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Notes from a Small Island

“Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it.”After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.”Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it.”After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestselling author of ,i>The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

Notebooks

Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. With an artist’s eye and a scientist’s curiosity, he recorded in these pages his observations on the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables, epigrams, and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo’s thoughts, and his approach to work and life. This selection, organized in seven themed sections, offers a fascinating and informative sample of his writings. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Martin Kemp, one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo, who explores the artist’s genius and the contents and legacy of his manuscripts. The book also features new notes and a chronology of Leonardo’s life.
**About the Series: ** For over 100 years **Oxford World’s Classics **has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The notebook: a novel

SUMMARY: Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again… At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle…

Nostromo

Nostromo is een spannende, breed opgezette roman over de gefingeerde Zuid-Amerikaanse republiek Costaguana. De handeling speelt zich af rond de stad Sulaco, waar de verschillen tussen de klassen en rassen groot zijn. De politieke situatie is onzeker, zoals schijnt te horen in Zuid-Amerika: hebzucht en machtswellust worden beurtelings gebotvierd door verschillende individuen en hun kliek.
Tegen die achtergrond plaatst Conrad een aantal sterk uitgewerkte personages, meest westerlingen, ieder met hun eigen belang, op politiek, sociaal, economisch of amoureus gebied. Die smeltkroes van belangen resulteert in een groot moreel drama van dictatuur en geweld, van verlammend materialisme en onverbiddellijk vooruitgangsgeloof.
De splijtzwam ter plaatse is de zilvermijn die vlak bij Sulaco wordt geëxploiteerd door Europeanen. Als de instabiele politieke situatie escaleert en uitloopt op een revolutie, is de zilvermijn een van de eerste doelen van de nieuwe politieke machten. De legers naderen de stad en de conflicten spitsen zich toe.
Een kort bezoek aan Venezuela inspireerde Joseph Conrad tot het creëren van Costaguana, dat misschien de eigenlijke hoofdpersoon van het boek is.
‘Het begon met een beeld dat ik had, een beeld van een schemerland dat de provincie Sulaco zou worden, met zijn hoge, donkere siërra en zijn nevelige campo als stomme getuigen van gebeurtenissen die voorvloeiden uit de
hartstochten van mensen met een onduidelijk besef van goed en kwaad.’ Zo schreef Joseph Conrad 1857-1924) zelf over het ontstaan van zijn meesterwerk Nostromo. Hij leefde twee jaar als een kluizenaar om uit zijn summiere gegevens zijn Zuid-Amerikaanse wereld te scheppen, een gistend, complex universum waar de landschappen, mensen en talen elkaar treffen rond een duistere held, Nostromo.
In weinig of geen andere engelstalige boeken wordt zo overtuigend een heel land, Costaguana, eerst geschapen en vervolgens in vuur en vlam gezet als er slag wordt geleverd om het bezit van macht en een fortuin aan zilver. Ook zijn er weinig boeken waarin personages uit elke laag van de maatschappij zo volledig worden geportretteerd, van de Engelse grootindustrieel Charles Gould tot de knappe Italiaanse zeeman Nostromo, die zich leent voor het verdedigen van de belangen van anderen, maar uiteindelijk ook zelf belangen blijkt te hebben.
**Recensie(s)**

Omvangrijke roman van de beroemde Pools-Engelse auteur (1857-1924, vooral bekend geworden door ‘Heart of darkness’, dat werd verfilmd als ‘Apocalypse now’), waarin een fictieve Zuid-Amerikaanse republiek in feite de hoofdrol speelt. Als de revolutie uitbreekt, is de plaatselijke zilvermijn het hoofddoel van de strijders. Deze mijn wordt in hoofdzaak door Europeanen geleid. De diverse personen worden door de situatie beinvloed. Ieder probeert vooral de eigen belangen te behartigen, de een zoekt het in keihard materialisme, de ander denkt de wereld te kunnen verbeteren. De Italiaanse zeeman Nostromo leent zich vooral om de belangen van anderen te behartigen, maar ook hij blijkt niet gespeend van eigenbelang. Een mooi uitgevoerde vertaling van deze roman met een nawoord en noten van de vertaler, plus een uitgebreide woordenlijst. Voor een boek van zo’n 600 blz. wordt van de lezer wel wat tijd gevraagd, maar het blijft een boeiend verhaal. Kleine druk.H. de Jong
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NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence

The need to handle increasingly larger data volumes is one factor driving the adoption of a new class of nonrelational “NoSQL” databases. Advocates of NoSQL databases claim they can be used to build systems that are more performant, scale better, and are easier to program.
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***NoSQL Distilled** *is a concise but thorough introduction to this rapidly emerging technology. Pramod J. Sadalage and Martin Fowler explain how NoSQL databases work and the ways that they may be a superior alternative to a traditional RDBMS. The authors provide a fast-paced guide to the concepts you need to know in order to evaluate whether NoSQL databases are right for your needs and, if so, which technologies you should explore further.
The first part of the book concentrates on core concepts, including schemaless data models, aggregates, new distribution models, the CAP theorem, and map-reduce. In the second part, the authors explore architectural and design issues associated with implementing NoSQL. They also present realistic use cases that demonstrate NoSQL databases at work and feature representative examples using Riak, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Neo4j.
In addition, by drawing on Pramod Sadalage’s pioneering work,***NoSQL Distilled* **shows how to implement evolutionary design with schema migration: an essential technique for applying NoSQL databases. The book concludes by describing how NoSQL is ushering in a new age of Polyglot Persistence, where multiple data-storage worlds coexist, and architects can choose the technology best optimized for each type of data access.
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Nosql Distilled

The need to handle increasingly larger data volumes is one factor driving the adoption of a new class of nonrelational “NoSQL” databases. Advocates of NoSQL databases claim they can be used to build systems that are more performant, scale better, and are easier to program.
* * *
***NoSQL Distilled** *is a concise but thorough introduction to this rapidly emerging technology. Pramod J. Sadalage and Martin Fowler explain how NoSQL databases work and the ways that they may be a superior alternative to a traditional RDBMS. The authors provide a fast-paced guide to the concepts you need to know in order to evaluate whether NoSQL databases are right for your needs and, if so, which technologies you should explore further.
The first part of the book concentrates on core concepts, including schemaless data models, aggregates, new distribution models, the CAP theorem, and map-reduce. In the second part, the authors explore architectural and design issues associated with implementing NoSQL. They also present realistic use cases that demonstrate NoSQL databases at work and feature representative examples using Riak, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Neo4j.
In addition, by drawing on Pramod Sadalage’s pioneering work,***NoSQL Distilled* **shows how to implement evolutionary design with schema migration: an essential technique for applying NoSQL databases. The book concludes by describing how NoSQL is ushering in a new age of Polyglot Persistence, where multiple data-storage worlds coexist, and architects can choose the technology best optimized for each type of data access.
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Nosferatu

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror, directed by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in 1922, is not only regarded as one of the most intriguing and disquieting films to have been produced during the years of Weimar cinema but is also a key step in establishing the vampire as a cinematic figure and in shaping its connection with our subconscious fears and desires. In her analysis of this hugely influential film, Cristina Massaccesi unravels the never-ending fascination exercised by the film over generations of viewers and filmmakers whilst at the same time providing the reader with a clear guide about the film’s contexts, cinematography, and possible interpretations, covering the political and social context of the Weimar Republic and its film industry, the German Expressionist movement, the film’s production, reception and difficult initial release. The book also includes the results of a lengthy interview between the author and E. Elias Merhige, director of the Nosferatu homage, Shadow of the Vampire (2000).
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Norway to Hide: A Passport to Peril Mystery

Sure, Jackie Thum’s newly published novel might not be Hemingway, but bad reviews from her fellow travelers have Emily Andrew’s transgender ex-husband (Jackie was formerly Jack) steaming like a sauna. It’s a dismal start to their Scandinavian tour, and group leader Emily is getting that sinking feeling in Helsinki: something fishy this way comes. When Jackie’s most outspoken critic, a Floridian from a picture-perfect gated community called The Hamlets, is found dead, suspicion falls on Jackie — who surprises everyone with an airtight alibi. But when another guest turns up dead, Emily realizes there is a killer hiding among them. Herrings, both red and pickled, abound on a Norwegian fjord cruise — and Jackie is suddenly nowhere to be found. With her mother arranging a wedding disaster for Emily back home in Iowa, Emily must somehow salvage her nuptials from overseas while icing a killer — before someone else meets a nasty Finnish.

Norway to Hide

Norway to Hide (Passport to Peril Series #6) by Maddy Hunter
Sure, Jackie Thum’s newly published novel might not be Hemingway, but bad reviews from her fellow travelers have Emily Andrew’s transgender ex-husband (Jackie was formerly Jack) steaming like a sauna. It’s a dismal start to their Scandinavian tour, and group leader Emily is getting that sinking feeling in Helsinki: something fishy this way comes. When Jackie’s most outspoken critic, a Floridian from a picture-perfect gated community called The Hamlets, is found dead, suspicion falls on Jackie — who surprises everyone with an airtight alibi. But when another guest turns up dead, Emily realizes there is a killer hiding among them. Herrings, both red and pickled, abound on a Norwegian fjord cruise — and Jackie is suddenly nowhere to be found. With her mother arranging a wedding disaster for Emily back home in Iowa, Emily must somehow salvage her nuptials from overseas while icing a killer — before someone else meets a nasty Finnish.

Northanger Abbey

Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent. Northanger Abbey tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humour the interaction between Catherine and the various characters whom she meets there, and tracks her growing understanding of the world about her. In this, her first full-length novel, Austen also fixes her sharp, ironic gaze on other kinds of contemporary novel, especially the Gothic school made famous by Ann Radcliffe. Catherine’s reading becomes intertwined with her social and romantic adventures, adding to the uncertainties and embarrassments she must undergo before finding happiness.
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The Norby Chronicles

It was just a dusty, old tin-can of a robot– with no guarantee. But Jeff only needed it to teach him Martian Colony Swahili before he got expelled from the Space Academy.
Jeff Wells didn’t really know what he had purchased.
He didn’t realize that the robot had been constructed by a genius half a century ago–from the salvaged parts of a damaged alien spacecraft.
He didn’t know about the robot’s amazing technological skills–such as antigrav and a strange capacity for human emotions–among other things.
Jeff Wells didn’t really know what he was getting himself into….
Norby Chronicles
* Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983)
* Norby’s Other Secret (1984)
* Norby and the Lost Princess (1985)
* Norby and the Invaders (1985)
* Norby and the Queen’s Necklace (1986)
* Norby Finds a Villain (1987)
* Norby Down to Earth (1988)
* Norby and Yobo’s Great Adventure (1989)
* Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990)
* Norby and the Court Jester (1991)
* Norby and the Terrified Taxi (1997)

Nomads of Gor

Join celebrated tarnsman Tarl Cabot in his latest adventure on the parallel planet of Gor and its exotic lifestyle and social norms. Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue it, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People at risk of his life. He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of this mysterious tribe. Now he is embarking on the most perilous adventure of his time on the counter-world of Gor. Will he be accepted by the tribe and learn the secrets they guard with their lives or will he die trying?