28 décembre 2009

Arms and the women, Reginald Hill

A smartly dressed couple, looking entirely middle-class, has tried to abduct the wife of Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe. Not a woman to go gently into stange BMWs, Ellie Pascoe escapes. But the subsequent assault on a British matron close to the Pascoe home convinces Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel to look for criminals with a grudge against Peter. It's a logical response, but dead wrong.Soon Ellie's past as an activist comes under scrutiny - by more than the Yorkshire coppers. Sitting before a computer in Britain's intelligence... [Lire la suite]
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26 décembre 2009

Great Expectations, Charles DIckens

Pip doesn't expect much from life...His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a burden on her. But suddenly things begin to change. Pip's narrow existence is blown apart when he finds an escaped criminal, is summoned to visit a mysterious old woman and meets the icy beauty Estella. Most astoundingly of all, an anonymous person gives him money to begin a new life in London.Are these events as random as they seem? Or does Pip's fate hang on a series of coincidences he could never have expected? Charles... [Lire la suite]
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23 décembre 2009

Chocolate

There are over 220 recipes in this beautifully designed, easy-to-use cookbook, which is well-illustrated with step-by-step photography to guide you through the preparation. Full of useful cook's tips and recipe variations, the book provides the ultimate in choice for a collection of delicious recipes to satisfy and delight the most demanding of appetites. Some dishes include bright new suggestions using the freshest and most wholesome of ingredients, while others are innovative reworkings of traditional classics.
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16 décembre 2009

Angels & Demons, Dan Brown

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target.When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary... [Lire la suite]
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15 décembre 2009

What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew, Daniel Pool

From Fox Hunting to Whist - the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century EnglandFor the reader approaching nineteenth English literature for the first time, it is likely to be most useful as a reference. The inclusion in the glossary of many words whose meaning hasn't changed appreciably since last century — "diocese", "mastiff", and "rank", for example — is a little odd. Combined with repeated explanation of the difference between the American and British use of "first floor", it suggests that the... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2009

The Symphony, Michael Steinberg

Enriched by biographical detail, historical background, musical examples, and many finely nuanced observations, this volume is a treasury of insight and information. Readers will find illuminating discussion of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius, and Mahler, as well as of the most loved symphonic works of Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and others. We learn how to listen more sharply for Haydn's humor, to Mozart's singular combination of pathos with grace, and to the evolution of... [Lire la suite]
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30 novembre 2009

The Survival of the Pagan Gods, Jean Seznec

Everyone who wishes to untangle the intricate relations of Hellenism and Hebraism in the development of Western civilization will need to master Jean Seznec's superb essay. The final pages of the book offer a profound insight into the ways in which, paradoxically, it was the Renaissance wich led to the conception of antiquity as a serene arcadia 'toward which the anguished mind of modern man turns for refuge among the gods.' The 112 illustrations are a veritable museum" - Benjamin Nelson
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26 novembre 2009

Symbolist art, Edward Lucie-Smith

Though the Symbolist heyday in Paris was short-lived, the movement had an influence upon painting which perhaps exeeded that of Impressionism both in duration and geographical range. We find important Symbolist painters at work in places as remote from one another as Oslo(Munch), Vienna(Klimt) and Barcelona (the young Picasso). It is throught Symbolism, too, that we can explain the relationship between the English painting of the later nineteenth century and what was taking place in Europe. Edward Lucie-Smith's important study throws... [Lire la suite]
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13 novembre 2009

The Charles Dickens Encyclopedia, Michael & Mollie Hardwick

This is one of the most comprehensive, detailed and accurate single-volume reference books on the life and work of Charles Dickens ever compiled. Dickens is one of the greatest and most prolific of all English writers, and his output covers an enormous range, for as well as fifteen novels he also wrote plays and short stories, lectured widely, and published many papers on social, educational and penal reform.
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11 novembre 2009

The hanging garden, Ian Rankin

Detective Inspector John Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal. But an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus and escape clause. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road back to Paisley and pronto.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthorden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the pretigious Chandler-Fullbright Award, as well... [Lire la suite]
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