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Summary of the Book 'A Wild Education':
Adam Mars-Jones (born 26 October 1954) is a British novelist and critic. He was born in London studied at Westminster School and read Classics at Trinity Hall Cambridge. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian The Observer The Times Literary Supplement and BBC Televisions Newsnight Review. His first collection of stories Lantern Lecture (1981) won a Somerset Maugham Award. Other works include Monopolies of Loss (1992) and The Darker Proof: Stories from a Crisis (1987) which was co-written with Edmund White. His first novel The Waters of Thirst was published in 1993. Blind Bitter Happiness (1997) a collection of essays includes Venus Envy which was originally published in the CounterBlasts series in 1990. Pilcrow (2008) is his second novel. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Wild Education':
... the remainder belonging to his mother's lady friends aforementioned-in a stifling atmosphere of semi-darkness, but anything but semi-smelliness. ... ... hard, and tusked, which rooted up the ground all about and enlarged the entrance to get at the whelps, and the sound of battle that followed on the ... ... he found himself but one of five whelps, of which his brother was not one-inflammation of the bowels and other diseases had done for the rest, ... ... impala antelope-that was to be his chief food one day-come down to drink, and learned at the same time how to stand quite still in the open and ... ... into an infernal peal of maniacal laughter calculated to make even the blood of a hangman turn cold. Our friend nearly fell over backward, and, pivoting ... ... too. First, there would come a nasty, goblin-like, gibbering chatter, and then, long drawn and wild, a deep howling. Koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! ... ... the big main pack of fifty strong, who wandered eternally round a thousand square miles' circuit along rivers and streams, and rarely remained in one ... ... still after the passage of the hunt as our young hunting dog led his sister to a new trail across the clearing that he had discovered himself, ... ... than ever, and exuding an odor that was simply awful-or offal, if you like-danced away a yard or two, taking off from all four feet at once in a ... ... the way-collapsed, and the puppy fled as if ten thousand fiends were at his heels, followed by the maledictions of the polecat. He fled straight back ... ... mothers also, if weak, and slay them in a clumsy and wasteful fashion, for they never returned to a kill like the other beasts. In fact, they broke ... ... of the venomous snake. The greatest fear of all, man, they had not, till then, encountered. Then at last came a morning when the first haze of ... ... neck, and ran into full many a thorn. Once he heard a lion grunting on his royal way to water not forty yards off, and once-here he nearly died ... ... big, evil- looking beasts slink down to drink, and in that sight learned finally that they were under the ban of the fear of the crocodile as well. ... ... made a sound they were as quiet as cats, and as deadly. SUDDENLY a big old male, remarkable in that he was nearly black, except for his tail, ... ... rush, one of the female waterbuck was surrounded and pulled down by a portion of the pack, and another portion had gone off, pressing hard on the heels ... ... such relay how he saw the grand old bull ahead, weakened by loss of blood by many cruel bites from the rear, turn suddenly and come to bay against ... ... koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! koo! was sounding on all sides. The young dog jumped off, taking no notice of his silent but mortally ... ... himself back in the district where he was born. Recommended ReadingAre you enjoy this book? Other books that may be interesting to you:William Le Queux ... ... to pursue as she grows up: painting. The book was described as being the closest to Mrs. Cooney's heart. She... >>read more<