Category: Fantasy Fairy Tales

Marathon by William Winokur

By William Winokur

An Odyssey of Self-Discovery

Winner united states’s nationwide “Best Books 2006 Award”

Based on a real tale, MARATHON, tells the story of Marianna Gardner, a profitable company legal professional, whose pursuit of cash and gear has led her faraway from her formative years beliefs. destiny reunites her with an previous good friend of her deceased parents—Ion Theodore—a former Greek slave, sculptor and Marathon runner. jointly they trip to his historical fatherland the place she not just discovers his prior, but in addition her destiny and the inescapable future that every holds the major to the other’s salvation.

From the concrete canyons of reduce ny to the ruins of historic Greece, MARATHON is a deeply own tour-de-force of a girl who turns her again at the glossy international with a purpose to get to the bottom of the secrets and techniques of her past.

Meet Marianna Gardner—intelligent, attractive, profitable, but empty, unhappy and looking. Marianna is a associate in a popular new york legislations company, yet her upward thrust to the head has come at a value: She has turn into so hardened that she has neglected her personal father’s funeral.

Enter Ion Theodore, an enthralling but lonely previous Greek guy who has identified Marianna because she was once a toddler. A instructor, artist and marathon runner, Ion is a guy of unusual adventure and knowledge. while Marianna reaches out for Ion after a long time of absence, vacationing him in a dilapidated Queens’ nursing home., she is readily entranced by means of “Uncle” Ion’s quiet existence force.

Soon after their assembly, Marianna unearths herself forced to accompany Ion on a pilgrimage again to his place of origin of Greece. There she stumbles upon Ion’s hidden journals, with their tantalizing allusions to a misplaced obol, as soon as possessed through Ion. It was once the very obol worn by means of Pheidippides, the mythical hero who ran from Marathon to Athens to convey the inside track of the history-changing Greek victory over the Persians.

Framed via the tale of Pheidippides’ celebrated run, the radical is steeped in mythology and secret. With a deft and likely hand, writer W. William Winokur ponders the fundamental questions of existence and loss of life, the intersection of earlier and current, the fight of responsibility as opposed to ardour, all whereas exploring one woman’s discovery of herself via historic myths, misplaced journals, most unlikely loves and undying souls.

Marathon is a richly imagined paintings that units the clash and intrigue of the traditional global opposed to the truth of up to date lifestyles. Compelling, proposal upsetting and carefully attractive, MARATHON is a strong assertion in regards to the offerings we make in existence and the way to make a existence worthy living.

Critics compliment MARATHON:

“The shadow of old Greece provides unusual strength to this tale of a latest woman's look for goal. the result's a e-book that is either epic and intimate, a booklet in regards to the issues that actually topic in life.” —James Cameron, Director, mammoth, Avatar

“MARATHON defies description in lots of methods since it simply isn’t the standard form of tale one encounters… it's a outstanding novel a couple of amazing man.” —

“The tale is layered by way of a grasp craftsman, because the earlier touches the current easily and elegantly. A ribbon of undying love is woven during the story, becoming a member of the lives of those characters in a tapestry of epic proportions. The subject matter of a marathon flows without difficulty, highlighting Marianna's quest for self-understanding and supplying a quiet experience of urgency. A myriad of feelings will reason those pages to quiver, shooting readers' hearts and drawing them deeper into this novel. while the ebook is slowly closed, there'll be a feeling of getting run this race vicariously and with a bit of luck, victoriously with those amazing people.” —In The Library Reviews

“This is a unique of deep religion and conviction, the entire extra so simply because Ion Theodore used to be a true individual. it is a e-book to be learn, re-read and treasured.” —Roundtable Reviews

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Contes d'un buveur de bière (Au Viu Leupard) (French by Charles Deulin

By Charles Deulin

Ces Contes d’un buveur de bière sont devenus, depuis leur book initiale en 1868, un classique des contes populaires du « Nord », au même titre que les Lettres de mon Moulin pour le « Sud » et los angeles Provence. En voici un nouvelle édition qui ravira toujours de nouveaux lecteurs, et même d’anciens qui y retrouveront certainement l. a. nostalgie de leur jeunesse...

Charles DEULIN était fils d’un tailleurs d’habits, né en à Condé-sur-l’Escaut (1827-1877). Poète, chansonnier, journaliste, il connaît l. a. célébrité avec ses Contes d’un buveur de bière, auxquels il donnera une suite : les Contes du roi Cambrinus. On peut également citer parmi ses œuvres : les Histoires de petite ville et les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye – œuvre posthume –, précédant, d’ailleurs, celle de Ch. Perrault.

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The Tales of Alora Pink: The Eyes of Alora by Robert Rittenhouse

By Robert Rittenhouse

during this first installment to the stories of Alora red, we discover younger Alora crimson trapped in the stone partitions of her poor tower, the tower she has been trapped in all her lifestyles. approximately absolutely grown lady, Alora hasn't ever visible an afternoon that didn't go with any pleasure or intrigue, and her existence looked to be caught within the comparable routine.
That is, until eventually in the future. The fateful day that modified every little thing. Alora red, younger and clever, escaped from the bad tower and confronted the shady woods of the Enchanted woodland. What fabulous goals of lifestyles Alora had of the plush and gorgeous land, and she or he was once speedy on her journey.
Alora didn't recognize, however the course she was once traveling down may lead her right into a international jam-packed with betrayal and chance. an international flooded with deceivers and liars; ice chilly waters and searing scorching fires; the depraved and the blameless. Alora could notice the toughest fact there's to benefit - the fact that not anything candy lasts forever.

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The Arabian Nights--Alibaba and Forty Thieves: Story of by Sultana Scheherazade,Richard F. Burton

By Sultana Scheherazade,Richard F. Burton

“Arabian Nights',also referred to as “One Thousand and One Nights” is a set of heart jap and South Asian tales and folks stories compiled in Arabic through the Islamic Golden Age. those tales and stories are informed by way of Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter, to Sasanian king ruling in India and China, he's stunned to find that his brother's spouse is untrue; getting to know his personal wife's infidelity has been much more flagrant, he has her achieved, and hereby makes a decision that each one ladies are an identical. Shahryar starts to marry a succession of virgins basically to execute each the subsequent morning. ultimately the vizier, whose responsibility it really is to supply them, can't locate any longer virgins. Scheherazade, deals herself because the subsequent bride and her father reluctantly has the same opinion. at the evening in their marriage, Scheherazade starts off to inform the king a story, yet doesn't finish it. The king, fascinated about how the tale ends, is hence compelled to put off her execution so one can pay attention the belief. the following evening, once she finishes the story, she starts (and basically starts off) a brand new one, and the king, desirous to pay attention the realization, postpones her execution once more. So it is going on for 1,001 nights. after all, the king giving his spouse a pardon and sparing her existence.
These tales and stories are filled with cliffhangers and feature chuffed endings; they mirror the valiant experience of man or woman for pursuing treasure and wealth and an excellent life.

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Contes des Pyrénées (French Edition) by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

By Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Les contes sont une partie du patrimoine des Pyrénées. Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat les a collectés et retranscrits avec malice.

Ici, on raconte des histoires d’encantadas ou de mitounes (petites fées), de bonnet magique, d’enfant-ours ou de bécut (géant cyclope). Et parce que les Pyrénées sont aussi un lieu chargé d’histoire, des personnages tels que Henri IV dit le Béarnais, petit-fils de Marguerite de Navarre, ou Roland de Roncevaux, neveu de Charlemagne, de par les lines de leur passage laissées sur ces terres, tissent los angeles toile de fond de récits pour le moins croustillants.

Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, historienne médiéviste et membre de l’Académie culinaire de France, s’est spécialisée dans l’étude des comportements alimentaires et des coutumes populaires. Elle est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Histoire naturelle et morale de l. a. nourriture (Éditions Le Pérégrinateur), Histoire de l. a. food bourgeoise des origines à nos jours (Éditions Albin Michel), Contes du Périgord et Contes de Provence et Contes d’Auvergne et du Bourbonnais (Éditions Sud Ouest).

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The One Who Swam with the Fishes: Girls of the Mahabharata by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

By Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

Retellings of the Mahabharata usually succumb to the temptation of reversing the gaze and offering a noble patina to their protagonists. Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, although, bravely reimagines the tale and the internal lifetime of the fisher-maiden Satyavati sooner than her arrival into the epic, sooner than she alters the way forward for the Kuru dynasty. Madhavan humanizes Satyavati and reminds us that the passage via early life is in itself a heroic odyssey. -Karthika Naïr
Who is Satyavati? Truth-teller. Daughter of water. baby of apsara and king. Cursed from beginning. Fish-smell girl.
Growing up as a lady within the Vedic age is something yet effortless - or even more durable for the long run Queen of Hastinapur, the dominion of all kingdoms. She needs to take care of magic islands, tricky sages, calculating foster mom and dad, sexual awakening and loneliness. even if she is on the threshold of the capital, King Shantanu, smitten notwithstanding he's together with her, already has a crown prince from his marriage with a goddess. younger Satyavati needs to stroll on thorns to arrive her future in a global governed through males.
One of younger India s such a lot feisty voices, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, coaxes the lesser-known women of the Mahabharata out of the shadows.

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La Frondeuse (Cal-Lévy-France de toujours et d'aujourd'hui) by Eric Le Nabour

By Eric Le Nabour

Dans le will pay nantais à l. a. fin du XIXe siècle, Claire, mariée de strength à un riche viticulteur, violent et pervers, découvre los angeles liberté quand celui-ci meurt accidentellement. À Paris, elle entre comme pigiste à los angeles Fronde, un magazine féministe, et s'émancipe. Mais sous l'impulsion vengeresse de sa belle-sœur, elle est bientôt accusée du meurtre de son mari… Emprisonnée, saura-t-elle échapper au variety qui s'acharne ?

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La femme-eucalyptus: Contes et nouvelles d'aujourd'hui (La by Joëlle Van Hee

By Joëlle Van Hee

Si femme-eucalyptus se transforme en arbre le soir venu, est-ce pour écouter les rumeurs du vent courir dans son feuillage ? Pourquoi l. a. va-t-en-guerre ne désire-t-elle qu'une selected : partir combattre aux côtés des hommes ? Dans ce livre, ce sont les femmes qui mènent le jeu et qui éclairent le monde de leur regard sensuel, gourmet, parfois insolent.

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