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161. Beautiful Losers
by LEONARD COHEN
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Catlog: Book (1993-11-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen’s most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.

By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores each character’s attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint.


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4-0 out of 5 stars Cohen's sense of beauty taken to the extreme
"Beautiful Losers" is the perfect title for this book. Though Cohen, of course, has come to be known foremost as a songwriter and secondly as a poet, this novel, his second, came out in 1966, two years before the release of his first album. As anyone who has read his poetry and prose or listened to his songs knows, Cohen is a very gifted man with words. Not since Oscar Wilde and James Joyce have I seen a man who can manipulate the English language and drop little nuggets of beauty among the vast sea of sorrow as well as he can. Cohen's writing style is very smooth and beautiful, and the images he creates are very evocative. To try to imagine how this book reads, think of Cohen's lyrical or poetic style - and then run it on out to Cloud 9. As I said, this book is perfectly titled - it is beauty - indeed, everything - taken the to extreme. The writing is very beautiful and wondrous to read; the review which states that Cohen's style is like "James Joyce... writing from the point of view of Henry Miller", contrary to its apparent surface of hyperbole, is actually highly accurate. People often cite Miller as the predominant writer of erotic material, but I think that Cohen is the true master of the art: he gets to the very heart of the subject. Consequently, this book is very, very vulgar and quite disturbing at times - if it were not for the monumental court decisions on Ulysses and Tropic of Cancer, this book would, no doubt, have never been published in the United States. This is raw, rugged, beautiful prose. As many other reviewers have pointed out, this is really a poem described as a novel - or prose, at any rate. The actual plot, or, indeed, the meaning of the book is... well, it cannot be explained. It simply must be read. In the end, like Ulysses, this is a book that is more notable for its style, prose, and utter breadth of technique than for its actual content - the old Wildian idea of form over substance. And, though nonsense it may apparently be, oh, what form it is...

4-0 out of 5 stars Magic is Afoot
Forget for a moment Cohen the poet, Cohen the prophet, Cohen the musician. The question remains: "Is Cohen a good novelist?"

The answer, suprisingly, is yes. Beautiful Losers can nowhere be described as coherent. It is, at best semi-lucid prose coupled with oblique folk references, a melding of a surrealist love story with a more complex overlay of mythology and cultural humility.

At the bottom level, this is a story about a widower, his bisexual best friend, and a dead wife who slept with both of them.

Somewhere else, this book becomes spiritual. Haunted by exotic visions of the Catherine Tekakwitha, the Iroquois Virgin, the narrator puts context into politics and spiritualism. Tangled up in a scheme of self-discovery is a satire on Canadian politics and recrimination, a story of mourning, and an exploration of the forms of human cruelty.

We get it all.

The book is easy to put down, hard to read into, and still obsessively addictive. You will find yourself running his images through your head long after the cover is closed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I had to read this for a university course, and I loved it.
It's different in a good way, and like another review said, "uninhibited" is a good word to describe it. Unless you are easily offended by obvious sexuality and that kind of thing, all I can say is, read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give six stars.
I have read B.L. twnety-four times since I first bought it in 1999.
I wish that I could say what I feel everytime I read this book.
I wish I could exlain what the book is about.
I wish that the narrator would understand F.
I wish that homosexuality were this simply.
I wish that I didn't have to borrow from someone else, but I do: "I can only repeat with the urgency of fifty years ago: READ HIM" -Ezra Pound (speaking of T.S. Eliot- I'm refering to Cohen, of course. :))

5-0 out of 5 stars If I were American (& had any money) ....
i WOULD PURCHASE ALL THE LEONARD COHEN BOOKS & SONGS I DON'T ALREADY OWN. I HAVE A COLLECTION IN SYDNEY WITH A FRIEND WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN FOR ABOUT 16 YEARS. SLOWLY I STARTED TO BUILD MY COLLECTION UP ONLY TO REALIZE THE YEARS HAVE SLIPPED AWAY & HE HAS ACCOMLISHED SO MUCH MORE. mY ONLY ONE OF TWO REGRETS IN LIFE IS NOT GOING TO YOUR CONCERT AT THE SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE IN THE MID 1980's. i WAS ONLY 18 & I COULDN'T CONVINCE MY FLATMATES WHO INTRODUCED ME TO YOU (NOT PERSONALLY), OR MAYBE THEY HAD TO WORK AS THEY WERE IN A BAND....

aNYWAY I DIDN'T GO. I DIDN'T EVEN GO & LOITER OUTSIDE & TRY & STALK HIM OR ANYTHING. I JUST SAT AT HOME WISHING I WERE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
NOW I LIVE A QUIET LIFE IN SOUTH WEST TASMANIA WHICH EVERYBODY SHOUD VISIT AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES. nOW, UNDERSTAND THIS I AM NOT ADVISING ANYONE STOP & IF YOU HAVE TO DON'T STAY FOR TOO LONG. THE FIRST SHOP AS YOU ENTER TOWN THROUGH THE PINE FORESTS IS ALRIGHT TO STOP AT, & THEN TURNING RIGHT JUST BEFORE YOU LEAVE TOWN(WHICH IS 200METRES AWAY) AT THE OTHER SHOP & P.OFF
I THINK I AM ABOUT TO BE LYNCHED BY THE NEIGHBOURS OF WHICH THANKFULLY I DONT HAVE TOO MANY AS I RECENTLY AQUIRED THE SONG "ROAD TO HELL", WHICH REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF HOME....& AS THE CHILDREN TAUGHT ME HOW TO REPEAT SONGS UNTIL SOMEONE TURNS IT OFF ON & ON & ON IT GOES. I WOULD DEARLY LOVE TO MISQUOTE HIM IN MY OWN POETRY. IT'S A FORM OF PLAGURISM IF I DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORS PERMISSSION & IF SOMEHOW YOU COULD GET ME IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN GIVE ME the authority to go ahead with my poetry I would be extremely grateful.
& this is one of the books I have bought twoce for my collections. Any Leonard Cohen anything I see I buy. Which is not very often.
Anyway I must be sending this off
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162. Howl and Other Poems (Pocket Poets)
by Allen Ginsberg
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Catlog: Book (1956-06-01)
Publisher: City Lights Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Read it for yourself
Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of self-appointed critics who, in order to try to convince others of their own individuality and intellectual honesty, feel the need to let everyone know that they consider Ginsberg (and every other so-called "Beat" for that matter) to be an overrated hack and more of a celebrity than a poet and blah, blah, blah, blah. It is true that Ginsberg's style has been imitated by far too many lesser poets who, obviously, don't posess anything close to the man's talent and it is also true that there's an equal number of people who claim to love Ginsberg but have never actually bothered to sit down and really read anything beyond the first page of "Howl." Inetivably, one wishes that all of these presumed literary critics (regardless of where they stand) would just shut up, read the poems for themselves, and form their own opinions regardless of what the current trend is. For if they did, they would discover a very talented poet who, even if he occasionally seemed to be repeating and parodying himself as he got older, still created some of the strongest American poetry of the latter 20th Century. While Kaddish remains his strongest work of poetry, his much more famous poem "Howl" still carries more of a raw, exhilirating anger. Written to be read aloud, Howl is basically a cry against the conformity of 1950s America but the anger found within still reverberates almost half a century later. Certainly, his vision of a drug-abusing community of outcasts wandering along darkened city streets remains as relavent as ever. Like any apocalyptic poem, it can be credibly charges that at times, Howl is superficial and there's not much beyond shocking images. I don't necessarily disagree with this -- Howl, for instance, doesn't carry the same emotional weight as Ginsberg's more personal Kaddish. However, if Howl is all image, they're still very powerful images. Would I feel the same passion for this poem if I didn't know the much-reported stories of Ginsberg's "best minds of my generation destroyed by madness?" In short, if the beats hadn't been so celebrated by the media, would this poem have the same power? Honestly, who cares? The fact of the matter is that yes, the beats were celebrated (or hyped depending on your point of view) by the media and Howl is a powerful poem. All other considerations are simply unimportant doublespeak. As for the other poems contained with Howl, they are a mixed batch but all have their value. Some are a little too obviously based on Whitman (much as countless other poets based too much on Ginsberg) but they all have their points of interest. Its obvious that none of them were chosen to overshadow Howl but to a certain extent, that works very well. After the rage and madness of Howl, its good to have these other poems to "come down" with.

With all this talk of anger and rage, I should also mention that Ginsberg's sense of joy is a component of his poetry that too many critics either fail to mention or ignore all together. Whatever you may think of his talent, it is obvious that Ginsberg loved poetry and found his greatest happiness through the discovery of new forms of poetic expressions. For all of its apocalyptic ragings, Howl never grows shrill because one can sense the fact that Ginsberg had a lot of fun composing (and performing) the poem. A few years before his own death, I was lucky enough to attend one of Allen Ginsberg's readings. Though he read mostly from Kaddish and his shorter poems (perhaps, understandably, trying to make sure we understood he actually had written other poems beyond the one everyone kept citing), he also read a bit from Howl. He proved to be an amazing reader, going over these words he must have seen over a million times past, with an almost childlike enthusiasm and joy. As he did this, I looked out at the others in the audience and basically, I saw rows and rows of identical looking "intellectuals," all posessing the same dead-serious expression on their face, nodding at each relavent point as if to make sure everyone understood that they understood genius. Contrasting their forced seriousness with Ginsberg's uninhibited joy, I realized that there was only one true tragesy as far as Allen Ginsberg was concerned and that was the fact that his self-appointed acolytes always took him for more seriously then he did himself. To consider Howl and Ginsberg without joy is like considering language without words.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.
The title for the main poem and susequently this collection was coined by Jack Kerouac. Howl was the word he used to describe a certain kind of poetry which Ginsberg was a master.
Howl is easy to understand if you know who it is about. It can be broken up by person, most of whom you may have heard of- Kerouac, Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Orlovsky, and other nameless people he met along his path. In writing Howl, he created them all equal, as they should be. Some people are great writers, poets, heros, but everyone, no matter how seemingly small, is a great person with incredible stories. Ginsberg captured this sentiment and created HOWL!
My other favorite poem in this collection is AMERICA. This poem is as true today as it was January 17, 1956 So true, it's eerie. Read the poem if you don't believe me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE Book
And as one of the most profound poem of the 20th century began...

"I saw the best minds of my generation
destroyed by madness,
while starving hysterically naked,
and roaming the streets with an angry fix..."

Allen Ginsberg, master poet and storyteller of the Beat Generation, became the omnipotent force of the newly formatted Beatnik movement that, through insanity, madness, and periods of solitude, rose from the depth of the west coast, specifically in the woefully sexy city of Berkeley, CA, to the cumulative vortex that remained in pieces on the seductive streets of NYC's Lower East Side community.

"Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade, lights out in houses, we'll both be lonely."

The poem-dense book, "Howl & Other Poems" not only includes both parts of "Howl" but includes other classical works such as "Kaddish" (a beautifully rendered tribute to Ginsberg's mother- a figure whom he continued to question the delicate balances of her love toward him and vice versa) and "A Supermarket in California" where he composes a rather brief poem, spanning from his powerful visions of him and Walt Whitman walking upon the solitary streets, wondering what has become of their things as he allows Whitman's "beard to point them in the right direction."

"The madman bum and angel beat in Time, unknown, yet putting down here what might be left to say in time, coming after death."

Overall this book is the equivalent of a historical text-book, in terms of the Beat Generation's poetry. It also contains several short poems that were written under the influence of... certain substances and poems related to Ginsberg's sexual experiences, as well.

The one interesting side to the book itself is that, in my opinion, not only it is a reflection of a singular man's views, experiences, desires, and emotions, but it is a mirror of the vastly unknown and abnormally tucked-away world, that the reader can reflect upon. This book is worth owning. Another Amazon quick pick I'd like to recommend is The Losers Club by Richard Perez

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
In 'Howl and Other Poems' Allen Ginsburg plumbs the depths of primal human emotion from the perspective of the disenfranchised bohemians of 1950s urban America. With haunting phrases and cadences influenced by sources as disparate as Hebrew liturgy and ad copy, Ginsburg evokes the joy and despair of a affluent Post-World-War-II decade lived in the shadow of the Bomb and Eisenhower's grim military-industrial complex. 'Beat' writing is a unique, experimental genre which transcends the strictures of contemporary academic style and content, dealing forthrightly with drug abuse, homosexuality, and other taboo subjects of the time. Allen Ginsburg and his creative associates were the stellar grass-roots poets of their generation, and deserve a careful reading both for enjoyment and understanding of an important time of transition in American society. Buy this book! I'd also like to thank the reviewer who mentioned The Losers Club by Richard Perez, about a poet in New York's East Village. Another great Amazon pick!

5-0 out of 5 stars ...i have no words
Read it.

That's about all I can say.

Okay, that done, let me try to describe just how amazing "Howl" is. It's madness crammed into phrases and words. It's thoughts and lies and ideals spinning around in periods and commas. It winds a hand around your throat, until you're sure you can't breathe, because the words... the words are overwhelming you.

That's "Howl." I can't even begin to understand this poem, this brilliant, brilliant poem. I can't even begin to explain to you exactly why this poem, to me, feels like a work of a genius. All I know is that you should read it at least once.

Because it's a haunting poem, and it's something I will probably never, ever comprehend. The poem is made from letters, but it feels like someone's broken dream. ... Read more


163. The Long Shadow of Temperament
by Jerome Kagan, Nancy Snidman
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We have seen these children--the shy and the sociable, the cautious and the daring--and wondered what makes one avoid new experience and another avidly pursue it. At the crux of the issue surrounding the contribution of nature to development is the study that Jerome Kagan and his colleagues have been conducting for more than two decades. In The Long Shadow of Temperament, Kagan and Nancy Snidman summarize the results of this unique inquiry into human temperaments, one of the best-known longitudinal studies in developmental psychology. These results reveal how deeply certain fundamental temperamental biases can be preserved over development.

Identifying two extreme temperamental types--inhibited and uninhibited in childhood, and high-reactive and low-reactive in very young babies--Kagan and his colleagues returned to these children as adolescents. Surprisingly, one of the temperaments revealed in infancy predicted a cautious, fearful personality in early childhood and a dour mood in adolescence. The other bias predicted a bold childhood personality and an exuberant, sanguine mood in adolescence.These personalities were matched by different biological properties. In a masterly summary of their wide-ranging exploration, Kagan and Snidman conclude that these two temperaments are the result of inherited biologies probably rooted in the differential excitability of particular brain structures. Though the authors appreciate that temperamental tendencies can be modified by experience, this compelling work--an empirical and conceptual tour-de-force--shows how long the shadow of temperament is cast over psychological development.

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164. The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time
by Leslie Pockell
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Here, in one compact volume, is a greatest hits collection of the 100 bets love poems ever written by 100 of the world's greatest poets.This essential anthology is ideal for the romantic-and will inspire any cynic.The poets included range throughout the history of world literature: from the Classics (Sappho, Catullus) and Renaissance (Shakespeare, Donne, Dante) to the Romantics (Shelly, Keats, Wordsworth) and 20th century giants (Frost, Lorca, Graves), right down to the present day (Viorst, Patchen, Neruda).Each poem features a brief introduction, which details the poet's life history as well as the poem's significance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book of poems!
The title says it all. Great Poets with great love poems equates to a pleasurable read. If you like romance and love, then this book Love poems are for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a comprehensive collection of all the greats!
At first I thought, oh here is another thrown together "best of" collection....*yawn*. But after reading this collection, I was so glad I picked it up! Finally, an anthology that includes all the classics, plus some pleasant surprises that would normally be overlooked. Hopefully, more "best of" collections will come from the team that put this one together!! ... Read more


165. Mottos to Live by: A Collection of Poems (Self-Help)
by Susan Polis Schutz
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mottos to Live By
I feel that this book is able to get anyone through some pretty hard times. As a seventeen year old, I feel that these "mottos" are something everyone should build their lives off of. It would make the world a much better place. I recomend this book to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Susan Polls At Her Best!
Susan has put together a wonderful collection of mottos that inspire our spirits and comfort our souls! My ninety year old sister has shared her book with other seasoned citizens at her assisted living residence and wishes to send copies to many of her friends. A small Jewel of an anthology! ... Read more


166. Motherhood : Poems About Mothers (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
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167. Gay Haiku
by JOEL DERFNER
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168. HEART AROUSED, THE
by DAVID WHYTE
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Only a poet could produce such a provocativeanalysis of today's widespread disenchantment withbusiness -- or such a daring prescription for usingthe classics of poetry to revitalize the soul ofcorporate America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gentle finger on the pulse of the corporate worker's heart
Amazing insight into the human soul and how the corporate workplace has evolved to stifle personal identity, creativity, and the joy associated with work. More than that, Whyte skillfully and poetically provides the philosophical framework for reuniting the worker with the workplace. Using references from great literature, parables, poetry and prose, and drawing from the great diversity of humanity, Whyte opens a path by which we can regain the joy of working creatively. A book to read, and read again, just to learn how to grow spiritually and remain human at work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry and Transformation
David Whyte, in The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America, writes that "If there is one common experience of complexity in the workplace, it would be the experience of feeling lost... in the difficulty of a situation or in our very arrogance or nervousness over a problem." Whyte was encouraged as a resource to business by Peter Block--a trainer, organization consultant, and author of The Empowered Manager--because the powerful images available in poetry can be liberating in the workplace.

As a lover of poetry, I was delighted when a client gave me tickets for one of Whyte's workshops a few years ago. One of the poems that Whyte recited for us (and cites in his book) is a teaching tale in the Native American tradition by David Wagoner. It was a thrilling personal experience to hear in Whyte's resounding and dramatic voice Wagoner's response to the question, "What do I do when I am lost in the forest?" (shown in part below):

Stand still, the trees ahead / and bushes beside you / are not lost... / Stand still, the forest / knows where you are. / You must let it find you.

Observing Whyte's impact on others in the group (many of them business people) also gave me the courage to use poetry in my development work with business executives, focusing on the symbolic aspects of people's (and organizations') growth potential. David Whyte has done us all a service in demonstrating how powerful poetry can be in "arousing our hearts," in enabling significant personal transformation. I highly recommend his tapes and books of poetry, as well as The Heart Aroused.

5-0 out of 5 stars In My Mind: A Classic
This book is already on the way to becoming a well known classic now but I first encountered it in a very private and personal way at a crucial time in my life when it first appeared a few years ago. I felt very thankful then that someone had been able to speak to the hidden qualities of my work life and set me on more of a courageous path as a result. Having just reread it I realize now why it had such a profound effect on me: The Heart Aroused really does speak to a person whatever threshold of life they might find themselves on. A hearty recommendation then to anyone wondering about the hopes raised by the title, it more than fullfils its promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars "What profit a man...."
Frankly, I found this to be an especially demanding book even when reading it for a second time. Whyte requires of his reader a rigorous as well as truthful self-exploration, and in ways and to an extent few other authors do. As is so often true in other dimensions of human experience, the benefits derived from reading his book are almost wholly dependent upon how much is personally invested in it. As Whyte explains, he wrote this book "hoping it would be read in two ways. First, as a good story about the difficulties and dramas of preserving the soul at work -- in short, a page-turner; second, as a book that could be studied, contemplated, and discussed with others." More than 50 years ago, Mortimer Adler affirmed the value of reading the "great books" because they stimulate and enrich what he called "a conversation across the centuries." I think this is what Whyte has in mind when providing, in the book's final section (a "User's Guide"), a number of thoughts for reflection and discussion as well as for self-questioning. For example: "What is my heart's desire in life? What are some of the particularities of the way I like to live? What are the essential qualities that give me a sense of belonging? How can work be a good servant to my essential nature instead of a taskmaster?" As I now reflect on this book after a second reading, I think its greatest value lies not only in the truth of what Whyte expresses so eloquently but also in what his assertions and questions require his readers to consider as they seek spiritual fulfillment in their own lives. Those who my high regard for this book are urged to read Whyte's other books, especially Crossing the Unknown: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity and Fire in the Earth; also, to check out David Maister's Practice What You Preach and Tim Sanders' Love Is the Killer App as well as Eliyahu M. Goldratt's The Goal, Critical Acclaim, and It's Not Luck.

2-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get through it...just too boring
I tried to hang with this book as long as possible, but finally gave up. The writing is murky, laden with obscure metaphors, and quite a chore to get through. I had high hopes for this book, since I am an English major who is equally interested in corporate life and poetry. But I finally lost patience with the author's pretentious, pointless prose. Two stars. ... Read more


169. Alias Grace : A Novel
by Margaret Atwood
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-13)
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Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale.She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress.Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane.Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace.He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?Is Grace a female fiend?A bloodthirsty femme fatale?Or is she the victim of circumstances? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sympathy For A Murderess
Margaret Atwood cleverly employs many subtle motifs to create sympathy for the alleged murderess Grace Marks in this riveting account of the murders. Grace's former employer Thomas Kinnear and his housewife and mistress Nancy Montgomery were found brutally murdered. Another former servant, James McDermott, was accused and tried for the murders along with Grace. While he received the death penalty and was hanged, Grace's sentence was commuted to life in prison due to her attorney's claims of insanity. Atwood uses many colorful language devices throughout this intriguing novel. I especially liked one of Atwood's main motifs, a quilt, which is seen not only in the actual plot, but also in the structure of the novel. Atwood shrewdly uses excerpts from various poems and journals at the beginning of each chapter to add to the historical effect. Each chapter is also titled with the name of a different quilt pattern which is mentioned in the chapter; for example, some were titled "Jagged Edge", "Rocky Road", "Broken Dishes", and "Snake Fence". Grace, who is very skilled at sewing, takes up quilting to pass the time in jail. All her reminisces to her psychiatrist, Dr. Simon Jordan, involve quilts and certain patterns that are also seen in the same chapter. For example, in the chapter called "Broken Dishes", Grace compares her memory to a broken plate: "...like a plate that's been broken. There are always some pieces that would seem to belong to another plate altogether; and then there are the empty spaces, where you cannot fit anything in" (103). As an aspiring psychologist, I loved these vivid comparisons and the trains of thought of a supposed killer. In the final chapter, Grace thinks about sewing together a quilt of her own, and she remarks, "And so we will all be together"(460). Thus Atwood's purpose of the quilt motif is revealed: all of the pieces from literature and flashbacks must be put together to complete the whole story. Atwood, noted for her recurring theme of duplicity, once again successfully incorporates the hypocrisy of society. She uses a muslin veil as a symbol of everyone's dual lives: Dr. Jordan, Mr. Kinnear, the wealthy ladies, and Grace herself all have hidden secrets that they never reveal to anyone, sometimes not even to the reader. Another fabulous technique that Atwood uses is the multiple and broken points of view. Using this technique, Atwood portrays the same events from different perspectives and discloses the whole truth to the reader. I also loved Atwood's use of stream of consciousness. By divulging many private thoughts of Grace, the reader begins to empathize and pity her. Therefore Atwood's main purpose is completed, and the reader is left to answer the impossible question: "...was Grace a female fiend and temptress, the instigator of the crime and the real murderer of Nancy Montgomery, or was she an unwilling victim, forced to keep silent by McDermott's threats and fear for her own life?" (462). Atwood has successfully produced another skillfully written novel that keeps the reader page turning and creates sympathy for Grace Marks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A haunting and beautiful novel
Alias Grace is a haunting and memorable novel. It is definately among one of the best I have ever read, and would be called my favorite if naming only one book in the whole world as such a thing were possible. This book was suprisingly unlike the best-selling novels I've been reading recently, as it was not only written to sell but to convey a message, and it possesses an integrity which is lacking in many books full of popular prose written in order to make money. I could not agree more with the blurb by Washington Post Book World which appears on the front cover of the edition I read: "Alias Grace has all the pacing of a commercial novel and all the resonance of a classic." Not only is this book meritable for its captivating and original plot, but also, more importantly, for its literary quality. The author, Margaret Atwood, has written the entire book in language ture to the time it takes place, and her skill for consistantly choosing lyrical and thought-provoking words is astounding.

Alias Grace is the story of a real-life character, Grace Marks, who at age fifteen was sentenced to death for her part in the murder of her murder of the man she worked for and his mistress. Her sentence was then changed to life imprisonment after her skillful lawyer and many important citizens pleaded her case. However, many thought she should have hanged with her co-conspirator and that was as guilty as he was. Thus, Grace Marks was made a "celebrated murderess" and an infamous enigma of the nineteenth century, and her story has been brought to us with the grace-ful writing of Margaret Atwood. This novel was written so well that it had me literally laughing out loud one minute and then literally crying real tears the next.

As a side comment, this novel is also important in a feminist viewpoint. I hesitate to comment on this as it may turn male readers away, and that is not my intention on mentioning it at all, for although the main character is a very young female and most events are told from her point of view, the way in which it is written makes it a capativating read for any one, regardless of age or sex. However, the harsh treatment of and opinions about women during this period in history were brought up in a way which would evoke sympathy and anger from anyone. Wide-spread opinions about the nature and duty of women are infrequently but impressionately brought up: "That woman has nerves like flint. She'd have made a good lawyer, if a man.", "Men, by nature and the decree of Providence, have a certain latitude allowed them; but fidelity to the marriage vow is surely the chief requirement in a woman", and the daily live as well as special circumstances of Grace Mark's story allow the reader to feel the injustices women suffered back then without the hope of making things better.

If there is one book out of the many great ones I have read this year that I recommend the general web-surfer who has stumbled upon this book review to read, it is most emphatically this one. Grace's character and story will grab you and you will be wondering about her guilt and innocence just as much as her peers in the nineteenth century were.

5-0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing
The account of Grace Marks life is a story so rich in layers of reality and imagination that one can not stop until the last page to find out the complete meaning of her ordeal. Is Grace Marks an ordinary person of dim wit, a saint, or an evil creature?
Margaret Atwood writing is so beautiful and rich in associations. The beauty of nature breaths from the book and makes one feel as if present right there in the story.
Since it took me no time finishing the book as captivating as it was, I am already worried I will finish reading all of Margaret's Atwood books in too short a time, and then be pining for more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Strange and Compelling
I read this book while trapped by a rainstorm in our hotel room in Siena, Italy. At first, I read it because there was nothing else to do, but then I could not put it down. It is like driving by an auto wreck on the highway; voyeurism compels you to look, even as you are repulsed by the idea.

2-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
Whereas Oryx and Crake fasinated me, Alias Grace frustrated me. There are too many points of view and too many different writing styles for the book to flow from start to finish. Grace as a character bored me. Simon the doctor was the only one who really got my attention but his scenes were few and far between. ... Read more


170. 100 Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings
by E. E. Cummings
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Eloquent Collection at the Least
E.E. Cummings...someone I had never read of before a few weeks ago. After two or three readings of his work, I was and am hooked for life. Nothing radiates quite as beautiful as his collection....truth be told, love uncovered, raw emotion shot right at you. Emotions have no choice but to be wraught from his work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to e.e. cummings' work
This slim volume is attractively packaged and presented, with a good range of his work arranged chronologically. Only 100 poems are reprinted here, a tiny drop in his total output. But they're the ones you know best, including the cowboy poem we all had to read in Texas in high school (WHY they made us read that one, when there were so many better that he wrote, I will never know).

I have to admit, I like his earlier work much better -- the further it goes, the weirder his poetry gets, till idea is almost entirely divorced from form. But I got this as an introduction to his work, and it fulfills that role admirably. I felt I'd gotten a good idea of his range and technique, and that I'd seen the most important of his works. Those who want a basic e.e. cummings introduction will not be disappointed here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Undeniably Classic
This is the kind of book that makes poetry come alive. It is not the stuff of delicate little rhymes or cheesy soul searching; it is vibrant, alive, and overpowering.
e.e. cummings wrote poetry that still breathes and mingles with the people. It is not poetry intended to merely appeal to literary circles and bald headed critics (coughing ink, to quote Yeats), it is poetry written for the reader.
It is the type of poetry you read to people and share with people without embarrassment, without having to explain anything. It speaks for itself, and it speaks loud and clear.
This is something special, and I would highly recommend it to anybody interested in poetry or art of any kind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Start Here
You may have heard of this infamous poet - or even read one or two of his pieces so frequently called "avant garde." His imagery is startling and perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to make those images musical, as though they roll off the soul. If you've wanted to get a taste of Cummings and didn't know where to start, this is an affordable collection of some favorites. Well worth the inexpensive price - compact but filled with the choicest selections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice collection
This is a great collection of ee cummings. I like the fact that its paper back and travable! I have written a million little notes in mine. You will enjoy this! ... Read more


171. Voice of the Poet: T.S. Eliot (Voice of the Poet)
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172. 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Philip Smith
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"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," "Death, be not proud," "The Raven," "The Road Not Taken," poems by Shakespeare, Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, many more.
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2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The poetry in this book covers a period from the middle ages to modern times and is arranged in order of date.You will find well known names such as Tennyson, Keats, Wordsworth to name a few.
That said, I was surprised by how many of the verses I had never heard of or read before although this is called '100 Best Loved Poems'.Some of the poems featured here are quite obscure. There are some well known ones such as 'Charge of the light brigade' and 'Daffodils' but if you are looking for a book that will help you brush up on all of those half remembered snippets of poetry from your schooldays, then this may not be the choice for you. Having said that, this is a very low price for a collection of poems and if you do want something a little different, then at this price it may be worth adding to your bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Selection of American and British Poetry
Philip Smith has assembled a very good sampling of the best poetry in the English language. We read Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Gray, Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, both Brownings, Longfellow, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Hardy, Housman, Yeats, Frost, Pound, Millay, Cummings, Auden, Dylan Thomas, and many others.

The collection is as advertised: these are the best-loved poems in the English language. These are familiar poems, poems that are accessible to casual readers of poetry, poems that continue to resonate today. Smith's compilation is fun to read and to reread. Any teacher would find it ideal for introductory English literature classes, honors high school or college.

What is missing? This collection excludes translations of classical poetry, poetry of the non-English speaking world, and contemporary English-speaking poets. But this little book contains enough gems to satisfy any treasure hunter.

This Dover edition is an excellent buy. Just imagine, great poetry for only a penny per poem.

Looking for a more eclectic anthology? See 100 Poems by 100 Poets compiled by Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury. They present what they consider (by unanimous decision, often after heated argument) to be the best poem by each of the 100 best poets in the English language. Their choices only occasionally overlap with the better known selections in Philip Smith's Dover edition.

One Hundred and One Famous Poems, compiled by Roy J. Cook in 1927, has long been a favorite anthology of British and American poets. It is an interesting collection, as it includes many poets that are now less familiar or even forgotten, but who were popular in the early part of the last century. Take a look at this anthology. You will be pleasantly surprised. It has been reprinted many times and it is not difficult to find copies on the Internet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well worth your dollar..
This is a nice, inexpensive book to have in your collection or even to teach an introductory poetry class from. It has a lot of good material, Poe, Dickinson, Frost, etc.

And hey, it's a buck...why not?

5-0 out of 5 stars best 80 cents I ever spent!
Beautiful works. Major bargain. I read them to my baby.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection
This is a great collection of classic rhyming poems. I found many of my favorite poems, including "If" and "The Raven". And the price is right. If you want a more durable collection, you might try another favorite of mine, "Poetry for a Lifetime". This beautiful volume includes many of these poems and is illustrated and has comments from the editor. I highly recommend both books. ... Read more


173. Mostly True: Collected Stories & Drawings
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5-0 out of 5 stars Silly, Witty and Wise
This little book defies classification. It is a collection of goofy-looking, childlike drawings, on one page, and enigmatic strange little aphorisms, on the facing page, all the way through the book. The pages aren't numbered and there are no chapters, so you just have to wander around and experience whatever you happen to find. Whatever time you spend with this book will be worth it.

Author Brian Andreas is one who thinks outside the box. He draws outside the box, too. And you will soon realize, outside the box is a very good place to be. A place to consider what is really important and meaningful: Love, relationships, children, magic. These are the important things.

The childlike manner is deceptive. This is a book of serious wisdom and serious art, with a silly and childlike appearance. If you can play outside the box, you will love this book, and you will want to give it to all your out-of-the-box friends.I can't recommend Mostly True too highly! Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber

5-0 out of 5 stars Warm and Fuzzy
I saw this book in a boutique in Paducah, KY about 4 years ago. Flipping through a few pages, I needed no more convincing. I purchased the book, read it and placed it in our bookcase. Within the last four years, I have had two children and moved to a different town. I was unpacking some boxes the other day when I found this book. There I sat on the floor, reading through it. I couldn't stop until I was done. I logged on to find more of Brian Andreas's work. It is amazing. So simple, yet so touching. You have to read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Great
I wish I had discovered this fascinating work earlier. The stories and drawings help me put things in a perspective that simplifies the complex. It makes me appreciate my surroundings and to understand the value of family and friendships. What a great way to express ones thoughts, feelings, fears and enlightenment. It is impossible to find just one favorite story.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Men Women Want...
Brian Andreas (and Robert Downey, Jr. on Ally McBeal) have made it more and more difficult for women to just settle for any ole' guy...we now expect men to show more heart, soul, and sensitivity. Buy this for the man in your life and ask him to spend one hour to read the whole thing and see if he "gets" it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super fun read!
Laughed until I cried reading it in the store. Bought it then came home and ordered 10 more for gifts! The stories are so touching and delightful, they have just the right amount of humor to make the "medicine go down"! Andreas is addictive. ... Read more


174. Language Of Flowers, The
by SHEILA PICKLES
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5-0 out of 5 stars Most wonderful gift book
Language of Flowers is full of classic poetry, mostly love poems, revolving around over forty well-known flowers. Each flower represents a character quality;e.g., innocence, female ambition, grace and elegance, etc. In addition to the poems, a brief paragraph or two is given explaining the history and use of each flower. Finally, nearly each page has prints of beautiful oil paintings, of course, with the given flower in it. Overall, a wonderful gift for a lovely lady or a poetically-minded man. ... Read more


175. Passage to Angkor
by Kenro Izu, Helen Ibbitson Jessup
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Timeless, limitless images--monumental 14 x 20 inch platinum photographs -- of one of the world’s most mystical places by a renowned artist. More than any other photographer, Izu has made over thirty visits to the sacred Cambodian site of Angkor Wat. And, like the makers of the sacred image of Buddha, who utter three prayers for each stroke of the carving tool, Izu himself considers the act of picture-making a type of divine practice. His photographs capture essence and light. Of his famous photograph of Tibet's Kailash in which the snowy peak is seen in otherworldly light, he recently said the image was a ""gift from God."" The photos are accompanied by the poetry of Helen Ibbitson Jessup, inspired by Izu’s work. ... Read more


176. American Primitive
by Mary Oliver
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite.
"American Primitive" is among the finest books of poetry written by an American author in the last 25 years. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it is a precise and lucid notation of the natural world. Oliver does not shun away from the severe brutality of every day yet does not paint the beauty of nature's cycle with any diminishment. It has undoubtedly influenced my own writing and is a book I return to to find some sort of truth in accounting for the way things are

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic of Contemporary Poetry
To read any poem by Mary Oliver is to be in the presence of the exquisite potential of language for marrying beauty and wisdom. Rarely a poet, so inclined not to impose her view nor her beliefs on anyone, can leave such profound impression on how we may come to see the world. And to read -to live, really- each poem of "American Primitive" is to educate your heart.
Someone said, very appropriately so, that Oliver's poems may have the less humans in them than any contemporary poet's body of work, yet in the case of this magnificent book, two of its most stunning choices -"John Chapman" and "The Lost Children"- has Oliver bring the same keen compassion and awe for the tragic and the gracious in being our kind, that she does when speaking of foxes, mushrooms, or crows and owls.
"John Chapman," for instance, contains some of the wisest lines about being one of us, humans, that you will find in American poetry. Chapman was the real John Appleseed who "thought little, / on a rainy night, / of sharing the shelter of a hollow log touching / flesh with any creatures there" and, yet, as a woman in the poems recalls "he spoke / only once of women and his gray eyes / brittled into ice. "Some / are deceivers," he whispered, and she felt / the pain of it, remembered it / into her old age."
I wonder if Oliver chose him because he lived his life during those times when this country was learning to be this country -and perhaps because of it- we were, for the last time, as close as a species to the rest of nature as we ever had.
"The Lost Children" is also about those times too, yet about those of one kind taken by those who were the natives to this land. It is an amazing feat of truth and empathy, as much as proof of Oliver's mastery of the poem's form and mood as in her capacity to imagine how the disappearance of these children could be as much a calling to another wondrous life and such grief and emptiness to those who will not see them anymore, at the same time.
Given the size limitations stipulated for these reviews, I'm not able to comment in the rest of these poems in the way their stunning depth and beauty deserve. The book's title -American Primitive- reaches a particular poignancy, for me, with every reading, "primitive" means essential, original, a natural and fierce morality.
As she says so certainly "To live in this world / you must be able / to do three things: / to love what is mortal; / to hold it / against your bones knowing / your own life depends on it; / and, when the time comes to let it go, / to let it go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Beautiful. A great place to start if a reader has not read Oliver before. Not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry that celebrates the rhythms of life
I was really impressed by "American Primitive," the collection of poems by Mary Oliver. I knew that this book was special when I got to the third poem, "The Kitten." This poem about a stillborn kitten stopped me dead in my tracks. Painful yet beautiful, tragic yet transcendent, it sets a powerful tone for the collection as a whole.

And "American Primitive" does indeed strike me as a unified whole. It consists mostly of poems about American wildlife, with some poems that touch on people in United States history. The poems are often about the cycles of life, including birth, death, and loss. In some poems eating becomes a transcendent act that points to the connectedness of all life.

Oliver writes about mushrooms, blackberries, crows, egrets, deer, snakes, whales, and other living things. She also writes about such natural phenomena as snow and sunlight. Her language is often striking and sensuous. I love the lines from "Spring" where she says "The rain / rubs its shining hands all over me." With her attentiveness to the natural world, Oliver reminded me somewhat of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, but she really has a voice and vision all her own in "American Primitive."

1-0 out of 5 stars A Cultural Icon (...which doesn't bode well for our culture)
Three Tenors, Riverdance, Deepak Chopra... Add Mary Oliver to the list of contemporary swill that bloats our self-indulgent and self-important mass culture. The current fad in poetry has been to take care not to make the real, "too real" (and therefore disturbing to most consumers). But to drape it in a gauzy romanticism, making the truths that exist in this world harmless and safe for consumption by an audience who want nothing more than to continue in a sheltered belief of a gentle anthropomorphic world.
The fact that this received a Pulitzer says less about the work and more about the sheer lack of discerning taste on the part of the Pulitzer committee. ... Read more


177. The Poetry of Robert Frost
by Robert Frost, Edward Connery Lathem
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A feast for lovers of American literature-the work of our greatest poet, redesigned and relaunched for a new generation of readers

No poet is more emblematically American than Robert Frost. From "The Road Not Taken" to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," he refined and even defined our sense of what poetry is and what it can do. T. S. Eliot judged him "the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living," and he is the only writer in history to have been awarded four Pulitzer Prizes.

Henry Holt is proud to announce the republication of four editions of Frost's most beloved work for a new generation of poets and readers.

The only comprehensive volume of Frost's verse available, comprising all eleven volumes of his poems, this collection has been the standard Frost compendium since its first publication in 1969.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Companion
Robert Frost's poetry has accompanied me on many a journey throughout my life. He has helped to comfort me in times of sadness and disappointment. He has lifted my spirits as I walk through the woods with him traveling down that road less taken. He has allowed me to escape steamy hot summer nights into a snowy wood, refreshing my mind with the pictures he poetically presents. This volume of poetry has been a friend wherever my life has taken me and I highly reccomend it to any lover of Frost and anyone who enjoys a warm companion on their own life's journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Tribute to America┬┐s Greatest Poet
Robert Frost has been one of my favorite poets since I watched him attempt to read a poem on a sunny, crisp morning at John F. Kennedy's Presidential Inauguration.

Although I have only owned this book for only a few months, it is already littered with Post-it notes marking the location of my favorite poems. I am told this is the only comprehensive volume of Frost's 11 published books. Edward Lathem, a Frost scholar and editor of this volume, includes bibliographical information on the poems' publication and specifies the textual changes Frost made over the years.

Although I have decades of exposure to Frost's work, I inevitably find a new nuance or thought as I thumb through this volume's pages. It is a fitting tribute to a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a man I consider the United States' greatest poet.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Collection of Frost's Poems
This book, reputedly, contains every published poem by Robert Frost, from each of his eleven books. As such, it is the ultimate collection of Frost's poetry now in print.

If you are a Frost enthusiast, or if you like poetry about life in rural New England, you need this book.

Also intresting are the endnotes, which track editorial changes Frost made in each of his poems through the years.

This is a great book to read while sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold winter night; or while sitting in the woods on a nippy autumn day taking in the colors of fall. ... Read more


178. Knife Fighting, Knife Throwing for Combat (Special Forces/Ranger-Udt/Seal Hand-To-Hand Combat/Special W)
by Michael D. Echanis
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Formerly RESTRICTED to military and law-enforcement personnel, this book is now available to the general public for THE FIRST TIME since its initial printing! Through detailed, captioned photographic sequences, learn dozens of knife-attack and counterattack techniques, hwarang-do’s relation to hand-to-hand combat, psychological/physical visualization techniques, and secrets of unconventional paramilitary warfare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars American Warrior.......(IF YOU CAN GET THIS BOOK ,GRAB IT)
This book {manual) was originally published in the mid to late '70s by O'hara. At that time I was stationed at Ft.Bragg, NC and had the honor of witnessing several demonstrations, as well as participating in several training courses. These were presented by Mike Echanis and Mike Sanders. The skills presented in this manual are the most effective that I believe have ever been presented to US military Specops community, before or since. The techniques are taken directly from Korean Hwa Rang Do; very close in nature to the Japanese ninjitsu. I can personally attest to the fact, that with sufficient training, the techniques in knife fighting, knife throwing, shuriken throwing and improvised projectiles, e.g. stones, is OVERWHELMING in it's effectiveness. This, by nature, is the most deadly fighting system from a military / CQB standpoint ever utilized. For my 21 years of military service, I constantly taught, utilized and perfected as many of the techniques as possible. This training that our group received was commissioned by the DoD for the the JFKSWC at Ft. Bragg and at other sites. This manual, as well as the other two (2) volumes written , in addition to our training course's dealt heavily with the mental aspects of self hypnosis and mind control; these are the corner stones of this system. For military Specops personnel, ALL 3 volumes should be studied and practised on a team/unit level on the training schedule. NOTE: Echanis and Sanders were KIA in 1979 while in Nicaragua as advisors, when their aircraft lost all structural integrity (a tango [terrorist] had planted an altimeter activated bomb on the plane). Echanis had been in the USSF in Viet Nam, being wounded in the calf. He was then seperated from the military, to return as a contract Instructor in CQB to all branches of service. He was, and still is, the only non-Korean to achieve the rank of Master in Kwa Ra Do, given by Joo Bang Lee, Grand Master. Mike Echanis was a true warrior. May he rest peacefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
This is a very interesting look at the science of knife combat as adapted for the military by a former special operations soldier and Hwarang Do expert. Very clear and concise. Most of the techniques deal with using the knife from the "reverse" or "icepick" grip.
Fortunately it's now back in print so people don't have to pay stupid prices for a copy anymore. It's only about $16.00 from Ohara publications as advertised in the latest issue of "Blackbelt" magazine.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
IN MEMORY OF MARIO PONTILLO
Since the late 1970's, I have studied Mr. Lee's "Way of the Intercepting fist."

Same binding as his defense book. Again, I have not read this one in over 20 years. Good fighting and throwing techniques.
This book belonged to Mario.

Please don't hesitate to check out my book that I published while in the U.S. Navy in 2003:
"Under the Rose: Poetry of Tragedy, Essence, and Romance"

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book of its type around
This is a superb book. I am reluctantly parting with a copy on ebay.co.uk now. This really is a unique work.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best! Only One Available!
This is STILL one of the BEST manuals available on serious blade work. I came here looking for an estimated value of the book in anticipation of selling it, but I have found NO COPIES AVAILABLE ANYWHERE!
I plan on selling this on eBay, but would consider a private sale if the price is right.
First Edition, Excellent Condition!
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179. Early American Poetry: Selections from Bradstreet, Taylor, Dwight, Freneau and Bryant
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Asin: 0299074447
Catlog: Book (1978-06-01)
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
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180. Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime
by ROGER HOUSDEN
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Asin: 1400051134
Catlog: Book (2004-10-26)
Publisher: Harmony
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