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Download The Embrace free pdf ebook online. The Embrace is a book by , on 2021-07-30. Enjoy reading 280 pages by starting download or read online The Embrace.


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Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2021-07-30
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Vivian Wood
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Ballet takes everything from you. All your sweat, all your tears, all your dedication, all your time. There are no drunken nights, no drugs, no boyfriends, no distractions whatsoever. But everyone has a dirty little secret... Working as a stripper at Club Ecstasy at night is my dark indiscretion. Sexy, mysterious billionaire Calum shows up as a patron at my club. He's drawn to my provocative innocence, not realizing that I am also a ballerina in his dance company. When I dance for him, he feels something stir in his cold, dead heart. After Calum finds out my little deception, he should turn me in. After all, ballet requires sacrifice. But to my surprise, he makes me an offer I can't refuse. And now I am staring into his dark blue eyes as I dance for him privately. Trying desperately to remember rule number one of being an exotic dancer. Don't fall for your customers.

The Embrace of God's Mercy Ebook Summary Download


Download The Embrace of God's Mercy free pdf ebook online. The Embrace of God's Mercy is a book by Michele Casella on 2019-11-19. Enjoy reading 160 pages by starting download or read online The Embrace of God's Mercy.


By : Michele Casella
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2019-11-19
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Sophia Institute Press
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On July 16, 1983, in an abandoned house on an Italian hillside, Sister Rita Petrozzi, known today as Mother Elvira, opened Comunità Cenacolo. That dilapidated building quickly became God’s hope-filled answer to the desperate cries of the many lost, lonely, drug-addicted young people who soon began knocking on its door, seeking to be reborn. A potent apostolate was born. Today – barely thirty-six years later – Comunità Cenacolo consists of seventy houses stretched across the globe that welcome thousands of young people struggling with drug or alcohol addictions as they search for meaning in life. Mission houses in Africa, Central America, and South America shelter abandoned and orphaned street children, inviting them, too, on a journey of rebirth in love. Each house is imbued with God’s mercy and forgiveness. There young people live in a simple Christian family environment, transformed by the healing powers of prayer, work, friendship, sacrifice, and love. For decades now and on a daily basis, Mother Elvira’s humble spirituality has awakened hope and joy in the souls of the troubled and the lost, giving each of them new life. Open the pages of this wise, uplifting book. That same hope and joy can be yours.

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By : Frederick Brown
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2014-04-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Anchor
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From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France (“Masterful history” —Henry Kissinger), Zola (“Magnificent” —The New Yorker), and Flaubert (“Impeccable” —James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review)—a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. Frederick Brown explores the tumultuous forces unleashed in the country by the Dreyfus Affair and its aftermath and examines how the clashing ideologies—the swarm of ’isms—and their blood-soaked political scandals and artistic movements following the horrors of World War I resulted in the country’s era of militant authoritarianism, rioting, violent racism, and nationalistic fervor. We see how these forces overtook the country’s sense of reason, sealing the fate of an entire nation, and led to the fall of France and the rise of the Vichy government. The Embrace of Unreason picks up where Brown’s previous book, For the Soul of France, left off to tell the story of France in the decades leading up to World War II. We see through the lives of three writers (Maurice Barrès, Charles Maurras, and Pierre Drieu La Rochelle) how the French intelligentsia turned away from the humanistic traditions and rationalistic ideals born out of the Enlightenment in favor of submission to authority that stressed patriotism, militarism, and xenophobia; how French extremists, traumatized by the horrors of the battlefront and exalted by the glories of wartime martyrdom, tried to redeem France’s collective identity, as Hitler’s shadow lengthened over Europe. The author writes of the Stavisky Affair, named for the notorious swindler whose grandiose Ponzi scheme tarred numerous political figures and fueled the bloody riots of February 1934, with right-wing paramilitary leagues, already suffering from the worldwide effects of the 1929 stock market crash, decrying Stavisky the Jew as the direct descendant of Alfred Dreyfus and an exemplar of the decaying social order . . . We see the Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture that, in June 1935, assembled Europe’s most illustrious literati under the sponsorship of the Soviet Union, whose internal feuds anticipated those recounted by George Orwell in his Spanish Civil War memoir Homage to Catalonia . . . Here too, pictured as the perfect representation of Europe’s cultural doomsday, is the Paris World’s Fair of 1937, featuring two enormous pavilions, the first built by Nazi Germany, the second by Soviet Russia, each facing the other like duelists on the avenue leading to the Eiffel Tower, symbol of the French Republic. And near them both, a pavilion devoted to “the art of the festival,” in which speakers and displays insisted that Nazi torchlight parades at Nuremberg should serve as a model for France. Written with historical insight and grasp and made immediate through the use of newspaper articles, journals, and literary works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Embrace of Unreason brings to life Europe’s darkest modern years.

The Embrace And Other Short Fiction Ebook Summary Download


Download The Embrace And Other Short Fiction free pdf ebook online. The Embrace And Other Short Fiction is a book by Adrian Kalil on 2004-11-01. Enjoy reading 75 pages by starting download or read online The Embrace And Other Short Fiction.


By : Adrian Kalil
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2004-11-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Xlibris Corporation
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"The Embrace and Other Short Fiction: The First Collection" is an original anthology of short stories and poems stemming from the fertile imagination of the author. Blending life's rich experiences with fragments of conscious disinhibition, these eight stories and two poems represent the early and recent works of Adrian Kalil.

Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government Ebook Summary Download


Download Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government free pdf ebook online. Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government is a book by Jone Pearce on 2001-05-01. Enjoy reading 184 pages by starting download or read online Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government.


By : Jone Pearce
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2001-05-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Psychology Press
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Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government is an original exploration of how governments affect the ways people organize themselves, manage those organizations, and respond to the organizations thus created. It is a grounded theory of how governments that are weak, erratic, or hostile undermine complex organization, trust, meritocracy, commitment, and other implicit expectations about how organizations operate. Scholars, students, and all those interested in a better understanding of how governments affect our cultural expectations of one another, our organizations, and the economies based upon them will find this groundbreaking volume to be a rich resource. The author, President-Elect of the Academy of Management, distills original comparative data drawn from China, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the United States to paint a coherent theory of the organizational effects of governments. The book has been written primarily to introduce organizational and governmental scholars to the ways that governments can influence organization and management. However, it also is written with an eye to readers with practical interests in international management or governments. This pioneering work will be discussed and analyzed for decades to come.

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Download Embrace free pdf ebook online. Embrace is a book by Cherie Colyer on 2011-12-20. Enjoy reading 220 pages by starting download or read online Embrace.


By : Cherie Colyer
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2011-12-20
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Simon and Schuster
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Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It's responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he's a guy harboring a secret, but she's willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren't there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can't find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

The Embrace of Life and Death Ebook Summary Download


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By : Liz Strange
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2020-03-29
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Crossroad Press
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When the light and dark collide it could be the end for all humanity. Kieran is a hundred-and-twenty-year-old immortal, originally hailing from the harsh, famine-stricken life of 1880s Ireland. He has surpassed death and survived, gaining wealth, power and knowledge. Azreal is the angel of death, though his mission is far from ominous. He is the protector of the grief-stricken and the champion of lost souls. The two are polar opposites in mission and nature, yet are inexplicably drawn to one another. The Supreme One sees all, and when he discovers the truth about the relationship he is enraged. Their commitment to be together must be stronger than his determination to keep them apart.

In the Embrace of the Swan Ebook Summary Download


Download In the Embrace of the Swan free pdf ebook online. In the Embrace of the Swan is a book by Rüdiger Görner,Angus Nicholls on 2010-08-31. Enjoy reading 404 pages by starting download or read online In the Embrace of the Swan.


By : Rüdiger Görner,Angus Nicholls
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2010-08-31
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Walter de Gruyter
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Myths determine the way cultures understand themselves. The papers in this volume examine culturally specific myths in Britain and the German-speaking world, and compare approaches to the theory of myth, together with the ways in which mythological formations operate in literature, aesthetics and politics ‑ with a focus on the period around 1800. They enquire into the consequences of myth-oriented discourses for the way in which these two cultures understand each other, and in this way make a significant contribution to a more profound approach to intercultural research.

Reckless Grace Ebook Summary Download


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By : Bill Vanderbush,Brit Eaton
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2020-09-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC
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Grace is the ultimate expression of love. We all know we need grace and forgiveness, but why is it so difficult to extend them to ourselves and others? In Reckless Grace, Bill Vanderbush and Brit Eaton challenge our understanding of forgiveness with powerful biblical evidence and show us how to step into the fullness of grace, bringing reconciliation and restoration to our relationships using: - practical steps and accessible tools to help identify and overcome barriers to grace - carefully crafted exercises and reflections that explore past and present hurts and work toward healing - gentle guidance in becoming gospel-centered and releasing grace into a fallen world. God isn’t reckless, but the way he extends grace defies all reason. We can learn to freely give what we have been freely gifted.

Deadly Embrace Ebook Summary Download


Download Deadly Embrace free pdf ebook online. Deadly Embrace is a book by Bruce Riedel on 2011-02-01. Enjoy reading 180 pages by starting download or read online Deadly Embrace.


By : Bruce Riedel
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2011-02-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Brookings Institution Press
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Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive American presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation, and many of the resulting policies proved counterproductive in the long term, contributing to political instability and a radicalized public. This background has helped set the stage for the global jihad confronting much of the world today. In Deadly Embrace, Bruce Riedel explores the forces behind these developments, explaining how and why the history of Pakistan-U.S. relations has unfolded as it has. He explains what the United States can do now to repair the damage and how it can avoid making similar mistakes in dealing with extremist forces in Pakistan and beyond. Riedel is one of America's foremost authorities on U.S. security, South Asia, and terrorism, and he helped to craft President Obama's 2009 speech referring to the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands as the "most dangerous region of the world." He follows up The Search for al Qaeda, his influential 2008 analysis of the terror network's ideology and leadership, with a sober, authoritative, and sometimes alarming look at the history, importance, and current role of Pakistan, epicenter of the global jihad movement, beginning with the history of U.S.-Pakistan relations since the partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947. The relationship between Pakistan and America is a fascinating yet muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust: it's no wonder that people in both nations are confused. Deadly Embrace explains how the United States, on several occasions, actually helped the foes of democracy in Pakistan and aided in the development of the very enemies it is now fighting in the region. The book seeks to unravel this paradox, revealing and interpreting the tortuous path of relations between two very different nations, which remain, in many ways, stuck with each other.

The Divine Embrace (Ancient-Future) Ebook Summary Download


Download The Divine Embrace (Ancient-Future) free pdf ebook online. The Divine Embrace (Ancient-Future) is a book by Robert E. Webber on 2006-10-01. Enjoy reading 288 pages by starting download or read online The Divine Embrace (Ancient-Future).


By : Robert E. Webber
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2006-10-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Baker Books
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One of the most popular current views on spirituality is that there are varied paths to God. In this new Ancient-Future series book, Bob Webber evaluates this common misunderstanding of spirituality as separated from God's story, extremely self-focused, and shaped by our surrounding culture. This challenging work offers a corrective, calling us to an alternative Christian spirituality, one that reveals two sides-that of God's "divine embrace" of us and our passionate response. The Divine Embrace is a fresh, grounded look at true spirituality that will be embraced by pastors, thinking Christians, and anyone looking for an engaging and thorough treatment of this topic.

Embrace the Chaos Ebook Summary Download


Download Embrace the Chaos free pdf ebook online. Embrace the Chaos is a book by Bob Miglani on 2013-10-07. Enjoy reading 192 pages by starting download or read online Embrace the Chaos.


By : Bob Miglani
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2013-10-07
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Like many of us, Bob Miglani felt overwhelmed and anxious. He worried constantly about his job, his finances, and his family. It was a chance invitation to India, the land of his birth, that finally freed him. India, Miglani writes, is “the capital of chaos”: over a billion people living on one-third the space of the United States. And it was there that he learned to let go. The secret is to stop trying to control the chaos and focus on what you can control—your own actions, words, and thoughts. Move forward, make mistakes, trust your intuition, find your purpose. In this inspiring book, Miglani shares the experiences and encounters that helped him finally get it. What happens when you find yourself in an Indian village with no money and a plane to catch? How could an educated urban woman agree to a marriage after two dates? What keeps a rural health worker motivated despite the enormous need and such limited ability to help? What does trying to catch an insanely overcrowded bus teach you about perfection? Embracing the chaos, Miglani found, “leads us down paths we never would have walked on...It brings out strengths we never knew existed inside of us.”

His Forbidden Princess Ebook Summary Download


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By : Jeannie Moon
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2015-04-30
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Tule Publishing
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Eight years ago, university student Ian Stuart fell in love with his sweet, beautiful classmate and he’s never forgotten her. Sofie loved Ian with all her heart in return, but she didn’t trust him with one little detail about her life she’d neglected to share. She was a princess, and they could never be together in the outside world. Now Crown Princess Sofia is in danger. An insurgent faction in her country has targeted the royal family, and while Sofia is visiting the United States, she is forced to go into hiding. Assigned to protect her is none other than FBI Special Agent Ian Stuart. Once again Ian and Sofie are in an impossible situation, fighting their feelings for one another, while trying to stay safe. Will their love for each other prove to be the most dangerous game of all?

Embrace Ebook Summary Download


Download Embrace free pdf ebook online. Embrace is a book by Jessica Shirvington on 2012-03-01. Enjoy reading 400 pages by starting download or read online Embrace.


By : Jessica Shirvington
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2012-03-01
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Sourcebooks, Inc.
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On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. And she will have to make a choice that could cost not only her life, but her eternity... LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he was training her for an ancient battle between angels and exiles. PHOENIX: As an exile, he is not to be trusted, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's betrayal. But what is he really after? Who will she... Embrace?

The Embrace of the Father Ebook Summary Download


Download The Embrace of the Father free pdf ebook online. The Embrace of the Father is a book by Johnnie Mae McCall on 2008-01-02. Enjoy reading 80 pages by starting download or read online The Embrace of the Father.


By : Johnnie Mae McCall
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2008-01-02
Group : English Books
Publsh by : AuthorHouse
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Are You Ready To Be Embraced? Hands are extended, what will you do, will you reach for the grasp? Do you long to be touched? Mankind longs to be touched! His existence began with hands that so gently sculpted his very being. Those hands molded mankind into the image of He who created all things. Unwittingly, mankind wanders off from the Fathers embrace into the darkness, becoming lost, alone and aching for the safety and comfort he once knew. Have you ever felt the desire of arms to embrace you and bring comfort to your soul? Just as the literal birth canal is dark and disorienting so too are some of lifes challenges. Know that in the darkest hour, when life as one knows it suddenly shifts, the Fathers arms are there, like a doctor at an impending birth, ready to catch and comfort each of us upon our emergence whether it is from dark nights, one or many dark encounters or a dark past. Guided by the Creator, Momma Braxton and Martha Mae develop from a divine conception and spiritual gestation in the womb to a thriving infancy and adulthood in Christianity. Take a journey down the birth canal with the author, experience the complications, and witness as each contraction pushes both Momma Braxton and Martha Mae closer to the waiting hands of the Fathers embrace.

TANGO ESSAYS Ebook Summary Download


Download TANGO ESSAYS free pdf ebook online. TANGO ESSAYS is a book by Veronica Toumanova on 2014-12-23. Enjoy reading 106 pages by starting download or read online TANGO ESSAYS.


By : Veronica Toumanova
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2014-12-23
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Veronica Toumanova
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This book is a collection of essays on tango by Veronica Toumanova written between October 2013 and December 2014.

Touching Space, Placing Touch Ebook Summary Download


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By : Mark Paterson,Martin Dodge
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2016-02-24
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Routledge
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Given that touch and touching is so central to everyday embodied existence, why has it been largely ignored by social scientists for so long? What is the place of touch in our mixed spaces of sociality, work, domesticity, recreation, creativity or care? What conceptual resources and academic languages can we reach towards when approaching tactile activities and somatic experiences through the body? How is this tactile landscape gendered? How is touch becoming revisited and revalidated in late capitalism through animal encounters, tourism, massage, beauty treatments, professional medicine, everyday spiritualities or the aseptic touch-free spaces of automated toilets? How is touch placed and valued within scholarly fieldwork and research itself, integral as it is to the production of embodied epistemologies? How is touch involved in such aesthetic experiences as shaping objects in sand, or encountering fleshly bodies within a painting? The goal of this edited collection, Touching Space, Placing Touch is twofold: 1. To further advance theoretical and empirical understanding of touch in social science scholarship by focussing on the differential social and cultural meanings of touching and the places of touch. 2. To develop a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary explanations of touch in terms of individual and social life, personal experiences and tasks, and their related cultural contexts. The twelve essays in this volume provide a rich combination of theoretical resources, methodological approaches and empirical investigation. Each chapter takes a distinct aspect of touch within a particular spatial context, exploring this through a mixture of sustained empirical work, critical theories of embodiment, philosophical and psychoanalytic approaches to gendered touch and touching, or the relationship between visual and non-visual culture, to articulate something of the variety and variability of touching experiences. The contributors are a mixture of established and emerging researchers within a growing interdisciplinary field of scholarship, yet the volume has a strong thematic identity and therefore represents the formative collection concerning the multiple senses of touch within social science scholarship at this time.

Utopian Universities Ebook Summary Download


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By : Miles Taylor,Jill Pellew
Language : English
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Category : Books
Release Date : 2020-11-12
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Bloomsbury Publishing
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In a remarkable decade of public investment in higher education, some 200 new university campuses were established worldwide between 1961 and 1970. This volume offers a comparative and connective global history of these institutions, illustrating how their establishment, intellectual output and pedagogical experimentation sheds light on the social and cultural topography of the long 1960s. With an impressive geographic coverage - using case studies from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia - the book explores how these universities have influenced academic disciplines and pioneered new types of teaching, architectural design and student experience. From educational reform in West Germany to the establishment of new institutions with progressive, interdisciplinary curricula in the Commonwealth, the illuminating case studies of this volume demonstrate how these universities shared in a common cause: the embodiment of 'utopian' ideals of living, learning and governance. At a time when the role of higher education is fiercely debated, Utopian Universities is a timely and considered intervention that offers a wide-ranging, historical dimension to contemporary predicaments.

The Elusive Embrace Ebook Summary Download


Download The Elusive Embrace free pdf ebook online. The Elusive Embrace is a book by Daniel Mendelsohn on 2012-01-04. Enjoy reading 224 pages by starting download or read online The Elusive Embrace.


By : Daniel Mendelsohn
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2012-01-04
Group : English Books
Publsh by : Vintage
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Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the astonishing originality with which it weaves together personal history, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts by Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity. It is also a meditation in which the author uses his own divided life to investigate the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives all of us lead. Daniel Mendelsohn recalls the deceptively quiet suburb where he grew up, torn between his mathematician father's pursuit of scientific truth and the exquisite lies spun by his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's newest "gay ghetto," where "desire for love" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit house where a close friend's small son teaches him the meaning of fatherhood. And, finally, in a neglected Jewish cemetery, the author uncovers a family secret that reveals the universal need for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self. The book that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" The Elusive Embrace marks a dazzling literary debut.

Asylum Ebook Summary Download


Download Asylum free pdf ebook online. Asylum is a book by Andre Alexis on 2020-08-04. Enjoy reading 496 pages by starting download or read online Asylum.


By : Andre Alexis
Language : English
Ratings : Very Good
Category : Books
Release Date : 2020-08-04
Group : English Books
Publsh by : McClelland & Stewart
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Alexis’s long-awaited second novel follows his award-winning Childhood. Set in Ottawa during the Mulroney years, Asylum is André Alexis’s sweeping, edged-in-satire, yet deeply serious tale of intertwined lives and fortunes, of politics and vain ambition, of the building of a magnificent prison, of human fallibility, of the search for refuge, of the impossibility of love, and of finding home. Whether he is taking us into the machinations of a government office or into the mysterious workings of the human heart, Alexis is always alert to the humour and the profound truth of any situation. His cast of characters is eccentric and unforgettable, all recognizable in one way or another as aspects of ourselves or people we know well. At the centre of the story, which covers almost a decade, is a visionary project to build an ideal prison, a perfect metaphor for the purest aspects of artistic ambition and for all that is great and flawed in the world. André Alexis is a true original, one of the most talented and astute writers writing in Canada today. This dazzling novel is filled with tragedy, dry wit, intellectual grist. It is playful, linguistically accomplished, and psychologically profound. Its yearnings constitute the highest level of human concerns and pursuits. Alexis has written The Great Canadian Novel, with a twist.