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What did Steven Pressfield mean by “give” in this context?

Resistance's goal is not to wound or disable. Resistance aims to kill. Its target is the epicenter of our being: our genius, our soul, the unique and priceless gift we were put on earth to give and ...
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Purple Hibiscus: The death of Eugene

How was Kambili affected by her father's death? I understand that she was the only one in the household who was able to love and see pass the image of a violent father but she was also physically and ...
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In Going Places by A.R. Barton, does Sophie really meet Danny Casey?

In the story Going Places by A.R. Barton, the plot revolves around the story of a schoolgirl Sophie, who fantasizes over many things, but no one ever believes her. Can someone please confirm whether ...
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Do other (active) central repositories of book translations exist?

The UNESCO Collection of Representative Works existed between 1948 to 2005, although it translated literary works from lesser known languages to languages such as English or French. I was wondering if ...
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How can prose be musical?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 142         ...
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Does Joyce use interior monologue in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”?

Certainly the narrative of A Portrait reflects a developing narrator (in turn reflecting Stephen's development), and so the child-like first paragraph, Once upon a time and a very good time it was ...
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Significance of the name Annabel Lee?

"Annabel Lee" is one of many pieces of writing by Edgar Allan Poe which explore the theme of a beloved woman who died young. As with other such works, most famously "The Raven", critics have ...
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Quote about using accurate words (e.g. not to exaggerate beauty) to not wear down their meaning

Many years ago, I seem to recall, I read a quote that discouraged the use of superlative words for mundane events, arguing that then, when we found something truly superlative before us, we'd find ...
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In which editions of Moby Dick is this a six inch chapter?

Towards the beginning of Moby Dick there is a chapter which is dedicated to a character called Bulkington, in this chapter the Author addresses this as a "six-inch chapter" Wonderfullest things are ...
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What date does 'Ender's Game' take place?

Does the book ever specify the date of when the story takes place?
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Does this passage in King Lear develop the theme of compassion or truth?

This is from Act 5 Scene 3 of King Lear: A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! I might have saved her. Now she’s gone for ever.— Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha? What is ’t thou say’st?—...
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identify this play / teleplay: all of creation was a higher being's homework assignment

I remember seeing it on television some time ago, but my IMDB searches are failing me. The basic plot was that we are watching what is essentially a dissertation defense of a higher being who created ...
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Story about a precious bottle of wine; owner waiting for the perfect occasion

A wonderful story about a man who owns a bottle of luxury wine and waiting for an important occasion to open the bottle, at the end the bottle is lost and drank by a homeless man does who not know its ...
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Could I read Trials of Apollo directly after PJ and Olympians? [duplicate]

I read all of the first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Years later I’m picking it back up. I didn’t know they all tied into each other, but anyhow I picked up the Trials of Apollo. Did I ...
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Is there any significance to the format of Aziz's name?

One of the main protagonists in the outer frame story of Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love is a man named Aziz Z. Zahara. This name immediately struck me because of its interesting relationship ...
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Was the naming of CHERUB an afterthought by Robert Muchamore?

In the original CHERUB series the children work for a secret espionage group called CHERUB. It is stated a few times throughout the books that whilst they believe the name is initials no one actually ...
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Does “The Whalebone Parrot” draw inspiration from any specific Apache sources?

"The Whalebone Parrot" is a short horror story by Darcie Little Badger. In it, a parrot is killed, and then possesses Loretta to try to kill the cat that killed the parrot. Darcie Little Badger often ...
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What do the first two lines of this rap by Public Enemy mean?

The rap group "Public Enemy", in their first album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (released in 1988), had a track titled Don't Believe the Hype. Its first stanza is: Back Caught ...
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Is Irene actually delusional in “The Famine King”?

At the end of "The Famine King", we are given the impression that Irene is delusional and that everything that relates to the windigo is actually just imagined: “Where did that bruise come ...
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Who or what is the subject of Andrea Bocelli's “Gloria the Gift of Life”?

"Gloria the Gift of Life" is a song by Andrea Bocelli. It's beautiful, but I can't quite figure out what it's about. It seems like it could be God. "Gloria" is a traditional Catholic exaltation to ...
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Title of young adult basketball book from before 1974

I read the book in 8th grade (1974) but it was set definitively in the late 40's though no dates were ever given. It was about a selfish, calculating basketball player entering a junior college to ...
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What are the arguments against atheism in Crime and Punishment?

I'm trying to figure out exactly what arguments Dostoevsky tries to make in Crime and Punishment against atheism. I'm talking about the kind of conclusion he wants you to make for yourself when ...
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80s-90s Female Cat Burglar accepts only Sapphires as payment

Read at least 30-40 years ago. Was in English read in USA. Basics of the story is following the career of a Female Cat Burglar in Europe(?) (I think she was French) She travels from country to ...
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Why did Sally Beth Roe have that particular last name?

"Jane Roe" a common name for an anonymous or unknown individual (similar to "John Doe" for men) - notably, for example, in the case Roe v. Wade. That being said, why was Sally Beth Roe's last name "...
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When authors write a single work in multiple languages or translate their own work, how can we determine which version is definitive?

As established in the question, Do authors who translate their own works tend to do accurate translations?, authors who translate their work often emphasize different elements and they do not always ...
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How does Dee Raain use the Mirrors to highlight negative human traits in the poem “Mirror of Truth”?

The poem "Mirror of Truth" by Dee Raain is as follows: What is seen in the mirror is nothing more than a person with lies and hate. With sadness and traits Of discrimination and disgrace. ...
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How do the letters S, U, F, I symbolise the stages of Aziz's life?

In Elif Şafak's novel The Forty Rules of Love, in Aziz's correspondence with Ella, he tells her his life story, completing the final part when he meets her in person. Each part of his life he refers ...
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What is the term for a novel that has no chapters or paragraphs?

What is the literary term for a novel that does not have any dividing sections such as chapters or paragraphs? There may still be punctuation. I am thinking of something like Will Self's Phone.
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Why was The Bastard of Istanbul translated into Turkish as “Father and Bastard”?

The novel The Bastard of Istanbul was originally written in English (by a Turkish author, and set largely in the eponymous city in Turkey). It's been translated into various other languages, as listed ...
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Is there any significance to the choice of similes for poetry in “Some Like Poetry”?

The poem "Some Like Poetry" by Polish writer Wislawa Szymborska is a musing lament about the unpopularity of poetry among the general population. The middle verse consists of a series of similes which ...
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Book about an artist/musician couple who move to a new cottage

Looking to place a book read circa 2000 about a couple who move to a cottage in the country, where the woman was an artist and the man was a music producer (I think, bit vague now), and the man has a ...
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Relevance of the cloud chariot story to the rest of Midnight Robber?

Nalo Hopkinson's novel Midnight Robber contains a story entitled "How Tan-Tan Learn to Thief". It is one of the many elements from Caribbean culture that Hopkinson draws on in the novel. The story is ...
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Has Nalo Hopkinson had pets which influenced her writing?

In at least two of Nalo Hopkinson's short stories that I've read, the main characters are women with an interest in ... unusual creatures. Namely, "Can't Beat 'Em" (Marisella keeps a 'glup', a sort of ...
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The structure of 'Winesburg, Ohio' by Sherwood Anderson

I am currently reading Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. It is essentially a collection of related short stories compiled into one novel. Why might Anderson have chosen to structure it like this? ...
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Why is Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” dedicated to Carl Solomon specifically?

The poem "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (which can be read online) is partly a savage general commentary on society and partly an expression of solidarity for the institutionalised fellow writer Carl ...
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What famous writer said, “to accurately (or precisely) say how things are is to be truly revolutionary?”

The extended version is something like this: "to accurately say how things are (or how the world is) is to be truly revolutionary, to say how things (or how the world) should be merely reactionary." ...
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What does “advertisements in mother-of-pearl letters upon the glass-covered back” mean here?

I would like to know what "advertisements in mother-of-pearl letters upon the glass-covered back" means in the following sentences: She glanced through the fly-specked windows of the most ...
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Nero Wolfe novel in which Wolfe describes a perfect, unprepared crime

I read (long ago!) a Rex Stout / Nero Wolfe novel in which Nero Wolfe describes what he thinks would be the perfect crime (i.e., a crime performed without any preparation just taking advantage of ...
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Why did Sally Roe use her real name on the envelope for her letters to Tom Harris?

After her supposed death in the beginning of Piercing the Darkness, Sally Roe started writing to Tom Harris after learning about the bogus lawsuit against him. However, she puts her real name on the ...
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How did Guy Francon feel about the decline of his (former) firm after his retirement?

After he developed a number of highly successful buildings, Guy Francon was established enough in his reputation that he no longer had to do much actual design work on his own. Peter Keating privately ...
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Why did Henry Cameron tell Roark that it was all worth it?

At one point, Henry Cameron tried to fire Howard Roark and get him to quit architecture because he knew what kind of a struggle Howard would have later. However, towards the end of his life he told ...
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Why did Tinky Holloway seem to contradict the principle behind Directive 10-289?

During a meeting with some governmental officials that precipitated him joining the Strike, Hank Rearden demanded to know why they thought that their policies would work: "Who will improve [...
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Who are the people referenced in “You Don't Belong” by Bad Religion?

The song "You Don't Belong" by Bad Religion obviously references the SoCal punk scene they were a part of. In it, a number of people are mentioned by name. Missy was a teen blue video star, Tom ...
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Whitman's idea of democracy

There are two lines which disturbs me a little on One's self I sing from Whitman. It reads: One's self I sing, a simple separate person, Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse. Does it ...
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Was Stevenson's Captain Smollett named after Tobias Smollett?

The captain of the Hispaniola in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is a man named Alexander Smollett. There's also a Scottish writer named Tobias Smollett, and there's speculation that the ...
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Was the Eatonville of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” modeled exactly on the real town of the same name or simply inspired by it?

According to Wikipedia: The all-black Eatonville of Their Eyes Were Watching God is based on the all-black town of the same name in which Hurston grew up. The town's weekly announced in 1889, "...
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What connects the strangeness of the people and the magic of the bathroom?

I was just reading Turkish Short Stories from the October 2017 issue of Words Without Borders. In particular, the story "The Little Bathroom" by Sine Ergün (published freely online, and translated ...
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Why is poetry so important in 1001 Nights?

I'm currently reading "1001 Nights", the first book, and I realized that a lot of characters seem to be very fond of expressing themselves through poetry, this seems to be true (I haven't finished the ...
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Does Gail Wynand imply that he's going to kill himself at the end of The Fountainhead?

When he met with Roark about the Wynand Building, Gail Wynand repeatedly spoke of his death as if it were imminent, and his life as if it were essentially over at that point. For example: I told ...
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Any differences in structure between editions of Pynchon's V?

In the Picador edition of Pynchon's V, there is a V of Vs on (pre) page 7, and each chapter title is structured as a V. Does the first edition also contain a V of Vs, and similarly structured chapter ...

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