The Spell


Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440621535
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Here are the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his young lover, Justin, a would-be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside; Robin's attractive and dangerously volatile twenty-two-year-old son Danny; and Justin's former boyfriend Alex, whose life is unexpectedly transformed by a night of house music and a tab of ecstasy.As each falls under the spell of romance or drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly ironic picture emerges of the illusions of love, and of the clashing imperatives of modern gay life: the hunger for contact and the fear of commitment, the need for permanence and the continual disruptions of sex. Ultimately, The Spell details the restlessness of every human heart.

Part of the Spell


Author: Rachel Heath
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448136466
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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In a small English town, everyone is silently struggling to be the person they think they should be. Tacita is pretending to ignore her husband's affair; Theresa is determined to stay so busy she won’t have time to feel guilty; and Stella just wants everything to stay the same. But when Sheila, a widow, mother and grandmother, disappears from the town, their private lives start to collide and change ...

The spell of the tunnel vision

If the reply does not allow searching for mourning
Author: David Hoffmann
Publisher: neobooks
ISBN: 3847634712
Category: Fiction
Page: 22
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The sudden death of his brother Ben is for the 20-year-old Phil just unbelievable. Therefore, this becomes less and less in the search for answers and forgets even to save his own psyche. An agonizing ordeal on a true story unfolds.

What the Spell


Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 144246707X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 352
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When Brooklyn, a witch, turns sixteen, her conservative parents finally unbind her powers, bringing her newfound popularity and the attention of her long-time crush, Asher, but using spells may endanger her and, unless she uses her special ability to magically match couples, she may lose Asher.

Breaking the Spell

Tales of Enchantment
Author: N.A
Publisher: Kingfisher Books
ISBN: 9780753450024
Category: Children's stories.
Page: 78
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Collects tales about enchanted people and places by such famous children's authors as Joan Aiken, Jane Yolen, Joyce Dunbar, and Tony Ramsay

Breaking the Spell

Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141903139
Category: Religion
Page: 464
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Few forces in the world are as potent as religion: it comforts people in their suffering and inspires them to both magnificent and terrible deeds. In this provocative and timely book, Daniel C. Dennett seeks to uncover the origins of religion and discusses how and why different faiths have shaped so many lives, whether religion is an addiction or a genuine human need, and even whether it is good for our health. Arguing passionately for the need to understand this multifaceted phenomenon, Breaking the Spell offers a truly original – and comprehensive – explanation for faith.

The Spell

A Romance
Author: Tom Clark
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 9781574231236
Category: Fiction
Page: 205
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The hero of this American gothic nightmare comedy is a messianic hillbilly prophet whose onetime local glory as a high school football star gives way to a career of outlaw questing. With the mysterious disappearance of his main squeeze -- an edgy, spooky honkytonk chanteuse -- that quest becomes increasingly deviant and deranged. The landscape through which the earnest, confused seeker chivvies his banged-up black pickup truck is a magical and timeless one, its dense woods and dark lakes charged with a heavy burden of industrially-produced hexes, curses and toxic spells. Mechanical animals and changeling species, subjected to continual torments of re-programming, run half wild through a menacing backwater of poisonous tarns, vicious factories and slimy swamps. Elders of strange religions exercise insidious, unpleasant influences, while witches in Secret Shacks broadcast bad vibrations that produce genetic alterations. In this mutated vision of "reality" now, there is a general spell under which everybody is bound. The Spell: A Romance is a strange, haunting and funny poetic novel about the survival of medieval chivalric codes -- and their dangerous implications -- in a toxic-shocked modern world. It is also a tale of love and quest, betrayal and revenge. The mysterious protean voice of the book slips back and forth from comic narrative prose to spare lyrical poetry as it becomes the voice of legend: allusive, expansive, suspending disbelief.

The Spell of New Mexico


Author: Tony Hillerman
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826307767
Category: History
Page: 105
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Essays by some of the 20th century's best known writers celebrate the unique appeal of New Mexico.

The Spell of Italy

Vacation, Magic, and the Attraction of Goethe
Author: Richard A. Block
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814332696
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 310
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A study of the lure of Italy in German culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Under the Spell of Arabia


Author: Mathias T. Oppersdorff
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815607007
Category: History
Page: 121
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The ravishing black-and-white images collected for this volume were hard won. In the early 1970s photographer Mathias Oppersdorff traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, and Yemen. Many obstacles stood in his way: Oppersdorff spoke no Arabic, Islamic culture discourages photography, and travel was largely forbidden. But the resourceful Oppersdorff gained unprecedented access to people and places ordinarily closed to Westerners. His photos document Bedouin life, capture panoramic desert vistas, and hint at the enormous changes oil money would bring to traditional societies. The tall, blond stranger was greeted warmly and treated to spontaneous hospitality. His empathic, classical images convey the pathos and dignity of daily life. His subjects work, socialize, and brave the harsh but magnificent landscape. Aesthetically, his work goes beyond the subject matter. Thirty years later, the world Oppersdorff portrays has largely vanished in the name of progress. We are fortunate to have access to this photographer's transcendent vision of ancient cultures on the cusp of irreversible change.

Unlocking the Spell

A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess
Author: E. D. Baker
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408841592
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
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Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by reuniting her with Prince Beldegard, so you'd think that things would be back to normal. Think again! The beloved prince is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to come to his rescue - she must find the evil dwarf who cast the spell, and quickly . . . Luckily, Annie has her own handsome prince to hand - and many tricks up her non-magical sleeve.

Breaking the Spell

Ending the Cycle One Generation at a Time
Author: T. White
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 144908382X
Category: Poetry
Page: 40
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This book was created by powerful words influenced by love. Positive feelings were found in the most adverse situations. Later, these feelings were transformed into freedom and self-determination. Inspired by hope, these emotions were changed into beautiful words.

The Spell of the Sensuous

Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Author: David Abram
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307830551
Category: Philosophy
Page: 352
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Winner of the International Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction Animal tracks, word magic, the speech of stones, the power of letters, and the taste of the wind all figure prominently in this intellectual tour de force that returns us to our senses and to the sensuous terrain that sustains us. This major work of ecological philosophy startles the senses out of habitual ways of perception. For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patters) that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate." How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relation with the breathing earth? In The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand of magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which--even at its most abstract--echoes the calls and cries of the earth. On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with a passion, a precision, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez.

The Spell of the Midnight Sun


Author: Maurice R. Cloughley
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
ISBN: 9780920663417
Category: Indians of North America
Page: 141
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Canada's vast Northland drew Maurice Cloughley to the challenge of teaching in remote communities; teacher could mean medical attendant, road foreman and dog-control officer. Unlike others, Maurice didn't head south after a year or two.

The Spell of Egypt


Author: Robert Hichens
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 159605591X
Category: Travel
Page: 284
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In Egypt one ever seeks the dead in sunshine, black vaults in the land of the gold. But here in Abydos I was accompanied by whiteness. The general effect of Seti's mighty temple is that it is a white temple when seen in full sunshine and beneath a sky of blinding blue. In an arid place it stands, just beyond an Egyptian village that is a maze of dust... -from "Abydos" Leave it to a beloved novelist to bring to life the allure and mystery of Egypt. First published in 1908 under the title Egypt and Its Monuments, this is a beautifully poetic valentine to that desert land by Robert Hichens, one of the most popular fiction writers of the early 20th century. Romantic and transporting, this lovely book explores the "drowsily splendid" pyramids, the "terrible repose" of the Sphinx, the "silver eddies" of the Nile, the "immense aspect of patience" suggested by the Colossi of Memnon, the Tombs of the Kings, where a "king's silence bids you be silent," and more. Whether you've actually traveled down the Nile or have only dreamed about it, you will be swept away by Hichens' idyllic prose. British novelist ROBERT SMYTHE HICHENS (1864-1950) also wrote The Garden of Allah, The Lady Who Lied, and The Paradine Case.

Breaking the Spell

A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas
Author: Chris Robé
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1629633313
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 480
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Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present. Video plays an increasingly important role among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberal capitalism. As a result, alternative media production becomes a central location where new collective forms of subjectivity can be created to challenge aspects of neoliberalism. Chris Robé's book fills in historical gaps by bringing to light unexplored video activist groups like the Cascadia Forest Defenders, eco-video activists from Eugene, Oregon; Mobile Voices, Latino day laborers harnessing cell phone technology to combat racism and police harassment in Los Angeles; and Outta Your Backpack Media, indigenous youth from the Southwest who use video to celebrate their culture and fight against marginalization. This groundbreaking study also deepens our understanding of more well-researched movements like AIDS video activism, Paper Tiger Television, and Indymedia by situating them within a longer history and wider context of radical video activism.

The Spell of the Yukon and Other Poems


Author: Robert Service
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486476898
Category: Poetry
Page: 126
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The "common man's poet" and "Canadian Kipling" recounts tales from the Klondike gold rush in this compilation of 34 of his best verses. Poems include "The Cremation of Sam McGee," "The Call of the Wild," "The Heart of the Sourdough," "The Shooting of Dan McGrew," and other memorable storytelling verses.

The Spell of Language

Poststructuralism and Speculation
Author: Thomas G. Pavel
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226650678
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 178
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The "spell of language" for Pavel consists of three things: the promise that linguistics seemed to represent for the humanities and social sciences; the distortions, misunderstandings, and willful neglect incumbent upon the "linguistic turn"; and, above all, the break with traditional humanism.

Under the Spell of Orpheus

The Persistence of a Myth in Twentieth-century Art
Author: Judith E. Bernstock
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809316595
Category: Art
Page: 235
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This comprehensive view of the Orpheus myth in modern art focuses on an extremely rich artistic symbol and cuts through all the clichés to explore truly significant problems of meaning. The author takes a new approach to the iconography of major modern artists by incorporating psychological and literary analysis, as well as biography. The three parts of the book explore the ways in which artists have identified with different aspects of the often paradoxical Orpheus myth. The first deals with artists such as Paul Klee, Carl Milles, and Barbara Hepworth. In the second, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, and Isamu Noguchi are discussed. Artists examined in the final part include Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, Ethel Schwabacher, and Cy Twombly. The author documents her argument with more than sixty illustrations.

The Spell of Hypnos

Sleep and Sleeplessness in Ancient Greek Literature
Author: Silvia Montiglio
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857739832
Category: History
Page: 336
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Sleep was viewed as a boon by the ancient Greeks: sweet, soft, honeyed, balmy, care-loosening, as the Iliad has it. But neither was sleep straightforward, nor safe. It could be interrupted, often by a dream. It could be the site of dramatic intervention by a god or goddess. It might mark the transition in a narrative relationship, as when Penelope for the first time in weeks slumbers happily through Odysseus’ vengeful slaughter of her suitors. Silvia Montiglio’s imaginative and comprehensive study of the topic illuminates the various ways writers in antiquity used sleep to deal with major aspects of plot and character development. The author shows that sleeplessness, too, carries great weight in classical literature. Doom hangs by a thread as Agamemnon – in Iphigenia in Aulis – paces, restless and sleepless, while around him everyone else dozes on. Exploring recurring tropes of somnolence and wakefulness in the Iliad, the Odyssey, Athenian drama, the Argonautica and ancient novels by Xenophon, Chariton, Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, this is a unique contribution to better understandings of ancient Greek writing. ‘This enthralling and thoroughly enjoyable book helps us to understand how different literary genres deal with the seemingly unremarkable and inactive – but actually deeply nuanced and intriguing – things that happen while the ancients either sleep or wrestle with wakefulness. Silvia Montiglio has written a masterpiece of literary analysis which at the same time discloses a fascinating chapter in the history of Greek culture.’ Marco Fantuzzi, Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, University of Macerata and Visiting Professor of Greek, Columbia University; author of Achilles in Love: Intertextual Studies