Independent People

Independent People
Title Independent People PDF eBook
Author Halldor Laxness
Publisher Vintage
Pages 513
Release 1997-01-14
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0679767924

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From the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author, a magnificent, epic novel—"funny, clever, sardonic and brilliant" (Annie Proulx)—at last available to contemporary American readers. Set in the early twentieth century, Independent People recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. If Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book's protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic. Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece.

World Light

World Light
Title World Light PDF eBook
Author Halldor Laxness
Publisher Vintage
Pages 626
Release 2007-12-18
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0307430316

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A magnificently humane novel from the acclaimed Icelandic Nobel Prize winner: as an unloved foster child on a farm in rural Iceland, Olaf Karason has only one consolation, the belief that one day he will be a great poet. The indifference and contempt of most of the people around him only reinforces his sense of destiny, for in Iceland poets are as likely to be scorned as they are to be revered. Over the ensuing years, Olaf comes to lead the paradigmatic poet’s life of poverty, loneliness, ruinous love affairs and sexual scandal. But he will never attain anything like greatness. As imagined by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness in this extraordinary novel, what might be cruel farce achieves pathos and genuine exaltation. For as Olaf’s ambition drives him onward—and into the orbits of an unstable spiritualist, a shady entrepreneur, and several susceptible women—World Light demonstrates how the creative spirit can survive in even the most crushing environment and even the most unpromising human vessel.

Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses
Title Other People's Houses PDF eBook
Author Lore Segal
Publisher Sort of Books
Pages 233
Release 2018-05-31
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1908745762

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'First published 54 years ago and yet feels as timely as any book I've read this year' Observer Nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria, 600 Jewish Children assembled at Vienna station to board the first of the Kindertransports bound for Britain. Among them was 10 year old Lore Segal. For the next seven years, she lived as a refugee in other people's houses, moving from the Orthodox Levines in Liverpool, to the staunchly working class Hoopers in Kent, to the genteel Miss Douglas and her sister in Guildford. Few understood the terrors she had fled, or the crushing responsibility of trying to help her parents gain a visa. Amazingly she succeeds and two years later her parents arrive; their visa allows them to work as domestic servants - a humiliation for which they must be grateful. In Other People's Houses Segal evokes with deep compassion, clarity and calm the experience of a child uprooted from a loving home to become stranded among strangers.

Independent Living for Physically Disabled People

Independent Living for Physically Disabled People
Title Independent Living for Physically Disabled People PDF eBook
Author Nancy M. Crewe
Publisher iUniverse
Pages 438
Release 2001
Genre People with disabilities
ISBN 0595177972

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Independent Living for Physically Disabled People was the first book to provide a comprehensive picture of the philosophy and services of independent living in the United States. It provided a beacon, usable by rehabilitation professionals and consumers, who were striving to create a path to full community integration. In the years since its publication, the independent living movement has flourished, centers have been built, and many consumers have assumed their right to make decisions regarding their own lives. Still, the foundation provided by the authors of this book continues to be useful and relevant in the new millennium. Authors, including Gerben DeJong, Lex Frieden, Denise Tate, Frank Bowe, Raymond Lifchez, Irving Zola, and Susan Stoddard describe such topics as the independent living paradigm, legislation and community organization, diverse program models, supportive environments, technology, key IL services, program evaluation, and prospects for the future.

Design for Independent Living

Design for Independent Living
Title Design for Independent Living PDF eBook
Author Raymond Lifchez
Publisher
Pages 214
Release 1979
Genre Architecture
ISBN

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People

The Almost Nearly Perfect People
Title The Almost Nearly Perfect People PDF eBook
Author Michael Booth
Publisher Picador
Pages 400
Release 2015-01-27
Genre Travel
ISBN 1250061970

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NAMED THE #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, AND POPULAR TRAVELOGUE ABOUT THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES AND HOW THEY MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY OR AS PERFECT AS WE ASSUME Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

People I've Met from the Internet

People I've Met from the Internet
Title People I've Met from the Internet PDF eBook
Author Stephen Van Dyck (Writer)
Publisher
Pages 0
Release 2019
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781938900259

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Literary Nonfiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Art. Performance Art. Hybrid Genre. Memoir. California Interest. Stephen van Dyck's PEOPLE I'VE MET FROM THE INTERNET is a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age narrative set at the dawn of the internet era. In 1997, AOL is first entering suburban homes just as thirteen-year-old Stephen is coming into his sexuality, constructing selves and cruising in the fantasyscape of the internet. Through strange, intimate, and sometimes perilous physical encounters with the hundreds of men he finds there, Stephen explores the pleasures and pains of growing up, contends with his mother's homophobia and early death, and ultimately searches for a way of being in the world. Spanning twelve years, the book takes the form of a very long annotated list, tracking Stephen's journey and the men he meets from adolescence in New Mexico to post-recession adulthood in Los Angeles, creating a multi-dimensional panorama of gay men's lives as he searches for glimpses of utopia in the available world.