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Much of the education of children is based on the antithesis between "good" and "bad." The images of "bad" are supposed to be the dark background against which the good can shine, like courage shining through in times of danger. The problem with this approach is that "the good" has only the chance to shine but not to grow. The Fairy Woods Children thus tries to bring a new approach that allows goodness to grow and to expand in children's consciousness, without the need of a fear-based background scenario. While this may sound boring to grown-up people who are used mainly to the strife of their daily life with all its troubles and fears, small children do not need to have this handicap. From an early age, they need to be allowed to grow beyond this stage at which humankind is now, and they need to learn more about the infinite possibilities that may lie before them in the future. A lot of misunderstandings and conflicts arise from the lack of heart-to-heart communication, which is the central point in the seven stories of the book. Each story, meant to be read at bedtime, brings to the surface a deep inner longing of the soul to express itself. As a child, these were the stories I would have liked to hear, and these were the teachings I would have liked to receive, as they can greatly eliminate the need of the good versus bad antithesis. And this is the reason why I would like to offer them to children and people like me, who may appreciate art and beauty, and who may wish to create for their families a lifestyle which is more soulful and kind.
With six Academy Awards, four entries on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest American movies, and more titles on the National Historic Register of classic films deemed worthy of preservation than any other director, Billy Wilder counts as one of the most accomplished filmmakers ever to work in Hollywood. Film historians and critics, as well as his colleagues, have consistently celebrated Wilder as an American master from the classic studio era. Yet how American is Billy Wilder, the Jewish emigre from Central Europe? To study Wilder's work is to examine the reworking of several rich and varied cultural sensibilities, shaped by his experience of displacement. This book underscores these complexities, unpacking underlying contradictions where previous commentators routinely smoothed them out. Wilder emerges as an artist with roots in sensationalist journalism and the world of entertainment as well as with an awareness of literary culture and the avant-garde, features that lead to productive and often highly original confrontations between high and low.
This critical companion is the first compendium of wide-ranging scholarship on Tabish Khair, who has emerged as a powerful voice in contemporary Indian English Literature. The essays in this collection examine Khair's novels and poetical collections in ways that yield new insights which are central to the understanding of Khair as a writer, and why he categorically refuses to assign his works with any literary genre. This critical anthology not only focuses new light on the thematic, social or cultural issues of Khair's writings, but also the in-depth reading of his multi-layered texts enable the readers to rethink the position of the author from an international and broader intellectual context.
Central Asia is the cluster of countries located in the basin of the "Great Aral Sea." It originates from the ancient civilizations of the IV-III millennium B.C. known as a oeArianaa and is an important geopolitical centre today, where the USA, Russia, China, EU, Iran and India participate in the regional water game. The Aral Sea Basin has always been a subject of interest to outside powers as a target of travel or political blame. At the same time it was a source of prosperity and a place of work, love, history and strong cultural traditions for almost 100 million people.
At present the Aral Sea Basin is shared by independent states with different interests but at the same time in need of close collaboration for their survival. Much has been written about this region but few writers have discovered the deeper roots of the historical transformations that have caused the present situation of environmental degradation. The extremely arid character of the region is a cause of very sensitive natural and social conditions; a very fragile balance that is easily disturbed by any important impact from the outside or innovations from the inside. Only a thorough analysis of both the positive ambitions of the region and their possible negative consequences can provide the necessary understanding of why important development initiatives of the recent past have always produced the negative consequences as they did.
Ellie was so desperate to get married a rich man who can finally give all that she wanted and she can able to help her family as well. Joey is her closest friend who secretly in love with her but does not have the courage to tell her his feelings because he knew from the start that Ellie does not love him because he does not have money. She met Mark and they get married. She left her hometown and left Joey heartbroken and live with Mark in New York. In two years of their marriage, she wasn't happy. She found out that money is not the only way to make people happy. She wants to go back home where she belong. Is marrying a billionaire man is the only chance for a woman who is desperate to be rich so she can help her family? Or this is only the beginning of her new chapter in life to face the reality of having a billionaire husband?
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