Several years ago this book and a subsequent film with the same name attracted a lot of attention of society, mostly due to effective advertising campaign. Positioned as a self-help book that would change the life of every person who will read it and believe in what it says, it sold more than 4 million copies, with the DVDs with film selling about 2 million copies.
John Fowles is considered to be one of the modern classics of the British literature, although it always eluded me why – all his texts I managed to read had only one thing in common – by the end they never brought about any feelings except for general boredom and disgust for its protagonists. The Magus is in no way different.
The Firm is written in a usual for John Grisham genre of a legal thriller – that is, the plot is placed in the environment of jurisprudence and is generally based on various legal issues. This novel very quickly became a bestseller, was adapted for screen and, in general, became one of the iconic examples not only of Grisham’s creative work, but of the genre he writes in as well.
The most astonishing thing about people and, especially, those who possess power, is the fact that they seem to know little or no history at all. When something happens and they take a course of action that somebody has taken just a little while ago without any success (or with catastrophic results), one can do nothing but shrug in amazement. One of the most characteristic examples is the war on drugs that is waged today.
The Internet becomes an integral part of our everyday life in a more and more literal sense. However, although it makes life much easier for an average person, this effect is nothing if compared with what it did and does to businesses all around the world.
The Economic Way of Thinking is the most well-known work of a popular American lecturer in economics, Paul Heyne. It earned considerably high review from critics and was translated into Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian and a number of other languages, becoming one of the first textbooks of modern economic theory in a number of post-Soviet states. Read more »
The issue of gun control is one of the most controversial questions of our time with both sides of the discussion having wide-ranging support. So, what are the arguments for it?
It is generally considered to be “more” moral to love and care for the others, than to love and care for oneself; a person is supposed to be putting the interests of others above his own for the sake of the humankind’s prosperity or something like that. However, is it logical?
A lot of students complain that throughout their study at school and college they haven’t learnt the thing they were supposed to be doing all that time, namely – studying. And it is sad to admit, but to a certain degree it is true – educational institutions deal with a lot of subjects, but they rarely manage to teach this one thing. Thus, a student has to help himself on his own.
Fascism and communism are often described as diametrically opposite political systems and ideologies – extreme right and extreme left. However, there is also another point of view, according to which they both should be referred to as subtypes of one system, namely, totalitarianism. I support the latter point of view for a number of reasons.