TRAVEL TALES is a collection of short stories written by A.B.M. Nurul Islam based on his observations while working and traveling through the vast swathe of the earth extending from the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan) on the east, through the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the middle, to the Atlantic shores of Europe on the west. The author while working to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons as a Safeguards Inspector was a keen observer of local customs and traditions, human behavior, follies and foibles. He was in a unique position to watch the countries of the former Soviet Socialist Republics emerge from the rubble of the collapse of the Soviet Empire. His insights into the people and customs of these countries told through travel tales, humorous and informative, written in a racy and fluent style, is sure to keep the reader interested till the end.
The Road Less Traveled, a collection of eight short stories by Rochelle Hamel, focuses on a core of familiar themes as it explores the importance of community, the value of romantic love, the significance of family relationships, and the hardship of loss.
The story "The House by the Road" features Jessie, a runaway teen who strikes up an unlikely relationship with a feisty elderly woman. In "Call Me Ali," a pampered wife is the only survivor of a plane crash, and in the wilds of Canada she discovers her inner strength and grit. "Mackenzie Lewis" tells the story of a widow who faces the difficult to decision to save a family heritage in a modern-day business world. In "Winter of Content," Claire, a Manhattan lawyer, experiences the blizzards in the mountains of Montana.
The collection follows the emotional journeys of women of different ages who discover an inner strength as they face an unknown future. All have chosen the road less traveled-a decision that changes their lives forever.
Rhetoric and Wonder in English Travel Writing, 1560-1613, shows how rhetorical invention, elocution and ethos combined to create plausible representations by generating intellectual and emotional significances which, meaningful in consensual terms, were 'consensually' true. However, some traveller-writers betrayed an unease with such representation, rooted as it was in a metaphorical epistemology out of kilter with an increasingly empiricist age. This book throws new light onto the episteme shift that ushered in modernity with its distrust of metaphor in particular and rhetoric's 'wordish descriptions' in general. In response to the empirical desiderata of scientific rationalism, traveller-writers textually or physically made their own bodies available as evidence of their encounters with wonder, thus transforming themselves into wonderful objects. The irony is that, far from dispensing with rhetoric, they merely put the accent on its more dramatic arts of gesture and action. The body's evidence could still be doctored, but its illusory truths were better able to satisfy the empirical demand for 'ocular proof'. The author's main purposes here are to complement, and sometimes counter, recent work on early modern travel literature by concentrating on its use of rhetoric to communicate meaning; and to suggest how familiarity with the workings of rhetoric and its communicative and epistemological premises may enhance readings of early modern English literature generally.
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