In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way: A Graphic Novel
Product rating: 4.5 with 2 reviews
Whether you are looking to brush up or sample for the first time, this graphic adaptation of In Search of Lost Time is the perfect introduction to Proust’s masterpiece.
“Proust was the greatest novelist of the twentieth century, just as Tolstoy was in the nineteenth,” wrote Graham Greene. “For those who began to write at the end of the twenties or the beginning of the thirties, there were two great inescapable influences: Proust and Freud, who are mutually complementary.” With its sweeping digressions into the past and reflections on the nature of memory, Proust’s oceanic novel In Search of Lost Time looms over twentieth-century literature as one of the greatest, yet most endlessly challenging literary experiences. Influencing writers like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, and even anticipating Albert Einstein in its philosophical explorations of space and time, In Search of Lost Time is a monumental achievement and a virtual rite of passage for any serious lover of literature.
Now, in what renowned translator Arthur Goldhammer says might be “likened to a piano reduction of an orchestral score,” the French illustrator Stéphane Heuet re-presents Proust in graphic form for anyone who has always dreamed of reading him but was put off by the sheer magnitude of the undertaking. This graphic adaptation reveals the fundamental architecture of Proust’s work while displaying a remarkable fidelity to his language as well as the novel’s themes of time, art, and the elusiveness of memory. As Goldhammer writes in his introduction, the compression required by this kind of adaptation As Goldhammer writes in his introduction, “the reader new to Proust must attend closely, even in this compressed rendering, to the novel’s circling rhythms and abrupt cross-cuts between different places and times. But this necessary attentiveness is abetted and facilitated by the compactness of the graphic format.”
In this first volume, Swann’s Way, the narrator Marcel, an aspiring writer, recalls his childhood when―in a now immortal moment in literature―the taste of a madeleine cake dipped in tea unleashes a torrent of memories about his family’s country home in the town of Combray. Here, Heuet and Goldhammer use Proust’s own famously rich and labyrinthine sentences and discerning observations to render Combray like never before. From the water lillies of the Vivonne to the steeple and stained glass of the town church, Proust’s language provides the blueprint for Heuet’s illustrations. Heuet and Goldhammer also capture Proust’s humor, wit, and sometimes scathing portrayals of Combray’s many memorable inhabitants, like the lovelorn Charles Swann and the object of his affection and torment, Odette de Crécy; Swann’s daughter Gilberte; local aristocrat the Duchesse de Guermantes; the narrator’s uncle Adolphe; and the hypochondriac Aunt Léonie.
Including a Proust family tree, a glossary of terms, and a map of Paris, this graphic adaptation is a surprising and useful companion piece to Proust’s masterpiece for both the initiated and those seeking an introduction.
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Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
by: Random House
Product rating: 3.8 with 10 reviews
A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society
Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost,
she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
While citizens of the thirteen rebelling colonies came to blows with the British Empire over tariffs and parliamentary representation, the situation on the rest of the continent was even more fraught. In the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish forces clashed with Britain’s strained army to carve up the Gulf Coast, as both sides competed for allegiances with the powerful Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek nations who inhabited the region. Meanwhile, African American slaves had little control over their own lives, but some individuals found opportunities to expand their freedoms during the war. Independence Lost
reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war’s outcome. DuVal introduces us to the Mobile slave Petit Jean, who organized militias to fight the British at sea; the Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha, who worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O’Brien Pollock, who risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution; the half-Scottish-Creek leader Alexander McGillivray, who fought to protect indigenous interests from European imperial encroachment; the Cajun refugee Amand Broussard, who spent a lifetime in conflict with the British; and Scottish loyalists James and Isabella Bruce, whose work on behalf of the British Empire placed them in grave danger. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself.
Adding new depth and moral complexity, Kathleen DuVal reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution. Independence Lost
is a bold work that fully establishes the reputation of a historian who is already regarded as one of her generation’s best.
Praise for Independence Lost
“[An] astonishing story . . . Paint yourself a mental picture of the American War of Independence. If all you see are British redcoats battling minutemen and Continentals, Kathleen DuVal’s Independence Lost will knock your socks off.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Declaring that the American Revolution was fought in the name of empire almost seems blasphemous. However, DuVal excellently details how the event was actually a war for empire along the Gulf Coast of the United States. . . . Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“With deep research and lively writing, Kathleen DuVal musters a compelling cast to recover the dramatic story of the American Revolution in borderlands uneasily shared by rival empires, enslaved people, and defiant natives.”—Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Internal Enemy
“Gripping, rife with pathos, double-dealing, and intrigue.”—Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World
Posted in Colonial Period Tagged with: American, Edge, Independence, Lives, Lost, Random House, Revolution
Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities)
Product rating: 5.0 with 101 reviews
Sophie uncovers shocking secrets—and faces treacherous new enemies—in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.
Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.
But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.
In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.
Posted in Friendship Tagged with: Aladdin, Cities, Everblaze, Keeper, Lost
Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure (Thomas & Friends) (a Big Golden Book)
by: Golden Books
Product rating: 5.0 with 3 reviews
Buried treasure, a lost ship, and a wily modern-day pirate are the exciting elements of a brand-new Thomas & Friends movie, “Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure.” This hardcover Big Golden Book with a gold foil spine will thrill train-obsessed little boys and girls ages 3 to 7.
Posted in Action & Adventure Tagged with: Book, Friends, Golden, Golden Books, Legend, Lost, Sodor's, Thomas, Treasure
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animalsand Other Forgotten Skills
by: The Experiment
Product rating: 4.3 with 6 reviews
Gooley’s more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among the Dayak people of Borneo and the Tuareg of the Sahara. With his first book, The Natural Navigator, he started a renaissance in the rare art of reading nature’s clues.
Now, in The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, Gooley has compiled more than 850 outdoor tips—many not found in any other book in the world—that will open readers’ eyes to nature’s hidden logic. He shares techniques for forecasting and tracking, and for walking in the country or city, along the coast, and by night. This is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!
Posted in Star-Gazing Tagged with: Animalsand, Clues, Find, Forgotten, Locate, Lost, Nature's, Other, Outdoor, Predict, Reading, Signs, Skills, The Experiment, Track, Water, Weather, Your
Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure (Thomas & Friends) (Little Golden Book)
by: Golden Books
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Buried treasure, a lost ship, and a wily modern-day pirate are the exciting elements of a brand-new Thomas & Friends movie, “Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure.” This Little Golden Book retelling will thrill train-obsessed little boys and girls ages 2 to 5.
Posted in Action & Adventure Tagged with: Book, Friends, Golden, Golden Books, Legend, Little, Lost, Sodor's, Thomas, Treasure
Found & Lost: Found Poetry and Visual Poetry
by: Silver Birch Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Found & Lost is a collection of repurposed and remixed Found Poetry and Visual Poetry. George McKim has repurposed and remixed the work of poets ranging from Tristan Tzara to Lyn Hejinian and has transformed their words into a fascinating collection of strangely haunting Found Poems. Augmenting these poems are fourteen vintage dictionary pages that have metamorphosed into full color Visual Poems.
“Using poetic trinkets from its own ancestry, McKim’s Found & Lost builds us a reconstruction fit for 21st century literary exploits. McKim’s poems stir up and resettle our generation’s shared modern heritage with a subtlety and grace fit for veneration while opening itself to a playful audience in the way an old familiar playground greets a neighborhood child. These poems are true pleasures.” J.D. Mitchell-Lumsden, Editor – Cricket Online Review Poetry Journal
“George McKim’s poems are always on the verge of happening, in that happysad place just short of sense, where pure sonic energy spins its truest and most absurd shapes. Found and Lost is a homecoming to the bottomless, where you left your clouds and the keys. It is an impossible space that I don’t want to leave.” Peter Cole Friedman, Poet
“There can be no quibbling over the delight that George McKim’s Found & Lost, with its artful assemblage of pre-existing text, provides. The poems are fresh, revitalize the words of others through juxtaposition, incision, and new ‘sharp eyes,’ to use an included phrase from Tristan Tzara; and the most apt word to describe the visuals, a series of augmented dictionary pages, is ‘wonderful.’” Mark Young, Editor – Otoliths Poetry Journal
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: Found, Lost, Poetry, Silver Birch Press, Visual