Karli has always led a sheltered life, and she has no complaints. To her, life is perfect: the perfect career, the perfect friends, the perfect husband. After a joyous dinner party turns disastrous, Karli´s perfect world is turned inside out. As she struggles to hold onto the life she holds dear, in comes the perfect stranger, Hudson Lewis. His charm and breathtaking view of life takes Karli by storm and awakens a dormant beast that unknowingly lies within. No holds barred, Karli embraces her new lease on life with a vengeance, but when a melting pot of lies and deceit is exposed, everyone´s life will forever be changed as it brings everything to light in plain view.
Much philosophical debate has attempted to reconcile the human capacity to view the world both objectively and subjectively. Thomas Nagel´s ambitious and lively book tackles this fundamental issue, arguing that our divided nature is the root of a whole range of philosophical problems, touching, as it does, every aspect of human life. He deals with its manifestations in such fields of philosophy as the mind-body problem, personal identity, knowledge and scepticism, thought and reality, free will, and ethics. From reviews of the hardback: `Remarkable ... all of his discussions are clear and insightful, but some reach a level of originality and illumination that opens genuinely new avenues of philosophical thought ... a rare combination of profundity and clarity, along with simplicity of expression. It should be recommended to all those who are bored with or despair about philosophy.´ Times Literary Supplement
The Penguin English Library Edition of A Room with a View by E. M. Forster ´´´But you do,´´ he went on, not waiting for contradiction. ´´You love the boy body and soul, plainly, directly, as he loves you, and no other word expresses it ...´´ Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Bertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George. Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally dull fiancé Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart? The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Arthur Miller´s play A View from the Bridge is a tragic masterpiece of the inexorable unravelling of a man, set in a close-knit Italian-American community in 1950s New York. Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it´s a privilege to take in his wife´s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, straight off the boat from Italy. But, as his niece Catherine begins to fall for one of them, it´s clear that it´s not just, as Eddie claims, that he´s too strange, too sissy, too careless for her, but that something bigger, deeper is wrong - and wrong inside Eddie, in a way he can´t face. Something which threatens the happiness of their whole family. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by the author and a new foreword by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
In ´´A View from the Bridge´´, 1955 uraufgeführt (seine endgültige Fassung fand das Drama ein Jahr später in einer Inszenierung von Peter Brook), dramatisiert Arthur Miller eine Geschichte, die er einem New Yorker Hafenarbeiter verdankt und in der es um den Verrat eines italienischen Einwanderers an zwei illegal eingewanderten Verwandten geht. An dieser Geschichte faszinierte Miller besonders das, wie er es nannte, mythische Element. Die ´´Brücke´´ des Titels ist die Brooklyn Bridge, die den auf Long Island gelegenen Stadtteil Brooklyn mit der Südspitze Manhattans verbindet. Das Stück war Vorlage für Filme von Luchino Visconti (´´Rocco und seine Brüder´´) und Sidney Lumet; Dustin Hoffman spielte in einer New Yorker Inszenierung 1965 mit, Scarlett Johannson 2009. Ungekürzte und unbearbeitete Textausgabe in der Originalsprache, mit Übersetzungen schwieriger Wörter am Fuß jeder Seite, Nachwort und Literaturhinweisen.
Visiting Italy with her prim and proper cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional lower-class Mr. Emerson and his son, George. Upon her return to England she becomes engaged to the supercilious Cecil Vyse, but finds herself increasingly torn between the expectations of the world in which she moves and the passionate yearnings of her heart. As Forster writes, ´´You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.´´ More than a love story, A Room With a View is a perceptive examination of class structure and a penetrating social comedy.
A new collection of unseen photographs of New York City´s 1970s punk heyday, by one of the icons of the city´s golden age of new wave, Blondie´s Chris Stein. A new collection of unseen photographs of New York City´s 1970s punk heyday, by one of the icons of the city´s golden age of music, Blondie´s Chris Stein. For the duration of the 1970s - from his days as a student at the School of Visual Arts through the foundation of the era-defining band Blondie and his subsequent reign as epicenter of punk´s golden age - Chris Stein kept an unrivaled photographic record of the downtown New York City scene. Following in the footsteps of the successful book Negative, this spectacular new book presents a more personal and more visceral collection of Stein´s photographs of the era. The images presented here take readers from self-portraits in his run-down East-Village apartment to candid photographs of pop-cultural icons of the time and evocative shots of New York City streetscapes in all their most longed-for romance and dereliction. An eclectic cast of cultural characters - from William Burroughs to Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol to Iggy Pop - appear here exactly as they were in the day, juxtaposed with children playing hopscotch on torn-down blocks, riding the graffiti-ridden subway, or cruising the burgeoning clubs of the Bowery. At once a chronicle of one music icon´s life among his punk and New-Wave heroes and peers, and a love letter to the city that was the backdrop and inspiration for those scenes, Point of View transports us to another place and time.
It is widely understood that Charles Darwin´s theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won´t be truly complete until it is applied more broadly-to everything associated with the words ´´human,´´ ´´culture,´´ and ´´policy.´´ In a series of engaging and insightful examples-from the breeding of hens to the timing of cataract surgeries to the organization of an automobile plant-Wilson shows how an evolutionary worldview provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution but also the fast-paced changes that are having an impact on our world and ourselves. What emerges is an incredibly empowering argument: If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales-from the efficacy of our groups to our well-being as individuals to our stewardship of the planet Earth.