A First Book in Old English:Third Edition Albert Stanburrough Cook
In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his unique ways of putting them into practice. Johnson said of the acerbically comic and exuberant Albert Angelo that it was where he ´really discovered what he should be doing´. Midway through this extraordinary book is one of the most surprising lines in English fiction. But you should start at the beginning. The eponymous Albert is an architect by training but a supply teacher out of necessity. Feeling that he is failing at both, and haunted by a failed love affair, he begins to question what he wants to achieve. Using a number of original narrative techniques, Johnson attempts to reproduce life (and its travails) as closely as possible through fiction while at the same time revelling in the impossibility of such a task. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Judd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029768/bk_adbl_029768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Albert is a duck-billed platypus, who has escaped from a zoo in Adelaide to look for somewhere that may, or may not, exist: Old Australia, a place where humans never venture, and animals still rule. Albert knows it´s somewhere in the middle of the Outback - not the ideal habitat for a water-loving animal - but now he´s lost and close to death. He´s saved, though, by Jack, a pyromaniac, sardine-loving wombat, who promptly gets him into even worse trouble by taking him to a marsupial-only bar run by a kangaroo called O´Hanlin, getting him drunk, and then burning the bar down. And this is just the beginning of Albert´s adventure.... A glorious romp of a novel, Albert of Adelaide is a story of friendship, loyalty, and heroism. And marsupials. Pacy and poignant, it´s completely original - a book for people (and animals) of all ages 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amelia Cormack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005034/bk_adbl_005034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note: This is a summary and analysis of the book, not the original book. The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is a French philosophical novel written in the mid-1940s. In the novel, we are introduced to our narrator, Monsieur Meursault. Meursault is a French man living in Algiers and has just received word via telegram that his elderly mother has passed away. He notes that he has asked for two days of leave from his job, even though his boss is quite annoyed by this. He is to travel to the Home for Aged Persons in Marengo, which is at least 50 miles from Algiers. He takes the bus and sleeps for most of the trip from Algiers to Marengo. Once he arrives in Marengo, he realizes he has a one-mile walk to the home. When he finally arrives to the home, he is greeted by the doorkeeper. The warden meets him in his office and tells him that even though Meursault all but abandoned his mother in this home, it was the absolute best decision he could have made. The director knows that Meursault makes very little money at his job and could not take care of his mother. He also claims that Meursault´s mother had made great friends and had enjoyed spending her last few years with people of her own age. Meursault had felt judged by the warden, but after this conversation, he agreed with the notion that his mother had been better off in this home, instead of living with him. We see Meursault rationalizing why he had not been to visit his mother much, as it cost him an entire weekend day on Sundays, the commute to the home was an hour each way, and getting a ticket for the bus was a hassle in and of itself. The director then informs Meursault that he has arranged for a religious funeral ceremony to be performed the next day. Meursault knows that his mother was not religious and would not care. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael C. Gwynne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064142/bk_acx0_064142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.