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June 2,2011

Searching for Utopia: The History of an Idea



作者:Claeys, Gregory

出版社:W W Norton & Co Inc

 ISBN9780500251744

裝訂:精裝

定價:MOP 386     會員: MOP347

Aspirations for a better-even a perfect-society have existed throughout history. Utopias have been imagined in intricate detail by, among others, philosophers, poets, social reformers, architects, and artists.

Gregory Claeys, a leading scholar in the field, surveys the influence of the idea of utopia on history, literature, art, architecture, and religious and political thought. Central to his exploration of ideal worlds are creation myths; archetypes of heaven and the afterlife; new worlds and voyages of discovery; ages of revolution and technological progress; model communities and kibbutzim; political and ecological dystopias; space travel and science fiction.

The most significant utopias throughout history-whether envisaged or attempted-are covered, including visions of the ideal society in Asia, Africa, the Arab world, and the Americas, as well as the ancient and Western worlds. Complete with a wealth of photographs, paintings, engravings, maps, documents, posters, and film stills, as well as comprehensive notes and a bibliography, this volume is a compelling and insightful exploration of the rich diversity of the utopian imagination.


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December 30,2010

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life 人生不設限:我那好得不像話的生命體驗

作者:Vujicic, Nick

出版社:Random House Inc

出版日期:20101102

商品語言:英文

ISBN9780307888327

定價:110 會員:99

內容簡介

風靡全球最具影響力人物,一生必讀的勇氣之書!
以生命見證、撼動數千萬人心的鬥士自傳!
本書獲《商業週刊》人物專訪及精選書摘!

沒有一本書,比力克的故事更能帶給你希望!
他一出生就沒手沒腳,但心沒有限制--他是上帝的 「限量特製品」;
從一無所有,到一無所缺。

力克要讓你知道,什麼叫「選擇A級態度,將帶來意想不到的力量」!

他,有財務規劃及會計兩個大學學位,在美國國會發表演說、
他用創意行善,建立公司和非營利組織,在超過24個國家發表1500場演講、
出版兩片暢銷全球DVD、全球有千萬人被他的信心、愛、與勇氣激勵……
以上,他在26歲前全部辦到!

驚人的是,他一出生連四肢都沒有。
他溜滑板,在夏威夷與海龜一起游泳、在加州衝浪、在哥倫比亞潛水,
踢足球,打高爾夫球,甚至跟大塊頭打架……
跌倒,然後爬起來,他是上帝的 「限量特製品」!

選擇A級態度,你就是力量!
這個沒有四肢的男人,活得過癮,正在改變這個世界!
與你分享挫折與動力,漫長黑暗與盼望,界限與冒險……
力克的第一本書!獻給世人最珍貴的力量!

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December 29,2010

ETRE THE COW

作者:Kenniff, Sean

出版社:Hci

出版日期:20100401

商品語言英文

ISBN9780757315022

售價: MOP 108   會員價: MOP97


內容簡介

Humiliated by his hoofed legs, the flies on his haunches, and the grass in his mouth, a bull named Être tells his tender and thought-provoking story about the brutal insignificance of cow life at Gorwell Farm. In a world where the line between disgrace and dignity is drawn by a pasture fence, Être finds himself alone in his awareness and utterly powerless to change his circumstances. The farmer and his men control everything--herding the cows from pasture to pasture, raising the sun in the morning, and taking it down at night. Être searches for understanding among the broads, bulls, and calves on the pasture, but finds none. On the best of days, Être listens to the farmer’s boy sing lullabies at the fence. He likes those songs and loves the boy. But the grasses thin as the seasons pass, the cows hunger, and Être grows desperate. He is the only cow truly starving.

When unknowingly allowing himself to be herded to the slaughterhouse, Être is confronted by his horrific fate. Cows are killed one by one without mercy, hollowed out and hacked to pieces. Determined to fight for his life and for the life of his offspring, Bull Calf, he must break down the pasture fence and escape to the woods . . . and the freedom he is sure he’ll find there. But first, Être commits the unthinkable. . . .


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THE FINKLER QUESTION

作者:Howard Jacobson

出版社:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

商品語言 :英文

ISBN1408808870

售價: MOP 207   會員價: MOP186

 

內容簡介

’He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one...’ - Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results. Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment. It’s a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you have less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends’ losses. And it’s that very evening, at exactly 11:30 pm, as Treslove, walking home, hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country, that he is attacked. And after this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change. ”The Finkler Question” is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.

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December 1,2010

The Lacuna


作者   KINGSOLVER, BARBARA

出版  FABER & FABER LTD

ISBN   9780571252664

價格 MOP 89 

會員 MOP80


打敗《狼廳》,榮獲2010英國柑橘文學獎(Orange Prize)得獎作品!

 

一同入圍今年柑橘獎決選名單的還有 Hilary Mantel 的曼布克獎得獎小說《Wolf Hall》等知名作品,本書能一舉拿下優勝被認為是實屬不易。柑橘獎評審對於本書給予最高評價:「涉及的範圍之廣令人驚歎、辛辣的筆法也震撼人心」、「讀 過的最好的小說之一、結構完美,極具吸引力」。

 

本書是作者九年來第一部長篇小說,以日記和書信體的形式,講述一個在美國出生,在墨西哥長大男孩的故事。

 

本書是一部史詩小說,故事主角 Harrison Shepherd 出生在美國,但在墨西哥各地輾轉長大,他的成長過程正好遭遇墨西哥革命,而一直處於動盪不安局面之中。他在這樣的成長環境中摸索出了一套生存之道,而後獲 得機會為墨西哥著名壁畫畫家 Diego Riviera 及其妻子 Frida Kahlo 工作。但是後來又因為變故, Harrison 又流浪到美國,在北卡羅來納州他終於找到機會改寫自己的命運

 

從墨西哥革命到五十年代美國的獵女巫行動,本書模跨了數十年的時光,透過回憶錄、日記、信件、新聞報導和國會記錄等文件,作者不但藉由 Harrison 的觀察和描述,讀者眼前生動地呈現了二十世紀四、五十年代墨西哥藝術家的生活和工作狀態,也揭露了媒體的生態、名人造勢等現象,也描述了小人物在大時代中 以自己的方式求取生存空間的心路歷程。


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