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Milk of Paradise

Author: Lucy Inglis
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'Lucy Inglis has done a wonderful job bringing together a wide range of sources to tell the history of the most exciting and dangerous plants in the world. Telling the story of opium tells us much about our faults and foibles as humans – our willingness to experiment; our ability to become addicts; our pursuit of money. This book tells us more than about opium; it tells us about ourselves.' - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads ‘The only thing that is good is poppies. They are gold.’ Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the ‘Milk of Paradise’ for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain – and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable, easy to extract, transport and refine, and subject to an insatiable global demand. No other substance in the world is as simple to produce or as profitable. It is the basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, but ultimately it is a farm-gate material that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip or the scorched and filthy spoon. Many of us will end our lives dependent on it. In Milk of Paradise, acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes readers on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack, from morphine to today’s synthetic opiates. It is a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine and, above all, money. And, as this ambitious, wide-ranging and compelling account vividly shows, the history of opium is our history and it speaks to us of who we are.


The Milk of Paradise

Author: Adam Quinn
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Something has happened to Dean Coleridge. He is one of the greatest peacekeepers ever, but he does not want to do it any longer. Yet, there is no retirement for a peacekeeper, these genetically modified soldiers do their duty until they die. Dean wants an alternative and is willing to turn his back on the on the only life he knows to find something more. Dean Coleridge is a man created for a specific job but who seeks another life. He knows they will hunt him. He knows they will not stop until they kill him, but for a chance of freedom he goes anyway. This is the story of Dean Coleridge and those who relentlessly pursue him.


The milk of paradise

Author: Meyer Howard Abrams
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An Integral View Of Poetry An India Perspective

Author: Vinayak Krishna Gokak
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This Is An Original Approach To Poetry, The Poetic Process And To An Interpretation Of The Various Constituents Of Poetry And Of The Configuration Of All These Elements Into The Magic That Is Poetry, Supported By The Tradition Of Indian Aesthetics That Has Always Regarded Great Poets As Seers And Prophets. Stimulated By European Literary Criticism And By Modern Critics Like T. S. Eliot, I. A. Richards And The New Critics, Indian Aesthetics And Modern Indian Thinkers Like Sri Aurobindo, Professor Vinayak Krishna Gokak Has Formulated A Theory Of Poetry Which Is A New And Synthetic Statement Doing Justice To All Aspects Of The Subject. His Experience As Professor Of English Language And Literature In Quite A Few Indian Universities And As Professor Of Literary Interpretation To Teachers And Lecturers From All Over India Has Stood Him In Good Stead In This Formulation. The Book Opens With An Account Of The Poetic Process In Which All The Key-Words Of Aesthetic Theory,-Inspiration, Imitation, Expression, Communication, Persuasion And Configuration -Are Seen To Fit Into Their Places In A Comprehensive Account Of The Poetic Process. This Is Followed By Chapters On: Vision In Poetry, The Four Levels Of Poetic Vision, The Five Kinds Of Poetic Vision The Poet And The Structure Of Personality. The Most Original Part Of This Account Of Poetry Comes Up Next In An Analysis Of Attitudes And Moods In Poetry. This Is Followed By Chapters On: Poetic Meaning, Rhythm, Imagery, Diction, Style Propriety, A Touchstone Of Poetry And The Fulfilment Of Poetry. Students Of Poetry Who Pick Up This Book Will Not Be Easily Inclined To Lay It Down Till They Have Finished Reading It. For Many Of Them, It Will Be A Profound Experience To Be Cherished And Remembered For Long.


Alone of All Her Sex

Author: Marina Warner
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This unique study of the cult of the Virgin Mary offers a way of thinking about the interrelations of Catholicism and ideas of ideal femininity over the longue duree. An ambitious history of the changing symbolism of the Mother of God, Alone of All Her Sex holds up to the light different emphases occurring at different times, and highlights that the apparent archetype of a magna mater is constantly in play with social and historical conditions and values. Marina Warner's interesting perspective was forged in the aftermath of significant postwar developments in history, anthropology, and feminism and the book inspired fierce debates when it was first published in 1976. Alone of All Her Sex is also an emotive, personal statement, arising from Warner's own upbringing as a Catholic. It picks up on classic accounts such as Mary MacCarthy's Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood and Antonia White's Frost in May, as well as the author's own experiences at a Catholic boarding school. Highly controversial in conservative quarters, the book's arguments were welcomed and recognised by many readers who shared Warner's experiences. In this new edition, Marina Warner has written a new preface which reviews the book in the light of the current debate about secularism, faith, nations, and social identities. She takes issue with her original mistaken conclusion that the modern age would see the cult of Mary fade away and revises it in the light of recent popes' enthusiasm for the Mother of God, a fresh wave of visions and revelations, a new generation of female saints, and the reorientation of theological approaches to the woman question.


My Tropic Isle

Author: E. J. Banfield
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


James Agee and the Legend of Himself

Author: Alan Spiegel
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James Agee's literary reputation has grown enormously since his death in 1955. He wrote novels, short stories, poetry, film criticism, screenplays, and investigative journalism, but these accomplishments earned him only a modest public reputation during his brief life. Ironically, Agee's greatest recognition as a writer came posthumously, when his novel A Death in the Family won the Pulitzer Prize. At the time of Agee's death, all of his published works were either out of print or buried in anthologies. Within fifteen years nearly everything Agee had ever written was in demand and available in print. Agee became something of a magical presence over a body of attitudes and experiences that may or may not have had anything to do with the writer or his accomplishments. In James Agee and the Legend of Himself, Alan Spiegel examines these accomplishments and treats Agee not simply as a celebrity, journalist, or "Depression" writer but as a self- interrogating literary artist who created a homemade legend from his earliest family memories, sifting his experience through an automythology composed of his mother, his father, and himself. Agee the man was fact, not legend. But it is the legend that infiltrates the terrain of his created fantasy: the figures, settings, structures, issues, and obsessions. Alan Spiegel explores the interior life through the different but continuous versions of the Agee persona as they appear in his books. In doing so, he also counters the prevalent misconceptions about Agee's work and its confusion with details of his actual life. Spiegel considers Agee's major writing, giving extended attention to Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Agee on Film, The Morning Watch, and A Death in the Family. Rich and evocative, James Agee and the Legend of Himself offers readers a deeper understanding of a fascinating and charismatic American artist and his literary accomplishment.


Traveler of the Century

Author: Andrés Neuman
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Searching for an inn, the enigmatic traveler Hans stops in a small city on the border between Saxony and Prussia. The next morning, Hans meets an old organ-grinder in the market square and immediately finds himself enmeshed in an intense debate—on identity and what it is that defines us—from which he cannot break free. Indefinitely stuck in Wandernburg until his debate with the organ-grinder is concluded, he begins to meet the various characters who populate the town, including a young freethinker named Sophie. Though she is engaged to be married, Sophie and Hans begin a relationship that defies contemporary mores about female sexuality and what can and cannot be said about it. Traveler of the Century is a deeply intellectual novel, chock-full of discussions about philosophy, history, literature, love, and translation. It is a book that looks to the past in order to have us reconsider the conflicts of our present. The winner of Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, Traveler of the Century marks the English-language debut of Andrés Neuman, a writer described by Roberto Bolaño as being "touched by grace."


Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non prey Foods

Author: Jonathan G. Lundgren
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Feeding on Non-Prey Resources by Natural Enemies Moshe Coll Reports on the consumption of non-prey food sources, particularly plant materials, by predators and parasitoids are common throughout the literature (reviewed recently by Naranjo and Gibson 1996, Coll 1998a, Coll and Guershon, 2002). Predators belonging to a variety of orders and families are known to feed on pollen and nectar, and adult parasitoids acquire nutrients from honeydew and floral and extrafloral nectar. A recent publication by Wäckers et al. (2005) discusses the p- visioning of plant resources to natural enemies from the perspective of the plant, exploring the evolutionary possibility that plants enhance their defenses by recru- ing enemies to food sources. The present volume, in contrast, presents primarily the enemies’ perspective, and as such is the first comprehensive review of the nut- tional importance of non-prey foods for insect predators and parasitoids. Although the ecological significance of feeding on non-prey foods has long been underappreciated, attempts have been made to manipulate nectar and pollen ava- ability in crop fields in order to enhance levels of biological pest control by natural enemies (van Emden, 1965; Hagen, 1986; Coll, 1998a). The importance of n- prey foods for the management of pest populations is also discussed in the book.


Romantic Literature in Light of Bakhtin

Author: Walter L. Reed
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Literature and literary criticism throughout the twentieth century are famous for their proclamations of the death of the author, the eclipse of character and the "nothingness of personality," as Borges put it. Walter Reed investigates the ideas of personhood developed by one of the most influential literary theorists of the last century: Mikhail Bakhtin. He finds in Bakhtin a personalism based on the idea of an ongoing dialogue between authors and their heroes in imaginative literature. Such a model of inter-personality, Reed argues, allows us to appreciate the rich possibilities of personhood set forth in the earlier nineteenth-century period of Romanticism. Elaborating a new general theory and providing close readings of classic works of Romantic poetry and fiction, Romantic Literature in Light of Bakhtin offers a better understanding of the preoccupation with the individual, creative self that lay at the heart of this revolutionary literature that still speaks to readers today.