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Book Synopsis Observatory Mansions by : Edward Carey
Download or read book Observatory Mansions written by Edward Carey and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2011-12-12 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Observatory Mansions was once the Orme family's ancestral home. Now it is a crumbing apartment block, stranded on a traffic island and peopled with eccentrics. Alice Orme never stirs from her bed, her husband lives in his old armchair, and Francis, their son, practises his own art of stillness as a human statue in the centre of the decaying city. He lives by his Law of White Gloves, never touching anything without their protection, and collects items for his secret exhibition - items stolen, not because of any monetary worth, but because they are treasured by the owners. This careful routine is shaken by the arrival of a new resident, Anna Tap, half blind and vulnerable, but with a strange gift for inspiring trust. As the other residents gradually open their hearts to her, Francis realises he must act before she forces him to confront his own past, and before she finds out about the mysterious final object in his exhibition. But as the currents of memory and desire swirl within Observatory Mansions' crumbling walls, it seems the sinister Porter has plans of his own... Edward Carey's debut is a novel of immense originality - a strangely haunting landscape occupied by compelling and unforgettable characters.
Book Synopsis Realist Critiques of Visual Culture by : Edward Barnaby
Download or read book Realist Critiques of Visual Culture written by Edward Barnaby and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-05-10 with total page 186 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Have industrial-age technologies and visual discourses transformed us into spectators of the real, and can realist fiction make that transformation visible to us? This book brings Situationist Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and an array of cultural criticism into dialogue with novels by Hardy, Forster, Woolf, Rushdie, Carey and Barnes to foreground literary realism’s critique of visual culture, including Gothic architectural revival, neoclassicism, tourism, historical pageantry, postcolonial cinema and photography, museums, preservationism, urbanism and artisanal neo-folk movements. Barnaby advances the concept of meta-spectacle to distinguish realist fiction that engages ethically with visual discourses from realist-ic fiction that reproduces the visible veneer of reality for aesthetic consumption. He highlights the limitations of artistic critiques of spectacle, considers their resilience toward a culture industry that continuously repackages iconoclasm as iconicity, and reflects upon the process of reorienting the reader to comprehend realist gestures. By heightening the capacity to recognize our own immersion within objectified representations of the real, Realist Critiques of Visual Culture demonstrates how literary realism remains vital within a society that is so deeply invested in visually replicating and archiving lived experience.
Book Synopsis Observatory Mansions by : Edward Carey
Download or read book Observatory Mansions written by Edward Carey and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2002-02-05 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Once the Orme family’s magnificent ancestral estate, Observatory Mansions is now a crumbling apartment complex, home to an eccentric group of misfits. One of them is Francis Orme, who earns his livelihood as a living statue. When not practicing “inner and outer stillness,” Francis steals the cherished possessions of others to add to his private museum. The other tenants are equally as odd: his mother and father, who haven’t interacted in years; a man who continually sweats and cries; a recluse who prefers television to reality; and a woman who behaves like a dog. When Anna Tapp arrives among them she stirs their souls, bringing long forgotten memories to the surface–and arousing fears that this new resident intends to provoke a metamorphosis. Reminiscent of Beckett, Ionesco, and Millhauser but startlingly original, Observatory Mansions is also unexpectedly beguiling. Upon its publication in England, it was a literary sensation, and John Fowles called it “easily the most brilliant fiction I’ve seen this year.”
Download or read book 365: AIGA Year in Design written by Aiga and published by Harper Design. This book was released on 2002-06-18 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Alva & Irva written by Edward Carey and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2011-05-13 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The city of Entralla – along with Gondal, Brobdingnag and the Emerald City – is not somewhere you are likely to have visited. Only one guidebook to the place exists, despite its historic landmarks and the considerable civic pride of its inhabitants. Alva and Irva are identical twin sisters, and Entralla is their home. By nature, Alva is an explorer, and longs to travel the world. Irva is a recluse, for whom every step outside the house is an ordeal. But the twins belong together and cannot survive without each other. It is when Irva refuses to leave the house at all that the major work of their lives begins: Alva wanders the city streets, observing, taking notes, measuring, and reporting her findings to Irva, who painstakingly recreates a miniature Entralla. In Alva and Irva, Edward Carey takes the reader on an enchanting journey through a city of the imagination; the twins are mesmerizing heroines whose conflicting desires contain the seeds of both their destruction and their salvation.
Download or read book Corner of the Dead written by Lynn Lurie and published by Univ of Massachusetts Press. This book was released on 2008 with total page 164 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Corner of the Dead depicts the reign of violence perpetrated by the Shinning Path Guerillas, a Maoist based organization, the subsequent authoritarian counter attack by the Peruvian government, and the humanitarian groups that tried to help. Lisette is destabilized by the love she abandoned along with the fight, and desperately tries to find meaning beyond that of just surviving. -- Author's website.
Book Synopsis Review of Contemporary Fiction by : John O'Brien
Download or read book Review of Contemporary Fiction written by John O'Brien and published by Dalkey Archive Press. This book was released on 2003-01-08 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Joseph Dewey, "Rick Moody" Brian Evenson & Joanna Howard, "Ann Quin" Zachary Hammerman, Ed., "Casebook Study of Silas Flannery"