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Un Para So Inalcanzable

Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
ISBN: 8415625421
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Al morir Simeon Simcox, el peculiar párroco socialista del pueblo de Rapstone Fanner, sus hijos descubren que ha dejado toda su fortuna al ambicioso diputado conservador local Leslie Titmuss. Los dos hijos de Simcox reaccionan de manera opuesta: Henry, famoso novelista e intelectual, y antiguo angry young man, impugnará el testamento alegando que su padre no estaba en sus cabales; en cambio, su hermano menor, Fred, un afable médico rural, decide investigar en el pasado de su padre y buscar una justificación a la inesperada decisión paterna. La narración recorre cuarenta años de la historia de Rapstone Fanner y sus gentes ?los que van desde la segunda guerra mundial hasta el gobierno de Margaret Thatcher?, durante los cuales la sociedad y costumbres inglesas sufrieron cambios radicales. Un paraíso inalcanzable es un delicioso retrato de la vida de provincias inglesa y también una feroz sátira del thatcherismo y de los cambios que se produjeron en el país durante la segunda mitad del siglo xx. En el poco tiempo que ha pasado desde su publicación en 1985 se ha ganado justamente su condición de clásico moderno.

The Deptford Trilogy

Author: Robertson Davies
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 0771027788
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Gathering Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders together, The Deptford Trilogy has been hailed as a modern classic and is available as an eBook for the first time. Woven around a mysterious death, the novels trace the rich and varied, and fatefully linked, lives of Dunstan Ramsay, David Staunton, and Magnus Eisengrim. Davies has created a beguiling, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels, luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history, and magic and providing an exhilarating antidote to a world from where “the fear and dread and splendor of wonder have been banished.”

El Regreso De Titmuss

Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
ISBN: 8415625790
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El apacible pueblo de Rapstone Fanner está amenazado por un salvaje plan urbanístico que pone en peligro su idílico encanto y también el del valle que lo rodea. El honorable Leslie Titmuss, diputado local y ministro de Territorio, Urbanismo y Fomento en el gobierno conservador de Margaret Thatcher, está ocupado cortejando a la bella viuda Jenny Sidonia y no sabe muy bien a qué carta quedarse. ¿Debería ser coherente con sus ideas y apoyar a los especuladores o, en cambio, proteger su pueblo, y de paso su recién estrenada casa de campo, de los bloques de oficinas, centros comerciales y toneladas de asfalto que lo va a sepultar? Mortimer retoma alguno de los personajes de su exitosa novela Un paraíso inalcanzable para componer una formidable sátira de las maquinaciones políticas y de los cambios que el desarrollo económico produjo en la sociedad inglesa.

The Sound Of Trumpets

Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141193409
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'Delicious . . . Mortimer in vintage form' Observer When a Tory MP is found dead in a swimming-pool wearing a leopardskin bikini, the embittered Leslie (now Lord) Titmuss sees the ideal opportunity to re-enter the political arena. All he needs is a puppet, and Terry Flitton - inoffensive New Labourite - is perfect. Along with his beautiful, very PC wife, Terry heads blindly for the Hartscombe and Worsfield South by-election. But is he too busy listening for the sound of victory trumpets to notice that the Tory dinosaur is not quite extinct? John Mortimer's brilliant follow-up to Paradise Postponed and Titmuss Regained, The Sound of Trumpets is a devilishly witty satire on political ambition, spin and sleaze, and the culmination of a masterly trilogy. 'A thumping good plot . . . Titmuss is one of the writer's finest creations' Sunday Telegraph

Titmuss Regained

Author: John Mortimer
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141193387
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'Richly entertaining . . . mercilessly funny in its observations on the way we live now' Sunday Times The Right Honourable Leslie Titmuss has clawed his way up the Tory government ranks and is now Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Ecological Affairs and Planning (H.E.A.P.), and in pursuit of beautiful widow Jenny Sidonia. But seismic changes are afoot in the beautiful countryside where a new town threatens to engulf his own back garden. Will Leslie bow to market forces? Or will he join the fight against the multi-storey car parks, shopping precincts and office blocks that could sweep away Rapstone Valley? The sequel to John Mortimer's stunning novel Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained is a panoramic satire on the machinations of politics and an affectionate elegy to a disappearing world. 'Beautifully written, witty and often very, very funny' Spectator

The Naked Tourist

Author: Lawrence Osborne
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 9781429934985
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From the theme resorts of Dubai to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itself Sick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient. And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist. What, Osborne asks, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, hotels, cosmetic-surgery packages, spas, spiritual retreats, sex clubs, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, the world's single largest business, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Western mind, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, generous, perceptive, funny, sensible."

Roth Unbound

Author: Claudia Roth Pierpont
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374710449
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A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which won the National Book Award in 1960, and the explosion of Portnoy's Complaint in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank's story in The Ghost Writer ten years later and the series of masterworks starting in the mid-eighties—The Counterlife, Patrimony, Operation Shylock, Sabbath's Theater, American Pastoral, The Human Stain—Roth has produced some of the great American literature of the modern era. And yet there has been no major critical work about him until now. Here, at last, is the story of Roth's creative life. Roth Unbound is not a biography—though it contains a wealth of previously undisclosed biographical details and unpublished material—but something ultimately more rewarding: the exploration of a great writer through his art. Claudia Roth Pierpont, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has known Roth for nearly a decade. Her carefully researched and gracefully written account is filled with remarks from Roth himself, drawn from their ongoing conversations. Here are insights and anecdotes that will change the way many readers perceive this most controversial and galvanizing writer: a young and unhappily married Roth struggling to write; a wildly successful Roth, after the uproar over Portnoy, working to help writers from Eastern Europe and to get their books known in the West; Roth responding to the early, Jewish—and the later, feminist—attacks on his work. Here are Roth's family, his inspirations, his critics, the full range of his fiction, and his friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. Here is Roth at work and at play. Roth Unbound is a major achievement—a highly readable story that helps us make sense of one of the most vital literary careers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Author: Peter Cameron
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9781429927130
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him–including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected. "Possibly one of the all-time great New York books, not to mention an archly comic gem" (Peter Gadol, LA Weekly), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the insightful, powerfully moving story of a young man questioning his times, his family, his world, and himself.

This Must Be The Place

Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385349432
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An irresistible love story, an unforgettable family. Bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell captures an extraordinary marriage with insight and laugh-out-loud humor in what Richard Russo calls “her breakout book.” Perfect for readers of Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Daniel Sullivan leads a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and his wife, Claudette, is a reclusive ex–film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Together, they have made an idyllic life in the country, but a secret from Daniel’s past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is an irresistible love story that crisscrosses continents and time zones as it captures an extraordinary marriage, and an unforgettable family, with wit and deep affection.