The Whale: A Love Story

A Novel

Author: Mark Beauregard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399562346

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville’s emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end—his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin’s farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic—and his life turns upside down. The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard’s novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship—long the subject of speculation—between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time.

Arktischer Sommer


Author: Damon Galgut

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 3641143381

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3624

Damon Galgut folgt dem britischen Autor E.M. Forster vom prüden England der Jahrhundertwende ins sinnliche Indien und zur Entstehung eines Meisterwerks. Im Oktober 1912 nähert sich die SS City of Birmingham Indien. An Bord ist auch der 33-jährige Edward Morgan Forster, Autor von vier Romanen, die ihm in seiner Heimat bereits einigen Ruhm eingetragen haben. Nun ist er, beflügelt vom Erfolg seines jüngsten Werks »Wiedersehen in Howards End«, zu einer Reise ins Unbekannte aufgebrochen. Fern der Enge der englischen Kleinstadt Weybridge in Surrey zeichnet sich das Versprechen einer außergewöhnlichen Zukunft am Horizont ab. Und tatsächlich findet Forster – von der Sinnlichkeit Indiens gleichermaßen angelockt wie verstört – hier den Keim für einen großen Roman: ein diffuses erotisches Begehren und das Gefühl dräuenden Unheils unter einem gleißenden, leeren Himmel. Zwölf Jahre und zahllose innere Kämpfe werden diesem hoffnungsvollen Aufbruch folgen, bis daraus schließlich Forsters Meisterwerk »Auf der Suche nach Indien« entsteht.

The Virgin & the Whale

A Love Story

Author: Carl Nixon

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781775533757

Category: Love stories

Page: 261

View: 4609

A touching, clever novel about stories, about using them to create your own identity, and about the way they can forge bonds of love. It is 1919. Elizabeth Whitman is working as a nurse in the local hospital, waiting for her husband to return from war, though he is missing in action, 'presumed dead'. She keeps him alive for their four-year-old son, Jack, by telling the story of a man she calls The Balloonist, who went away in a hot-air balloon and has adventures in exotic countries. When she is asked to nurse a returned soldier whose head injury has reduced him to an animal-like state with no memory, Elizabeth starts telling her stories to him. It is through them that she manages to engage his interest and offer him a new life . . . in more ways than one.

Mozart and the Whale

An Asperger's Love Story

Author: Jerry Newport,Mary Newport

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 9780743272841

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7142

An unforgettable love story and the incredible chronicle of a musical genius and a mathematical prodigy who share a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. When Jerry and Mary Newport met, the connection was instant. A musical genius and a mathematical wonder, the two shared astronomic IQs, but they also shared something else—they both were diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that affects millions of Americans and makes social contact painfully unbearable. When Jerry and Mary married, they were catapulted into the limelight. They appeared on 60 Minutes and soon were known as "superstars in the world of autism," shining examples of two people who refused to give up in the face of their mutual challenge. But just when it appeared that their lives would enjoy a fairy-tale ending, their marriage fell apart. The Hollywood feeding frenzy was too much to handle, and they divorced. After heartbreaking years of soul searching, Jerry and Mary remarried. Today, with their union stronger than ever, they have dedicated themselves to helping countless other people with Asperger's and autism lead lives of dignity.

Nick und der Wal

Author: Benji Davies

Publisher: Aladin

ISBN: 9783848900763

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 2544

Nick lebt mit seinem Papa am Meer. Eines Tages, nachdem ein großer Sturm gewütet hat, findet er einen kleinen Wal am Strand. Nick nimmt ihn kurzerhand mit nach Hause. Ob sich der Wal in der Badewanne wohlfühlt?

The Whale Caller

A Novel

Author: Zakes Mda

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374708191

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 8960

"A voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration." --The New York Times The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda's fifth novel, is his most enchanting and accessible book yet-a romantic comedy of sorts in which the changing face of post-apartheid South Africa is revealed through prodigious, lyrical storytelling. As the novel opens, the seaside village of Hermanus, on the country's west coast, is overrun with whale watchers-foreign tourists wearing floral shirts and toting expensive binoculars, determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he calls Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the Whale Caller frets like a jealous lover-oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him. After much ado-which Mda relates with great relish-the two misfits fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance, and their on-again, off-again relationship suggests something of the fitful nature of change in post-apartheid South Africa, where just living from one day to the next can be challenge enough. Mda has spoken of the end of apartheid as a lifting of the South African novelist's burden to write on political subjects. With The Whale Caller, he has written a tender, charming novel-the work of a virtuoso among international writers.

Ambivalence, a Love Story

Portrait of a Marriage

Author: John Donatich

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 146683272X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

View: 9722

Ambivalence, a Love Story is a deeply nuanced accounting in which two people come together to make a marriage work. Rarely has marriage and its compromises been so intimately portrayed, especially when tested by depression, unemployment, miscarriage and other realities of contemporary life. Whether inside the sterile out-placement offices for reengineered executives or traipsing through the suburban homes and competing lifestyles with perky realtors, Donatich muses on life's transitions with rare candor and insight. Ambivalence traces the inner life of a man coming into adulthood: on being first generation, on interfaith marriage, on playing the accordion and ultimately on the question of whether we are better off solitary or coupled. But at heart, it is a tender -- if circumspect -- love story. An astonishing middle-aged debut.


Die magische Geschichte vom Mädchen, das den Wal ritt

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688109341

Category: Fiction

Page: 158

View: 4781

Ein Mädchen lebt die Legende. Eine Herde Wale strandet an der Küste Neuseelands. Koro Apirana, der Stammesführer der Maori, ist verzweifelt. Er glaubt an ein Zeichen. Jahrtausendelang war die Beziehung seines Volkes zu den Walen tief und ehrfurchtsvoll, denn der Sage nach ritt einst der Urvater auf dem Rücken eines mächtigen Wals an Land. Wer kann die heiligen Tiere retten und Koros Volk Stärke und Stolz zurückgeben? Niemand denkt an Kahu, seine Enkelin, die das Leid der Wale nicht länger erträgt ... Ein magisches, weises Buch über die Verbundenheit von Mensch und Tier, die Leben spendende Kraft der Tradition und über ein junges Mädchen, das neue Hoffnung in ihre Welt bringt.

The Love Story of a Man with a Bad Name

Author: Boyd Cable

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3748173628

Category: Fiction

Page: 315

View: 6334

By manhood blood of birth and brood, That loves the fight that wins to love; By breath we drew of woman, too, That sets the prize aught else above; By that and this, by blow and kiss, By Nature beaten to her knees, The prize that's wet with blood and sweat Lies closer to the heart for these.

Die Walfängerin


Author: Sena Jeter Naslund

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426626443


Page: 666

View: 1017

Der Walrufer

Author: Zakes Mda,Peter Torberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783293204485


Page: 282

View: 4849

Eye of the Whale

Epic Passage From Baja To Siberia

Author: Dick Russell

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781559630887

Category: Nature

Page: 688

View: 9506

Chronicles the existence of the gray whale, exploring its history and migration, the people who have devoted their lives to studying it, the native peoples who continue to hunt it, and the controversies surrounding this enormous mammal.

Quest of a California Gray Whale

A Story of the Pathfinder

Author: J. Clemens

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146917295X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 246

View: 2980

This story is about the life of a Gray whale named Gary that is extraordinary. This is about his near death experiences. He is wounded by a Killer Whale, gets beached, and escapes from whaling ships. He learns the ways of a shaman from a native boy. He is helped through all these experiences by a Spirit Whale. On the way to the summer feeding grounds he gets separated from his friends. They end up being attacked by whalers and trapped in icebergs. Its a roller coaster ride with all the exciting scenes awaiting you.

Love's Story Told

A Life of Henry A. Murray

Author: Forrest Glen Robinson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674539280

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 459

View: 5060

Searching out the private man as well as the public figure, this elegantly written biography follows Henry Murray through his discoveries and triumphs as a pioneer in the field of clinical psychology, as a co-founder of Harvard's Psychological Clinic, the co-inventor of the Thematic Apperception Test, and a biographer of Herman Melville. Murray's fascination with Melville's troubled genius, his wartime experiences in the O.S.S., and his close friendships with Lewis Mumford and Conrad Aiken all come to the fore in this masterly reconstruction of a life. And always, at the heart of this story, Robinson finds Murray's highly erotic and mystical relationship with Christiana Morgan. Love's Story Told penetrates to the heart of a brilliant figure in American intellectual life at mid-century, as he dives deeply into the unconscious, testing in work and love the limits of self-exploration.

Dive Deeper

Journeys with Moby-Dick

Author: George Cotkin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019998672X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 7600

Herman Melville's epic tale of obsession has all the ingredients of a first rate drama--fascinating characters in solitude and society, battles between good and evil, a thrilling chase to the death--and yet its allusions, digressions, and sheer scope can prove daunting to even the most intrepid reader. George Cotkin's Dive Deeper provides both a guide to the novel and a record of its dazzling cultural train. It supplies easy-to-follow plot points for each of the novel's 135 sections before taking up a salient phrase, image, or idea in each for further exploration. Through these forays, Cotkin traces the astonishing reach of the novel, sighting the White Whale in mainstream and obscure subcultures alike, from impressionist painting circles to political terrorist cells. In a lively and engaging style, Dive Deeper immerses us into the depths of Melville's influence on the literature, film, and art of our modern world. Cotkin's playful wit and critical precision stretch from Camus to Led Zeppelin, from Emerson to Bob Dylan, and bring to life the terrors and wonders of what is arguably America's greatest novel.

Die fabelhaften Schwestern der Familie Cooke


Author: Karen Joy Fowler

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 364112381X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 8572

»Hattest du als Kind auch diesen Moment, in dem dir plötzlich klar wurde, dass deine Familie verrückt ist?« Es war einmal ein Haus mit einem Garten, in dem wohnten ein Apfelbaum, ein Bach und ein kleine Katze mit mondgelben Augen. Hier wachsen drei Kinder auf: Rosemary, ihre ungestüme Schwester Fern und ihr großer Bruder Lowell. Sie könnten eine ganz normale Familie sein. Wäre ihr Vater nicht Wissenschaftler, und wäre Fern nicht ein ganz besonderes kleines Mädchen, das Wachsmalstifte verspeist, den perfekten Rückwärtssalto beherrscht und lacht wie eine Säge. Jahre nach Ferns Verschwinden erzählt Rosemary nun deren Geschichte. Denn erzählen war das Einzige, was Fern nie konnte. »Die wundersame Reise ins Herz einer Familie. Am Ende bricht das Buch dem Leser nicht einfach das Herz – es nimmt sein Herz und gibt es nicht mehr zurück.« Dan Chaon »Mein Lieblingsbuch des Jahres.« Elizabeth George

City of Thieves


Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423432810

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

View: 1203

Aktuell, gesellschaftskritisch und zugleich hochspannend Tina war 5, als sie mit ihrer Mutter aus ihrer Heimat, dem Kongo, fliehen musste und Zuflucht in Sangui City, Kenia, fand. Als ihre Mutter ermordet im Haus ihres Arbeitgebers aufgefunden wird, hat Tina nur ein Ziel: Rache zu nehmen für den Mord an ihrer Mutter. Die nächsten Jahre versucht sie auf der Straße zu überleben, unter dem Schutz der Goondas, der führenden Gang in Sangui City, die Tina zur Meisterdiebin ausbilden. Als endlich der Moment der Rache gekommen ist, muss Tina, inzwischen 16, feststellen, dass die Wahrheit viel komplizierter und brutaler ist, als sie geahnt hatte. Die Aufklärung des Mordes führt Tina zurück in den Kongo, wo sie erfahren muss, dass ihre Mutter ihr vieles aus der Vergangenheit verschwiegen hat. Und das bringt sie und die ihr Nahestehenden in große Gefahr…

Schnecke und Buckelwal

Author: Julia Donaldson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783407761392


Page: 31

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