It has become commonplace in recent decades for scholars to identify in the books of the Scottish Enlightenment the intellectual origins of the modern world, but little attention has yet been paid to its impact on contemporary readers. Drawing on a range of innovatory methodologies associated with the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of the history of reading, this book explores the reception of books by David Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson and Thomas Reid (amongst many others), assessing their impact on the lives, beliefs and habits of mind of readers across the social scale.
In the process, the book offers a fascinating new perspective on the fundamental importance of personal reading experiences to the social history of the Enlightenment.
The Moomin series has always been remarkable not only for its charm and whimsy, but also for its sense of melancholy, unusual in childrens literature. Moominpappa at Sea is a particularly introspective installment; here you will find no heroic battles or overwhelming drama, just one familys quiet journey of self-discovery when they move to a mysterious island. And an island is the perfect setting for this story, for the characters become more and more insular as they explore their new environs.
Its a story about becoming independent; about bringing order out of chaos; about creating the world you want to live in, and sometimes about what happens when you cant.
Moominpappa at Sea is also probably the only childrens book youll ever read that centers on a midlife crisis. The story begins with Moominpappa not feeling needed around his home in Moominvalley, so he decides to pick up his family and move to an island he has only seen on the map.
The island is no tropical paradise--it actually sounds quite imposing, looming over the Moomins at first sight like a giant shadow--but holds mysteries aplenty for the whole family: Moominpappa and Moominmamma; Moomintroll and Little My.
There is the old abandoned lighthouse, and the antisocial fisherman who lives on the opposite side of the island. There are the trees that seem so frightened they move of their own accord and a threat from home, the mournful Groke, who freezes everything in her path.The Moomins are imaginary creatures, who dont have jobs or schedules to follow, yet it is amazingly easy to relate to their experiences, particularly in this novel.
In fact, Moominpappas crisis stems from the fact he has nothing to keep him occupied, a familiar problem these days, though in his case it is not due to being retired or unemployed. Moomintroll, in earlier books in the series, has seemed about eight or nine, but now hes dealing with the problems of an adolescent, including the struggle to be independent and an obsession with sea horses (they are actual, tiny horses in this book) that borders on an early crush.
In fact, he is starting to see the world as more than black and white, as he comes to understand the threatening but not really evil Groke. Our little Moomintroll is growing up!
My, on the other hand, is just as we need her to be; irrepressible and just a little bit wicked, often adding a touch of humor just when things get dark.As you might have guessed, Ive never been one to feel childrens books couldnt be enjoyed outside their intended demographic. However, I feel that Moominpappa at Sea should be particularly appreciated by adults, while maintaining the sense of wonder that has made these books beloved by generations of kids.
FORBIDDEN ATTRACTION Fran Mallory was shocked by the intensity of her attraction to magnetic Andre Benet. Intimacy with him was strictly forbidden! But perhaps this was half Andres charm. She could spend as much time with him as she liked -- and ensure her heart remained intact! Andre Benet wasnt looking for a relationship, so in an attempt to keep Fran at arms length, hed let her believe he was off-limits.
Now he was unable to resist his desire for her any longer. But would Fran feel quite so safe with him when he revealed he DID have husband potential after all?
Frances Moore Lappe--author of fifteen books, including three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet --distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a conversational yet hard-hitting style to create a rare aha book. In nine short chapters, Lappe leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous.
She flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers basic sanity - their intuitive knowledge that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and grasp the real roots of todays crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism.
Because we are creatures of the mind, says Lappe, it is the power of frame--our core assumptions about how the world works--that determines outcomes. She pinpoints the dominant failing frame now driving out planet toward disaster.
By interweaving fresh insights, startling facts, and stirring vignettes of ordinary people pursuing creative solutions to our most pressing global problems, Lappe uncovers a new, empowering frame through which real solutions are emerging worldwide.Frances Moore LappГ© is married to Dr. Marc LappГ© a former experimental pathologist interested in the problem of environmental contamination.
Exposition: Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, novembre 1975 - janvier 1976; Bruxelles, MusГ©es royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique, janvier - mars 1976; Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle, mars - mai 1976, Paris, Grand palais, mai-juillet 1976.