Author: Bucher Gruppe
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Release Date: 2011-08
Genre: Literary Criticism
Kapitel: Jenseits Von Eden, Von Musen Und Menschen, Die Reise Mit Charley: Auf Der Suche Nach Amerika, Das Rettungsboot, Frchte Des Zorns, Tortilla Flat, Die Strae Der lsardinen, Fnf Perlen, Viva Zapata!, Ed Ricketts, Die Perle, Der Mond Ging Unter, Der Rote Pony Und Andere Erzhlungen, Wonniger Donnerstag. Aus Wikipedia. Nicht dargestellt. Auszug: Other reasons this message may be displayed: ...http://booksllc.net/?l=de
Author: Geert Mak
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Social change
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green GMC pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. The truck was named Rocinante after Don Quixoteâe(tm)s horse, and Steinbeck was Cervantesâe(tm) foolhardy knight. America was looking to the future, full of optimism and desperate to leave behind the troubles of past; Steinbeck, great chronicler of the ordinary working man, was starting to feel out of touch. As he said to a friend: âe~I must see how the country looks and smells and sounds.âe(tm) The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books. Half a century on, Geert Mak sets off from Steinbeckâe(tm)s home in his own Rocinante, with his wife and his sat-nav Sandy. Mile after mile, as he retraces Steinbeckâe(tm)s footsteps through the potato fields of Maine to the endless prairies of the Midwest, sits down to eat with farmers, workers, fisherman and teachers, stumbles across glistening suburbs and boarded-up stores, he searches for the roots of America and what remains of the restless, prosperous world Steinbeck describes. Part biography, part cultural history, In America asks how America has changed in the last 50 years; whatâe(tm)s happened to Main Street, USA, and the American dream; and what do we, Europe and America, still have in common in the twenty-first century?
Di Cannery Row, California, Mack dan teman-temannya dianggap sampah masyarakat. Tapi, Doc-seorang ahli maritim-tidak menganggap mereka demikian. Doc selalu berbuat baik kepada mereka, sehingga Mack ingin sekali membalas budi. Namun, ketika niat baik Mack malah berubah menjadi bencana, masihkan Doc bersikap sama terhadap Mack dan yang lainnya? Di dalam premisnya yang sederhana, Cannery Row memiliki kisah memukau tentang kemanusiaan dan kebaikan. John Steinbeck meramu semuanya secara realistis, imajinatif, menggabungkan antara humor, simpati, dan nilai-nilai yang humanis. Berkat kemahirannya itu, John Steinbeck meraih Nobel Sastra di tahun 1962. Inilah karya John Steinbeck yang paling berpengaruh. Bahkan, Ocean View Avenue-tempat yang dijadikan lokasi novel ini-mengubah namanya menjadi Cannery Row sebagai penghormatan untuk buku ini. Dan, ketika diterjemahkan oleh Eka Kurniawan-sastrawan Indonesia pertama yang meraih nominasi di Man Booker Prize International-Cannery Row, tak pelak lagi, menjadi bacaan yang kaya serta penuh makna. Sebab, seperti kotanya sendiri, Cannery Row dipenuhi kebisingan, kebusukan, cahaya, nada, puisi, nostalgia, dan mimpi. [Mizan, Bentang Pustaka, Pengangguran, USA, Indonesia]
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2000-09-07
Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, TORTILLA FLAT is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears...
In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Social Science
A portrait of 1940s America by a French writer, eg. "The constipated girl smiles a loving smile at the lemon juice that relieves her intestines. In the subway, in the streets, on magazine pages, these smiles pursue me like obsessions. I read on a sign in a drugstore, 'Not to grin is a sin.' Everyone obeys the order, the system. 'Cheer up! Take it easy.' Optimism is necessary for the country's social peace and economic prosperity."
Author: John Dos Passos
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Before John Dos Passos enjoys fame as a chronicler and critic of American society, he wins recognition for command of aesthetics. Orient Express, a memoir of the author’s travels through Eastern Europe, the Near East, and the Middle East, focuses on sights, sounds, and smells rather than plot or character. Dos Passos applies his instincts as a painter to mountain ranges and grimy alleyways, finding beauty everywhere. His tour extends from Tiflis, Georgia, to Erivan, Armenia, and Marrakesh, Morocco; from Kasvin, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq, and Damascus, Syria. He crosses the Syrian Desert, observes the aftermath of the Greek-Turkish War, climbs the Caucasus, explores Persia during the rise of Reza Kahn, and records the creation of Iraq by the British. His message is clear and relevant to contemporary travelers: holiness and happiness abounds in the East as much as the West. “With the name of Allah for all baggage,” Dos Passos writes, “you could travel from the Great Wall of China to the Niger and be fairly sure of food, and often of money, if only you were ready to touch your forehead in the dust five times a day and put away self and the glamorous West. And yet,” he adds, “the West is conquering.”
Author: Elias Canetti
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2012-01-26
Nobel Prize-winning author Canetti spent only a few weeks in Marrakesh, but it was a visit that would remain with him for the rest of his life. In The Voices of Marrakesh, he captures the essence of that place: the crowds, the smells - of spices, camels and the souks - and, most importantly to Canetti, the sounds of the city, from the cries of the blind beggars and the children's call for alms to the unearthly silence on the still roofs above the hordes. In these immaculately crafted essays, Canetti examines the emotions Marrakesh stirred within him and the people who affected him for ever.
Author: Karl May
Release Date: 2006-10-01
Carrying the theme of religious intolerance, racism and aggression, Karl May narrates the story of a young apache chief who had to endure the deaths of his close ones. Propounding on how the trans-continental mingling affected the life-styles of Indians, the book is set in 1800's and in the South-West of U.S. An enthralling and captivating tale of murder and revenge.
For the first five decades of her life, Dolly wore her inferiority complex like a second skin. It was so much a part of her that she didn’t even know it was there. Possibly nobody else did either. At the age of four she was told, by her birth Mother, ‘big girls don’t cry’. So from that time on she didn’t!! Except when she absolutely couldn’t help it and then she would go away on her own so that she wouldn’t be a nuisance or make anyone cross with her. It was the age when children were seen but not heard. Just before her eighth birthday her Father left without saying ‘Goodbye’ and this resulted in her Mother having to put Dolly and her little sister into foster care. There were three homes, the first was only temporary whilst a permanent one was found. The second was not a happy experience for Dolly but the third was just magic. She felt so lucky to be a part of Mum’s family. In decade number six there were many changes in Dolly’s life, she walked away from a thirty year marriage and set up home on her own, not an easy thing to do. Many new friends came into her life and between them they managed to teach her how to value herself. It took a lot of patience and persistence but gradually the healing took hold and is still continuing today. By helping others she found that she was helping herself too, magic.
Eine Reise zu den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums Geert Mak hat sich wieder auf den Weg gemacht. Der Bestsellerautor von »In Europa« ist quer durch die Landschaft, durch Geschichte und Gegenwart, ja durch die Köpfe und Herzen der USA gereist. Dabei trifft er unterschiedlichste Menschen, macht außergewöhnliche Beobachtungen und erzählt hinreißende Geschichten. Mit diesem Buch begibt sich Mak auf die Suche nach den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums und beschreibt die Mythen und das Selbstverständnis jenes Landes, das uns immer noch am meisten beschäftigt. Was ist aus dem amerikanischen Traum geworden, seit John Steinbeck 1960 die USA gemeinsam mit seinem berühmten Pudel Charley durchquert hat? Dieser Frage folgt der international bekannte Publizist Geert Mak und macht sich dafür selbst auf den Weg durch die Vereinigten Staaten, fernab ausgetrampelter Pfade, quer durch ein Land, das er liebt und zugleich kritisch betrachtet. Meile um Meile dringt er tiefer in das Land und seine Mythen, sein Selbstverständnis, seine Großartigkeit und Zerrissenheit vor. Seine Reise führt ihn von den großen Ostküstenstädten über die Kartoffelacker des Hinterlandes und die Prärie des mittleren Westens bis zum Pazifik. Er trifft Menschen – setzt sich an einen Tisch mit dem Farmer, dem Fabrikarbeiter, dem Fischer, dem Lehrer. Er streift durch die riesigen Malls und die Vororte, und er sucht nach den Wurzeln des Landes, das sich radikal verändert und doch den Glauben an den amerikanischen Traum bewahrt hat.
The author describes his participation in the most challenging race in the world, the Dakar Rally, along with two fellow motorcyclists, and details their adventures in the countries hosting the rally as well as the history of the race.