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The Case of Knives [Hardcover]

Candia McWilliam
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May 1988
Lucas Salik is a famous surgeon accustomed to performing bold experiments on other people's hearts and used to being in control of his patients' lives. His closest friend, Anne Cowdenbeath is a woman used to being in control of her ordered existence, whose own heart had long been frozen by the unnatural deaths of her husband and son. Together they embark on quite another type of experiment, the emotional vivisection of a young girl, Cora, who is conveniently without family ties. However, things do not go as smoothly as they planned and sinister happenings begin to disrupt the tidy plan. This is a novel where the hunters and hunted frequently change places and random wounds abound; only life, which in itself is unpredictable, brings healing.
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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.

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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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 11 2014
By Kosta
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars every problem has solution May 21 2014
By nader
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it's encourage every one to find a way to overcome his problems and stop worry about surround acts, because every problem has solution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are not enough March 17 2014
By manny
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Feb. 4 2014
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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 when it seems they'd benefit from it too. Recommend it highly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poorly assembled - excellent content though June 16 2013
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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. So 1 star for the publishing company and 5 for the book itelf.
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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.
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did not read this book yet but at 99 cents it is worth having on my kindle. Will read eventually
Published 9 months ago by Julien
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 14 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading.
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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 24 months ago by JoAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
First time I read this book was 20 years ago when it was given to me because I was going through some difficult times. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2012 by Arique
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Common Sense Advice
In How To Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie shares practical tips to help people to stop worry and eliminate at least some types of depression. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2011 by Laura De Giorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is Like Compound-W for Worry Warts
Dale Carnegie wrote some great books back in the 30's and 40's, and this book is one of them- Carnegie fans won't be disappointed.

The writing style is classic Carnegie. Read more
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