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These are tales of Christmas past as only artist and “former kid” Bob Artley can paint them. With fond reminiscences and nostalgic full-color cartoons—and characteristic humor and insight—Bob takes us back to his life on the farm during the holidays. The true spirit of the holiday returns in fond, old-fashioned style with these charming watercolors. Bob takes us to a long-ago Christmas down on the farm, where we join the family at Grandma’s house, celebrate the season at the country school pageant, shop for presents in a country general store, and learn the secrets of Dad’s workshop. His reminiscences amount to a Christmas card of goodwill, sharing his warmest memories—and making our own Christmas past, present, and future what we most dearly wish for.
Theodore Warrender was still at Oxford when his father died. He was a youth who had come up from his school with the highest hopes of what he was to do at the university. It had indeed been laid out for him by an admiring tutor with anticipations which were almost certainties: "If you will only work as well as you have done these last two years!" These years had been spent in the dignified ranks of Sixth Form, where he had done almost everything that boy can do.
In altering chapers, the novel tells the stories of Sunamei, a young woman from a rural matriarchal community, and Lian Rui, a self-absorbed man who is also weary witness to the Cultural Revolution. Through his two protagonists, the author addresses themes of the repression and freedon of sexuality, the brutality of modernity, and the fluidity of gender roles as the novel moves hypnotically and inevitably toward a collision between two worlds.
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