Laughter In The Dark

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Laughing in the Dark

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Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439123012
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For many, depression is associated with shame and humiliation—even a lack of faith. But in this refreshingly honest and oh-so-very-real revelation of one woman's journey through depression, you'll hear the voice of a kind friend. And in her words you'll find hope and renewed confidence that will guide you through your own darkness and into the light. -If you are currently suffering from depression—this book will help you realize you're not alone. -If you have a loved one dealing with depression—this book will help you understand. -If you are a mental-health professional—you now have a new tool to encourage your clients. Along with the humor, Chonda shares practical insight, biblical teaching, emotional support, and sympathetic concern. Whether you've experienced depression in your own life or in the life of someone you love, this friend has something to offer you: help, hope and, believe it or not, plenty of laughter.

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787672
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Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s.

Think, Write, Speak

Think, Write, Speak Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 1101874929
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Think, Write, Speak by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

A rich compilation of the previously uncollected Russian and English prose and interviews of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, edited by Nabokov experts Brian Boyd and Anastasia Tolstoy. “I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child": so Vladimir Nabokov famously wrote in the introduction to his volume of selected prose, Strong Opinions. Think, Write, Speak follows up where that volume left off, with a rich compilation of his uncollected prose and interviews, from a 1921 essay about Cambridge to two final interviews in 1977. The chronological order allows us to watch the Cambridge student and the fledgling Berlin reviewer and poet turn into the acclaimed Paris émigré novelist whose stature brought him to teach in America, where his international success exploded with Lolita and propelled him back to Europe. Whether his subject is Proust or Pushkin, the sport of boxing or the privileges of democracy, Nabokov’s supreme individuality, his keen wit, and his alertness to the details of life illuminate the page.

Vintage Nabokov

Vintage Nabokov Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787249
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Vintage Nabokov by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. “It was Nabokov’s gift to bring paradise wherever he alighted.” —John Updike, The New York Review of Books Novelist, poet, critic, translator, and, above all, a peerless imaginer, Vladimir Nabokov was arguably the most dazzling prose stylist of the twentieth century. In novels like Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, he turned language into an instrument of ecstasy. Vintage Nabokov includes sections 1-10 of his most famous and controversial novel, Lolita; the stories “The Return of Chorb,” “The Aurelian,” “A Forgotten Poet,” “Time and Ebb,” “Signs and Symbols,” “The Vane Sisters,” and “Lance”; and chapter 12 from his memoir Speak, Memory.

Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Albrecht Classen
Editor: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110245485
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Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times by Albrecht Classen Summary

Despite popular opinions of the ‘dark Middle Ages’ and a ‘gloomy early modern age,’ many people laughed, smiled, giggled, chuckled, entertained and ridiculed each other. This volume demonstrates how important laughter had been at times and how diverse the situations proved to be in which people laughed, and this from late antiquity to the eighteenth century. The contributions examine a wide gamut of significant cases of laughter in literary texts, historical documents, and art works where laughter determined the relationship among people. In fact, laughter emerges as a kaleidoscopic phenomenon reflecting divine joy, bitter hatred and contempt, satirical perspectives and parodic intentions. In some examples protagonists laughed out of sheer happiness and delight, in others because they felt anxiety and insecurity. It is much more difficult to detect premodern sculptures of laughing figures, but they also existed. Laughter reflected a variety of concerns, interests, and intentions, and the collective approach in this volume to laughter in the past opens many new windows to the history of mentality, social and religious conditions, gender relationships, and power structures.

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Murray Pomerance
Editor: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814338550
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For critics, fans, and scholars of drama and film, the laugh has traditionally been tied to comedy, indicating and expressing mirth, witty relief, joyous celebration, or arch and sarcastic parody. But strange, dark laughter that illuminates non-comedic, unfunny situations gets much less attention. In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, editor Murray Pomerance has assembled contributions from thirteen estimable scholars that address the strange laughter of cinema from varying intellectual perspectives and a wide range of sources. Contributors consider unusual humors in a variety of filmic settings, from the chilling unheard laughter of silent cinema to the ribald and mortal laughter in the work of Orson Welles; the vagaries and nuances of laughter in film noir to the eccentric laughter of science fiction. Essays also look at laughter in many different applications, from the subtle, underlying wit of the thriller Don't Look Now to the deeply provocative humor of experimental film and the unpredictable, shadowy, insightful, and stunning laughter in such films as Black Swan, Henry Fool, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Kiss of Death, The Dark Knight, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The accessibly written, unique essays in The Last Laugh bring a new understanding to the delicate balance, unsettled tensions, and fragility of human affairs depicted by strange humor in film. For scholars of film and readers who love cinema, these essays will be rich and playful inspiration.

The Wild Laughter

The Wild Laughter Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Caoilinn Hughes
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1786077825
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The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes Summary

'A grand feat of comic ingenuity, mischievous and insightful, and full of resonance for the way we live now... So original and vibrant.' Encore Award Judges LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE, 2021 NOMINATED FOR NOVEL AT THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS, 2020 SHORTLISTED FOR THE DALKEY LITERARY AWARDS, 2021 AN IRISH TIMES, IRISH SUNDAY TIMES, IRISH INDEPENDENT & SUNDAY INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2020 It's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that risks their livelihood, if not their lives, their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose. A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes' position as one of Ireland's most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

When the Killing's Done

When the Killing's Done Pdf/ePub eBook Author: T.C. Boyle
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101475889
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From the bestselling author of The Women comes an action- packed adventure about endangered animals and those who protect them. Principally set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, T.C. Boyle's powerful new novel combines pulse-pounding adventure with a socially conscious, richly humane tale regarding the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the island's endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues. Their confrontation plays out in a series of escalating scenes in which these characters violently confront one another, and tempt the awesome destructive power of nature itself. Boyle deepens his story by going back in time to relate the harrowing tale of Alma's grandmother Beverly, who was the sole survivor of a 1946 shipwreck in the channel, as well as the tragic story of Anise's mother, Rita, who in the late 1970s lived and worked on a sheep ranch on Santa Cruz Island. In dramatizing this collision between protectors of the environment and animal rights' activists, Boyle is, in his characteristic fashion, examining one of the essential questions of our time: Who has the right of possession of the land, the waters, the very lives of all the creatures who share this planet with us? When the Killing's Done will offer no transparent answers, but like The Tortilla Curtain, Boyle's classic take on illegal immigration, it will touch you deeply and put you in a position to decide.

Bend Sinister

Bend Sinister Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787885
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Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man. In a folly of bureaucratic bungling and ineptitude, the government attempts to co-opt Krug's support in order to validate the new regime.

King, Queen, Knave

King, Queen, Knave Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787648
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King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

The novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men's clothing emporium store. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle's condescension in his aunt's bed.

Using Life

Using Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ahmed Naji
Editor: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477314822
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Upon its initial release in Arabic in the fall of 2014, Using Life received acclaim in Egypt and the wider Arab world. But in 2016, Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017 but, at the time of printing, he is awaiting retrial and banned from leaving Egypt. Set in modern-day Cairo, Using Life follows a young filmmaker, Bassam Bahgat, after a secret society hires him to create a series of documentary films about the urban planning and architecture of Cairo. The plot in which Bassam finds himself ensnared unfolds in the novel's unique mix of text and black-and-white illustrations. The Society of Urbanists, Bassam discovers, is responsible for centuries of world-wide conspiracies that have shaped political regimes, geographical boundaries, reigning ideologies, and religions. It is responsible for today's Cairo, and for everywhere else, too. Yet its methods are subtle and indirect: it operates primarily through manipulating urban architecture, rather than brute force. As Bassam immerses himself in the Society and its shadowy figures, he finds Cairo on the brink of a planned apocalypse, designed to wipe out the whole city and rebuild anew.

The Down Days

The Down Days Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ilze Hugo
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 198212153X
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In the vein of The Book of M comes a fast-paced, character-driven literary apocalyptic novel that explores life, love, and loss in a post-truth society. In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak—reminiscent of the 1962 event of mass hysteria that was the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic—a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind, with residents experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. Is it simply another episode of mass hysteria, or something more sinister? In a quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound. During these strange days, Faith works as a fulltime corpse collector and a freelance “truthologist,” putting together disparate pieces of information to solve problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find her abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, a young man named Sans who trades in illicit goods is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing-leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity. Over the course of a single week, the paths of Faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers—including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man—will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist.

Cruelty and Laughter

Cruelty and Laughter Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Simon Dickie
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226146200
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Cruelty and Laughter by Simon Dickie Summary

Eighteenth-century British culture is often seen as polite and sentimental—the creation of an emerging middle class. Simon Dickie disputes these assumptions in Cruelty and Laughter, a wildly enjoyable but shocking plunge into the forgotten comic literature of the age. Beneath the surface of Enlightenment civility, Dickie uncovers a rich vein of cruel humor that forces us to recognize just how slowly ordinary human sufferings became worthy of sympathy. Delving into an enormous archive of comic novels, jestbooks, farces, variety shows, and cartoons, Dickie finds a vast repository of jokes about cripples, blind men, rape, and wife-beating. Epigrams about syphilis and scurvy sit alongside one-act comedies about hunchbacks in love. He shows us that everyone—rich and poor, women as well as men—laughed along. In the process, Dickie also expands our understanding of many of the century’s major authors, including Samuel Richardson, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Tobias Smollett, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen. He devotes particular attention to Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews, a novel that reflects repeatedly on the limits of compassion and the ethical problems of laughter. Cruelty and Laughter is an engaging, far-reaching study of the other side of culture in eighteenth-century Britain.

Studies of Laughter in Interaction

Studies of Laughter in Interaction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Phillip Glenn,Elizabeth Holt
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441183477
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Studies of Laughter in Interaction by Phillip Glenn,Elizabeth Holt Summary

Laughter is pervasive in interaction yet often overlooked in the research. This volume presents a collection of original studies revealing the highly-ordered, complex, and important phenomenon of laughter in everyday interactions. Building on 40 years of conversation analytic research, the authors show how the design and placement of laughs contribute to unfolding sequences, social activities, identities, and relationships. In this revealing study leading experts investigate laughter in a range of different contexts and across a variety of languages. The research demonstrates that laughter is not simply a reaction to humour but is used in a fascinating array of different ways. Findings reported here include its use in clinics, employment interviews, news interviews, classrooms, the discourse of children with severe autism, and ordinary conversations. The acoustics of laughter and its relationship to movement, gaze and gesture are also explored. The volume brings together new and influential research into this phenomenon to present the state-of-the-art. It will be invaluable to anyone interested in the study of interaction, conversation analysis, humour and laughter.

Nabokov's Shakespeare

Nabokov's Shakespeare Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Samuel Schuman
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1628923776
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Nabokov's Shakespeare by Samuel Schuman Summary

Nabokov's Shakespeare is a comprehensive study of an important and interesting literary relationship. It explores the many and deep ways in which the works of Shakespeare, the greatest writer of the English language, penetrate the novels of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the finest English prose stylists of the twentieth century. As a Russian youth, Nabokov read all of Shakespeare, in English. He claimed a shared birthday with the Bard, and some of his most highly regarded novels (Lolita, Pale Fire and Ada) are infused with Shakespeare and Shakespeareanisms. Nabokov uses Shakespeare and Shakespeare's works in a surprisingly wide variety of ways, from the most casual references to deep thematic links. Schuman provides a taxonomy of Nabokov's Shakespeareanisms; a quantitative analysis of Shakespeare in Nabokov; an examination of Nabokov's Russian works, his early English novels, the non-novelistic writings (poetry, criticism, stories), Nabokov's major works, and his final novels; and a discussion of the nature of literary relationships and influence. With a Foreword by Brian Boyd.

Laughter in the Wind

Laughter in the Wind Pdf/ePub eBook Author: SL Harris
Editor: Bella Books
ISBN: 1594938555
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Rebecca Wilcox’s curiosity about the disturbance of an old grave overcomes her fear of the cemetery’s reputation for being haunted. After all, she’s in college now. Armed with only a name and some dates, her search leads her to sophomore Olivia Harmon. Olivia is equally curious about the grave and its occupant, but it’s not just an exercise in research to her. Family secrets—new and old—are buried in that grave. Used to hiding her sexuality to keep the peace, Olivia balks at more lies, and her already fractured family falls apart. Her friendship with Rebecca, however, only deepens. Comforted and distracted by their feelings, Rebecca and Olivia might even give up their quest, until a final clue and a shocking revelation turns what they thought they knew upside down. SL Harris debuts with a love story of two young women searching for answers and finding them in each other.

A Laughter in the Lonely Night

A Laughter in the Lonely Night Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Henry Viscardi Jr.
Editor: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1789124743
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A Laughter in the Lonely Night by Henry Viscardi Jr. Summary

A STORY OF DETERMINED MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE AND HEARD THAT LAUGHTER The fifteen men and women whose stories you are about to read never thought for one moment—while they were going through their particular kind of hell—that anyone would ever write a book about them. In the months and years during which they faced and fought their war with life they could think only such thoughts as “How will I face the future?” “How can I go on living?” “Why did this happen to me?” “Will the world ever accept me as an ordinary human being?” Today, these men and women, who became extraordinary human beings—each in his own way—tell their individual and incredible stories through Henry Viscardi, Jr., probably the one man in the world who could put down on paper all that they experienced, all that they won, all that they now—after victory—have to say to us. A LAUGHTER IN THE LONELY NIGHT is the guts-deep, unvarnished, often unlovely, but always thrilling account of fifteen people whom the world rejected as “cripples” and how they, together with hundreds more, crashed their way through their own self-rejection and the laughter (often of their own making) which they heard over and over again in the lonely night. Here is their story of personal and professional victory. Who are they? They are workers in the million-dollar-a-year industry called Abilities, Inc.—the world-famous company founded by the author, where only the severely disabled can get jobs, from the president (Henry Viscardi was born with stumps of legs) on down. Henry Viscardi has let them tell their stories in their own words, and throughout the book you can hear the many sounds their voices make—angry cries, determined statements, ribald jokes, tender encouragement, and laughter—the language of the kind of courage most people can only imagine.

Laughter in the Trenches

Laughter in the Trenches Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jakub Kazecki
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443839493
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Laughter in the Trenches by Jakub Kazecki Summary

Laughter in the Trenches: Humour and Front Experience in German First World War Narratives explores the appearances and functions of humour and laughter in selected novels and short stories, based on autobiographical experiences, written by authors during the war and in the Weimar Era (1919–1933). This study focuses on popular and lesser-known works of German literature that played an important role in the socio-political life of the Weimar Republic: Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger (1920), Advance from Mons 1914 by Walter Bloem (1916), The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig (1927), and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929). The author shows that these works often share surprisingly similar narrative strategies in describing humorous experiences and soldier laughter to justify direct violence and oppressive power structures, regardless of the works’ ideological assignment and their popular and critical reception. This book also examines the parodic imitations of All Quiet on the Western Front, the German text All Quiet on the Trojan Front by Emil Marius Requark (1930) and the American film So Quiet on the Canine Front by Zion Myers and Jules White (1931) as significant polemical contributions that use humoristic strategies to stress or undermine elements of the original text.

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811227243
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Nikolai Gogol by Vladimir Nabokov Summary

Nikolai Gogol was the most idiosyncratic of the great Russian novelists of the 19th century and lived a tragically short life which was as chaotic as the lives of the characters he created. This biography begins with Gogol's death and ends with his birth, an inverted structure typical of both Gogol and Nabokov. The biographer proceeds to establish the relationship between Gogol and his novels, especially with regard to "nose-consciousness", a peculiar feature of Russian life and letters, which finds its apotheosis in Gogol's own life and prose. There are more expressions and proverbs concerning the nose in Russian than in any other language in the world. Nabokov's style in this biography is comic, but as always leads to serious issues—in this case, an appreciation of the distinctive "sense of the physical" inherent in Gogol's work. Nabokov describes how Gogol's life and literature mingled, and explains the structure and style of Gogol's prose in terms of the novelist's life.