The Art of Being Bored (Le Monde Où L´on S´ennuie) A Comedy in Three Acts (Classic Reprint): Edouard Pailleron
The Art of Being Bored (Le Monde Où L´on S´ennuie) A Comedy in Three Acts (Classic Reprint): Edouard Pailleron
This collection examines different aspects of attitudes towards disease and death in writing of the long eighteenth century. Taking three conditions as examples - ennui, sexual diseases and infectious diseases - as well as death itself, contributors explore the ways in which writing of the period placed them within a borderland between fashionability and unfashionability, relating them to current social fashions and trends. These essays also look at ways in which diseases were fashioned into bearing cultural, moral, religious and even political meaning. Works of literature are used as evidence, but also medical writings, personal correspondence and diaries. Diseases or conditions subject to scrutiny include syphilis, male impotence, plague, smallpox and consumption. Death, finally, is looked at both in terms of writers constructing meanings within death and of the fashioning of posthumous reputation. Allan Ingram is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Northumbria, UK. He has published widely on eighteenth-century writing, with a particular interest in the relations between literature, medicine, and madness. His works in this field include The Madhouse of Language (1991) and Cultural Constructions of Madness (2005). Between 2006 and 2009 he was Director of the Leverhulme Trust project Before Depression, and was a Co-Director of the Leverhulme project, Fashionable Diseases, of which this volume is one outcome. He has edited Gullivers Travels (2012) and was co-editor of a four-volume set of source material, D epression and Melancholy 1660-1800 (2012). Most recently he co-edited a set of essays, Voice and Context in Eighteenth-Century Poetry (2015). Leigh Wetherall Dickson is Senior Lecturer in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature at Northumbria University, UK. She began her career there as a post-doctoral Research Associate on the Leverhulme-funded Before Depression 1660-1800 project. She has written and published extensively upon the experience of presumed mental disease, and was the co-general editor and volume editor for Depression and Melancholy 1600-1800 (2012). She is now one of the directors of Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832, also funded by the Leverhulme Trust for three years. Her current research focusses upon the relationship between fashion, fame, and illness in the long eighteenth century, and is particularly interested in how the pursuit of fame was viewed as a type of contagious disease.
Written in 1925, the novel opens with three gentleman friends - lawyer Sir Edward Leithen, banker John Palliser-Yeates, and Cabinet member Charles Lord Lamancha - discovering that they all suffer a common and debilitating malady, a loss of zest for life, all desperate to relieve the ennui that has engulfed them. The solution can only be something devilish, with a dash of daring. Enlisting the aid of another friend, Scottish landowner Sir Archibald Roylance, the trio contrives a plot to poach game - deer or salmon - from the hereditary lands of three of Archies Highland neighbors under the guise of an assumed false identity, John Macnab. On this, they stake their reputations and the danger proves innervating. This novel is a light interlude within the Leithen Stories series - an evocative look at the hunting, shooting and fishing lifestyle in Highland Scotland.
Some of you know and love Prince Breslyn already, others may meet him here for the first time. This is how Bres got his introduction to humans and formed his everlasting love of them. It is a short story/novella. Fact one: By tradition and treaty, Fae do not interfere with the human world - it is against the rules. Fact two: For a Royal Fae prince who suffers from the ennui of immortality, watching and interacting with humans - especially lovely, spirited human females - can be entertaining. Fact three: When entertainment changes to affection, and affection becomes love, rules will be broken. His name is Breslyn, Prince of Dagda of the Tuatha De. He is a royal Fae, immortal and endowed with more than eye candy looks. He is a being with immeasurable powers but life for him lacked something - so he looked around, and found... humans. Watching their lives and interactions, from another dimension filled him with feelings he had thought long lost in the ennui of immortality. The more he watched - the more addicted to their antics he became. An affection for the human race grew inside the heart Fae are not supposed to have, and it was inevitable that he began to have preferences with regards to them. In 1314, when Scotland´s rule was in jeopardy and the British were about to take more than they should, he chose a side - and then he saw her, and nothing would ever be the same for the prince ever again... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Goring. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024866de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a certain cool, rainy evening in autumn, in a small château in Brie, three pensive individuals were gravely occupied in watching the wood burn on the hearth and the hands of the clock move slowly around the dial. Two of these silent guests seemed to give way unreservedly to the vague ennui that weighed upon them; but the third gave signs of open rebellion: he fidgeted about on his seat, stifled half audibly divers melancholy yawns, and tapped the snapping sticks with tongs, with a manifest intention of resisting the common enemy. This person, who was much older than the other two, was the master of the house, Colonel Delmare, an old warrior on half-pay, once a very handsome man, now over-corpulent, with a bald head, gray moustache and awe-inspiring eye; an excellent master before whom everybody trembled, wife, servants, horses and dogs. At last he left his chair, evidently vexed because he did not know how to break the silence, and began to walk heavily up and down the whole length of the salon, without laying aside for an instant the rigidity which characterizes all the movements of an ex-soldier, resting his weight on his loins and turning the whole body at once, with the unfailing self-satisfaction peculiar to the man of show and the model officer. ...
A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It As It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the listener. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul - it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Fortgang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005843de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The true story of a young woman who ditched everything she knew to become a cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica. Imagine you are a young woman with a stellar career but an increasing dissatisfaction with life. Imagine that your idea of a ´´remote location´´ is the distance between a taxi rank and a shoe shop. How do you shrug off your growing ennui? Simple. You apply for the position of cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica.Antarctica lends itself to tales of adventure and heartbreak. The landscape is polarized, beautiful and deadly in equal measure. But Alexa doesn´t scale mountains or trek to the Pole. Instead, armed with an old cookbook, she attempts to create three-course meals with no electricity or running water and struggles to defrost meat in sub-zero temperatures. Life in a thin nylon tent in the company of scientists, explorers, and eccentrics soon begins to take on extraordinary dimensions. As 120-kilometre-an-hour winds blow and tensions rise, friendships, and love, are forged in this frozen neighborhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000064de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she´s heard it all - then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily´s ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can´t talk him down she can glamour him. But things don´t go according to plan. Her caller glows with blue fire and turns out to be a vampire-hating Djinn. Suddenly, for the first time in centuries he´s found something intriguing. Is Lily really a vampire with a conscience and an obsessive-compulsive disorder, involving Handi-wipes and Lysol, or is she just another bloodsucker? Add in another vampire, with a history of female lovers stretching over three centuries, who swears he´s reformed and declares his undying love for Lily. Stir in a mean pair of witches and a vicious warlock, who are staking vampires around the city and you have a recipe for riotous adventure of supernatural proportions. Lily Goodwill is a quick thinking, smart-talking vampire who´s still figuring out how she feels about dining al fresco in the City by the Bay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valerie Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010834de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fraa Erasmus is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the ´´Saecular´´ world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities, and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent´s walls. Three times during history´s darkest epochs, bloody violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet always the avout have managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. Erasmus, however, has no fear of the outside - the Extramuros - for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago. Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent´s gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious ´´extras´´ in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn´t seen since he was ´´collected´´. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change. Powerful unforeseen forces threaten the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros - a threat that only an unsteady alliance of Saecular and avout can oppose - as, one by one, Raz´s colleagues, teachers, and friends are all called forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a worlds-shattering responsibility, Erasmus finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of everything - as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of an unfamiliar planet...and far beyond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, Neal Stephenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000841de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.