SchlagwortBritish Literature

Joseph Conrad: Chance (dt. Spiel des Zufalls) (1913 /2015) 3.6/5 (5)

ChanceWhen Flora de Barral’s father is imprisoned, she finds herself alone and without resources. Reliant on the generosity of others, Flora navigates with sensitivity her benefactors’ intrigues before finding safety and security with Captain Anthony.

Narrated by Conrad’s most popular character, Charles Marlow, Chance is remarkable for its sensitive portrayal of a female protagonist and for its depiction of the social issues of the period, including women’s suffrage and high-stakes financial speculation. Originally published serially, Chance was Conrad’s first commercially successful novel, and brought both fame and critical attention to his collected works.

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Joseph Conrad: The End of Tether (dt. Das Ende vom Lied) (1902 / 2004) 3.5/5 (8)

 

31292948Henry Whalley is a true sailor, earning years of experience as a ship’s captain before his retirement. Faced with unexpected financial problems and a desire to help his married daughter earn her place in the world, Whalley is forced to sell his boat and buy his way back into service on a trade vessel. But Whalley is living so close to financial ruin that any small deviation from his course will put him over the edge . . .

The End of the Tether is one of the many books that author Joseph Conrad wrote about sailors and the sea. Using his own personal experiences as a merchant marine as the foundation for his writing, Conrad produced some of the most realistic sea tales of the nineteenth century, including the popular Nostromo.

 

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Laurence Stern: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman () No ratings yet.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Laurence Sterne’s great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it. Part novel, part digression, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate „hero“ Tristram Shandy, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby, and a host of other characters, including Dr. Slop, Corporal Trim and the parson Yorick. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations.

The text and notes of this volume are based on the acclaimed Florida Edition, with a critical introduction by Melvyn New and Christopher Rick’s introductory essay from the first Penguin edition.

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Ian McEwan: Kindeswohl (2015), orig. The Children Act (2014) 4/5 (1)

Kindeswohl

Familienrecht ist das Spezialgebiet der Richterin Fiona Maye: Scheidungen, Sorgerecht, Fragen des Kindeswohls. In ihrer eigenen Ehe ist sie seit über dreißig Jahren glücklich. Da unterbreitet ihr Mann ihr einen schockierenden Vorschlag. Und zugleich muss sie einen dringlichen Gerichtsfall entscheiden, in dem es um den Widerstreit zwischen Religion und Medizin geht – und um Leben und Tod eines siebzehnjährigen Jungen.

  • Hardcover, 224 pages
  • Published January 9th 2015 by Diogenes (first published 2014)
  • ISBN 3257069162   (ISBN13: 9783257069167 )

    Ian McEwan, geboren 1948 in Aldershot (Hampshire), lebt in London. 1998 erhielt er für Amsterdam den Booker-Preis und 1999 den Shakespeare-Preis der Alfred-Toepfer-Stiftung für das Gesamtwerk. Sein Roman Abbitte wurde zum Weltbestseller und mit Keira Knightley verfilmt. Er ist Mitglied der Royal Society of Literature, der Royal Society of Arts und der American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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