Education of a Wandering Man

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553899082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6107

From his decision to leave school at fifteen to roam the world, to his recollections of life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a cattle skinner in Texas, as a merchant seaman in Singapore and the West Indies, and as an itinerant bare-knuckled prizefighter across small-town America, here is Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning--from books, from yondering, and from some remarkable men and women--that shaped him as a storyteller and as a man. Like classic L'Amour fiction, Education of a Wandering Man mixes authentic frontier drama--such as the author's desperate efforts to survive a sudden two-day trek across the blazing Mojave desert--with true-life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs, desert prospectors, and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met while traveling the globe. At last, in his own words, this is a story of a one-of-a-kind life lived to the fullest . . . a life that inspired the books that will forever enable us to relive our glorious frontier heritage. From the Paperback edition.

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5541

Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

I Saw a Man

Roman

Author: Owen Sheers

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641154294

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5341

Ein atemberaubendes Drama über die Last von Geheimnissen Nach dem tragischen Tod seiner Frau Caroline, die als Journalistin bei einem Auslandsdreh in Afghanistan ums Leben gekommen ist, erträgt Michael es nicht länger im gemeinsamen Heim in Wales. In dem Versuch, ein neues Leben zu beginnen, zieht er nach London, wo er auf die Nelsons trifft: Josh, Samantha und ihre zwei Töchter wohnen im Haus nebenan, und aus einer Zufallsbekanntschaft wird schnell – allzu schnell? – eine intensive Freundschaft. Michael geht bei den Nelsons wie selbstverständlich ein und aus, bis er eines Samstagnachmittags ihre Hintertür halb offen stehend vorfindet. In dem Gefühl, dass etwas nicht stimmt, betritt er das augenscheinlich leere Haus ... und setzt damit eine Folge von Ereignissen in Gang, die ihrer aller Leben schlagartig und auf immer verändern wird. Ein tiefgreifender, packender Roman über Verlust, Schuld und die heimtückische Natur von Geheimnissen.

Ich bin Malala

Das Mädchen, das die Taliban erschießen wollten, weil es für das Recht auf Bildung kämpft

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426424231

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 2082

Am 9. Oktober 2012 wird die junge Pakistanerin Malala Yousafzai auf ihrem Schulweg überfallen und niedergeschossen. Die Fünfzehnjährige hatte sich den Taliban widersetzt, die Mädchen verbieten, zur Schule zu gehen. Wie durch ein Wunder kommt Malala mit dem Leben davon. Als im Herbst 2013 ihr Buch "Ich bin Malala" erscheint, ist die Resonanz enorm: Weltweit wird über ihr Schicksal berichtet. Im Juli 2013 hält sie eine beeindruckende Rede vor den Vereinten Nationen. Barack Obama empfängt sie im Weißen Haus, und im Dezember erhält sie den Sacharow-Preis für geistige Freiheit, verliehen vom Europäischen Parlament. Malala Yousafzai lebt heute mit ihrer Familie in England, wo sie wieder zur Schule geht. Malala Yousafzai wird mit dem Friedensnobelpreis 2014 ausgezeichnet. »Dieses Memoir unterstreicht ihre besten Eigenschaften. Ihren Mut und ihre Entschlossenheit kann man nur bewundern. Ihr Hunger nach Bildung und Neugestaltung ist authentisch. Sie wirkt so unschuldig, und da ist diese unverwüstliche Zuversicht. Sie spricht mit einem solchen Gewicht, dass man vergisst, dass Malala erst 16 ist.« The Times »Niemand hat das Recht auf Bildung so knapp, so einprägsam und überzeugend zusammengefasst wie Malala Yousafzai, die tapferste Schülerin der Welt.« Berliner Zeitung »Der mutigste Teenager der Welt« Bild »Bewegend erzählt Malala Yousafzai ihr Schicksal.« Brigitte

The Story About the Story

Author: David Foster Wallace

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 1935639692

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

View: 6056

The essays in The Story About the Story Vol. II chart a trajectory that digs deep into the past and aims toward a future in which literature can play a new and more profound role in how we think, read, live, and write. In the second volume of The Story About the Story, editor J. C. Hallman continues to argue for an alternative to the staid five-paragraph-essay writing that has inoculated so many against the effects of good books. Writers have long approached writing about reading from an intensely personal perspective, incorporating their pasts and their passions into their process of interpretation. Never before collected in a single volume, the many essays Hallman has compiled build on the idea of a "creative criticism," and offers new possibilities for how to write about reading. The Story About the Story Vol. II documents not only an identifiable trend in writing about books that can and should be emulated, it also offers lessons from a remarkable range of celebrated authors that amount to an invaluable course on both how to write and how to read well. Whether they discuss a staple of the canon (Thomas Mann on Leo Tolstoy), the merits of a contemporary (Vivian Gornick on Grace Paley), a pillar of genre-writing (Jane Tompkins on Louis L’Amour), or, arguably, the funniest man on the planet (David Shields on Bill Murray), these essays are by turns poignant, smart, suggestive, intellectual, humorous, sassy, scathing, laudatory, wistful, and hopeful—and above all deeply engaged in a process of careful reading. The essays in The Story About the Story Vol. II chart a trajectory that digs deep into the past and aims toward a future in which literature can play a new and more profound role in how we think, read, live, and write.

Der Erzähler

Roman

Author: Richard Flanagan

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492992552

Category: Fiction

Page: 484

View: 6977

Den jungen, mittellosen Schriftsteller Kif Kehlmann erreicht mitten in der Nacht ein Anruf. Er soll die Memoiren des berühmtesten Kriminellen Australiens schreiben, Siegfried Heidl. Heidl hat den Banken siebenhundert Millionen Dollar abgenommen und muss sich nun vor Gericht verantworten. Bis zum Tag der Urteilsverkündung will sein Verleger das Manuskript auf dem Tisch haben. Trotz des enormen Drucks willigt Kehlmann ein, muss aber erkennen, dass Heidl sich gar nicht für das Buch interessiert. Also beginnt er zu erfinden. Je näher aber der Abgabetermin rückt, desto mehr verschwimmen die Grenzen zwischen Heidl und ihm selbst, zwischen Erfindung und Erinnerung. Betreibt Heidl Sabotage, will er, dass Kehlmanns Leben selbst sich ändert, das erfundene und das wahre?

Das unmögliche Exil

Stefan Zweig am Ende der Welt

Author: George Prochnik

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406697577

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 397

View: 9677

Um 1930 war Stefan Zweig zum weltweit meistübersetzten lebenden Schriftsteller avanciert. Doch dieser Erfolg des 1881 geborenen Wieners wurde schon bald überschattet vom Machtantritt Hitlers. Der Kosmopolit verließ den alten Kontinent und ließ sich 1941 in dem von ihm als "Land der Zukunft" gepriesenen Brasilien nieder. "Endlich ein Ruhepunkt", hoffte er nach seiner Ankunft in der tropischen Stadt Petrópolis. Ein halbes Jahr später, am 23. Februar 1942, schieden er und seine junge Frau Lotte "aus freiem Willen und mit klaren Sinnen" aus dem Leben. Am Tag, da er seinen Pass verlor, im Alter von 58 Jahren, habe er entdeckt, bekannte Stefan Zweig, "dass man mit seiner Heimat mehr verliert als einen Fleck umgrenzter Erde". Ausgerechnet diesem in Wien geborenen Weltbürger entglitt im Exil zunehmend das Leben. Höchst einfühlsam erzählt George Prochnik, selbst Nachfahre von Wiener Emigranten, diese tragische Geschichte eines Aufbruchs in die neue Welt, der von England über die USA nach Brasilien führt. Zugleich macht er sichtbar, welche Abgründe die geistige Welt des alten Europa, die Zweig in seinen nachgelassenen Erinnerungen so grandios heraufbeschworen hat, von der Nord- und Südamerikas trennten.

Eine Frage der Höflichkeit

Roman

Author: Amor Towles

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843713677

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 2285

New York, Neujahr 1937: Die beiden Freundinnen Kate und Eve – zwei Provinzschönheiten, die die Welt erobern wollen – gabeln in einer Jazzkneipe den charmanten Tinker Grey auf. Er trägt Kaschmir und scheint Single zu sein – ein Sechser im Lotto. Eine turbulente Freundschaft à trois beginnt. Die beiden jungen Frauen weisen Tinker in die geheime Kunst des Schnorrens ein, und Tinker revanchiert sich, indem er sie in die feinsten Clubs der City ausführt. Erst als das beschwingte Dauerabenteuer jäh durch einen Unfall beendet wird, stellt sich für Kate die Frage, wer eigentlich in wen verliebt ist – und was das Leben wirklich ausmacht.

The Trail to Crazy Man

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553900080

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 733

A WORD FROM LOUIS L’AMOUR “Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in ‘pulp’ western magazines, I wrote several novel-length stories, which my editors called ‘magazine novels.’ In creating them, I became so involved with my characters that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared became collector’s items. Pleased as I was about how I brought the characters and their adventures to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted the reader to know more about my people and why they did what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I published in paperback under other titles. “These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I’m now pleased to collect three of them in book form for the first time. “I hope you enjoy them.” From the Paperback edition.

Silver Canyon

A Novel

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553900019

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7231

“You’re not wanted in Hattan’s Point,” Matt Brennan was told moments after arriving in town. “There’s trouble here and men are picking sides.” But Matt decided he wasn’t going anywhere. Not until he found out what the dispute was about, and not before he got to know Moira Maclaren. She considered him nothing more than a drifting ranch hand, but Matt was determined to prove her wrong. To do so, he’d have to solve a mystery that was at the center of the growing violence in Hattan’s Point–a secret that could make a man rich . . . or dead. Probably dead.

The Burning Hills

A Novel

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553898965

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 5423

Wounded, dehydrated, and escaping a violent feud with the men of Bob Sutton’s ranch, Trace Jordan is near collapse when he descends from the heat of the desert into a cool, secluded canyon. He wakes to find a beautiful woman gently caring for his injuries. Maria Cristina and her family have also suffered at the hands of Sutton and his men. The experience has left her hostile and defiant. But Jordan sees another side of Maria, and the more time they spend together, the greater his concern for her safety becomes. Sutton’s men are watching and waiting for him to show himself. If he escapes, Maria will be left behind to face their brutality. But if he convinces her to join him, he will be leading her into a heat-blasted, waterless desert. And if that doesn’t kill them, the Apaches will.

Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Author: Tim Woods

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134709900

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 6857

Taking in novelists from all over the globe, from the beginning of the century to the present day, this is the most comprehensive survey of the leading lights of twentieth century fiction. Superb breadth of coverage and over 800 entries by an international team of contributors ensures that this fascinating and wide-ranging work of reference will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in modern fiction. Authors included range from Joseph Conrad to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka to Chinua Achebe. Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists gives a superb insight into the richness and diversity of the twentieth century novel.

Die Kindheit Jesu

Roman

Author: J.M. Coetzee

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104028443

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8530

J. M. Coetzees großer Roman ›Die Kindheit Jesu‹ ist ein Meteor voller Intensität, Überraschung und Schönheit. Emigration, Einsamkeit, das Rätsel einer Ankunft: In einem fremden Land finden sich ein Mann und ein Junge wieder, wo sie ohne Erinnerung ihr Leben neu erfinden müssen. Sie müssen nicht nur eine neue Sprache lernen, sondern auch dem Jungen eine Mutter suchen. - In einem dunklen Glas spiegelt J. M. Coetzee unsere Welt, so dass sich alles Nebensächliche unseres Umgangs verliert und die elementarsten Gesten sichtbar werden.

Creating the Person You're Becoming

Author: William G. Covington, Jr.

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581128192

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

View: 8286

If you're not happy with the person you are you can do something about it. In Creating the Person You're Becoming, you'll discover the options available to you and learn how to change your life for the better. This book is a hands-on approach to discovering the great potential contributions you can make. Learn what your unique gift is. Find out how to use it to bring success to you and other people. Although success principles have been around a long time, not everyone knows how to apply them. This book is filled with exercises that show you how to apply these known principles of success in your own life. Overcome obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Sustain motivation. Improve your effectiveness at work. Enhance your ability to communicate with others.

The Strong Shall Live

Stories

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553898606

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 7332

They came west to stay, risking their blood to dig the gold, ride the range, conquer the greedy, and carve out a legacy of freedom. Men honed by desert fires and edged by combat with fist and gun. Women tested to the limit of endurance by an unrelenting land. Now, in a long-awaited collection of his stories, Louis L'Amour tells of the real heroes of the frontier, the survivors for whom hanging tough was as natural as drawing breath. From the Paperback edition.

Treasure Mountain

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553900101

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 9504

In Treasure Mountain, Louis L’Amour delivers a robust story of two brothers searching to learn the fate of their missing father—and finding themselves in a struggle just to stay alive. Orrin and Tell Sackett had come to exotic New Orleans looking for answers to their father’s disappearance twenty years before. To uncover the truth, the brothers enlisted the aid of a trailwise Gypsy and a mysterious voodoo priest as they sought to re-create their father’s last trek. But Louisiana is a dangerous land, and with one misstep the brothers could disappear in the bayous before they even set foot on the trail—a trail that led to whatever legacy their father had left behind . . . and a secret worth killing for.

The Stories We Are

An Essay on Self-Creation, Second Edition

Author: William Randall

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442617675

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

View: 1225

From time to time we all tend to wonder what sort of “story” our life might comprise: what it means, where it is going, and whether it hangs together as a whole. In The Stories We Are, William Lowell Randall explores the links between literature and life and speculates on the range of storytelling styles through which people compose their lives. In doing so, he draws on a variety of fields, including psychology, psychotherapy, theology, philosophy, feminist theory, and literary theory. Using categories like plot, character, point of view, and style, Randall plays with the possibility that we each make sense of the events of our lives to the extent that we weave them into our own unfolding novel, as simultaneously its author, narrator, main character, and reader. In the process, he offers us a unique perspective on features of our day-to-day world such as secrecy, self-deception, gossip, prejudice, intimacy, maturity, and the proverbial “art of living.” First published in 1995, this second edition of The Stories We Are includes a new preface and afterword by the author that offer insight into his argument and evolution as a scholar, as well as an illuminating foreword by Ruthellen Josselson.

Intelligence Call It Smarts

Update Yourself - Step by Step

Author: Harry Zenner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469126281

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 5934

INTELLIGENCE Call It SMARTS Update Yourself - Step by Step Many individuals are aware there are cracks and moral challenges, or worse, in American society. These persons do not require convincing; they see it. They know American culture has declined, possibly nearing moral and financial self-destruction. There are obvious reasons behind this state of the nations wellbeing. A distinct path is available that can lead towards a desirable resolution. The current down reality is entangled with education, moral decay, and a torrent of changes driven by technology. Professor Zenners book sets forth an easy, painless process, step-by-step, building and supplementing the store of ideas, facts, and intelligence, call it Smarts, that the reader already possesses. Step after step, more lights will flicker on, not indoctrination, but the exact opposite, a freeing of the individuals thinking processes. Each new step builds on the last so that the ideas and information naturally integrate into the readers repertoire of reasoning abilities and intelligence. The final steps are designed to leave the individual with personal free will, choice, a moral compass, and perhaps wisdom. A society equipped with open minds, and when broadly educated, has the chance to evaluate the American political scene, its origins, current status, and its desired future. The book is not a panacea, rather it is a sequenced, rational process of ideas and information that all of society would do well to examine. It will provide an excursion into new worlds for many, fresh perspectives for others, and an enriched life for most. The time to start this journey is now, mid-2012, least the nation wander too close to the edge, too close to a point of no return. That point of no return could be November 6, 2012. Individuals are not that far out of touch, they need only a review of some things they may have forgotten, or perhaps things they never understood or knew. The narrative surveys the nature of the universe, of human origins and endeavors, learning abilities and techniques, math and argumentation, education, decision making, even philosophy and cosmology. Personal behaviors are also examined, from the individual right on up to the crowned heads of society in the United States. Today, people have all kinds of questions. Where has the Future gone? Is the Climate Changing? Is the Earth Overcrowded? Is there even one Honest Politician? Does God actually exist? Is Mankind part of Mother Nature? How do you open a Closed Mind? How do people Learn? Where did the Universe come from? How did Life arise? How do humans Reason? What is the concept of Argumentation? What is meant by Real? How can Education be improved? What about Good and Evil? How much should you believe that emanates from the mouth of a Pathological Liar? Who will answer such questions? It may have to be individuals who have free and open minds, capable of independent thought. It will be people like you. Professor Zenner shows that most of these questions have reasonable answers, some with certainty, and others with mere speculation. The writing provides basic tools for both inadequately and for highly educated persons to develop and judge their own answers. People who comprehend the human function of cognition are better able to understand themselves and the world which we all share. Many people would like to be able to better reason and judge the accuracy of answers to the myriads of pertinent questions of our times. They want to believe in a better future. And you are one of those persons. A PREVIEW So Mr. Zenner, from the title of your book, you must realize that I already know a lot. No matter, you seem to think I need more smarts? And step by step, you will point the way; theyll be mine for the taking? Thats right! Not just you, probably most persons in every society, especially at this particular time in America, you and all people need