The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141923499
Release Date: 2000-09-07
Genre: Fiction

THE PEARL is Steinbeck's flawless parable about wealth and the evil it can bring. When Kino, an Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed. He will marry Juana in church and their little boy, Coyotito, will be able to attend school. Obsessed by his dreams, Kino is blind to the greed, fear and even violence the pearl arouses in him and his neighbours. Written with haunting simplicty and lyrical simplicity, THE PEARL sets the values of the civilized world against those of the primitive and finds them tragically inadequate.

Der rote Pony und andere Erz hlungen

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher:
ISBN: 342312850X
Release Date: 2000
Genre:

Der zehnjährige Jody wächst eng mit der Natur verbunden auf einer Farm im kalifornischen Salinas Valley auf. Seine Welt bekommt erste Risse, als sein geliebter Ponyhengst schwer krank wird. Einfühlsam schildert Steinbeck in der berühmten Titelgeschichte die Erschütterungen einer kindlichen Seele, der schmerzliche Verlust des Urvertrauens in die Mitmenschen. Auch die anderen Erzählungen beschreiben mit großer Intensität Grunderlebnisse des Menschen wie Schmerz, Freude, Liebe, Tod - Da findet ein Rancher bei der Heimkehr seine 'musterhafte' Ehefrau in den Armen eines anderen, und eine Mutter verliert ihren Sohn, kaum daß er die Schwelle zum Erwachsensein überschritten hat. Steinbeck erzählt unsentimental, mit sparsamen Mitteln, aber enormer Bildhaftigkeit und bringt dabei seine Verbundenheit mit seiner kalifornischen Heimat und ihren Menschen zum Ausdruck. Mit der Beschreibung der Bewohner Kaliforniens weckt er im Leser eine tiefe Sehnsucht nach dem einfachen Leben, nach der Natur und na ch der Freundschaft einfacher, ehrlicher Menschen. So gehören diese Geschichten zum Besten, was Steinbeck je geschrieben hat.

The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014017737X
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Fiction

A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl

ber Tyrannei

Author: Timothy Snyder
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406711473
Release Date: 2017-03-30
Genre: Political Science

Wir sind nicht klüger als die Menschen, die erlebt haben, wie überall in Europa die Demokratie unterging und Faschismus, Nationalsozialismus und Kommunismus kamen. Aber einen Vorteil haben wir. Wir können aus ihren Erfahrungen lernen. „Leiste keinen vorauseilenden Gehorsam.“ So lautet die erste von 20 Lektionen für den Widerstand, mit denen Timothy Snyder die Bürger der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika vorbereitet auf das, was gestern noch unvorstellbar zu sein schien: einen Präsidenten, der das Gesicht der Demokratie verstümmelt und eine rechtsradikale Tyrannei errichtet. Doch nicht nur in den USA sind Populismus und autoritäres Führertum auf dem Vormarsch. Auch in Europa rückt die Gefahr von rechts immer näher – als ob es das 20. Jahrhundert und seine blutigen Lehren niemals gegeben hätte. Snyders historische Lektionen, die international Aufsehen erregt haben, sind ein Leitfaden für alle, die jetzt handeln wollen - und nicht erst, wenn es zu spät ist. Lektion 8: „Setze ein Zeichen.“ Dieses Buch tut es. Tun Sie es auch.

Mister Poppers Pinguine

Author: Richard Atwater
Publisher:
ISBN: 3938899050
Release Date: 2006
Genre:

Mr. Popper träumt von Südpolabenteuern und bekommt einen lebendigen Pinguin geschenkt. Der pfiffige Kerl namens Käpt'n Cook bleibt nicht allein - und alles ändert sich im Popper-Haus .... Kinderbuchklassiker von 1938.

The Serpent and the Pearl

Author: Kate Quinn
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101624944
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Fiction

One powerful family holds a city, a faith, and a woman in its grasp—from the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome. Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web… Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope—and passionately in love with her. Two trusted companions will follow her into the Pope's shadowy harem: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.

The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Critical Library, Viking
ISBN: 0142000663
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Fiction

Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.

Das letzte Kapitel

Author: Matthew Pearl
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783838702391
Release Date: 2011-01-14
Genre: Fiction

Boston, 1870. Sylvanus Bendall eilt durch die engen Gassen des heruntergekommenen Stadtviertels New Land. Im fahlen Licht der Dämmerung wirkt der Nebel wie ein Leichentuch. Immer wieder dreht der Anwalt sich um und lauscht. Der Verfolger kommt näher. Bendall beschleunigt seine Schritte - vergeblich. Sein Blick fällt auf den Knauf eines Gehstocks, der wie ein Bestienkopf aussieht. Reißzähne blitzen auf. Bendall ahnt, was der Unbekannte mit den schwarzen Augen von ihm will: Das Papierbündel in seiner Westentasche - die letzten unveröffentlichten Seiten aus der Feder des kürzlich verstorbenen Charles Dickens. Sie bergen ein dunkles Geheimnis - und jeder, der es kennt, muss sterben.

The Last Bookaneer

Author: Matthew Pearl
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698195615
Release Date: 2015-04-28
Genre: Fiction

“This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery.”—Library Journal (starred review) book'a-neer' (bŏŏk'kå-nēr'), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in London, 1890—Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published without an author’s permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially—Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few—but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. From the author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island. As always, Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins, who is whisked across the world for one final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson’s manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers’ trade forever. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson’s last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, appears on the island, and soon Davenport, Fergins, and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself. In The Last Bookaneer, Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions. It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era. From the Hardcover edition.

Steinbeck Centennial Editions

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0147716756
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Fiction

The Centennial boxed set includes: East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley in Search of America. @IAmWithSam Lennie came back into the cabin with that look on his face and I said, Lennie, did you kill another woman? He told me he had done it again, he thought. Why do I get stuck with the dangerously disabled? Did Forrest Gump ever hurt anyone? From "Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less"

The Pursuit of Pearls

Author: Jane Thynne
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780553393927
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Genre: Fiction

Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, Robert Harris, and Susan Elia MacNeal, here is the next thrilling historical novel featuring Clara Vine, the British actress and special agent who glides through the upper echelons of Nazi society, covertly gathering key intelligence—and placing herself in mortal peril. In the spring of 1939, the drums of war beat throughout Europe, but nowhere more ferociously than in Berlin. The film studio where Clara Vine works is churning out movies, but each day that she stays in Germany is more dangerous than the last. Spying on the private life of the Third Reich, passing secrets to contacts in British intelligence, falling into a passionate affair—any of these risky moves could get Clara shot. So she is wholly shaken when someone close to her is murdered instead. The victim is Lottie Franke, an aspiring costume designer and student at the prestigious Faith and Beauty finishing school that trains young women to become the wives of the Nazi elite. While the press considers Lottie’s death in the Grunewald forest the act of a lone madman, Clara uncovers deeper threads, tangled lines that seem to reach into the darkest depths of the Reich—and to a precious discovery that Hitler and his ruthless cohorts would kill for. Previously published in the U.K. as Faith and Beauty Praise for Jane Thynne’s first Clara Vine novel, The Scent of Secrets “A brilliant tale of spies and secrets, of intense psychological drama, of edgy climax and one extraordinary heroine.”—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers “A compelling story of love and betrayal in Hitler’s Berlin . . . Peppered with real-life characters, this series offers a fascinating glimpse of the extraordinary world of the Nazi wives.”—Daisy Goodwin, author of The American Heiress “An alluring blend of thrills, suspense, historic detail, and seduction.”—Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope series “An extraordinary, absorbing read with an array of characters so real you’re there with them as war looms, and a pace that sweeps you from page to page. This is indeed a winner!”—Charles Todd, author of Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

What Was Pearl Harbor

Author: Patricia Brennan Demuth
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698159464
Release Date: 2013-06-27
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A terrifying attack! On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes appeared out of nowhere to bomb the American base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was a highly secretive and devastating attack: four battleships sunk, more than two thousand servicemen died, and the United States was propelled into World War II. In a compelling, easy-to-read narrative, children will learn all about a pivotal moment in American history.