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Case Of Knives Bml [Hardcover]

Candia Mcwilliam
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May 7 1996 Bloomsbury Modern Library
The story of two people, a surgeon who is in control of his patients' lives and Anne Cowdenbeath, his closest friend. Together they embark on quite another type of experiment, the emotional vivisection of a young girl, Cora, who is conveniently without family ties.

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As noted London heart surgeon Lucas Salik begins his account of recent events in his life, this first novel appears to be merely a tale of sexual obsession, albeit a brilliantly told one. Lucas is blindly in love with the much younger Hal, who embodies the ideal Britonblond, landed, upper-classthat Polish-born Lucas can never be. When Hal suddenly decides to marry, Lucas sets him up with Cora, in hopes that Hal will soon tire of her and return to him. Just as Lucas's plan seems to be working smoothly, the story bursts open and the narrative voice switches to Cora, who has her own reasons for marrying Hal. Cora is sharp-eyed when it comes to showing Hal as a shallow cad with bleached hair, but she is myopic when it comes to herself, mistakenly believing that her motivations are hidden to others. When Anne, Lucas's best friend, narrates her version of events, the tale becomes full-blown, exploding with intrigue, suspicion, violenceand love. Hal's short contribution at the finale brings yet more surprises. Readers are vividly given to understand how the "truth" of a situation is dependent on the participants' perceptions and desires. McWilliam creates indelible characters, from the pathetically elegant surgeon to his savage, feline nemesis (ironically named Angelica).
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnegie's done it again March 23 2003
By Kent
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It seems like such a silly thing to have to read a book on how to stop worrying, but trust me; you'll never learn as much any other way. Once again, Dale Carnegie proves to be the expert on self-motivation. Certainly this book won't cure you, but it will give you advice and insight on the better life you should be leading. A remarkably easy read. I do have one problem with Carnegie's book; he seems to focus a lot on religion, and to anyone who isn't "hip" with religion will find it distasteful. Also, I actually enjoyed his other book, How to Win Friends, more, but How to Stop Worrying is a nice addition into the self-help fanatic's library. If anything, it will slap you in the face and remind you that life is too important to waste time worrying about superficial matters. Some of us need that slap in the face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful! March 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dale Carnegie compiles time tested wisdom in this book of principles on how to avoid worrying about problems you can't affect. Carnegie outlines some basic principles to help you stop worrying. He draws from common sense, from people who have achieved peace and happiness, and from the sayings of philosophers, business leaders and others. Although Carnegie wrote his book in the 1940's and some of his examples may seem dated, his basic principles are timeless - in fact, ahead of his time. He presents them in an easy-to-read, personal way. He draws on his own and other people's experiences to show a number of techniques for letting go of worries and becoming more productive. We at getAbstract recommend this self-development classic to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tips Oct. 10 2009
Sorry, English is not my first language.. At the end of the book, there are many little stories of people who have overcome their worries. I read that part before sleep in my bed, and I will never forget it. Someone explained that he lived with the arabs for 6-7 years and observed they had very little worry. I was impressed because I understood a little part of the way they see life and I took some ideas from this..and it works. Also another story talked about a guy understanding that train drivers cannot prevent or see everything that could happen on the way, they relies on lights... meaning that you cannot prevent too much, you must trust that a red light will show up when there's a problem.. your attention will naturally get to it. In my case, this book was worth the little price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remember... Dec 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very down to earth book. He talks to you like an uncle. Ive read the Dahli llamas Art of Happieness, and this is like a layman version of that.
But remember that these ideas can easily be forgotton when you put the book down. Dale even says that. Rememeber to keep reading this every few months to keep the ideas in your head. Habits are HARD to break.
Read it a few times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, even my 9 year old loves it July 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have a great life but have always been crippled by worry. This book (audio CD) has really helped. I listed to it on CDs while I drive on long journeys. I have heard it a few times and imagine I will continue to listen to it periodically as long as I live.
I recently took an 8 hour drive and had 4 of the disks it in my CD player and my 9 year old son loved them. I turned it off a few times to see if he was paying attention and he asked that I put it back on instead of his own music CD. At the end of every section my son and I talked about what the section meant. I found the CD very helpful for me but I am absolutely blown away that my 9 year old son seems to be touched by it as well. He loved the stories.
My family has been happier and calmer as a result of this CD. This was the best purchase I have made. I loved how to win friends but this CD was much better for me since worry is a major problem in my life.
If you are fighting worry, buy this book or CD. It is money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reassurance in a book July 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love this book as it really reminds you of what is important in life.
We all have times in our lives when we worry but where does it ever get us? I have the added problem of worrying about my worrying which may seem laughable but it is very frustrating as I don't actually have anything to worry about if I remember to just live in the present. All of my fears lie in the future.
This book is able to reassure the worrying reader by reminding us time and time again how worrying doesn't get us anywhere but also that many other people (including many famous historical figures)have struggled and overcome these problems too.
Although there are many anecdotes in the book (and I have noted that other reviewers have disliked this about it) I believe that this is necessary in order to keep hitting home the fact that there are so many things that people can worry about but that there are always solutions or at least different ways to think about things.
It offers peace of mind and faith that you can pull yourself out of the rut you think yourself into without resorting to therapists or anti-depressants.
It does need to be used as a life guide so be prepared to re-read from time to time, not necessarily just when you feel all your worries getting the better of you.
To get the most out of this book you need to be prepared to take on board all that he and many others have said and to be pro-active in changing the way you handle and view your worries. I do believe that we all have the ability to do this so don't worry!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I`m still reading. As it is, my only ...
I`m still reading. As it is, my only...worry, is to find the time to read the rest of it. Thank you, Mr. Carnegie.
Published 1 month ago by allen clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book to read and to get you back on track. Dale Carnegie teaches you how to make some great lemonade when life throws you some lemons.
Published 3 months ago by Kosta
5.0 out of 5 stars every problem has solution
it's encourage every one to find a way to overcome his problems and stop worry about surround acts, because every problem has solution.
Published 4 months ago by nader
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are not enough
I love this book I read it once or twice a year. The tips never get old they are great reminders as to not let external things weigh us down. I only wish everyone could read it.
Published 6 months ago by manny
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
This book may have been written some time ago, but it's still very relevant to us today. My husband and I refer to it often, and we've bought extras to give to friends or family... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alexandra Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 cents
did not read this book yet but at 99 cents it is worth having on my kindle. Will read eventually
Published 11 months ago by Julien
4.0 out of 5 stars Poorly assembled - excellent content though
The book is great, for it's content. But beware, the pocket books edition is poorly glued and it comes apart after reaching half way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adrianeraldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I read this while on vacation and it helped my not worry about every little detail. It is common sense and easy to apply to everyday life.
Published 16 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading.
I gave this book four stars because it was worth reading, full of ideas we should be living with, and a helpful reminder. Read more
Published 21 months ago by bobbysolo4u
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Stop Worryng and Start Living
In todays time this is a satisfying audio to listen to while doing other things. Good for motivating you in the life of worry. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2012 by JoAnn
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