Donnerstag, 9. Oktober 2014

[Neuzugänge] Und es geht weiter

Hier, wie versprochen, der zweite Teil der aktuellen Neuzugänge-Posts :)
Dieses Mal sind es tatsächlich nur englische und "ältere" Bücher.

Howl and other poems (Allen Ginsberg)
Bei "Howl" handelt es sich um das bekannteste Gedicht des amerikanischen Dichters Allen Ginsberg, und um eines der herausragendsten Werke der Beat Generation. Neben diesem beinhaltet das Buch noch weitere be- und unbekannte Gedichte des Autors.

Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)
Driven mad by three years of endless telegrams, phonecalls, mail, reporters and snoopers in the wake of his hugely successful novel On the Road, Jack Kerouac, 'King of the Beats', needs peace, quiet and sobriety: surrounded and outnumbered he has to 'get away to solitude again or die'.
A cabin in Big Sur is the retreat to which Jack Duluoz, Kerouac's autobiographical hero, withdraws. The result is a moving account of a man struggling with inner demons: blessed by great talent and cursed with an urge towards self-destruction - a path lined with double bourbons, Manhattans and scotch...

Johnny got his gun (Dalton Trumbo)
This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered—not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome...but so is war.

Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
A jarring, fragmented ride through the dark underbelly of Edinburgh, the festival city. There is not an advocate, a festival performer or a fur coat in sight as, with bitter passion and rancid humour, Welsh lays bare the lives of this ill-starred bunch of addicts, alcoholics and no-hopers.

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
In hiding from his drunken and tyrannical father, Huck Finn escapes to Jackson's Island, where he meets Jim, a runaway slave. Together the boys set off on a raft down the Mississippi, in a daring bid for freedom from so-called "sivilization".

Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
Lemuel Gulliver, ship's surgeon and castaway, has awoken in Lilliput, where the size of the tiny inhabitants make their concerns and quarrels seem ridiculous. A second journey takes him to the kingdom of giants, where again his size gives him a new insight into human behaviour. Then, after he is cast adrift by pirates, Gulliver visits a series of islands where learning is misdirected and immortality is only misery. Gulliver's final voyage brings him to the land of the Houyhnhnms, horses with reason, who share their domain with the brutish Yahoos. He returns to England a changed man.

A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy & impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora; & the magnificently impecunious Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations.

Emma (Jane Austen)
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. 

Robin Hood (Henry Gilbert)
Robin Hodd is the best-loved outlaw of all time. In this beautifully illustrated edition, Henry Gilbert tells of the adventures of the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest - Robin Hood himself, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Alan-a-Dale, as well as Maid Marian, good King Richard, and Robin's deadly enemies Guy of Gisborne and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

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