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In The Handmaiden , pickpocket Sue and the lonely heiress Maud become Korean thief Sook-hee and Japanese Hideko, pawns in a power game that is at once sexual, mercenary and colonial, reflecting a period of Japanese occupation that still rankles in south Korea today. The dialogue is in both languages, with colour-coded subtitles to signal which is being spoken at any one time.
It is atmospherically set in a mansion which is part western gothic, part Japanese, with rooms divided by sliding paper doors through which the unscrupulous can snoop on the unwary. Like the castles of classic gothic literature, both novel and film create spaces in which the normal order can be subverted. It raises questions about power, pornography and point of view that are different from those raised by the novel. While luxuriating in inch waists cinched tight by corsets and hands softened by kid gloves, Waters is also alert to the white-rimmed blotches of sweat-stained armpits and feet battered by silk shoes unfit for walking.
The film is more about colonialism: Prurience is held at bay by two recurrent motifs. In the film, as in the book, the key to a sexuality that is exclusive to women is the exchange of body fluids. In the novel, servant Sue inducts Maud in the art of sex, ostensibly to prepare her for her wedding night. As the illiterate child of a house of ill-repute, Sue is well educated in the ways of the world, so it seems like a comment on different sorts of knowingness.
The film reveals the nature of the books early on as part of the back story of Hideko, who has been taught to read using pornographic texts. But victory enabled us to build the world. Grossman does her best to translate even word. That requires drama, he explains, and for a moment the great man becomes a razzle. News features The Telegraph. Reading just one page a day. Like the Coles, Wilkinson was active in left wing politics.
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Trove of literature treasure found hidden with no evidence of ownership. Echoes of Homer's Odyssey run throughout and there are allusions to Ralph Waldo Emerson in a novel which is both an exploration of man's relationship to nature and a narrative of the human devastation of war. Ginny Hooker Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop.
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This, more than any other, was the novel that launched a thousand gap years. For a short time in the late s, a copy of Alex Garland's huge bestseller was as much a staple of the travel kit as spare socks and a toothbrush. The story of Richard, roaming Asia in search of a secret Thai island, inspired an entire generation of backpackers. A warship journeys from Old Albion to the Antipodes, some time in the early s. His chronicle of shipboard life eventually comes to focus on the decline of the Reverend Colley, a "new-hatched parson" who is gradually destroyed by his own lethal innocence and the cruelty of others.
The sailing ship's closed community provides the perfect setting for Golding's brilliant and unsparing depiction of man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Joanna Hines Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. Hard to imagine that anyone might not have encountered Asterix before they've grown up, let alone died. Asterix, not Caesar, has shaped our understanding of the Gallic wars — and he is also the only means by which many of us could enjoy learning French.
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With their greatest general, Belisarius, and his remarkable wife Antonina, they are brought to life in Graves's lavishing story of 6th-century Byzantium. Campaigns in Persia, Carthage, Sicily and Italy, and a vibrant cast of dancing girls, concubines, charioteers, bear masters, Nestorian monks and Herulian Huns, and even a whale called Porphyry, combine to make this a vibrant account of a period that should be better known.
Completed in but not published until the s, and then only outside the USSR, Life and Fate is a conscious attempt to write the War and Peace of the second world war. Chris Taylor Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop.
War-torn Beirut has been a childhood playground for Bassam and George; now the former is dabbling in petty crime to fund his escape, while the latter looks for status and purpose with the local militia. Justine Jordan Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. If Robert Louis Stevenson could do it with Treasure Island, why couldn't he write a rattling adventure yarn for the millions, wondered Haggard?
The result was this primal episode in the eventful life of "Hunter" Allan Quatermain of Natal. The quest involves battles with natives and the discovery of both the lost white man and the Solomonic treasure.
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The novel — one of the great page-turners in English literature — launched the author on a bestselling literary career. The sexiest of Haggard's many African yarns. Leo Vincey is left an iron box by his dead father, to be opened when he is It contains the startling information that he is descended from an ancient Egyptian priest, Kallikrates.
Leo is instructed to go to Africa and kill the mysteriously immortal queen whok killed Kallikrates. She takes Leo as her lover. Leo returns to England, a wiser and older man. This short novel's slightly silly title and unexciting-sounding setting haven't always worked to its advantage, but Hamilton's fans consider it one of his best. In his hands, the story of a festering quarrel between the inmates of a dreary suburban boarding house becomes a comic tour de force as well as an unusually sardonic depiction of life on the home front during the second world war.
Mr Thwaites, the heroine's tormentor-in- chief, is one of Hamilton's most memorably unpleasant characters, and the book's mixture of pathos and comedy is perfectly judged. In March , a group of codebreakers are attempting to break the German U-boat Enigma cipher from their secret Buckinghamshire base. Among them is Tom Jericho, who is in love with the beautiful but mysterious Claire Romilly. This twist-laden thriller, later adapted into a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, popularised the previously little-known story of Bletchley Park. That the site's imminent closure is currently the subject public campaign is a strong testament to the power of Harris's story.
Hasek was 39 when he died of tuberculosis, after decades of boozing and vagrancy. Yet there is an irresistible, feverish energy to this picaresque comedy about a little man dodging the horrors of the great war.
Without Svejk, Joseph Heller has said, there would have been no Catch Phil Daoust Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. Anyone who comes to this novel expecting simplicity of style and unthinking machismo will be swiftly disabused. Hemingway's deliberate archaisms and literalised Spanish jolt the reader into thinking a fresh about choices and the motives behind them. And it is a wonderful evocation of what it means to love a land and a people other than one's own.
Visiting the country, Rudolf Rassendyll is observed uncannily to resemble the soon-to-be- crowned King Rudolf. Villainous Duke Michael abducts him and Rassendyll is prevailed upon to impersonate the monarch whom, with the assistance of loyal Fritz von Tarlenheim, he later rescues. Things are romantically complicated when Rassendyll falls in love with the King's intended bride, the Princess Flavia. Having put Ruritania to rights, he returns to England and a somewhat pointlessly unadventurous existence.
Hope was inspired to write the novel by seeing two men in a London street who closely resembled each other.
Afghanistan, the land no outside power can conquer, is captured in all its colour and complexity in Hosseini's astonishing debut. Two boys grow up in the same household: Some of these are even caused by the children themselves. Xan Brooks Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. Tired of a life of constant pleasure in Happy Valley, Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, travels to Egypt to meet scholars, astronomers, shepherds, hermits and poets, and discovers that "while you are making the choice of life, you neglect to live".
He then returns to Abyssinia. Written in eight days to pay for his mother's funeral, Dr Johnson's philosophical romance became a bestseller when it was published in The plot is thin and "nothing is concluded", but its true appeal is as an essay on the nature of happiness and the vanity of human wishes.