The Novel Habits of Happiness

As the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she doesn't, of course, allow herself actual enemies, but she does feel enmity - especially towards two academics who have just arrived in the city.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408706652

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Isabel Dalhousie is one of Edinburgh's most generous (but discreet) philanthropists - but should she be more charitable? She wonders, sometimes, if she is too judgmental about her niece's amorous exploits, too sharp about her housekeeper's spiritual beliefs, too ready to bristle in battle against her enemies. As the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she doesn't, of course, allow herself actual enemies, but she does feel enmity - especially towards two academics who have just arrived in the city. Isabel feels they're a highly destabilizing influence; little tremors in the volcanic rock upon which an Enlightened Edinburgh perches. Equally troubling is the situation of the little boy who is convinced he had a previous life. When Isabel is called upon to help, she finds herself questioning her views on reincarnation. And the nature of grief. And - crucially - the positioning of lighthouses. The only questions Isabel doesn't have to address concern her personal life. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible launching pad for the next issue of the Review - the Happiness issue. As Isabel is beginning to appreciate, happiness, for most people, is not quite what it seems . . .

The Young Lady s Aid to Usefulness and Happiness

not only afford her no assistance , but will exert a powerful influence in opposition
to this habit . And this is my second objection to this kind of reading 3. My third
objection is , that they excite a distaste for reading of a more serious and ...

Author: Jason Whitman

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Category: Christian life

Page: 216

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Happiness is the Cure

His basic message was that “ character is strengthened and supported by the
cultivation of good habits ” ( 2002 : 319 ) . By altering one's attitude and conduct ,
Smiles argued , one could change one's fate . It therefore followed that happiness
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Author: Uriel Grezemkovsky

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The Wisdom of the Novel

Dickens , Little Dorrit , Book I , XXX The most glutinously indefinite minds enclose
some hard grains of habit ; and a man ... Perhaps it is the instinctive trait of most
of us to seek an explanation for any great happiness as we are always prone to ...

Author: David Powell

Publisher: New York : Garland

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 729

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The Novel Newspaper

boy of a gentler nature , retiring in his habits , mild and quiet The young aspirant
started from the contemplation of ... His brother's love was to tearful eye , as he
gazed down into the upturned face of the amiHenri sufficient happiness , the stay
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Solitude and the Quest for Happiness in Vladimir Nabokov s American Works and Tahar Ben Jelloun s Novels

As she declares , “ With time and the habits of everyday life , things died away
inside me : my fits of rage disappeared , my feelings were blank with the
whiteness that leads to nothingness and slow death ” ( SN 168 ) . By the end of
the novel ...

Author: Bernard R. Périssé

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

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Not only do the two writers discussed in this book both display exceptional artistic ability to express their thoughts in a foreign language (neither English in Vladimir Nabokov's case, nor French in Tahar Ben Jelloun's, is the author's native tongue) but these two writers share many other concerns. Both deal with the theme of alienation in its various manifestations: immigration; the moral solitude of common or upright individuals; madness and other irrational behaviors; and women's condition in society. The quest for happiness is at the core of Nabokov's and Ben Jelloun's respective works, but the solutions proposed by these two novelists highlight important differences regarding their views of life.

Happiness

In this delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a teeming metropolis, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all ...

Author: Aminatta Forna

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408893304

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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'Forna's voice is relentlessly compelling, her ability to summon atmosphere extraordinary ... A thing of lasting beauty' Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2019 Waterloo Bridge, London. Two strangers collide. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together. Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma and to check up on the daughter of friends, his 'niece', Ama, who hasn't called home in a while. It soon emerges that she has been swept up in an immigration crackdown – and now her young son Tano is missing. When, by chance, Attila bumps into Jean again, she joins him in his search for Tano, mobilizing into action the network she has built up, mainly from the many West African immigrants working London's myriad streets, of volunteer fox-spotters: security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens. All unite to help and as the search continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds. In this delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a teeming metropolis, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures – and the true nature of happiness.

Little Foxes

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Publisher: Scholar's Choice

ISBN: 9781296080174

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Page: 190

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.


The Spectator

... relief , and to others a terrible loss of the best happiness of kind of fiction , and
may possibly operate against the popularity of life , but we ... The old lives again
in the new of novels , their inability to keep alive , is due , in a great measure , to
in a way that defies oblivion to ... where people adhere longer to habits , absolute
certainty that the dominion of the English novel , which the journal , and
especially ...

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The Novels of Samuel Selvon

Yet Moses does not offer either . Old habits die hard ; Moses is above all a
creature of habit . Love , home , peace , and happiness , so long foreign to him ,
in the final analysis repel rather than attract him . His relationship with Doris has
been a ...

Author: Roydon Salick

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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The author of such works as A Brighter Sun (1952), The Lonely Londoners (1956), and The Plains of Caroni (1970), West Indian novelist Samuel Selvon is attracting growing amounts of scholarly attention. Nonetheless, criticism of his works has largely been imbalanced, with most scholarship focusing primarily on his language. This book corrects that imbalance by placing Selvon's novels within historical, sociological, and ideological contexts. A broad overview of Selvon's works, the volume examines ten novels in individual chapters. These chapters, in turn, are grouped in three categories: the peasant novels, the middle-class novels, and the immigrant novels. Thus the book provides a coherent examination of the development of Selvon's literary career and offers a fresh assessment of his writings.

The Psychology of Happiness

... wrote his novel , “ Notturne . ” He was then a man of middle age , and we
should have every right to expect that all of his habits would have been seriously
disturbed by the loss of his sight . But D ' Annunzio has remarked : “ I have no
habits .

Author: Walter B. Pitkin

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Category: Happiness

Page: 419

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The Living Age

... so strangely new and different from all her past, Innocent had settled down with
sweet docility into all the novel habits of ... She learned soon and without words
the pleasant lesson that her comfort and happiness and well-being were dear to
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Perfect Happiness

A Novel Penelope Lively. Or , indeed , anywhere . She laid out her reactions to
the day , and examined them . When you have been in the habit of expectation ,
of dangerous and excessive expectation , and when planning , fruitless planning
 ...

Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Doubleday

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Category: Fiction

Page: 233

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Three women--widow Frances Brooklyn, her daughter, Tabitha, and her sisterin-law, Zoe--must relinquish the grief, memories, and pain of the past to find new life and love

Persuasions

But to make his novel work as an articulated , engaging form , Richardson was
forced by his own novelistic genius to ... of happiness ; the conventions of the
literary form thus do not teach me propositions about happiness but implant
habits of ...

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The Promise of Happiness

A Novel Justin Cartwright. room, panelled with dull portraits, was used strictly for
new ... And the uglier, bonier and more unpleasant their habits, the more we are
supposed to like them. As she walks towards the church, up the path that also ...

Author: Justin Cartwright

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429902671

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A powerful elegy to the intimacies and idiocies of family, The Promise of Happiness tells the story of an apparently ordinary family on the cusp of an extraordinary moment: the return of the family's prodigal daughter, Juliet. Her release from an upstate New York prison throws the Judds, formerly of London but now scattered, back together. For her father, Juliet's conviction for a theft she may not have committed had proven the disintegration of a dying society. For her mother, it is a source not only of resentment, but bafflement. And for all of the Judds, it is a moment of both intense joy and confusion. As Justin Cartwright's novel opens, Juliet's parents await her release and return to England. Charlie, their capable and successful son, has been charged with collecting her and softening her reentry into the world, his own life unsettled meanwhile by his glamorous girlfriend's pregnancy and his ambivalence towards it. Sophie, the youngest and most rebellious sibling, is in the midst of getting her chaotic life (mostly) under control. And Juliet herself is wounded, the perfect daughter made scapegoat for a victimless crime. With searching perception and gentle humor, Justin Cartwright gradually reveals the inner struggles of the five disparate Judds as they grapple with their conflicting feelings for each other and the moral dilemmas that beset them, bringing them finally together in what is ultimately a celebration of the layers and universal oddness of the love of a family.

Happier at Home

With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.

Author: Gretchen Rubin

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307886808

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already. So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster. Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well. With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.