Falling somewhere between Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Hunting the Last Wild Man tells the story of Candela and her extended family of nine women. Our protagonist has had her disappointments in love and floats from one job to another, ending up at the local mortuary as an apprentice embalmer. There she can tuck herself away from the everyday hubbub of life’s demands. Late one night Candela finds she must work on the father of a gypsy clan, who has left instructions that he must be buried with his cane. Her days are changed forever when she discovers that the cane holds more than just the old man’s wishes. With rich images suggestive of an Almódovar film, with emotional depth and intelligence, Vallvey explores the modern woman’s cynicism, as Candela attempts to integrate an impossibly marvelous stranger into her life.
The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years
Author: Phyllis Siefker
Much of the modern-day vision of Santa Claus is owed to the Clement Moore poem The Night Before Christmas. His description of Saint Nicholas personified the jolly old elf known to millions of children throughout the world. However, far from being the offshoot of Saint Nicholas of Turkey, Santa Claus is the last of a long line of what scholars call Wild Men who were worshipped in ancient European fertility rites and came to America through Pennsylvania's Germans. This pagan creature is described from prehistoric times through his various forms--Robin Hood, The Fool, Harlequin, Satan and Robin Goodfellow--into today's carnival and Christmas scenes. In this thoroughly researched work, the origins of Santa Claus are found to stretch back over 50,000 years, jolting the foundation of Christian myths about the jolly old elf.
This much-needed guide to translated literature offers readers the opportunity to hear from, learn about, and perhaps better understand our shrinking world from the perspective of insiders from many cultures and traditions. • Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language • 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles • Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries • 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords
Saddle up for a wild ride through those thrilling days of yesteryear. In Stories of the Old West, Steven Price serves up a heapin’ helpin’ of tales of America’s frontier days: ranches and rodeos, lawmen and desperadoes, saloons and gunslingers, wilderness exploring and range warfare, and everything else that reflects our fascination with our Western heritage from its earliest untamed era to the dawn of the 20th Century. Contributors include Zane Grey, Teddy Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Willa Cather, Helen Cody Wetmore, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Bret Harte and Owen Wister, to name only a few.
15 Ballantyne Westerns: The Young Fur Traders, The Wild Man of the West, Digging for Gold, The Prairie Chief, The Buffalo Runners...
Author: R. M. Ballantyne
R. M. Ballantyne is best known for his westerns. As a young boy Ballantyne spent few years on American continent learning the local customs, trading for fur with Native Americans, sleighing and canoeing across the America. These experiences served as a source for his western novels that span from cowboy tales and gold mining stories to tales from Canadian wilderness._x000D_ Content:_x000D_ Snowflakes and Sunbeams (The Young Fur Traders)_x000D_ The Dog Crusoe and his Master_x000D_ The Golden Dream_x000D_ Away in the Wilderness_x000D_ The Wild Man of the West_x000D_ Silver Lake_x000D_ Over the Rocky Mountains _x000D_ Digging for Gold_x000D_ The Pioneers_x000D_ Fort Desolation_x000D_ The Red Man's Revenge_x000D_ The Prairie Chief_x000D_ Charlie to the Rescue_x000D_ The Buffalo Runners_x000D_ Wrecked but not Ruined
Popular in North America for centuries, bear hunting saw its greatest flowering from 1820 to 1920. Some of the hunters became famous, others forgotten. The ten men profiled here range from a Confederate general and a U.S. President to a former slave and a backwoods hermit. Illustrated.