation and death to a later eerie imitation of the same brutality-Prebble gets it right. Leading us through tortuous routes of investigation with characterizations that are incomparable, he reveals each voice in the heat of the moment, along with all its underlying emotional subtext.

There are many compelling and repelling characters here, and we become fully acquainted with them.

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Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate the books that they most enjoyed hand selling to their customers throughout the year. Vreeland, Susan. Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Reading Vreeland's book is like opening up a Chinese box: each chapter reveals a new layer of meaning and import.

The "novel" follows the trail of an "unknown" painting by the Dutch master Vermeer—"The Girl in Hyacinth Blue" from the time of its creation in seventeenth-century Holland to the present day. In each of the eight independent but chronologically linked chapters, the painting shows up as a prop in the lives of different owners, and in telling the circumstances under which these people acquire or lose the painting, Vreeland gives the readers a sense of the evolution of Dutch social history.

The first chapter opens with the discovery of the painting in the basement of a mathematician. The second chapter features the circumstances of the Jewish family from whom the painting was stolen. The remaining chapters take the readers further back into Dutch history until the final, or rather the original, moment when Vermeer decided to paint the portrait of his daughter, a young girl dressed in hyacinth blue.

True to the spirit of Vermeer, Vreeland uses art as a vehicle for capturing special moments in the lives of ordinary people; true, too, to Vermeer's legacy, she creates art that brings a unique pleasure into the lives of ordinary readers. Certificates are given to the authors of books named as Honor, First Novelist, and Outstanding Contribution to Publishing. Titles honored are outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora experience and are selected by a panel of seven librarians.

The books must be published in the year prior to the award. Avon Books, Eva Hutchinson is a forty-year-old African American female who has just experienced a major change in her life. Her husband of ten years, Hutch, has walked out of her life because he feels there is no "joy" left in their marriage. Left in a large house with only her thoughts and a pet cat named Bama, she is left to deal with life from a new perspective. Rejuvenated by a handsome younger lover, she finds temporary happiness. In this book, the ups and downs of the key players make for a very interesting read.

Vintage, The novel opens upon Oscar as a young boy whose mother has died and whose father is a self-absorbed botanist, leaving Oscar to develop into a shy, awkward, and equally self-absorbed young man. At the same time in the outback of Australia, young Lucinda, pretty, precocious, and even more self-absorbed, comes of age as her father dies, followed soon by her mother, and she is literally ripped from the land she feels is rightfully hers and forced to start a new life abroad.

Eventually Oscar, having rejected his father's faith, become an Anglican priest, become addicted to gambling which he is very good at , and discovering that his erroneous gambling tips have led to the suicide of his benefactor, decides to go to Australia despite his fear of water. Oscar and Lucinda meet aboard the ship that takes them both to Sidney, discover their mutual predilection for gambling, and the rest is a breathless, exhausting adventure that reveals the boundless varieties of the human character.

Together they decide to build a glass church and move it to the center of the outback, a project that signifies redemption to Oscar and artistic justice to Lucinda. Australia's worst and best people the events that follow. Oscar's feelings for the natives prompts him to kill the trek leader, who murders the aborigines without discretion. Somehow, he makes it to a safe harbor where he is raped by a widow desperate for a husband. Driven to distraction, Oscar finds sanctuary within the glass church, which has been left on a barge on the river, and dies silently as the church sinks.

The story is told by Oscar's great-grandson, descended from the baby conceived by the desperate widow, which makes Oscar and Lucinda's thwarted and impossible love even more tragic and ironic. Carey's writing is flawless, his language and style reminiscent of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary , and the story itself fairy-tale-like in its mood, but utterly real in its description of the human heart.

Grove Press, New York, Lively's novel is told through the voice of its heroine, Claudia Hampton, who lies dying in an English hospital. Claudia's life has been charged with adventure--she worked as a war correspondent in Africa during WWII, she is the well-known author of historical novels, and she worked briefly in the film industry--but also stunted by tragedy and a lack of real, enduring love--her long-term affair is thwarted by her unwillingness to love a man so independent from her and her relationship with her daughter is distant at best.

As Claudia recounts the fragments of her life that flit through her brain sporadically, the secret to her heart is revealed in her intense love for two men: her brother and a young tank commander during the war.

Her incestuous young love for her brother bonds them for life and leads to passionate jealousies later as he marries and she finds true love in the arms of Tom Southern. Claudia and Tom's idyllic love is cut short when he is killed by a mine in the Libyan desert and Claudia, senseless with grief, is unable to stop the abortion performed on her by a group of nuns. It is her remarkable love for Tom and the loss of her one link to him that drives Claudia to reject all other forms of love.

Despite her seemingly-romantic life, Claudia is at core a woman haunted by life's failure to meet her expectations, and even as an old woman dying amid thoughts of the weird workings of history, it is her own history that she cannot unravel. Lively's writing is sparse but perceptible and her heroine perhaps the most complex in modern literature. Roughly half are good, roughly half are sinister, some vacillate and swoon over the other side. Many have paranormal capabilities. All battle over the soul of their nation.

Without ever meeting you, I can safely say you have probably never read a novel as all encompassing, as mesmerizing, as phantasmagorical as this one. Rushdie is also the author of The Satanic Verses. Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawar Jhabvala. Simon and Schuster, This novel slips back and forth between the present--told in the words of a young English woman who has traveled to India in order to discover the secrets of her step-grandmother's past--and that past's India and a bored colonial housewife named Olivia.

Olivia's story is the central theme of the novel, the theme of human intolerance and the inadequacies of a marriage based on social mores.


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Olivia is young and seemingly in love with her handsome new husband, a colonial department head, and excited about her new life in India. The Gorgons are represented as winged creatures, having the form of young women; their hair consists of snakes; they are round-faced, flat-nosed, with tongues lolling out and large projecting teeth.

Celts, Germans, speakers of Sanskrit and Zend, Ldtins and Greeks, all prove by their languages that their tongues may be traced to one family of speech. The word may have no intelligible meaning in Greek, but its counterpart in the allied tongues , especially in Sanskrit or Zend, may reveal the original significance of the terms. It is independent of x. Flattered and adored at the outset, she very soon furnished a sinister illustration to Beaumarchais Basile; for evil tongues began to calumniate the queen: those of her brothers-in-law, the duc dAiguillon protector of Madame du Barry and dismissed from the ministry , and the Cardinal de Rohan, recalled from his embassy in Vienna.

Vizcaya Biscay a tongue which is utterly unlike Celtic or Italian or any Indo-Germanic languagesuggests that the Iberians may have been an older people than the Celts and alien from them in race, though the attempts hitherto made to connect Basque with ancient traces of strange tongues in the Basque lands have not yielded clear results.

Persecution usually begets hysteria in its victims; and the more extravagant members of the party were far advanced on the road which leads to apocalyptic prophecy and "speaking with tongues. The word is common to all the Romance tongues , appearing in more or less modified forms of the Latin fornax. At least one member of each departing crew received a " blood chit " printed in a variety of oriental tongues. Rimmer: No, Lister - what separates us from animals is that we don't use our tongues to clean our own genitals.

After everyone has knocked back a few drinks, tongues gradually loosen, with varying results. If you're feeling merciful tho, you can also offer food to the prisoners to try and loosen their tongues. School, with a roll of boys and girls who speak 24 mother tongues. In the East End of London, George Green secondary school has pupils and among them over a hundred different mother tongues. Adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers through their tongues , which act like straws. For they say that all the others, in order to avoid odium, have expressly held their tongues.

They do not use their tongues to catch prey in water, relying instead on their minute teeth to grab onto the prey. Nearly all had their eyes burnt quite out and their tongues were all shriveled up. Remember in the case of double tenons, the width of the tenon is the sum of both tongues. What they meant by freedom was the right to go about speaking in tongues and imposing a grim theocracy on everyone else.


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  8. A glass of wine to loosen the tongues -- not that anybody needed a glass of wine to help them speak. Others, like the young man seeking " tongues " are made to feel unworthy. With the passage of time and ale, the men grew friendlier and the buxom wenches lovelier - and tongues grew looser. Giraffes are inhabitants of open country, and owing to their length of neck and long flexible tongues are enabled to browse on tall trees, mimosas being favourites. The narrow tongues of the silvered surface will now reflect corresponding parts of the star-spectrograph, and will obliterate corresponding parts of the solar spectrograph - as shown in figs.

    From the epistles of Paul, who thanked God that he spake with tongues more than all or any of his Corinthian converts, we can gather a just idea of how he regarded this gift and of what it really was. But, secondly, the pneumatic utterances technically known as speaking with tongues failed to reach this level of intelligibility; for Paul compares "a tongue" to a material object which should merely make a noise, to a pipe or harp twanged or blown at random without tune or time, to a trumpet blaring idly and not according to a code of signal notes.

    Unless, therefore, he that has the gift of tongues also possess the gift of interpreting his exclamations, or unless some one present can do so for him, he had not better exercise it in church. If, however, tongues must be heard in the public assembly, then let not more than three of the saints exhibit the gift, and they only in succession.

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    Nor let them exhibit it at all, unless there is some one present who can interpret the tongues and tell the meeting what it all means. If the whole congregation be talking with tongues all at once, and an unbeliever or one with no experience of pneumatic gifts come in, what will he think, asks Paul. The writer of Acts ii. The Pentecostal inspiration has been construed as a providential antithesis to the confusion of tongues - an idea which Grotius expressed in the words: "Poena linguarum dispersit homines; donum linguarum dispersos in unum populum collegit.

    The faithful talking with tongues were taken by bystanders for drunken men, but intoxicated men do not talk in languages of which they are normally ignorant. The gift of tongues was suitable rather to children in the faith than to the mature. Tongues were, he felt, to cease whenever the perfect should come; and the believer who spoke with the tongues of men and of angels, if he had not love, was no better than the sounding brass and clanging cymbal of the noisy heathen mysteries. The Sacerdotale indicates as one of the symptoms of possession the ability of the possessed to talk other tongues than his own.

    And for this reason it is customary to appoint diviners or interpreters to be judges of the true inspiration. These tongues are magnetized by the inducing action of a strong horse-shoe permanent magnet, S N, which is made in a curved shape for the sake of compactness. The function of the " combiner " in each receiving instrument is so to group the received combination of positive and negative currents that they operate polarized relays in such a manner that the position of the tongues corresponds with the operation of the levers on the transmitter.

    The book sprang into unexampled popularity, and was translated into at least twenty-three tongues. When Count Roger at last found himself lord of the whole island, he found himself lord of men of various creeds and tongues , of whom his own Norman followers were but one class out of several. Before the Norman Conquest England had two official tongues ; documents Sicily. So it was in Sicily also; of all the tongues of Sicily French was the most needful in the king's court "Francorum lingua quae maxime necessaria esset in curia," says Hugo Falcandus, ; but it was not an official tongue. Documents were drawn up in such and so many of these tongues as was convenient for the parties concerned; not a few private documents add a fourth tongue, and are drawn up in Greek, Arabic, Latin and Hebrew.

    In England, English, French, Latin, were the three tongues of a single nation; they were its vulgar, its courtly and its learned speeches, of which three the courtly was fast giving way to the vulgar. In Sicily, Greek, Arabic, Latin and its children were the tongues of distinct nations; French might be the politest speech, but neither Greek nor Arabic could be set down as a vulgar tongue, Arabic even less than Greek.

    It is to be noted that his own letters contain, both at this time and later on, express disproof of that miraculous gift of tongues with which he was credited even in his lifetime, and which is attributed to him in the Breviary office for his festival.