The companion novel to Mrs Bridge, this is a pitch-perfect portrayal of marriage and family life and a poignant dissection of the unexamined life. Walter Bridge, husband to India and father to three, is a successful lawyer in a Kansas suburb. The daily dramas of his life only serve to illuminate his narrow prejudices and complacent outlook, yet he is also troubled by existential doubts, dark undercurrents of desire and a yearning for something forever out of his reach. In Mr Bridge, Evan S. Connell gives us a moving, satirical and poetic portrayal of a man who cannot escape his limitations and of a couple growing old together but unable, ultimately, to connect. The companion novel, Mrs Bridge, telling the story from the other side of the marriage, is published in Penguin Modern Classics. 'With a delicate and subtle irony, Mr Connell shows us, first from her, then from his point of view, the little daily dramas of this ordinary family. It is very, very funny, often moving and sad, and written with an uncompromising realism that one rarely comes across. To me the Bridges were a revelation: I cannot recommend them too highly' Daily Telegraph
This limited hardback edition brings together Evan S. Connell's brilliant novels Mr Bridge and Mrs Bridge. Thomas Heatherwick, who most recently designed the new London Routemaster Bus and the spectacular Olympic Cauldron, has specially created this beautiful and innovative interlocking edition, which is available in a limited print run of just 1000 copies. The books can either be read separately, or slotted together in a unique book sculpture. Renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick is famous for projects as diverse as the Seed Cathedral at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the East Beach Cafe in West Sussex and the flagship Longchamp store in New York.A new edition of Evan Connell's Mr Bridge will be published in Penguin Modern Classics in February 2013 as a companion work to sit alongside Mrs Bridge. The Penguin Modern Classics edition of Mrs Bridge includes an introduction by Joshua Ferris; Mr Bridge will be introduced by Lionel Shriver.The Bridges are an unremarkable and conservative couple who live in Kansas City with their three children. Mrs Bridge spends her time shopping, going to bridge parties and bringing up her children to have nice manners; Mr Bridge is an outwardly successful lawyer who only wants the best for his family. And yet sometimes both experience the vague, disquieting sensation that all is not well in their comfortable lives. In a series of comic, telling vignettes, Evan S. Connell illuminates the narrow morality, confusion and even terror at the heart of lives of plenty. Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, these two novels - told from both perspectives of the marriage - deserve their place amongst the classics of American twentieth-century fiction.
Laid out in an easy-to-use format with questions on the riht hand page and answers on the next page. In all, there are more than 150 trivia questions and 80 full-page bridge problems. With chapters on rubber, duplicate and team bridge as well as a wide scope of conventions focusing around both the weak and strong no trump, there is enough instruction to satisfy players of all standards and preferences. Guaranteed to give hours of fun to any bridge player.
Spannender Endzeit-Horror-Roman vom internationalen Bestsellerautor M.R. Carey. Großbritannien, in nicht allzu ferner Zukunft: Ein Parasit hat einen Großteil der Bevölkerung in menschenfressende Zombies verwandelt. Auf einer Militärbasis erforschen Wissenschaftler an infizierten Kindern, die trotz des Befalls noch logisch denken und ihr Verhalten kontrollieren können, den Verlauf der Infektion. Eines von ihnen ist Melanie, die Intelligenteste von allen. Kurz bevor auch sie auf dem Seziertisch landen kann, wird die Basis von einer Meute hungriger Infizierter angegriffen. Nur eine kleine Gruppe aus Soldaten und Wissenschaftlern überlebt. Verzweifelt kämpfen sie gemeinsam mit Melanie gegen die Infizierten – und gegeneinander. Denn auch wenn Melanie sich gegen ihre Instinkte wehrt, macht ihr Hunger sie sehr, sehr gefährlich ... »Wer auf The Walking Dead steht, für den ist dieses Buch was.« Radio 1 LIVE »M.R. Carey ist eine Klasse für sich.« Daily Mail »Einer der originellsten, spannendsten und stärksten Romane der letzten Zeit.« The Guardian
Presents a collection of the critic's most positive film reviews of the last four decades, arranged alphabetically from "About Last Night" to "Zodiac."
From East Africa of 1950s/60s comes this cleverly crafted story set against the backdrop of Hollywood and Bollywood films. Pictures that had the dances of Helen, the dance queen of Bollywood were box office hits. We fought to get the closest seat to the screen in the third class . . . because our eternal hope was that when Helen did her dance whirls and her umbrella skirt fanned out we would be able to see her naked legs. Alas, Indian heroines wore baggy pantaloons underneath, unlike Marilyn Monroe in Some like it Hot. Dancing with Shadows will touch every heart that has tasted the elixir of love and faced its challenges. The weekly visits to local cinemas to watch the latest releases of romantic pictures satiated the emotional highs of love often denied in real life by restrictive social norms. Where are the narrators escapades to the cinema and his recurring dreams leading him to? His journey will bring into sharp focus the alchemy of love that is at work in every heart.
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Hochspannung von Preston & Child, Amerikas Meister-Duo des Abenteuer-Thrillers, über einen möglichen Terror-Anschlag mit einer Atombombe Agent Gideon Crew soll in New York City einen anscheinend wahnsinnigen Atomwissenschaftler zur Vernunft bringen, der seine Familie als Geisel genommen hat. Aber die Mission geht schief, der Täter wird erschossen. Die Aufzeichnungen des Toten offenbaren einen mörderischen Plan: In zehn Tagen wird seine selbstgebaute Atombombe eine nukleare Katastrophe auslösen. Doch niemand weiß, welche amerikanische Stadt das Ziel des Anschlags sein wird. Der Countdown läuft ... "Reißt die Nerven in Fetzen wie hochexplosives Dynamit." Literaturmarkt.info
Evan S. Connell's Mrs Bridge is an extraordinary tragicomic portrayal of suburban life and one of the classic American novels of the twentieth century. Mrs Bridge, an unremarkable and conservative housewife in Kansas City, has three children and a kindly lawyer husband. She spends her time shopping, going to bridge parties and bringing up her children to be pleasant, clean and have nice manners. And yet she finds modern life increasingly baffling, her children aren't growing up into the people she expected, and sometimes she has the vague disquieting sensation that all is not well in her life. In a series of comic, telling vignettes, Evan S. Connell illuminates the narrow morality, confusion, futility and even terror at the heart of a life of plenty. The companion novel Mr Bridge, telling the story from the other side of the marriage, is also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A perfect novel ... Its tone - knowing, droll, plaintive, shuttling rapidly between pain and hilarity - elevates it to its own kind of specialness ... One of those books that can suffuse a room with happiness when someone brings it up' Meg Wulitzer, The New York Times 'Intimate ... affecting ... a very funny book' Joshua Ferris
Von Millionen Lesern sehnsüchtig erwartet – der neue große Roman vom preisgekrönten Autor des Weltbestsellers »Die Bücherdiebin«. Dies ist die Geschichte der fünf Dunbar-Brüder. Nach dem Tod der geliebten Mutter und dem Weggang ihres Vaters leben sie nach ihren ganz eigenen Regeln. Sie trauern, sie lieben, sie hassen, sie hoffen und sie suchen. Nach einem Weg, mit ihrer Vergangenheit klarzukommen, nach der Wahrheit und nach Vergebung. Schließlich ist es Clay – angetrieben von den Erinnerungen an ihren tragischen Verlust –, der beschließt, eine Brücke zu bauen. Eine Brücke, die Vergangenheit zu überwinden und so sich selbst und seine Familie zu retten. Dafür verlangt er sich alles ab, was er geben kann, und mehr: nichts weniger als ein Wunder.
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Volume One of these remarkable letters and diaries opens with a letter from Britten aged nine to his formidable mother, Edith. Music is already at the centre of his life, and it accompanies him through prep and public school and then to London to the Royal College of Music, where the phenomenally gifted but inexperienced young composer is plunged into metropolitan life and makes influential new friends, among them W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood. This was a time of prodigious musical creativity, a growing awareness of his sexuality, and the dawning of his political convictions. Most importantly, during this period Britten met Peter Pears and established the musical and personal relationship that was to last a lifetime. Volume One comes to a close in May 1939, when Britten, accompanied by Pears, departs for North America. The letters and diaries in this illuminating first volume and its successor are supplemented by the editors' detailed commentary and by exhaustive contemporary documentation. Together they constitute a comprehensive portrait not only of the composer but of an age.
'I am following the traces of a great jewel. All its owners are dead, and the jewel is lost...' Precious stones are thousands of years old. They pass through the hands of owners and smugglers, merchants and thieves. Often the hands leave no trace, but they are there all the same: they leave impressions, invisible, like atoms of hydrogen drawn to the surface of a diamond. The Love of Stones charts three lives linked by one such jewel. Katherine Sterne searches the goldsmiths' quarters and hidden archives of contemporary London, Tokyo and Istanbul, following the trail of a long-lost jewel: a brooch of rubies, diamonds and pearls once worn by Queen Elizabeth I. Two hundred years earlier, a pair of Iraqi Jewish brothers travel to London, their fortunes made by an unearthed jar of mysterious and priceless stones. An epic story spanning two continents and six centuries, The Love of Stones follows three very different people, each in their own way consumed by the same desire. At the heart of their lives is the Three Brethren, the legendary jewel that binds them together in a narrative as clear and irresistible as the facets of a diamond.
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