The powerless must have a dream or two,dreams that break walls,dreams that go through walls as if they are powerless.
The curtain open on four figures,two men and two women.There is the sultan,who wants a virgin every night;there is his brother,who makes an enemy of darkness and tries to banish it;and there are their ambitious brides,the sisters Shahrzad and Dunyazad,aspiring to be heroines-or martyrs.Travelling in and out of these lives to spellbinding effect is a range of stories,dark,poetic and witty in turn,spanning medieval to contemporary times.
With its sharp and lively blend of past and present,its skillful reworking of the historical tradition,and its evocative language,When Dreams Travel has all the significance of modern myth.
A magical tour de force by a writer at the height of her powers.
Riding The Ranges: Travels on My Motorcycle by Bill Aitken
An unforgettable journey over the magnificent mountain ranges of India
Well-Known travel writer Bill Aitken was fifty years old when he first got on a bike.An then he choose to attempt the near impossible-a solo motorcycle ride across the Himalya and the Sahyadri,the most challenging mountain ranges of India.Over the next ten years,Aitken traversed practically the whole country,from Garhwal to Arunachal,and from Ladakh to Kanyakumari.In this book he relives the high points of his extraordinary romance with hills:an unexpected encounter with a hungry leopard in the jungles of Himachal,a last-minute rescue from the fury of the Brahmaputra by the Boarder Roads Organization,an exhilirating ride through the beautifully regimented tea gardens of Assam and Kerala,and above all,the spellbending beauty and grandeur of the natural landscape.
We read of apathetic bureaucrats and surly porters,confused policemen ignorant of government rules,and brave Border Roads personnel who risk their lives practically every day on the job.For those who might wish to follow a similar trail,the author also goes into the mechanics of bike-riding,discussing the best ways of keeping rider and machine in top gear.
Wonderfully descriptive and often startlingly insightful,Riding the Ranges:Travel on My Motorcycle is not only the record of a journey but the account of one man's attempt to comprehend teh cultural complexity of the nation he has made his income.
The Winter of Our Discontent
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Ethan Hawley is a war veteran, grocery store clerk, husband, and father, with much to say about Americans, consumerism, and the characters of his small seaside town. Themes of inadequacy, guilt, and deception are prominent as Ethan attempts to fulfill the expectations of his ancestors as well as his wife and children. "No one wants advice, only corroboration."
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction is a collection of two novellas by J. D. Salinger, published in 1963.
Like many of the other Glass family stories, Raise High is narrated by Buddy Glass, the second of the Glass brothers, and describes Buddy's visit on Army leave (during World War II, in 1942) to attend the wedding of his brother Seymour, and tells of the events that follow the wedding's non-occurrence.
Seymour: An Introduction was also originally published in The New Yorker.
As the title suggests, the story represents an attempt by Buddy Glass to introduce the reader to his brother Seymour, who had committed suicide in 1948. Buddy reminisces from his secluded home.
This story, like others concerning the Glass family, touches upon Zen Buddhism, haiku, and the Hindu philosophy of vedanta.