As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store. The police are understandably skeptical of this tale but Richard's former schoolmate, Gervase Fen (Oxford professor and amateur detective), knows that truth is stranger than fiction (in fiction, at least). Soon the intrepid duo are careening around town in hot pursuit of clues but just when they think they understand what has happened, the disappearing-toyshop mystery takes a sharp turn…Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful – Before Morse, Oxford's murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction.
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure "what" she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows.
Perhaps the question which is most frequently asked anent toy dogs is whether the keeping them as a pleasure and hobby can be combined with profit by means of breeding them and selling the puppies. To such a query it is very hard to give a definite reply, for this reason-whether or not toy dog breeding can be made profitable depends, firstly, on the character of the enterpriser, and, secondly, on that inscrutable factor-Fate.
If a reader is looking for a wholesome as well as entertaining book about life, this is it. The author was inspired to write a book that could ultimately be enjoyed by his great grandchildren. This book has no sex, no violence, no war, no monsters, no curse words, no conspiracies, no violence, no hatred, no jealousy, and no envy. As supported by an array of animals both domestic and wild including birds of all kinds and colors, the principal characters are an old man known as "Pop" and an abandoned puppy named "Little Jill." "Pop" is a gentle and loving great-grandfather who with his wife had raised a family including foster and adopted children with special needs. He had enjoyed a successful professional career. He is at a time of his life when he is no longer able to work and is now living alone. He begins to question his self worth and is falling into the emotional trap of sadness and fear of getting older as is so common in the elderly. "Little Jill" is an abandoned puppy from a back street puppy mill that is dropped off one night by her owner in front of Pop's mini-ranch home near Crosby, Texas. The original owner's last words to the puppy were "There you go puppy. Good luck to you. You're not my problem anymore." The story is an embracing character study as told in part from Pop's perspective and in part from the puppy's perspective. The resulting mutual adoption and love of the puppy by Pop and of Pop by the puppy squeezes the veins of the reader's heart while addressing serious human concepts including relationships between the young and old and between humans and their animals. .."..Little Jill began her sleep with pleasant dreams about her mother Tassee and her brothers and sisters, Puppies 1, 2 and 3. ....she tossed and turned during the night. She had nightmares that would wake her up for short periods of time. She didn't like the nightmares and would return to dreamy pleasant sleep....She also dreamed about the horses she had befriended that day, a
Drawing on original research I conducted in the late 1980s, the book argues for a critical approach to the study of children and television. It begins with critical reappraisals of previous empiricist and interpretative studies to set the ground for a different theoretical inquiry which links biography with history. The situated activity of children's television viewing therefore has to be related to the broader historical and cultural formations in post-Mao China. By way of a methodological pluralism of questionnaire survey, in-depth interviews and observation, the book provides the reader with a thorough critical analysis of the rise of the new commercial ethic in Chinese society in general, and in the sector of media and communications in particular, at the very historical turning point of the late 1980s. Soon after that, Deng Xiaoping made his significant tour to south China, reckoning a big step forward towards further liberalization and started to form a brave new world in China ever since.?
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