A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis

By L. J. Davis

L.J. Davis's 1971 novel, A significant Life, is a blistering black comedy concerning the American quest for redemption via genuine property and a gritty photo of latest York urban in cave in. simply out of school, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis's novel, heads to long island, the place he plans to make it sizeable as a author. as a substitute he unearths a task as a technical editor, at which he toils away whereas ardour leaks out of his marriage to a pleasant Jewish woman. Then Lowell discovers a stunning crumbling mansion in a crime-ridden element of Brooklyn, and opposed to all recommendation, let alone his wife's will, sinks his each penny into purchasing it. He quits his task, strikes in, and spends day and evening on demolition and development. eventually he has a undertaking: he will dig up the misplaced historical past of his condominium; he'll restoration it to its previous grandeur. he'll make strong on every thing that's long past mistaken along with his existence, and he'll even homicide to do it.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

Show description

Read or Download A Meaningful Life PDF

Similar literature books

Hearing Secret Harmonies (Dance to the Music of Time, Book 12)

A Dance to the track of Time – his fabulous 12-novel series, which chronicles the lives of over 300 characters, is a special evocation of lifestyles in twentieth-century England.

The novels keep on with Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the highbrow, cultural and social hurdles that stand among them and the “Acceptance global. ”

Ernest Hemingway in Context

Ernest Hemingway's literary profession used to be formed by way of the striking contexts during which he lived, from the streets of suburban Chicago to the beaches of the Caribbean islands, to the battlefields of WWI, Franco's Spain, and WWII. This quantity examines some of the geographic, political, social, and literary contexts in which Hemingway crystallized his unmistakable narrative voice.

The Music of Chance

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The song of probability follows Jim Nashe who, after squandering an unforeseen inheritance, choices up a tender gambler named Jack Pozzi hoping to con millionaires. but if their plans backfire, Jim and Jack are indentured by means of their elusive marks and are compelled to construct a meaningless wall with bricks accrued from ruins of an Irish citadel.

Des femmes disparaissent

Il a suffi de quatre Japonais dans un bar enfumé de Guangzhou pour activer chez le détective privé Zhu Wenguang – dit « Zuo Luo », ou encore « Zorro » – l. a. lointaine mécanique des souvenirs. De los angeles belle Yatsunari Sesuko, qui a fini sa vie cloîtrée dans un temple bouddhiste, à los angeles timide Zheng Leyun dont los angeles famille fut massacrée pendant l. a. Révolution culturelle, en passant par los angeles délicieuse Yang Cuicui jadis maltraitée par son yakusa de mari, les destinées tragiques des trois femmes de sa vie se répondent, et le convoquent soudain.

Extra resources for A Meaningful Life

Example text

A supÂ�pliÂ�ant yet again I beg for the mercy she someÂ�times Â�deigns to give. Book I 33 I Â�haven’t imÂ�posed any emÂ�belÂ�lishÂ�ments. PerÂ�haps I have Â�scanted how the ParÂ�thian cavÂ�alry would feign a reÂ�treat and then, on a sigÂ�nal, turn and atÂ�tack; but even Â�though that may be inÂ� terÂ�estÂ�ing, it isn’t diÂ�rectly relÂ�eÂ�vant and would have taken more words. It is not alÂ�ways posÂ�sible, but I preÂ�fer to have my verÂ�sion the same Â�length as Â�Horace’s poem. 20 SaÂ�bine plonk is what Â�you’ll be drinkÂ�ing, MaeÂ�ceÂ�nas, in cheap cups from Greek amÂ�phoÂ�rae I Â�sealed with my own hands on the day of your grand sucÂ�cess in Â�Pompey’s theÂ�aÂ�ter.

The first quesÂ�tion I had to face was how to conÂ�vey the derÂ�iÂ�vaÂ�tion of the first line. In the notes? Or in the poem itÂ�self ? Â�Alcaeus’ name is not menÂ� tioned beÂ�cause readÂ�ers would have recÂ�ogÂ�nized the quoÂ�taÂ�tion, and I thereÂ�fore deÂ�cided it was a part of the poem itÂ�self. No one is sure who “Varus” is—QuinÂ�tilÂ�lius Varus, probÂ�ably, but maybe AlÂ�feÂ�nus Varus. But the poem is Â�really adÂ�dressed to a 32 Book I Â�friend whom HorÂ�ace is comÂ�pliÂ�mentÂ�ing by givÂ�ing him a big Â� shot’s name.

Moth�ers of �foreign prin�cel�ings ask your bless�ing, and ty�rants in pur�ple robes fear your dis�pleas�ure, for by a swift kick you can top�ple even the lofti�est pil�lar: the peo�ple will grasp such a mo�ment and call one an�other to arms, de�mand�ing more than jus�tice. Pre�ced�ing you with the beams and �spikes of your in�sig�nia, Ne�ces�sity �marches for�ward along with Hope and Faith, who �rarely ap�pears here on earth, her hands in the white �gloves of �priestly re�galia.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.67 of 5 – based on 29 votes