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By John L'Heureux

John L'Heureux is certainly one of our such a lot authoritative and compelling novelists, and An Honorable occupation, a brand new York instances striking booklet, is a "splendid novel" discovered "superbly well" (Newark Star-Ledger) approximately a regular New England college the place a tender English teacher's lifestyles is set to endure the main critical of exams. Miles Bannon works demanding and strives to be reasonable; he enjoys his attractiveness with scholars -- a piece an excessive amount of, occasionally -- yet total he's a great guy. whilst he witnesses a gaggle of scholars choosing on one boy within the bathe after soccer perform, he's abruptly pressured to stability his accountability for the placement with the all of sudden intimate glimpse he now has of them. And whilst the sufferer starts to grasp to him within the face of his personal father's rejection, Miles unearths it might be too welcome a sense. Then comes an accusation of impropriety that might damage his profession -- and rework his existence, and who he idea he was once, perpetually. "An Honorable occupation is ... approximately survival either own undefined, no longer purely that yet survival with dignity and self-respect." -- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington put up e-book international "A deeply bold novelist ... who isn't petrified of facing darkish subject matters and what it capacity to be absolutely human." -- Robert Ward, the recent York occasions e-book overview

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3 The Virgin Mary’s Child A poor woodcutter and his wife lived at the edge of a large forest with their only child, a three-­year-­old little girl. They were so poor that they couldn’t afford daily meals anymore and didn’t know how they would provide food for their daughter. One morning the woodcutter, who was distressed by Th e V i rgi n M ary ’s C h i ld 17 all this, went into the forest to work. As he began chopping wood, a tall, beautiful woman suddenly appeared before him. She was wearing a crown of shining stars on her head, and she said to him, “I am the Virgin Mary, mother of the Christ Child.

The Frog King, or Iron Henry (1812) Once upon a time there was a princess who went out into the forest and sat down at the edge of a cool well. She had a golden ball that was her favorite plaything. She threw it up high and caught it in the air and was delighted by all this. One time the ball flew up very high, and as she stretched out her hand and bent her fingers to catch it again, the ball hit the ground near her and rolled and rolled until it fell right into the water. The princess was horrified, and when she went to look for the ball, she found the well was so deep that she couldn’t see the bottom.

The recently published Wintermärchen (Winter Tales) by Father Jahn ( Jena at Voigt 1813) only has a new title and actually appeared ten years ago. There is also a Leipzig collection with tales written by someone with the name Peter Kling and all in the same manner. Only the sixth tale and part of the fifth are of value; the others have no substance and, apart from a few details, are hollow inventions. We ask those who possibly have the opportunity and the inclination to help us to improve particular parts of this book to amend the fragments, and especially to collect new and unusual animal tales.

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