Since Glass and God, which was her first full-length collection published in Britain and which was nominated for the 1998 Forward Prize, Anne Carson has published a book a year to extraordinary critical acclaim. Her last two volumes, Autobiography of Red and Men in the Off Hours were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and she has received numerous North American awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. In her brilliant new book, she tells a single story. A long-time love, now a crumbling marriage, unfolds in 29 'tangos' of narrative verse, informed by the romanticism of Keats, the wisdom of the classical world and, most importatnly, by Carson's own unique sensibility. The unnamed narrator - sometimes 'I', sometimes 'the wife' - speaks of the man she calls only 'the husband', illuminating moments that are by turn sensual, erotic, painful and heartbreaking. The Beauty of the Husband is a work that explores these oldest of lyrical subjects - beauty, desire, love, betrayal - with freshness and devastating power.
From Cohen to Carson provides the first book-length analysis of one of Canada's most distinctive fields of literary production. Ian Rae argues that Canadian poets have turned to the novel because of the limitations of the lyric, but have used lyric methods - puns, symbolism, repetition, juxtaposition - to create a mode of narrative that contrasts sharply with the descriptive conventions of realist and plot-driven novels.
ÊAfter the death of her parents, young Andrina Maldon has selflessly borne the responsibility not only for the running a household impoverished by her fatherÕs profligacy but also for the future happiness of her two sisters.Ê Strikingly beautiful as they are, there is no hope of their finding a suitable suitor without someone to introduce them to the Social world.Ê So she travels unchaperoned to London to seek the assistance of the Duke of Broxbourne, her fatherÕs friend and the Godfather she has never met.Ê On the stagecoach journey Andrina has a frightening encounter with a gentleman at a Posting inn Ð and on arrival at Broxbourne House she is appalled to find that this man is none other than the Duke of Broxbourne himself.Ê At first unwilling to help her, the Duke grudgingly agrees to her requests and although grateful, Andrina despises this arrogant and insensitive man Ð until, little by little, his true nature is revealed and a very different emotion begins to stir in her heart.
Turning bachelors into Casanovas, one cowboy at a time Meg Ripley may run the local diner, but she has never been one to get involved in the small-town craziness of Willing, Montana. Now suddenly she's entangled in it? In addition to harboring a pregnant runaway, she's been enlisted to transform scruffy bachelor cowboys into husband material for a reality dating show. Including her ex-boyfriend, and the only man she's ever allowed herself to love, Owen MacGregor. Owen is still devastatingly handsome, and the passion between them hasn't faded with time. Unfortunately, neither have the issues that drove them apart. But that doesn't mean Meg is ready to turn him into the perfect man for someone else! Because despite their past, Meg suspects that Owen is still the one.
What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses
Author: Mick LaSalle
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent—a Golden Age unlike anything the world has seen since the days of Stanwyck, Hepburn, Davis, and Garbo. In France, the joy of acting is alive and well. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. Yet virtually no one this side of the Atlantic even knows about them. Viewers who feel shortchanged by Hollywood will be thrilled to discover The Beauty of the Real. This book showcases a range of contemporary French actresses to an audience that will know how to appreciate them—an American public hungry for the exact qualities that these women represent. To spend time with them, to admire their flashing intelligence and fearless willingness to depict life as it is lived, gives us what we're looking for in movies but so rarely find: insights into womanhood, meditations on the dark and light aspect's of life's journey, revelations and explorations that move viewers to reflect on their own lives. The stories they bring to the screen leave us feeling renewed and excited about movies again. Based on one-on-one interviews and the viewing of numerous films, Mick LaSalle has put together a fascinating profile of recent generations of French film stars and an overview of their best work. These women's insights and words illuminate his book, which will answer once and for all the two questions Americans most often have about women and the movies: Where did all the great actresses go? And how can I see their movies? Please click here to see a video discussing The Beauty of the Real at the Roxie Film Festival.
Three long poems by women, dealing with the aftermath of unsatisfactory love affairs. One meditates on Emily Bronte and the author's relations with her own mother; one uses grotesque comic exaggeration; and one offers a deadpan account of an American student working in a Belfast pizza kitchen.
Melanie Wysh wasn't one to wallow in heartbreak. So when her husband served her with divorce papers with no warning and disappeared, she took a new job in a new state. And met a new man—her therapy client Rolland Jones. Rolland was new in more ways than one: after a car accident, he required extensive reconstructive surgery and it had left him with no memory. It was up to Melanie to rebuild this brave, beautiful man's mind. And soon Rolland was rebuilding her heart. Melanie knew these familiar feelings of love were forbidden for a client. Yet Rolland was the second chance she was looking for—in ways that would shock her to her very soul….