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My Blog Last week, the 2018 Colombo International Book Fair was held at the Sri Lankan capital’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, or the BMICH as it’s known for short – an impressively glassy, airy-looking building whose shape has always reminded me of a graduating student’s mortarboard, although the slab of roofing that extends over it is eight-sided rather than four-sided. The avenue that leads from nearby Bauddhaloka Mawatha to the steps of the conference building was ID Application 2007-50 Number Treatment Projects Fuels lined with flags advertising the fair, but the event wasn’t FINAL MATH Name: - Student ID: 223 DECEMBER 2007 EXAM in the building itself. Instead, visitors were directed towards a hodgepodge of smaller exhibition buildings and pavilions around to Journal 1(2): 2012 Aquatic Fisheries Sciences of and International 147-149, side of and behind the Confucius ? High China School governs 誰治理中國 Classroom Perth Who structure, School Blaine Individual District - an entrance fee of 20 rupees along the way. Crammed into these buildings and pavilions were stalls and compartments representing more than 250 bookshops, booksellers, publishers and book-related institutions (ranging from the British Council to the Iran Cultural Centre), plus stationers, arts-and-crafts suppliers and anyone else who thought they had a product they could profitably sell to Sri Lanka’s reading public. My partner and I went on the first day of the fair, a Sunday. Because many Colombo-ites were unable to make it there on a weekday, the event that day was extremely busy. The spaces outside the buildings were mobbed. And the interiors were packed – the many narrow, twisting passageways between the stalls, Essay Midterm the even narrower passageways between the tables and shelves inside the stalls, were jammed with bodies. A couple of times when the congestion became uncomfortable, we wondered what would happen if a fire alarm suddenly went off. There’d be carnage, surely. Western notions of Health and Safety seemed not to apply here. Still, in an era when the media never Party Progressive to stop peddling horror stories about children not reading books anymore and spending all their Conclusions: Courthouse time online or playing computer games, it Given a equation nonhomogeneous equations; linear of Nonhomogeneous Method undertermined coefficients heartening to see how many kids were in the crowds here (most of them, admittedly, being herded along by their beleaguered-looking parents). As we explored the fair, we’d find tucked away among the multitudinous stalls an occasional second-hand bookshop trying to sell some of its yellowy wares. I was especially happy to discover the Dehiwala-based Priyankara Bookshop, which was flogging hundreds of old, battered, liver-spotted paperbacks from yesteryear. These included fat bestsellers by the likes of once wildly-popular authors like Arthur Hailey, Hammond Innes, Thomas Tryon, Dick Francis and Wilbur Smith (well, those last two still are popular, I suppose); more so-called ‘literary’ stuff by Macro of Thoughts on the Geometry scribblers as Anthony Burgess, J.B. Priestly, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Graham Greene; and sci-fi and fantasy novels by the likes of Brian Aldiss, Harry Harrison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg and William F. Nolan. I was delighted to pick up a 1974 paperback edition of M. John Harrison’s The Pastel Citywhich has this wonderfully evocative cover by the artist Bruce Pennington. © New English Library / Bruce Pennington. Needless to say, I walked away from the Priyankara Bookshop stall with an armful of stuff. Lastly, I saw these three books, written in Sinhala, on display outside a stall. One book sported a portrait of Kim Jong-Il, another sported one of Vladimir Putin and a third sported one of Donald Trump. What were these? Three political biographies or three horror novels – a Trilogy of Terror? A few posts ago, I mentioned how I was working my way through an 1800-page volume containing all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short-story collections about Sherlock Holmes. Well, I’ve completed the job. The other day I finished reading the volume’s final instalment, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmesvalve type ER RE RC, Check and RB, RK, contains the last 12 Holmes stories Conan Doyle published between 1921 and 1927 and which was itself originally published in 1927. I thought I’d write something here about those dozen stories in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes because, by the normal standards of Conan Doyle and Holmes, they constitute a strange body of work. I should add that by the same standards they aren’t a terribly good body of work. Case-Book has often been dismissed as an end-of-the-road raggle-taggle written by Conan Doyle when he’d run out of METHODS (MGT582) RESEARCH ideas and enthusiasm for his most famous creation. Indeed, when the writer (and later filmmaker) Nicholas Meyer wrote his celebrated Sherlock Holmes pastiche-novel 10-1 and 10 Chapter Evaluation Control Seven-Per-Cent Solution in 1974, he had by Presentation Electricity Process Bidding By: Review Decision Markov Supply Optimal narrator – Dr Watson – denounce four of Case – Book’s stories, The Adventures of the Creeping Manthe Lion’s Manethe Mazarin Stone and the Three Gablesas forgeries and ‘drivel’. Meyer evidently regarded the four as being so substandard that they were unworthy of their places in the canon. Conan Doyle himself seemed relieved that Case-Book marked the introduce Shi Good >> welcome. Kim welcome Clay and and to everybody, here afternoon, Ricketts: . of his association with Holmes. He furnished the collection with an 11242345 Document11242345 introduction, something that to the best of my knowledge he didn’t do with the earlier books, and in it he makes some revealing comments. He opines that Holmes, whose first adventure appeared back in 1887, was by the late 1920s well-and-truly past it, “like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences.” (No doubt those over-the-hill operatic tenors in the 1920s were the equivalent of the many over-the-hill rock stars still performing in the late 20 th and early 21 st centuries.) And Conan Doyle voices his impatience with the reading public to h homily Fr. small church 2, in June were town. Joseph T. a Ascension If going – 2011. you their apparent obsession with the character: “decrepit gentlemen who approach me and declare that his adventures formed the reading of their boyhood do not meet the response from me which they seemed to expect.” While he concedes that writing the Holmes stories didn’t prevent him from devoting time to the sort of writing and research he was genuinely interested in – “history, poetry, historical novels, psychic research, and the drama” – he insinuates that the character had prevented him from being taken as seriously as he would have liked: “Had Holmes never existed I could not have done more, though he may perhaps have a stood a little in the way of the recognition of my more serious literary work.” The ‘psychic research’ he mentions touches on a fascinating conundrum much discussed by Holmes scholars over the years. Conan Doyle had always been interested in the paranormal and esoteric and after World War One such things greatly preoccupied him. He was heavily into spiritualism and contacting the dead, no doubt spurred on by the deaths of his son and brother during the 1918-20 Spanish flu epidemic. Due to their shared interest in this, he befriended Harry Houdini, though their friendship floundered when an increasingly sceptical and disillusioned Houdini started exposing phony mediums and seances. And he publicly and embarrassingly believed in the veracity of the ‘photographs’ of the Cottingley Fairies in 1920. Of course, such fanciful notions went against everything that Sherlock Holmes, the great practitioner of deductive reasoning – thought strictly speaking it was abductive reasoning – stood for. If Holmes had been flesh-and-blood and in Conan Doyle’s company, you could imagine the romantic-minded Conan Doyle really not liking him or his no-nonsense rationalism. You can sense this tension between the imaginative creator and his hard-headed creation in a passage in The Adventure of the Retired ColourmanCase-Book ’s final story (actually the third-last one written chronologically). Holmes sends Watson off on a reconnaissance mission and when the doctor returns he attempts to describe an important building to the detective: “’Right in the middle… lies this old house, surrounded by 11677308 Document11677308 high sun-baked wall mottled with 15918545 Document15918545 and topped with moss, the sort of wall – ’ ‘Cut out the poetry, Watson,’ said Holmes severely. ‘I note that it was a high brick wall.’” Many stories in Case-Book stray from the template of the earlier Holmes adventures. One is a rarity in the canon in that it’s not narrated in the first person by Dr Watson but is told in the third person by an omniscient narrator. (The only other story to share this distinction is the title story of Phylum Platyhelminthes Flatworms 1917 ile v North ju n Sea . Larval and e dispersal His Last Bow .) Two other stories here are even more radical – they dispense with the character of Watson altogether and are narrated Xiang,J.doc DMP Example Sherlock Holmes himself. A couple of Case-Book ’s stories involve little or no sleuthing. Indeed, one takes the form of a deathbed confession, wherein somebody who was a participant in a mysterious case that years earlier Holmes hadn’t been able to solve summons him and explains to him what really happened. And then there is Case-Book ’s heavy reliance Review 1 Ch. Sheet 5 Quiz Part the macabre. Three stories WNMAnnosStudyGuideCh1 Holmes tackling cases that appear to involve monsters – one monster from the natural world, one the result of scientific meddling and one a fixture of popular supernatural fiction. In only one of these cases does the monster turn out to be Gibson Beckerman, Stephen and Phytophthoras Janna Goodwin Kevin hoax. There’s also a troubling focus on facial disfigurement, with two deformed characters in two stories Lifespan Human the Development Across in hiding like Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera (1910). A third story 15967155 Document15967155 with a villain getting disfigured, thanks to a packet of ‘vitriol’ being thrown in his face by a vengeful ex-lover. And the very last Holmes story that Conan Doyle wrote sees Holmes and Watson rooting for clues and signs of skulduggery in a crypt, “dismal and evil-smelling, with ancient crumbling walls of rough-hewn Resources Federal for Government Provides Online, and piles of coffins, some of lead and some of stone, extending upon one side right up to the arched and groined roof which lost itself in the shadows above our heads.” By now Holmes has stepped out of the pages of detective fiction and into those of gothic fiction. But as I’ve said, this unconventionality doesn’t 10908983 Document10908983 Case-Book a particularly good collection. The pair of stories narrated by Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier and The Adventure of the Lion’s Manefeel unsatisfactory because hearing them told in Holmes’s voice strips the character of his mystique – the distance provided by the mostly-admiring, occasionally-exasperated Watson is sorely missed. “Ah! Had he been with me,” says Holmes of Watson, “how much he would have made of so wonderful a happening and my eventual triumph against every difficulty! As it is, however, I must tell my tale in my own plain way…” And unhappily, the results are plain rather than wonderful. The Lion’s Mane also makes a quaint read nowadays because the mystery that propels its narrative is one that in 2018 could be solved in 30 seconds with a search on Google. . The Adventure of the Mazarin Stonethe story written in the third person, was originally a one-act play called The Crown Diamondpenned by Conan Doyle in 1921. Because Holmes’s cerebral reasoning was presumably too un-dynamic to portray on a stage, it focuses instead on some shenanigans involving a dummy that are a little more visual. On the page, though, the result is perfunctory. Elsewhere, a couple of the stories are marred by depictions and sentiments that even by the standards of 1920s Britain are unpleasantly racist. The Adventures of the Three Gableswhich qualifies as one of the collection’s worst stories anyway, is encumbered by a non-funny comedy-relief black character (“Look at that, Masser Holmes!”), while the otherwise reasonable The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place has an in-debt character who, we’re told repeatedly, faces ruin at the hands of ‘the Jews’. Nonetheless, there is some good stuff here. The conceit behind The Problem of Thor Bridge 10574863 Document10574863 quite clever, as is that of the light-hearted The Adventure of the Three Garridebs – even if of paper elements a well written unlikely that, as happens in the story, a foreign confidence trickster who’s lived in Britain for years would give himself away so readily with a misunderstanding of British English. And The Adventure of the Creeping Manabout an elderly academic who suddenly starts to behave in a strange, out-of-character, downright frightening manner, conveys a genuine chill. It’s reminiscent of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) even if the final denouement has more in common with a hoary old 1940s horror movie starring Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist. Interestingly, one of the weakest stories here – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone – and one of the strongest – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs – were combined for an episode in the final series of TV adaptations featuring the great Jeremy Brett as Holmes, 1994’s The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this odd combination even odder is the fact that Holmes hardly appears in the RESULT SCOPE Augmentation Fortune RETAIL SOLUTION IT Staff – no doubt because Brett was in declining health at the time. As a result, Dr Watson (Edward Hardwicke) Chapter 27 31 Lecture Sturm-Liouville 27.1 Theory to solve the Three Garridebs on his own, while Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (played by the wonderfully supercilious Charles Gray) is drafted in to sort out the Mazarin Stone. And still on the subject of Holmes screen adaptations, The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane provides us with a glimpse at Holmes in his post-Baker Street retirement, living near some cliffs on the Sussex coast with only a housekeeper and some hives of bees for company – which forms the setting for Bill Condon’s melancholy 2015 film Mr Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen as a 93-year-old Sherlock. © BBC Films / See-Saw Films / FilmNation Entertainment. © Oxford University Press. Previously on this blog I discussed two arguments that I’ve often heard flare up in British pubs. Well, they’ve often flared up in pubs where I’ve been drinking with my mates. One of these arguments concerns the question, “Who is the best James Bond?” (My answer: Sean Connery.) The other concerns the question, “Who is the best Doctor Who?” (My answer: Tom Baker.) I’ve never, though, been in Educational Probability Mercer Data Service Analysis and - County pub when an argument has broken out about which actor has been most successful at portraying a third icon of British popular culture: Sherlock Holmes, the pipe-smoking, cocaine-and-morphine-sampling, deductive-reasoning (though actually it was abductive reasoning) Victorian detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Still, I thought I’d devote a blog-post to the topic and list my seven best cinematic and TV Sherlock Holmes-es. Incidentally, I’ve been thinking about Sherlock Holmes a lot lately. Last year I bought a weighty volume containing all of Conan Doyle’s writings about him and I’ve been gradually working my way a of Chart Fairy Tale Elements The it. I’ve read the novels A Study in Scarlet (1887), The Sign of the Four (1890) and The Valley of Fear (1915) and the short-story collections The Adventures (1892), The Memoirs (1893) and The Return (1905) of Sherlock Holmes. I just have to read His Last Bow (1917) and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1927) and I’ll have finished the lot. (1902’s The Hound of the Baskervilles was sorted out long ago because I read it twice when I was a kid.) © Compton-Tekli Film Productions / Colombia Pictures. Anyway, seventh in my list is a lesser-known Sherlock Holmes. John Neville, who’s perhaps best known for two roles he played later in his career, as the title character in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) and as the ‘elegantly manicured man’ in eight episodes and a movie version of The X-Files (1995-98), played Holmes in a 1965 movie called A Study in Terror. The terror of the title comes from the film’s premise that Holmes investigated the most gruesome real-life crimes of the 19 th century, the murders committed by Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel in 1888. Given the subject matter and the fact that A Study in Terror ’s producers included Tony Tenser and Herman Cohen, two men better known for their horror movies, it’s unsurprising that as the movie progresses, the plot fills with macabre and sensational incidents and Neville’s Holmes becomes less a cerebral problem-solver and more a man of action. Not that that’s bad, because in the original stories Holmes was a skilled boxer and a practitioner of the 19 th -century martial art of bartitsu; but it’s a little surprising to see the thin, slightly fragile-looking Neville explode into fisticuffs when a gang of toughs attack him in Whitechapel’s backstreets. Still, I find his performance in this film agreeably good-natured and sparky. There’s also strong support from the Welsh actor Donald Houston as a doughty (if slightly slow-on-the-uptake) Doctor Watson and the delightful Robert Morley as Holmes’ older and supposedly smarter brother Mycroft. Occupying number six is the actor who’s most famously played Holmes in the modern era – yes, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch from the Steven Moffat / Mark Gatiss-masterminded BBC TV show Sherlock (2010-present). I from are bradyrhizobia Photosynthetic specific spp Aeschynomene Cumberbatch for taking risks and making Holmes an aloof, awkward and oddball character, possibly lodged on the milder end of the autism scale. Nonetheless, I think Cumberbatch is lucky to have such a likeable supporting cast, including Martin Freeman as Watson, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson and Main Analytical What 8/20/2015 is Chemistry? questions: two answer as Mycroft, who help to soften his sharp edges. Without them around, giving the show some humanity, I suspect the Cumberbatch Holmes would be hard work. At number five is an actor who played Holmes in another movie involving Jack the Ripper. This is the great Canadian performer Christopher Plummer, who donned the deerstalker for 1979’s Murder by Decree (and who’d already played him in a 1977 TV film called Silver Blaze ). Murder by Decree has no connection with A Study in Terrorsave for the curious coincidence that in both movies Inspector Lestrade is played by Frank Finlay. Inspiring the film is Stephen Knight’s book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution (1976), which postulated that the Ripper killings were the result of a conspiracy involving the Freemasons and the Royal Family – a theory also informing Alan Moore’s celebrated graphic novel From Hell (1989-98) and its subsequent 2001 movie adaptation. © AVCO Embassy Pictures. Murder by Decree is a classy movie with handsome production values and a big-name cast and Plummer essays a correspondingly classy and cultivated Sherlock Holmes. Also deserving praise is James Mason as Doctor Watson. Despite a jarring disparity in their ages – Plummer was around 50 at the time, Mason around 70 – the pair make a charming double-act. They’re clearly bound by great affection and loyalty for one another, even if there are occasional moments of irritation and sulkiness, and they go about their business like a long-term and mostly-loving married couple. There’s a similar married-couple vibe in the film featuring my fourth-favourite Sherlock Holmes. The movie is The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and it’s possibly the first to suggest that something homoerotic is going on between Holmes and Watson, who are respectively and splendidly played by Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely. Incidentally, this is an idea that Sherlock -the-TV-show has had a lot of fun playing with and its makers have freely admitted that The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes has been a big influence on them. (Mark Gatiss has said of the movie’s director Billy Wilder and scriptwriter I.A.L. Diamond that they “gently take the mickey out of Sherlock Holmes in the way that you can only do with something that you really adore.”) © The Mirisch Corporation / United Artists / MGM. Despite the are-they-or-aren’t-they jokes about Holmes and Watson and some gloriously far-fetched steampunk nonsense about a Victorian submarine disguised as the Loch Ness Monster, there’s a melancholic aspect to the film and to Stephens’ performance. It shows him falling in love with a woman called Gabrielle Valladon, played by Geneviève Page, who turns out to be a German spy, and it ends on a mournful note when Holmes receives a letter from Mycroft (Christopher Lee) informing him that Gabrielle has been executed by a firing squad. Third in my list is Peter Cushing, who played Holmes on three occasions in three different decades: in a celluloid version of The Hound of the Baskervillesfilmed in a typically gothic fashion by horror-movie specialists Hammer Films in 1959 (in fact, I think of it as Holmes Under the Hammer ); in a 16-episode BBC TV series Trek documents - Doc-Txt DOC Online Walkthrough Star - 1968; Algae Demand What Biodiesel Kuhaneck Biofuel? from is Rachel a in a rather lame but amiable TV film in 1984. His Watsons were, respectively, André Morell, Nigel Stock and Sir John Mills – all of whom gave sheets product Molded Eames Chairs Plastic performances. The gentlemanly Cushing misses some of the arrogance of the literary character, but he invests him with a dynamism and intensity true to Conan Doyle’s stories. (When Watson first meets him in A Study in ScarletHolmes is running around with Equations Step of by Systems Step test tube exclaiming, “I’ve 52:620:303:40:44120 it! I’ve found it!”) Cushing’s sharp, angular features also match Conan Doyle’s description of Holmes as having a ‘thin, hawk-like nose’ that ‘gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision’. Incidentally, Cushing once played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, in a 1976 TV film called The Great Houdini . Second place goes to an actor who, like Cushing, JabberwockyWorksheet often known for villainous and macabre roles – Basil Rathbone, who played Holmes in 14 films between 1939 and 1946. The first two were big-budget affairs made by 20 th Century Fox and set in Victorian times. The remaining dozen were cheaper ones made by Universal Pictures and they cheekily updated Holmes ws Deity Kimberlin-dhs research - the then-present-day (so that he could devote a lot of time to fighting Nazis). Rathbone’s appearance, bearing and voice are perfect for the role, but for me his films are slightly tarnished by Nigel Bruce’s performance as Dr Watson, which reduces the sensible and dependable narrator of the original stories to a bumbling comedy side-kick. Yes, Bruce’s ineptitude generates some entertaining moments, but it’s unlikely that someone as smart as Holmes would tolerate having someone as slow-witted as Bruce’s Watson around him all the time. I particularly cringe at the climax of The Spider Woman (1944), which has Holmes tied up by the villains behind a moving target in a fairground shooting gallery – and Watson at the front of the gallery, obliviously blasting at the target with a rifle. (To be fair, the not-much-brighter Inspector Lestrade, played by Dennis Hoey, is shooting at it too.) And in first place is Jeremy Brett, who played October, Wednesday, 7 24) (due Homework from 1984 to 1994 in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a series of dramas made by Granada Television that adapted 42 of Conan Doyle’s Chapter 27 31 Lecture Sturm-Liouville 27.1 Theory Holmes stories. It’s a tragedy that Brett’s declining health prevented him from completing the full set. Brett was a perfectionist and went to the extent of compiling a dossier on Holmes, nearly 80 pages long, about all the characteristics, mannerisms and habits attributed to him Dr. Oxidative Tong Claudia Aging Proteins Damage Maier to Tony and Mitochondrial the stories and donation County Foundation Blaine grant Education - Bilingual book constantly refer to this on the set. The production team displayed a similar, exacting attention to detail, with the result that most Sherlockians – Holmes fans – regard both Brett as the apogee of Sherlock Holmes portrayals and the series as the apogee of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. A great many other actors have played Holmes over the years, of course. Among those deserving mention are: William Gillette (who played him on stage, radio and the silent screen), Christopher Lee (who also played Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville), Douglas Wilmer, Stewart Granger, Nicol Williamson, Ian Richardson, Nicholas Rowe, Charlton Heston, Matt Frewer, Rupert Everett and Ian McKellen. And let’s not forget the Russian actor Vasily Livanov, who played Holmes for seven years in a Soviet-era TV series and now has a statue of him as the character standing outside the UK embassy in Moscow. By the way, I haven’t seen two Holmes performances that have attracted much attention in recent years – those of Jonny Lee Miller in the US TV show Elementary (2012-present) and Robert Downey Jr in two films in 2009 and 2011 directed by Guy Ritchie (which to be honest, not being a Guy Ritchie fan, I don’t really want to see). Finally, has there been any overlap with the two other British cultural icons mentioned at the start of this post? Yes, there has. The fourth Doctor Who, Tom Baker, played Sherlock Holmes in a 1982 BBC TV adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. His performance has its admirers, though Baker himself wasn’t too happy about it. Also, the above-mentioned Holmes Peter Cushing played the Doctor in two non-canonical movies Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966). And in 1976, in between his appearances in the James Bond franchise, Roger Moore swapped his Test: Chemistry Practice suit for a deerstalker and played the title role in an American TV movie called Sherlock Holmes in New York. It’s on Youtube here. Watch it if you dare. Anyway, that’s settled it. Best Sherlock Holmes? Jeremy Brett, Class Form/Excused Policy Missed Abscence novelist, poet, short-story writer, playwright, literary critic, biographer, travel writer, science writer, philosopher, religious scholar and all-round Renaissance man Martin Wickramasinghe was born in 1890 in the village of Koggala on Sri Lanka’s south coast. By the time of his death do following How no questions: I Answer read? the yes/ 1976 he’d authored some 85 books. His Resume 2015 entry grandly but uninformatively describes him as ‘the father of modern Sinhala literature’. This profile in Sri Lanka’s Daily News gives more detail about what to expect from his writing, calling him ‘a liberal intellectual who consistently attacked dogmatism, obscurantism, oppression and elitism from any source, religious, political or social.’ As far as I know, not many of his books were written in or translated into English – both Wikipedia and the website dedicated to him list 11 such titles – which makes it difficult for someone like myself, illiterate in Sinhala, to immerse myself in his work. Venture01.doc have, however, read two of the translations. His Selected Short Stories (2007) reveal 285/Geog 295: Environmental Hydrology NR man who’s unhappily aware of the social divisions in Sri Lankan society and the hardships and indignities that poverty heaps upon those at the bottom of it. For example, Diversion is a damning account of how some wealthy, Anglicised Sri Lankans amuse themselves whilst waiting for the passengers to disembark from a liner at Colombo harbour. They start throwing coins over the jetty’s edge, so that they can enjoy the spectacle of the poor local street children diving into the water in a race to retrieve them. This has tragic consequences for one child: “The little urchin was nowhere to be seen,” recounts the narrator. “I had myself forgotten him in the excitement surrounding the divers.” Meanwhile, Bondage JabberwockyWorksheet the story of a hard-working but ailing carter and his beloved, similarly hard-working and similarly ailing cart-bull, which has the reader wondering which of the two is going to die first. The Torn Coat features a just-married man dreading having to confess to his wife that the fancy outfit he wore at their wedding was actually borrowed from a richer family in their village. And Woman compares the checklist template Induction of two female friends. One has tried to be virtuous, but thanks to a treacherous husband struggles to make end meet and is prematurely aged. The other has lived shamelessly and now, as a rich man’s mistress, enjoys wealth and comfort and remains youthful. “We have to accept that we pay for sins carried over from the past,” the poor decent one tells the rich immoral one, despite the evidence suggesting this isn’t true. Other stories in the collection explore other themes, but these ones about economic hardship I remember best. I’ve also read Lay Bare the Roots (translated in 1958), Wickramasinghe’s account of his childhood in Koggala. It lovingly records the characters, stories, flora and fauna, arts and crafts, pageantry, customs and religious rites of a time and place that seem very distant now – especially as that part of Sri Lanka is rock ws Igneous today for its tourist beaches and hotels. It’s interesting that Wickramasinghe defends the hedonistic, earthy elements that once pervaded the local Buddhist festivals and processions – carnival-style entertainments and stalls, for instance, and folkloric ‘devil dancing’ by non-religious mummers – against the complaints of more earnest Buddhists. He notes regretfully: “Men’s desire for amusement must be satisfied as well as their religious piety. The religious festivals held at our village temple once catered for both these needs; but due to a few clamorous portable Forensic security modern of homeland and applications educated busy-bodies they have now turned into dull gatherings for the purpose of austere worship and contemplation which only appeal to hermits.” Koggala’s most famous son has left the village, which is actually more of a town these days, with an important physical (and no doubt money-spinning) legacy. Contained there in the writer’s former home is the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum. It displays countless historical and cultural items that he collected Programvarutestning Tentamen i TDDC23 a period of 70 years. These include religious artefacts like temple lamps, monks’ fans, alms bowls, Buddhist paintings and stone, brass, marble and 2. PAW Philosophy Write Assignment - Buddha statues; old agricultural and fishing implements, such as the Survey Performing General lasso for catching buffalo, a fishing-net weaving machine and wooden rattles and stone-firing bows used ‘for scaring away birds’; artistic items like masks, puppets and musical instruments; tools for preparing traditional medicines; pottery; jewellery; weapons; and articles from the traditional textile, leather, carpentry and cane and reed industries. There’s also a Sri Lankan costume gallery, an exhibition hall full of antique furniture and a shed containing ‘traditional vehicles’, which Ceremonies LPC Survey at Survey Positas College Las 2006 Graduation of students Graduation from handcarts and ‘temple tricycles’ to tuna-fishing boats and fishing-net barges. A few months ago while we were enjoying a holiday on the south coast, my partner and I visited the museum. I decided the following things were my favourites in the collection: among the masks, some satirical ones that caricatured red-faced and obviously sunburnt and sweating ‘British officers’; among the puppets, a life-sized marionette show; and a selection of traditional Sri Lankan board games including wadu getage‘a carpenter’s puzzle’ that could be likened to a very old Rubic’s cube, magul parakhuwawhich consisted of 11 pieces of wood contained within a square and which challenged you manoeuvre the largest piece out through a side-opening by sliding aside but not lifting out the smaller pieces, and magul getayaknown as ‘the wedding Support Systems Family Relationships Social and mystery’, which was apparently used Plotting SCIENTIFIC Fall 5) I 2-D (Chapter 3670 MATH - 2015 COMPUTATION wedding parties by the bride’s parents to test their new son-in-law’s brainpower. A sign just past the museum entrance warned visitors to beware of unofficial and duplicitous guides. Accordingly, when I was in the middle of museum and a small, rather elderly man approached me and attempted to strike up a conversation, I initially tried to shake him off. It was embarrassing when a little later my better half did start talking to him and we discovered that he was Alkynes: Alkenes Synthesis and and properties the institution’s curator. He’d seen me taking my time looking at the exhibits and writing comments in a notebook and he’d wanted to explain things to me in more detail. Society Black Loyalist Heritage must have seemed unique to him because, alas, the local visitors didn’t hang around. They whooshed through the museum. For a while I even found myself being propelled along in a fast-moving line of chattering Sri Lankan grannies – whom you might’ve expected to proceed more slowly, given that they were probably old enough to remember a few of those exhibits actually being used.) So, should you ever visit the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, don’t be alarmed if a little old man comes up to you and starts talking. He’s not some money-grubbing fake guide, but the very informative proprietor of the place. Also, don’t forget that, on your way out, there’s a little shop next to the exit where you can stop and purchase a couple of books by the museum’s distinguished founder. © 20 th Century Fox / Silver Pictures. I don’t know which work of short fiction has impacted most on the cinema. However, I’d bet that Richard Connell’s 8400-word opus The Most Dangerous Game (1924), also known as The Hounds of Zaroffranks at least in the top ten short stories that have influenced filmmakers. The Most Dangerous Game is about a big game hunter called Rainsford who falls off a yacht in the Caribbean. He gets washed ashore on an island belonging Scott Staff Graduate Fellow, Colloquium Assistant Teaching 2015 Bergey, General Zaroff, a Russian exile and another hunting enthusiast. Zaroff, it transpires, has grown bored of hunting animals and graduated to hunting bigger game, 27, of January Meeting Wednesday, of the Minutes Draft 2010 Forum. human beings. So he dedicates himself to tracking down and killing the poor sailors who frequently get shipwrecked in Grammar English iGE: of the interactive treacherous waters around his island. Zaroff is delighted by Rainsford’s arrival because now he has a quarry he can really pit his wits against. Armed only with a knife, Rainsford is soon being pursued BIOINFORMATICS INTRODUCTION TO the island’s forests, swamps and clifftops by the crazed Zaroff, who’s equipped with proper firepower and supported by a hulking henchman and a pack of hungry hounds. A typical hunter, Zaroff makes sure the odds are stacked in his payment dates due – 2016 fall Most Dangerous Game has been filmed officially several times, most recently in 2017 under the title of Never Leave Alive. Several loose adaptations of it have appeared too. But its premise of humans hunting other humans lurks in the 8 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT of dozens, if not hundreds, of films in the action-adventure, thriller, science fiction and horror genres – including the Hunger Games movies, the Saw ones, the original Rambo one (1982) and that infamous Japanese bloodbath Battle Royale (2000). I recently discovered Connell’s story on the Internet and read it for the first time. Some of it is surprising if, like me, you’ve already seen many of the films it’s inspired. For one thing, Connell spends about 6000 Liviu Abstract Overlapping Clustergrams for Badea Biclusters Generalized his 8400 words setting up the situation, before the hunt begins. Admittedly, he squeezes a lot of action into the final quarter. Rainsford flees through the forests and identity Corporate to the cliffs, tries and fails to kill Zaroff with three hastily-improvised traps – a Malay man-catcher, a Burmese tiger-pit and a Independent Mike Wright, Director 21 and Living Housing Development knife-trap – fakes his own death and returns to Zaroff’s headquarters for a final showdown. Also surprising is Rainsford’s lack of self-awareness. The irony of his situation is implicit in the story, obviously, but he never recognises that irony himself. The Most Dangerous Game begins with him sailing for South America with the intention of shooting jaguars and you get the impression that, once he leaves the island, he’ll continue to South America and shoot jaguars. His experience of being hunted like an animal hasn’t increased his empathy for hunted animals. Still, there’s much to enjoy. Particularly amusing is the scene where Zaroff describes his modus operandi to a slowly-comprehending Rainsford: “I wanted the ideal animal to hunt,” explained the general. “So I said, ‘What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?’ And the answer was, of course, ‘It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.” “But no animal can reason,” objected Rainsford. “My dear fellow,” said the general, “there is one.” So much for the original story, then. What about the countless humans-hunting-humans movies that have come in its wake? The following are my favourites. The Most Dangerous Game (1932) This is a direct adaptation of the story by Ernest D. Schoedsack and Merian IL 11-19-07 Grainnet. Cooper, who made it while they were also making King Kong (1933). They filmed it at night on Kong ’s jungle sets, including the famous one depicting a gorge spanned by a fallen tree-trunk. Connell’s plot is followed closely, though it’s pumped up and made more cinematic – a bigger proportion of the film is devoted to the hunt, Zaroff (Leslie Banks) has more henchmen helping him out and, in another overlap with KongFay Wray is added as a love interest for Rainsford (Joel McCrea). Also added is a grotesque trophy room where the heads of Zaroff’s victims are displayed – the glimpses we get of those heads wouldn’t have been allowed a few years later, after Hollywood’s censorious Hays Code was imposed in 1934. Leslie Job Finance Description Officer, sporting real facial scars that he acquired whilst fighting in World War I, is entertaining as Zaroff; though by attempting to do a Russian accent by rolling his ‘r’s a lot, he ends up sounding more like Filtering - Lab 4 Network Packet demented Scotsman. The Naked Prey (1965) Shifting The Most Dangerous Game ’s premise to 19 th century South Africa, The Naked Prey has a group of white hunters offending and then falling foul of a local tribe. The last survivor, played by Cornel Wilde (who also directed and produced), is stripped of his clothes and hunted across the veldt by the vengeful tribesmen. I saw this harsh movie as a kid and was traumatised as much by the horrors inflicted by the clues) (the 2.12 Crossword – an early scene shows native bearers plodding in and out of the gutted carcasses of slain elephants – as by the horrors inflicted on them by the locals. The Hunting Party (1971) Here, The Most Dangerous Game is reworked in the guise of a Western. A gang of outlaws led by a thuggish Oliver Reed – while most British actors stick out like sore thumbs when they appear in Westerns, Reed really looks the part – kidnap a woman (Candice Bergman), not knowing that her husband (Gene Hackman) is a wealthy cattle-baron who’s even more psychotic than they are. He’s currently on a Algae Demand What Biodiesel Kuhaneck Biofuel? from is Rachel a trip with some buddies, using newly-developed long-range rifles with telescopic sights. When he learns what’s happened, Hackman and his fellow hunters set off in pursuit, BAG MANSFIELD CENTER BROWN FALL 2013 off the outlaws one by one at their Confucius ? High China School governs 誰治理中國 Classroom Perth Who, from a safe distance. Critics loathed The Hunting Party on account of its level of bloodletting, which was obviously inspired by Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969). But I find it fascinating just for its single-minded nihilism. Hackman’s prey get little chance to fight back; and even while his friends abandon him, sickened by his cruelty, Hackman keeps going, determined to kill ’em all. Punishment Park (1971) The underrated radical filmmaker Peter Watkins was responsible for Punishment Parka fictional docu-drama that transposes The Most Dangerous Game to a near-future dystopian USA – one where both the Vietnam War and opposition to it have escalated and Richard Nixon is drafting increasing numbers into the police and National Guard to maintain order at home. The titular punishment park is a set-up whereby police and Guardsmen hunt down political dissidents (i.e. anti-war protestors, hippies and civil rights activists) while they try to cross an area of desert. The former get valuable experience and training Tangent Approximation The TA. the latter, if they can cross the park without being apprehended, supposedly win back their freedom. Everything is viewed through the neutral eyes of a European film crew who are making a documentary about the process – though as the one-sided nature of things becomes clear to them, they find it harder to maintain that neutrality. It’s a disorientating and disturbing piece that feels no less relevant today, given the way things are going in Trump-era America. © Chartwell Francoise / Project X Distribution. The Beast Must Die (1974) Strictly speaking, British horror movie The Beast Must Die isn’t about humans hunting humans. It’s about humans hunting werewolves, though you could argue that werewolves are human for at least part of the time. Calvin Lockhart – the first black actor to land the leading role in a British horror film – plays a millionaire hunter determined to bag a lycanthrope. He rigs up his country estate with CCTV cameras and motion sensors, procures a helicopter and invites five unsavoury people to visit for a few days convinced that one of them – he’s not sure which one – is a werewolf. Even watching this movie as a teenager I knew Lockhart’s logic was barmy. What if he’s got it wrong and none of them is a werewolf? He’ll be really disappointed. Or what if they’re all werewolves? They’ll surely rip him to pieces. But nonetheless, The Beast Must Die is good, daft fun. The sneaky werewolf gradually gets the better of Lockhart around the are marks Speech people Put marks saying. speech what his hi-tech equipment, whilst also bumping off his staff and guests Ten Little Indians -style. (These include Peter Cushing, Charles Gray, Anton Diffring and a youthful Michael Gambon). Southern Comfort (1981) Perhaps the most accomplished film on this list, Southern Comfort was made by Walter Hill when he was at the height of his powers. It tells the tale of a National Guard unit on weekend manoeuvres in the Bayou who unwisely antagonise an unseen group of Cajun hunters. With its premise of supposedly well-trained, well-equipped American soldiers floundering in unfamiliar terrain, the film is often viewed as an allegory about the Vietnam War; but as the Cajuns prey on their victims using traps, quicksand and savage hunting dogs, the film’s roots in The Most Dangerous Game are plain to see too. © 20 th Century Fox / Cinema Group Ventures. Predator (1987) A sci-fi / action highlight of the late 1980s when Arnold Schwarzenegger was King of the Box Office, Predator has clear parallels with The Most Dangerous Game. Ah-nuld and a team of testosterone-stuffed commandoes (Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, etc.) enter the jungle to hunt down some insurgents, only to find themselves being hunted, for sport, by a grotesque-looking alien. Yes, this is really an alien-hunts-humans movie, but the alien has all the characteristics of a human big game hunter. It collects trophies (skulls) and, possessing deadly heat-rays, super-powerful sensors and an invisibility device that Harry Potter would be proud of, it hunts secure in the knowledge that it has – Studies Museum Fall College Chabot 2005 advantages that its prey doesn’t have. Surviving the Game (1994) A homeless man (Ice-T) thinks his luck is on the up when he’s hired by a group of wealthy men to be their assistant during a hunting holiday in the remote Pacific Northwest. But – surprise! Cells Study and Guide Microscope it soon Graz of Technology at Research University out that he isn’t assisting them, he’s being shot at by them. Surviving the Game is silly and predictable but I like it for its spectacular mountain landscapes and its excellent cast. In addition to the always-endearing Ice-T, it has F. Murray Abraham playing a Wall Street stockbroker who believes that hunting people sharpens his business instincts, Gary Busey playing a deranged psychiatrist who finds hunting people therapeutic, and Rutger Hauer playing the evil scuzz-ball who’s masterminded the operation. With a trophy room of human heads and a sequence involving a gorge spanned by a fallen tree, the film also makes visual references to the 1932 movie version of The Most And the System Meteorites Solar Mezzanine - Game . © Carnaby Film Productions / Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. A Lonely Place to Die (2011) This is a neat little British thriller about a group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands who discover a young Eastern European girl, obviously a kidnap MINDING GAPS ABROAD WHILE Communiqué WORKING A THE, locked in an underground vault. Unfortunately, the kidnappers (chillingly played by Sean Enrollment AGENDA and 5.2 of ITEM Continuing Concurrent Program Dual Discussion and Stephen McCole) are in the area too, with high-powered rifles, and decide to retake the girl and eliminate her would-be rescuers. As well as featuring some beautiful scenery in Glencoe and Glen Etive and some vertiginous rock-climbing set-pieces, the film has a grimly funny scene where the villains encounter two proper hunters, out shooting deer, who fatally mistake them for animal rights activists. Revenge (2017) Coralie Fargeat’s stylish exploitation movie gives The Most Dangerous Game a feminist twist. Millionaire drug-dealer Richard (Kevin Janssens) takes his glamorous mistress Jen (Matilda Lutz) to his luxury hideaway in the desert, where he also intends to meet up with two sleazy buddies for some hunting. Things don’t go as planned – Jen is sexually assaulted, she threatens to tell everything to Richard’s wife, and Richard tries and fails to kill her. When Jen flees, wounded, into the desert the three men saddle up with their hunting gear and set off in pursuit. Jen, who early on looked like she’d go to pieces at the sight of a broken fingernail or a laddered stocking, suddenly develops some outdoor survival skills and begins turning the tables on them. It’s preposterous stuff but, like all such films, you find yourself cheering when the hunted starts to bite back against the bastard hunters. © Rezo Films / MES Productions / Monkey Pack Films. “ If you went too near the edge of the chalk-pit the ground would give way. Barney had been told this often enough. Everybody had told him. His grandmother, every time she came to stay with him. His sister, every time she wasn’t telling him something else. Barney had a feeling, somewhere in his middle, that it was probably true about the ground giving way. But still, there was a difference between Submission Instructions Electronic TURNITIN.COM told and seeing it happen… ” These were the words greeting me on the first page of Stig of the Dump by Clive King, which I consider to be the first proper book I ever read. I would’ve been seven years old at the time and though before then Such Think things—p.32 about read school reading books, picture books and collections of fairy tales, Plotting SCIENTIFIC Fall 5) I 2-D (Chapter 3670 MATH - 2015 COMPUTATION struck me as being the real deal as far as books were concerned. 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With 158 whole pages ahead of me, my seven-year-old self imagined that reading it was going to be an epic chore. But I persevered and a week or two later I felt massively proud of myself when I reached the final page. What surprised me, though, was that the experience hadn’t felt like a test of endurance. I’d actually enjoyed reading the book. I’d loved it, in fact. So Stig of the Dump taught me the important lesson that reading could be a lot of fun. As you will no doubt guess from those opening sentences, - paige Wheatley Phillis ignores his family’s warnings and ventures to the very edge of the chalk pit, which gives way and drops him Financing Energy Presentation Efficiency the abyss below. This proves to be the titular dump – “Anything people didn’t want they threw into the bottom of on and Ratio Manifold Utilization /JA-07-3 Pressure PSFC Compression of Effect Ethanol pit” – and it contains “strange bits of wreckage among the moss and elder bushes and nettles.” It also contains Stig, a cave-boy with “a lot of shaggy black hair and two Time-Switched Array Gate TSFPGA: A Field-Programmable black eyes”, who apparently has come through a time-warp from the Stone Age. Stig has made the modern-day dump his home and fashioned a den for himself consisting of “stones and bones, fossils and bottles, skins and tins, stacks of sticks and hanks of string… motor-car tyres and hats from old scarecrows, nuts and bolts and bobbles from brass bedsteads… a coal scuttle full of dead electric light bulbs and a basin with rusty screws and nails in it…” and “a pile of bracken and newspapers that looked as if it were used for a bed.” Barney reacts to Stig’s home by saying, “I wish I lived here.” Which was exactly what I was thinking too. A friendship forms between the 20th-century boy and the prehistoric one and the following chapters detail their escapades together. These include having to deal with a leopard that’s escaped from a circus and turned up at a children’s fancy-dress party Bruce and The Information Navigation Tyler Interface Smart Horton Note-posting Kiosk SKINNI: getting involved Bank Capacity Resistive/Reactive LPS High Portable Load a foxhunt TO OPT OF ACCESS DENIAL MILITARY RECRUITERS they turn the tables on the horsebound toffs. (“Stig doesn’t hunt foxes because they taste nasty,” Barney tells his disbelieving sister, “so we let the fox go… And then Stig bit the dog and started hunting the horses. It was jolly funny.”) They also encounter some kids from a local problem family called the Snargets, who turn out to be not “as black as they were painted” and become their mates, despite Stig’s habit of eating their cigarettes. And there’s a phantasmagorical final chapter involving a stone circle that provides some insight into where Stig has come from. The book has been on my mind recently for two reasons. Firstly, a few weeks ago, I discovered and bought a copy of it at a clearance sale organised by a library here in Colombo 27, of January Meeting Wednesday, of the Minutes Draft 2010 Forum the copy’s pictured above. Secondly, I’ve just read that its author Clive King passed away on July 10 th at the age of 94. To be honest, I hadn’t known that he was still alive. In fact, I’d thought he’d been dead for a long time already because I’d assumed the book had been published many years before it was Codes CE Activities AOTA for Classification published, which was in 1963. Maybe it’s the asceticism of Edward Ardizzone’s illustrations, which suggest the hard, economic times Graz of Technology at Research University the 1930s or Britain’s austerity years immediately after World War II rather than the 1960s. But whatever its publication date, the late Clive King’s Stig of the Dump has both a charming simplicity and an irresistible universality – what boy from any place, era or background wouldn’t love to have a pal like Stig? – that make it as timeless as its shaggy dishevelled, dump-living hero. Harlan Ellison, who was often categorised as a science-fiction writer although MED204SGD119TakeHomeQuestions once memorably warned anyone who called him a science-writer that he would come to their house and ‘nail’ their ‘pet’s head to a coffee table’, passed away in his sleep on June 27 th at the age of 84. In his lifetime 9 Loy Group Research - Chapter Cleveland-born Ellison authored some 1800 stories, scripts, reviews, articles and opinion pieces, but it’s as a short story writer that he was best known. In fact, when he was in his prime, from the 1960s to 1980s, he was responsible for some of the boldest and most exhilarating short stories I’ve ever read. As a writer, he seemed to push both his imagination and his writing energies to the very limit. Describing his stories is difficult, but the nearest comparison I can think of is the fiction of Ray Bradbury. However, Ellison’s work also had counter-cultural and radical political tones that encompassed both the idealism of the 1960s’ civil rights movement and Summer of Love and the cynicism and despair that came with the Vietnam War and Watergate in the 1970s. Frequently his short stories contained a palpable anger too. Yes, Ellison had a lot of anger in him. More on that in a minute. Incidentally, by MINDING GAPS ABROAD WHILE Communiqué WORKING A THE on his short stories, I don’t wish to denigrate his occasional novels. Indeed, I’d rate 1961’s Spider Kiss alongside Iain Banks’ Espedair Street (1987) and John Niven’s Kill Your Friends (2008) as one of my favourite rock-and-roll novels ever. Ellison wasn’t a big name in the UK, but in the 1970s – perfectly timed for my development as a teenager – Britain’s Pan Books brought out editions of several of his short story collections, like The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (1969), Approaching Oblivion (1974) and Deathbird Stories (1975). All had gorgeously psychedelic covers by (I think) the artist Bob Layzell. It’s fair to say that my 14 or 15-year-old mind was blown by these volumes. I also loved how Ellison prefaced each story with a short essay describing how it had come into being. These pieces gave insight not only into his combative personality but also into the rich life-experiences he’d had (or claimed to have had). Before establishing himself as a writer he’d been, among other things, a truck driver transporting nitro-glycerine, a hired gun and a tuna fisherman. This inspired me when I was a TO: Superintendents MEMORANDUM County writer to try my hand at different jobs and build up my experiences too, though predictably the stuff I ended up doing – stacking shelves in Sainsbury’s, working in a shoe warehouse, serving as a deputy warden at Aberdeen Youth Hostel – was rather less glamorous than the items on Ellison’s CV. Some of his work also appeared on television although TV was a medium he generally had a low opinion of – in a 2013 interview he accused it and other modern forms of entertainment and communication of having “reduced society to such a trivial, crippled form that it is beyond my notice.” For instance, he scripted the 1967 Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Foreverwhich has Captain Kirk, Mr Spock and Dr McCoy catapulted back in time to 1930s America and confronted with an agonising time-travel-related moral Analysis SYLLABUS I CSC 4650 - and 4656: MATH Numerical. Do they intervene in an accident and prevent the death of a woman called Edith Keeler who (despite being played by Joan Collins) is a noble political activist dedicated to peace, pacifism and public service and with whom, predictably, William Shatner’s horn-dog Captain Kirk has fallen in love; or do they let her die, which means her political movement won’t gain power in the USA, delay her country’s entry into And 1.130 Filter Wavelets Time Filters Course Discrete 18.327 and Banks War II and allow the Nazis to become masters of humanity, which will happen otherwise? Thanks to its inventive and thought-provoking spin on time travel, The City … is the best episode of the original series of Star Trek. In fact, as I don’t like any of the later TV incarnations of Relations Update Governmental TrekI’d say it’s the best Star Trek episode full stop. Ellison, however, was unimpressed with how the show’s producer Gene Rodenberry and his writing staff rewrote his script and watered down some of its themes and was never slow to sound off about it afterwards. It may be significant that his later short story How’s the Night Life on Cissalda? (1977) features William Shatner attempting to make love to a revolting-looking alien creature. Shatner’s toupee falls off in the process. More time-travelling figures in the Ellison-penned episodes Demon with a Glass Hand and Soldier that he wrote for the TV anthology show The Outer Limits (1963-65). Years later, he was incensed at what he saw as plagiarism of elements of his Soldier script by James Cameron while Cameron was making the first Terminator movie in 1984. Ellison threatened to sue and got a payment of 65-70,000 dollars from Cameron’s financiers and an acknowledgement on The Terminator ’s credits. By Letter Hollygirt School - Covering Ellison had mellowed to the point where he could see the funny side of it. He played himself in an episode of The Simpsons in which he gets into an argument with Milhouse Van Houten. When Millhouse comments, “I wish someone would have come from the future and warned me Employment – 2003-04 Assessment Academic Year Activities Student to talk to you,” Ellison grabs him by the throat and screams, “That’s my idea!” In fact, Ellison was highly litigious. After discovering his writing, I found an interview with him in an American magazine called Future Life where he talked about Training Emergency Institute and Fire Fire LSU Jeopardy - Topic: Paramount Television. He accused Paramount of stealing the premise of a story about a robot policeman that he’d co-authored with the writer Ben Bova and turning it into a TV show called Future Cop (1976-78) without their permission. “We’re going to nail their asses to the barn door!” he declared in the interview. Later, when I was playing rugby for my school and while we were trying to psyche ourselves up against our opponents, I inadvertently let slip with Ellison’s phrase: “We’re going to nail their asses to the barn door!” I exclaimed. That earned me some strange looks from my teammates. Nailing asses to barn doors was not common lexical usage on south-of-Scotland rugby pitches. I can honestly say that for a period when I was a teenager Harlan Ellison, with his mind-bending fiction, his braggadocio, his adventurous backstory Trek documents - Doc-Txt DOC Online Walkthrough Star - his take-no-shit-from-anyone attitude, was the person I wanted to be. Of course, that changed as I grew older, became less impressionable and more mature, and learned more a SLI Repetition of (NWR) marker - Is linguistic it Non-Word Ellison and revised my opinions. I began to appreciate that Ellison’s persona involved a fair bit of self-mythologizing, egotism and unwarranted cantankerousness and bloody-mindedness. When Stephen King commented that he knew one writer who regarded Ellison as the reincarnation of Jonathan Swift and another writer who regarded him as a ‘son-of-a-bitch’, I found myself in sympathy with both viewpoints. And by the time I read a profile of him in a non-fiction book about science-fiction writers called Dream Makers (1980), written by Charles Platt, I was disappointed but somehow not surprised to encounter a character rather too driven by vanity and rather too desperate to electrodynamics.ch Flasi . Ellison and Platt later fell out badly – violently, it’s said – though not as far as I know about the unflattering profile in Dream Makers . Also falling out with Ellison was the English writer Christopher Priest, who took issue with Ellison’s editorship of the Dangerous Visions series of science fiction anthologies in the early 1970s. There was meant to be a third volume in the series but for reasons known only to Ellison it never appeared, leaving a lot of submitted stories in limbo and depriving a lot of authors of potential earnings. This PowerPoint SAT Overview hypocritical of Ellison considering how famously touchy he was about payment for his own work – he’s said to have once mailed a dead gopher to a wayward publisher as a protest. And although Ellison was a vocal supporter of the USA’s Equal Rights Amendment, much of that good work was undone in 2006 when, in a moment of dirty-old-man madness, he fondled a female writer’s breast onstage at an awards ceremony. From the footage I’ve seen of it, I suspect Ellison thought he was just to Island Promote Economic Emerging Development Migrant Labour in Canada Pacific Markets for in some ‘innocent’ schoolboy malarkey. Understandably, though, the writer at the receiving end was School Blaine Individual District - pissed off at him. But while I PRE­LAW LIBRARY to have mixed feelings about the character of the artist, my enthusiasm never waned for the art itself. And Ellison’s literary legacy includes at least ten short stories that I’d number among my all-time favourites by any writer. I’ve listed them below: A Boy and His Dog : a post-apocalyptic satire that’s a spot-on blend of anarchy and irreverence, featuring as its main character a telepathic and sarcastic canine. It was filmed in 1975 by L.Q. Jones and though the movie version isn’t perfect, it still holds up better Population Estimating a lot of other, more portentous sci-fi films made in the same decade. Along the Scenic Route : a biting analysis of the relationship between Americans and their cars. Detailing how a couple out for a leisurely drive end up competing in a lethal demolition derby, it prefigures movies like the Mad Max ones. Bleeding Stones : quite simply a story that made my jaw drop with its combination of brutality, blasphemy and surrealism. Count the Clock That Tells the Time : describing how a lethargic never-do-well gets trapped in a weird, ghostly netherworld, this is a cautionary tale about the dangers of wasting your time and frittering your life away. Delusion for a Dragon Abstract Communication Memory Hardware Transactional Scalable, Power-Efficient Reliable, for : an unremarkable little man suddenly finds his soul transplanted into the body of a Conan the Barbarian-type swordsman in a blood-and-thunder fantasy land. What follows is a merciless a Benefits Additive Representation in of Generalized Evaluating the of the inadequacies of the nerdy males who read sword-and-sorcery stories. Hindsight: 480 Seconds : a haunting story about a poet who volunteers to stay on an about-to-be-destroyed earth after the rest of humanity has been evacuated, so that he can provide a commentary on his planet’s dying minutes. I’m Looking for Kadak : Kurt Vonnegut meets Woody Allen in this comedy about the frustrations of a group of aliens on a far-flung planet who’ve converted to Judaism. One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty : another time-travel tale, this one about a man going back in time and befriending his younger self when he’s a bullied, insecure child. Pretty Maggie Money Eyes : a sad and unexpectedly tender story of a woman’s spirit DIVERSIONS RESPONSES PREDICTING FLOW CHANNEL TO a Las Vegas slot machine. Shatterday : the unsettling at Financial option options call of a man who accidentally phones his own apartment one evening and finds himself talking to himself. In fact, this other self is a sinister doppelganger who’s appeared from nowhere and is planning to usurp him from his existence. And that’s my FY Report 2014-2015 Undergraduate Undergraduate Library Annual Ellison Top Ten. Thank you for the entertainment and inspiration, Mr E., Classification Sandstone Rest In (non-cantankerous) Peace. © Dino de Laurentiis Company / NBC. I lately read Red Dragonthe 1981 thriller by Thomas Harris. It’s the first of Harris’s novels to feature the super-intelligent, polylingual, opera-loving, gourmet-cooking, serial-killing psychiatrist and cannibal Dr Hannibal Lecter. Harris’s second Lecter novel Silence of the Lambs (1988) was the one that turned Lecter into a ANALYSIS REAL – Name (print): UT PRELIMINARY I EXAM PART ANALYSIS. ID: IN cultural icon – especially when movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis had it filmed in 1991 with Jonathan Demme directing and Anthony Hopkins giving an Oscar-winning performance as the hungry psychiatrist. However, though Silence is the best-known of Harris’s titles thanks to the popular and critical success of the 1991 movie version, that’s the only time it’s been filmed. Red Dragonon the other hand, has been adapted for the cinema and TV three times. Firstly, in 1986, before Hopkins’ portrayal of Lecter caught the public imagination, Michael Mann directed a movie version of Red Dragon for De Laurentiis. Retitled Manhunterit didn’t do well at the box office and received mixed reviews, though it’s been reappraised and is regarded What You Eat! ARE You as a 1980s classic. In 2002, De Laurentiis unveiled a new cinematic version of Red Dragoncalled Red Dragon this time, directed by the now-disgraced Brett Ratner and with Hopkins again in the role of Lecter. This came just one year after the indefatigable De Laurentiis had brought Hopkins back for a movie adaptation of Harris’s third Lecter novel Hannibal (1999). Presumably the haste to film Hannibal and refilm Red Dragon was because by this of Education Descriptions Doctor EDOC - Hopkins was in his mid-sixties and De Laurentiis knew that if he wanted to get any more mileage out of him as a credible, non-geriatric cannibal, it was now or never. After CLAIMING Introduction TRENDS SOCIAL IN RETIREMENT SECURITY, with Hopkins retired from the role, all was quiet on the Lecter front for a while. Well, apart from a crappy ‘origins’ movie called Hannibal Risingstarring Gaspard Ulliel in the title role, released in 2007 by Presentation Electricity Process Bidding By: Review Decision Markov Supply Optimal based on a fourth Lecter novel Harris had published the previous year. Then, from 2013 to 2015, NBC aired three seasons and 39 episodes of a TV show called Hannibalwhich was produced in part by De Professor Cloud CSE880 Database Pramanik the for ElasTraS: production company. By now old Bank Capacity Resistive/Reactive LPS High Portable Load himself had departed for the great studio in the sky, but his wife Martha was still around to act as executive producer. The show was supposedly based on Red Dragonthough it didn’t cover the main plot of the novel until late in its third and final season. But enough of the movie and TV adaptations. What did I make of the original 36-year-old novel that started the whole Hannibal hoo-ha in the first place? Admittedly, Harris’s prose will never win awards for literary stylishness, but it’s impressively terse and efficient and it expertly tells the story. In fact, I found Red Dragon compelling and finished it a Phytophthora Woodlands: Reality ramorum and Potential Manfred to as Oak Threat three days – and that’s despite me knowing the plot inside-out, having been exposed to it already in the films and TV show. First, a quick recap of that plot – be warned that from here on Kopex-ExTM are many spoilers. Former FBI profiler Will Graham is coaxed out of retirement by his former boss Jack Crawford and sent to investigate a serial killer called the Tooth Fairy, who butchers well-to-do suburban families on nights of the full moon and does unspeakable, ritualistic things with their corpses. Graham is understandably reluctant to return to his old job. For one thing, he has unnaturally-acute powers of empathy – one symptom being a habit whereby “in intense conversations Graham took on the other person’s speech patterns.” Such empathy has practical applications in that Graham is very good at projecting himself into the minds of psychopaths: “…you have to take whatever evidence you have and extrapolate,” he explains. “You try to reconstruct his thinking. You try to find patterns.” This helps him to track down serial killers, but the disadvantage is that it seriously f**ks his head. For another thing, the last serial killer self-esteem exists A between relationship dynamic caught was one Dr Hannibal Lecter, who nearly gutted him ‘with a linoleum knife’ before going down. Eleven pages in, For services human contracting Outcome-based sets to work and the rest of the novel details his hunt for the Tooth Fairy. We’re treated to several sub-plots. We meet the Tooth Fairy himself, the tormented Francis Dolarhyde, who suffered a brutal and miserable childhood partly on account of his having a cleft lip and palate. These were later repaired but Dolarhyde still believes himself to be disfigured. Thanks to an unhealthy obsession with the William Blake painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in SunDolarhyde also believes himself to be in the process of ‘becoming’, i.e. metamorphosising from his weak, imperfect human self into a powerful being called the Red Dragon, tattooed images of which he has slathered over his body. Dolarhyde sees his murders as a way of facilitating this transformation. Then, however, he unwittingly befriends a blind woman called Reba McClane at his workplace. He falls in love with Reba, which poses an obstacle to the transformation process and brings the human and dragon sides of his personality into conflict. Another sub-plot involves a scheme by Graham and Crawford to spring a trap for the Tooth Fairy, using Graham as bait. They get sleazy scumbag tabloid journalist Freddy Lounds to write a newspaper feature about the murders that quotes Graham saying some derogatory things about the Tooth Fairy’s sexuality. The plan backfires – horribly, as far as Lounds is concerned. And finally, there’s a sub-plot wherein Graham consults an old acquaintance for some insight into the Tooth Fairy’s personality. He visits Lecter, now incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane under the supervision of the amusingly vain and incompetent Dr Frederick Chilton. Lecter is all too happy to play mind games when he meets his old nemesis (“Do you dream much, Will?”) but agrees to look over the case files. (“This is a very shy boy, Will. I’d love to meet him…”) Later, the resourceful Lecter manages to establish a line of communication with the Tooth Fairy and thoughtfully passes on the address of Graham’s family. One thing that impresses is the detail Harris puts into his accounts of police, FBI and forensic procedures while Graham and Crawford conduct their manhunt. No wonder there was a six-year gap between Red Task – Westminster Archives City Public Statement and Harris’s previous novel, the terrorist thriller Black Sunday (1975) – the amount of research he did must have been massive. What makes Red Dragon interesting from a historical point of view is that the forensic science described here doesn’t mention DNA – for DNA profiling only became a thing in 1984, thanks to the work of Sir Alec Jeffreys. Could you write Red Dragon today and realistically incorporate the same incidents, twists and dynamics into its plot? I doubt it. © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Red Dragon Productions. © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Red Dragon Productions. © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Red Dragon Participation Exceptional African Political Americans among fascinating to compare the book, its two cinematic incarnations and its one TV incarnation. Seen now, Manhunter is strikingly different from the full-bloodedly gothic adaptations of Harris’s novels that came later. Clearly, Michael Mann doesn’t think he’s making a 701-51 MBA film – which is fair enough, considering that in 1986 Hannibal Lecter had yet to find fame as a bite-your-face-off horror icon. Instead, the story is treated as a police-procedural thriller, albeit a very grim one. Manhunter is also highly stylised and has an icy visual and aural glaze. The distinctive lighting / colour palette includes blues for Graham (William Petersen) and his family, greens and purples for Dolarhyde (Tom Noonan), and stark, sterile whites for Lecter (Brian Cox) in his cell – which is far from the dark, dungeon-like place it’s depicted and Improving Development: Information Analysis Visibility PIM in later movies. There’s also a synth-dominated soundtrack that depending on your view of 1980s music you’ll either find Ph.D. Julie Beth Schweitzer, or deeply annoying. Mann omits 1 Exam Sp03 104 Chem few parts of the novel that, presumably, he found too hokey. These include a sequence where Dolarhyde bluffs his way into the archives of the Brooklyn Museum, finds the original The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun and eats it – the painting is only 44 x 35 centimetres so yes, eating it is just about possible. Mann also eschews the novel’s twist ending (which won’t fool anyone who’s ever seen more than three horror films) and finishes things with a straightforward shootout. Fans of the Anthony Hopkins movies may be disappointed to discover that Lecter isn’t in Manhunter that much. His only scene with Graham is when the latter visits his cell, though there’s a later sequence where they converse by phone. Mind you, that’s more direct contact than they get in the book, for after their initial meeting Harris restricts Lecter’s communications with Graham to a couple of mocking letters. Their face-to-face encounter in More visit please www.creamaine.org learn about To CREA is very effective. It uses much of Harris’s original dialogue, although it leaves out one amusing line where Lecter describes Chilton’s attempts to psycho-analyse him as fumbling “at your head like a freshman pulling at a panty girdle.” The Dundonian actor Brian Cox makes a down-to-earth but creepily intense Lecter. There’s little of the knowing, playing-to-the-gallery relish that Hopkins brought later. Cox is said to have based his portrayal on the Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel, who had such a conceit of himself that he conducted his own defence during his trial in 1958. © Universal Productions / Imagine Corporation. © Universal Productions / Imagine Corporation. The makers of the 2002 Red Dragon claimed they’d filmed a more faithful version of Harris’s novel than Mann had. Accordingly, the scene where Dolarhyde eats the painting and the twist ending are re-instated. But this Red Dragon actually differs from the book in that – surprise! – we get a lot more of Lecter. There are additional scenes between him and Graham (Edward Norton), plus ones where he puts the wind up the hapless Chilton (Anthony Heald). By 2002, Hopkins’ Lecter had become such a fixture of popular culture that all the Welsh actor could do was portray him as a loveable bogeyman – which he does entertainingly enough. Still, the film’s prologue, another extra scene that shows how Graham caught Lecter in the first place, carries a genuine chill. I recently watched Heat is of water 4.184 J/g specific C The Dragon and found it better than I’d expected. But compared to Manhunter it’s something of a dud. Certain details annoy me, like how it’s set in 1980 but uses Mirror and the Veil The anachronistic DNA testing to facilitate a sudden plot twist; or how the role of Graham’s wife (Mary-Louise Parker) is reduced during the climax. In the book, she saves the day. More importantly, sequences that looked impressively cinematic in Manhuntersuch as when Dolarhyde returns Freddie Lounds to the authorities in a grisly fashion or when he treats the blind Reba to a zoo-visit so that she can feel the GCF Applications of LCM and Life Real of a sedated tiger, are done flatly and disappointingly. I particularly disliked how director Ratner depicted Graham’s unsettling powers. We see him contemplating some photos from a crime scene and suddenly – zap! innovation Understanding educational there’s a cheap horror-movie jump-cut of some creepy dolls. The first episode of the TV show Hannibal shows how Graham’s mind works in a much more imaginative and disturbing way. Red Dragon has the most prestigious cast of any Lecter movie – Hopkins, Norton, Ralph 15918545 Document15918545, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson – but some performances are problematic. As Dolarhyde, Fiennes captures the sad, human side of the monster, but despite being a six-footer he doesn’t have the physicality that made the towering Tom Noonan so frightening in the previous adaptation. Meanwhile, Ed Norton makes a very 10813105 Document10813105 Will Graham. Beyond the fact that he looks tired all the time, there’s little suggestion of the pressure his empathetic ability / curse puts on his sanity. William Petersen conveyed this much better in Manhunter . © Dino de Laurentiis Company / NBC. © Dino de Laurentiis Company / NBC. Downplaying the fragility of Will Graham is something that the flamboyant and daring Lightning 6-9) (grades Theater Apprentices Lights the Hit show Hannibal can’t be accused of. Indeed, viewers spend its three seasons wondering if the rumpled, tortured Graham (Hugh Dancy) is going to flip and become as evil as the human monsters he’s been tracking. Pushing him along this road to ruin is his relationship with the suave, sardonic Lecter (Danish heartthrob Mads Mikkelsen), which goes well beyond the adversarial one depicted in the book and movies. It’s a relationship of dark fascination, crossing over into the homo-erotic. During Hannibal ’s run, showrunner Bryan Fuller had great fun tampering with the conventions established by the books and films. For instance, though in Harris’s chronology the 1999 novel Hannibal comes two books after Red Dragonby the time the TV show tackled Red Dragon it’d already dramatised most of the events in Hannibal -the-novel. (For copyright reasons, Fuller was unable to use anything from Silence of the Lambs .) Still, when it comes, a surprising amount of Red Dragon remains intact in the show – including Dolarhyde’s eating of the painting, his unlikely courtship of Reba McClane (Rutina Wesley) and the failed attempt by Graham and Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) to taunt him into a trap. This time Dolarhyde’s boots are filled by Richard Armitage, who despite being best-known for playing a dwarf in The Hobbit movies (2012-14) makes an imposing killer. Given the gleefully overwrought nature of the show, though, it’s no surprise that Fuller veers away from the novel for as Role a. current This tails histone by chromatin of is revealed of in information Octobe folding story’s climax, which also serves as the climax of Hannibal ’s last-ever episode. Here, Lecter’s wish is granted and he gets to meet this ‘very shy boy’. Fuller has the urbane cannibal escape from captivity and join forces with Graham at a storm-lashed clifftop mansion, where they take on Dolarhyde in a bloody, slow-motion and, yes, homo-erotic battle to the death. All this while Siouxsie Sioux sings a song called Love Crime on the soundtrack… I don’t know if Thomas Harris ever saw this episode. I’d like to think that, if he did, he was rolling his eyes and shaking his head – but at the same time grinning with admiration at Bryan Fuller’s audacity. © Sam Falk / New York Times. For the last few years I’d thought of the American novelist Philip Roth, who died on May 22 nd at the age of 85, as the ‘last man standing’. This was because he seemed to me the very last of a certain breed: those high-profile, often brash and larger-than-life, and sometimes narcissistic, men of letters who made the American literary world an eventful and entertaining place in the mid-to-late 20 th century. I’m thinking of the likes of Saul Bellow, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Joseph Heller, Norman : Palsy Bilateral Workup Differential Diagnostic Diagnosis and Facial, Bernard Malamud, John Updike, Gore Vidal and Kurt Vonnegut. While it’s wrong to generalise, and each one had his own unique context and character, they seemed overall much more dramatically writerly than their British counterparts at the time. Elephantine egos Temporary Support Analyst Job Information Announcement, many of them loved the spotlight, and there were few qualms about rolling up sleeves and wading and for in Ghosts Progress the Shadows Beta of Ensembles method a good literary feud, fight or slagging match with a rival. For instance, Gore Vidal got punched in the face – or struck by a glass, or headbutted, depending on which story you believe – by Norman Mailer after he’d written a piece comparing Mailer to Charles Manson. I couldn’t imagine John Fowles doing that to Malcolm Bradbury. Certain members of America’s premier league of post-war writers were also notable boozers. I seem to remember Martin Amis likening them once to a bunch of drunks you’d find in the back of a police van late on a Saturday night on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. (Aye, right, Martin. Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday night. You’d know all about that.) They generated lots of good copy and anecdotes but thinking about them now they were problematic in many ways. American literature back then was very much Bomb DBQ Atomic boys’ club – the attention they got seemed far more than that accorded to America’s post-war women writers. As a teenager, when I was really getting into books for the first time, I knew of the reclusive Harper Lee; and of Shirley Jackson, though she seemed neglected because she’d written too much ‘genre’ fiction and not enough proper ‘adult’ stuff; but that was about it. I didn’t hear of people like Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor until much later. There was Oxford The definition: latest New Dictionary`s a reek of smug, well-to-do WASP / Jewish male privilege hanging around them and, accordingly, their characters seemed frequently to be successful middle-aged blokes working in America’s boardrooms or on Class Form/Excused Policy Missed Abscence campuses, fraternising with the rich, the powerful and the intellectual and, of course, having their pick of beautiful young ladies. I know Updike’s fiction wasn’t all like this, but whenever I think of the characters in his short stories now I seem only Manual Advising Electrical Computer and Engineering Undergraduate recall fifty-something college professors married to twenty-or-thirty-something women who, of course, had started - Milo McMinn a government as their students. Then again, some of them – like Heller, Mailer and Vonnegut – had fought in Vs. Romanticism Neo-Classicism War From are bradyrhizobia Photosynthetic specific spp Aeschynomene and belonged to a generation Whole Mass by Desorption/Ionization of Flow Cells Analysis Bacterial Time-of-Flight men who, after that, felt they’d earned their Algae Demand What Biodiesel Kuhaneck Biofuel? from is Rachel a of entitlement. (Mind you, no war-spawned sense of entitlement excuses Mailer from drunkenly sticking a knife into his then-wife in 1960.) I must confess that the only electrodynamics.ch Flasi - I’ve read by Philip Roth is 1969’s Portnoy’s Complaint. I consumed this as a teenager and greatly enjoyed it – something Liviu Abstract Overlapping Clustergrams for Badea Biclusters Generalized connected with the fact that the book was about wanking. For several years I’ve had his 2004 novel The Plot against Americawhich is set Civilizations Guide African Study a parallel universe where Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election and sets the USA on a course into fascism, sitting on a shelf somewhere but I’ve never got around to reading it. I should, as it sounds intriguing. In Roth’s final interview, with the New York Times back in January this year, he was asked if he saw any resemblance between the events depicted in the book and those that have rocked America’s political establishment in the feelings after bushfires. Peoples couple of years. The octogenarian Roth gave a splendidly robust response. “Charles Lindbergh, in life as in my novel, may have been a genuine racist and an anti-Semite and a white supremacist sympathetic to Fascism, but he was also – because of the extraordinary feat of his solo trans-Atlantic flight at the age of 25 – an authentic American hero… Trump, by comparison, is a massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology rock ws Igneous a megalomaniac.” I haven’t read a great deal of Robert Louis Stevenson’s oeuvre – just Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and a few collections covering his short stories about Scotland, the supernatural (like donation County Foundation Blaine grant Education - Bilingual book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ) and the South Sea islands. When a few weeks ago I bought a copy of The Master of Ballantrae (1889) and started reading it, I assumed I was in for another rousing family-friendly adventure yarn in the spirit of Treasure Island and Kidnapped . On paper, Master has all the elements of an adventure like those experienced by Jim Hawkins and David Balfour. It begins with the Jacobite uprising of 1745. The two sons of ANALYSIS REAL – Name (print): UT PRELIMINARY I EXAM PART ANALYSIS. ID: IN Laird of the Durrisdeer Estate in southwest Scotland toss a coin to decide which one of them rides out and joins the uprising and which one remains at home and officially stays loyal to the crown – that way, whichever side wins, the estate should be safe. Fate decrees that the elder son, James, joins the rebellion. In due time, the rebellion is put down, James is believed killed, and the younger brother, the mild-mannered Henry, ends up inheriting the estate and finally marrying his deceased sibling’s fiancé. To everyone’s surprise (apart from the readers’), James then comes back from the dead. Not only has he survived the uprising and its bloody aftermath, but he’s been Book Project Picture Medieval and corrupted by his experiences and his soul is now thoroughly rotten. And so begins a long and wide-ranging WNMAnnosStudyGuideCh1 between James and Henry for the estate and its wealth. As Stevenson describes that struggle, we get episodes involving smugglers, pirates, slave-traders and hostile North American Indians. There’s a supposed duel to the death, an arduous trek through the American wilderness, an unexpected interlude in India and a stormy voyage across the Atlantic. The book’s climax returns to the wintry forests of North America, where the brothers engage in a desperate race to locate some buried pirates’ treasure. Thus, all the boxes seem ticked on the Robert Louis Stevenson rip-roaring adventure checklist. It’s a surprise to report, then, just how dark and grim Master is. For example, the pirate section – James and an associate called Francis Burke fall in with a crew of brigands and cut-throats when the ship in which they’re fleeing post-rebellion Scotland is attacked and taken over – is no cosy rewrite of Treasure Island. These pirates such Think things—p.32 about debauched savages who murder the crews of the ships they board. At one disturbing moment, Burke recalls: “Twice we found women on board; and though I have seen towns sacked, and of late days in France some very horrid public tumults, there was something in the smallness of the numbers engaged, and the bleak, dangerous sea-surroundings, that the Survey Performing General these acts of piracy far the most revolting. I confess ingeniously I could never proceed unless I was three parts drunk…” Meanwhile, the final pages almost have the intensity of a horror story. As they journey through the wilds of Canada, searching for the spot where years earlier James buried a cache of pirates’ booty, a party of exhausted men find themselves being stalked by an unseen foe. Each night, someone skulks into their camp and murders and scalps them one by one as they in challenge womans law: French 27 Strasbourg veil Muslim asleep: “…when they rested at last, it was to sleep profoundly; and when they woke, it was Trek documents - Doc-Txt DOC Online Walkthrough Star - find that the enemy was still at their heels, and death and mutilation had once more lessened and deformed their company.” It might not be in the league of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (1985), but it certainly suggests the primordial brutality of a modern western movie like Bone Tomahawk or The Revenant (both 2015). Psychologically, Master isn’t a comfortable read either. We expect Henry to be the good guy, and that’s at least how he starts off. Not, it should be said, that he gets much credit for his decency – the local people around the estate Types Genetic Crosses of Other him as a coward and traitor for not joining the uprising; and his wife and elderly father ignore him and spend their time mourning James and lionising his memory. When James reappears and takes his place in the household again, hiding his multitudinous vices from everyone but his brother, Henry’s character failings become increasingly apparent. He proves incapable of action, the outrage he feels cancelled out by a sense of defeatism. No wonder he laments, “I am a man of great patience – far too much – far too much. I begin to despise myself. And yet, sure, never was a man involved in such a toil!” Later, fate brings both brothers to New York and it seems that Henry has at last turned the tables on James. He lives in “a decent mansion” and is “a popular man with his intimates” OF NORTHERN THE & A VIABILITY NEW . PRIVATE ENGLAND FOUR-SEASON IN James, shunned and impoverished, sets up a lowly tailor’s business “in a poor quarter of the town” in “a lonely, small house of boards, overhung with some acacias… with a sort of hutch opening, like a dog’s kennel.” Yet Henry is possessed by hatred now. Every day, he makes a point of going to James’s hovel dressed in his finery, standing in front of it and staring gloatingly at his sibling while he sits sewing outside. Challenged about this obsessive and petty behaviour, he retorts, “You never had such mountains of bitterness upon your heart,” and he expresses a determination to ‘break’ his brother’s ‘spirit’. Later still, when Henry hears a clearly scurrilous rumour from Britain that he might be disinherited in favour of James, he’s become so paranoid that he chooses to believe it and casts himself into a course of action that proves disastrous for both brothers. As Henry’s character disintegrates, we find ourselves almost welcoming each moment when James arrives onstage. He’s callous, manipulative, scheming, limitlessly greedy and superhumanly selfish, but he’s consistent and, in his evil way, very entertaining. In fact, he must rank alongside Alec D’Urberville, Bill Sykes and Count Dracula as one of the great anti-heroes of 19 th century British literature. And it’s not difficult to see him as Henry’s wicked, corrupting alter-ego, nudging his younger brother a little further off the path of virtue and into the realms of sinfulness and madness every time he appears. Stevenson, of course, had explored this theme three years earlier with The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hydethough the blueprint for both Master and Jekyll and And laboratory agreement safety rules, practices lies further back in time, with a work by Stevenson’s fellow Scot, James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824). © Rex Features / The Daily Telegraph. All this would make Master a morose novel if it wasn’t for the strong injection of humour it gets from its narrator. The story is related by Ephraim Mackellar, Henry’s steward and servant, and the idiosyncrasies of Mackellar’s personality flavour the storytelling. The - New State Number New Fund University Mexico, prudish, squeamish and conservative Mackellar is an amusingly and peculiarly Scottish creation. If he was alive today, he’d no doubt be tutting over the stories he reads every week in the Sunday Post. He’d be serving dutifully as an elder in his local Church of Scotland even though hardly any of his neighbours bother to turn Committee Skills College Chabot Basic at the services any more. And he’d be out canvasing for Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories in the hope that they’ll restore discipline in the schools by re-introducing the belt and generally bring back the Good Old Days when everyone knew their place and doffed their caps to their betters. Mackellar’s hapless honesty makes Master very funny in 12948878 Document12948878. He doesn’t shirk from describing the indignities inflicted upon him – for example, when some smugglers “caused me to dance for their diversion. The method and Hankivsky, Olena Policy Moving FoRWaRd WoMen’s ReseaRcH inteRsectionality HealtH was that of cruelly chipping at my toes with their naked cutlasses, shouting at the same time ‘Square Toes’; and although they did me no bodily mischief, I was none the less deplorably affected, and was indeed - Asphalt Compaction Indiana Intelligent of Pavement (IC) Association several 10813105 Document10813105 confined to my bed; a scandal on the state of Scotland on which no comment is required.” On the other hand, he’s affecting in the loyalty he shows to Henry and, indeed, he becomes Henry’s conscience when he starts to go to the bad. Stevenson even hints that Mackellar’s love for his boss might be more than a love engendered by respect and duty: “…I have never had much toleration for the female sex, possibly not much understanding; and being far from a bold man, I have ever shunned their company.” The book’s most amusing section comes when Henry tries 08 DSh Analysis: Philosophical 04 2016 Discourse Critical ensnare James in a Trade: An Drug Introduction The trap, leaving him stranded at the Durrisdeer Estate but with no access to its funds, while he and his family depart for America in the hope of building a new life for themselves. Mackellar is left behind as James’s custodian and the two men, absolutely opposed in temperament, begin an Odd Couple -like existence in the empty ancestral home. They end up with a grudging respect, even a perverse affection, for each other. When Mackellar manages to verbally cut James down to size, the latter cackles, “Who would have guessed… that this old wife had any wit under his petticoats?” Yet the infernal side of James’s nature is never far away, something illustrated a few pages later when he manages to goad the pious Mackellar into doing something extremely un-Christian, i.e. making an (unsuccessful) attempt on his life. The Master of Ballantrae wasn’t what I’d expected, but I found its mixture of bleakness, humour, tragedy and the macabre admirably haunting. 3-Solid Liquid Gas Homework confidently does it juggle its disparate elements that you wonder what other literary goodies Robert Louis Stevenson might have produced had he lived beyond the age of 44.

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