Article: New Fiction Star Taps Bangladeshi Roots

New Fiction Star Taps Bangladeshi Roots

by Vanessa Thorpe and Mahtab Haider for Guardian Unlimited Books

“Great writing may be in the blood, but having a window seat on remarkable historical events can help to shape an author. A major new talent, Tahmima Anam, has the advantage of coming from a line of gifted Bangladeshi writers and thinkers, yet it is the damaging experience her family shared with thousands of others living around them that is to see her launched in Britain.
Anam, a 31-year-old Londoner born in Bangladesh, is the author of a book that charts the personal impact of the violent upheaval which split a continent and drove a wedge between close relatives in the 1970s. The Golden Age, her debut novel, to be published early next year, has been hailed as a work to rival Brick Lane by Monica Ali and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.”

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Article: A Layered Look Reveals Ancient Greek Texts

A Layered Look Reveals Ancient Greek Texts

by Felicia R Lee for NY Times Arts (Nov. 27, 2006)

“BALTIMORE — An ambitious international project to decipher 1,000-year-old moldy pages is yielding new clues about ancient Greece as seen through the eyes of Hyperides, an important Athenian orator and politician from the fourth century B.C. What is slowly coming to light, scholars say, represents the most significant discovery of Hyperides text since 1891, illuminating some fascinating, time-shrouded insights into Athenian law and social history.”

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Review: For Latin Lovers Everywhere…

For Latin Lovers Everywhere…

by Charlotte Higgins for Guardian Unlimited Books

“It is a thoroughly unlikely publishing phenomenon. A book about Latin – that is, about how to learn Latin, with dozens of verb tables and explanations of the ablative absolute and the gerundive – has crept up, unexpectedly but persistently, as high as number 14 in the Amazon bestseller list in the all-important weeks before Christmas. It is possible that the British reading public are labouring under an almighty illusion, since Amo, Amas, Amat … and All That: How to Become a Latin Lover might reasonably be supposed to be a volume dispensing Roman sex tips (which would be a pretty racy read).”

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Read It Online: THE MYTH OF THE BIRTH OF THE HERO by Otto Rank (1914)

from Sacred Texts


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Blog: The Perfect and The Good

The Perfect and The Good

by Malcolm Gladwell for

“I wrote a piece for the The New Yorker a few weeks ago about a group of people who have created a neural network that predicts (or tries to predict) the box office of movies from their scripts. (It’s not up on my site yet, but will be soon).
The piece drew all kinds of interesting responses, a handful of which pointed out obvious imperfections in the system.”

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Published in: on November 29, 2006 at 6:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: An Inspiration, Yes. Did I Copy From Another? No.

“Ian McEwan has a reputation for the thorough research he undertakes before writing his novels. But yesterday, a Sunday newspaper claimed he had “copied” the work of another author for his Booker-nominated novel, Atonement. Here, McEwan refutes the claim, and explains how he drew on research and reminiscences for one of his most celebrated books.” 

An Inspiration, yes. Did I copy from another? No.

by Ian McEwan for Guardian Unlimited Books (Nov. 27, 2006)

“Many ex-servicemen have found it difficult or impossible to talk about their experiences of war. My father never had any such problems. He never tired of telling me, a bored adolescent, and later, an attentive middle-aged son, how his legs were shot up by a machine gun mounted on a German tank; how he teamed up with a fellow who had been wounded in both arms, and how between them they had managed the controls of a motorbike to drive to the beaches of Dunkirk and eventual evacuation.”

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Read the first chapter of ATONEMENT here

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Article: Eyebrows Are Raised Over Passages In A Best Seller By Ian McEwan

Eyebrows Are Raised Over Passages In A Best Seller By Ian McEwan

by Alan Cowell for NY Times Books (Nov. 27, 2006)

“The scene: a London hospital during World War II. The character: a nurse who “dabs gentian violet on ringworm” and is told to wash blood off her face to avoid upsetting the patients. The inspiration? Well, that’s where the dispute starts.
In a literary imbroglio Ian McEwan, one of Britain’s best known and most lauded authors, has been accused in newspaper articles of copying phrases and sentences for his best-selling novel “Atonement” in 2001 from a memoir published in 1977 by Lucilla Andrews, a former nurse and an acclaimed writer of romantic novels.”

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Review: STRONG IS YOUR HOLD by Galway Kinnell

On The Borderline

by David Kirby for NY Times Books

strong.gif“Strong is whose hold? Walt Whitman answers the question posed by the title of Galway Kinnell’s latest book of poems (his first collection of new work in more than a decade) in an 1871 poem called “The Last Invocation,” the concluding lines of which say, “Strong is your hold O mortal flesh” and “Strong is your hold O love.”

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Read It Online: THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane

from Page By Page Books


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List: 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006)

from NY Times Books

This list consists of books reviewed by NY Times since the December 4, 2005 issue.

ABSURDISTAN. By Gary Shteyngart. (Random House, $24.95.) A young American-educated Russian with an ill-gotten fortune waits to return to the United States in this darkly comic novel.

AFTER THIS. By Alice McDermott. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) In her effectively elliptical novel, McDermott continues to scrutinize the lives of Irish Catholics on Long Island.

AGAINST THE DAY. By Thomas Pynchon. (Penguin Press, $35.) In Pynchon’s globe-trotting tale, set (mostly) on the eve of World War I, anarchic Americans collide with quasi-psychic European hedonists and a crew of boyish balloonists, anticipating the shocks to come.”

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