Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature.
Author: Enrique Vila-Matas
Publisher: Random House
Enrique Vila-Matas’s new novel is perhaps his greatest: 'playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists' (Colm Tóibín) Mac is not writing a novel. He is writing a diary, which no one will ever read. At over sixty, and recently unemployed, Mac is a beginner, a novice, an apprentice – delighted by the themes of repetition and falsification, and humbly armed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of literature. Mac's wife, Carmen, thinks he is simply wasting his time and in danger of sliding further into depression and idleness. But Mac persists, diligently recording his daily walks through the neighbourhood. It is the hottest summer Barcelona has seen in over one hundred years. Soon, despite his best intentions (not to write a novel), Mac begins to notice that life is exhibiting strange literary overtones and imitating fragments of plot. As he sizzles in the heatwave, he becomes ever more immersed in literature – a literature haunted by death but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing. Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature.
Or is life imitating the stories? As the novel progresses, Mac becomes more adrift from reality, and both he and we become ever more immersed in literature: a literature haunted by death, but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing.
Author: Enrique Vila-Matas
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Enrique Vila-Matas’s new novel is perhaps his greatest: “playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists” (Colm Tóibín) Mac is currently unemployed and lives on his wife’s earnings from her furniture restoration business. An avid reader, he decides at the age of sixty to keep a diary. Mac’s wife, Carmen, a dyslexic born of dyslexic parents, thinks he is simply wasting his time and risking sliding further into depression—but Mac persists, and is determined that this diary will not turn into a novel. However, one day, he has a chance encounter with a near neighbor, a highly successful author who once wrote a collection of enigmatic, willfully obscure stories. Mac decides that, while he will not write his own stories, he will read, revise, and improve his neighbor’s, which are mostly narrated by a ventriloquist who has lost the ability to speak in different voices. As Mac embarks on this task, he finds that the stories have a strange way of imitating life. Or is life imitating the stories? As the novel progresses, Mac becomes stranger and more adrift from reality, and both he and we become ever more immersed in literature: a literature haunted by death, but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing.
Illustrative Problem A clearer picture of how the MAC-1 Trainer simulates K-
System malfunctions and how the Trainer ... give him the green light (located at
the left-hand side of the top panel); this would indicate that he had solved his problem.
He was looking forward to his normal morning cup of coffee more than usual.
Barb Bently was sitting in one of the booths, downing her second cup of java
when Jim walked in. “Do you feel as bad as you look, Barb?” an innocent question Jim ...
The focus of the meeting was the problem reported by 15-year-old Mac, one of
the group members. Mac had resisted and yelled profanities at a staff member
who, in accordance with institutional policy, had begun to inspect his carrying
Author: John C. Gibbs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Revised edition of the author's Moral development & reality: beyond the theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman, published in 2010.
Finally it was time to head back to the station, but before Mac and the Chief went
out to the cruiser, Bob assured them he ... This message answered his question
and he also knew that the entry on the machine was a new one because his last
Author: Albert Fales
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This story, although fiction, was inspired by an actual occurrence here in mid-Michigan. A van on it's way to an Ohio airport was stopped by Ohio State Police and they found about 15 pounds of Crystal Meth in the van. Furter investigation traced the van to an address in Michigan and a location where material to make Meth. had been sent to a location in Ogemaw County Michigan. This actually happened, but my version of it is, of course, fiction as are the persons in this story. Police reports and new-paper articles are on hand at locations to document this episode in the national fight to wipe out this destroyer of humanity.
I glanced up to see Mac his eyes hard, and his kissable lips pressed so tightly
together they were almost invisible. “Is there a problem here?” Mac asked,
though his tone made his words more of a warning than a question. “Hey, back
Author: Erin Bedford
Publisher: Embrace the Fantasy Publishing, LLC
One mistake. Three wishes. Will true love be in the cards or are they only throwing pennies in a well? Alysha wants nothing more than to open her own bakery and to get away from her jerk of a boss. Then she had to accidentally knock a priceless antique that is owned by said boss into a bucket of dirty water putting her job in jeopardy. When she sets about cleaning up her mess she gets a whole lot more than she wished for when sexy genie with an attitude comes pouring out. Mac is cursed. Forced to serve humans until he can learn humility. He can’t wait for his sentence to be over. When he meets the lovely, but naive Alysha, he will find himself wanting to grant her every desire, even if that means never seeing her again.
Hearing his name Inspector Peter (Mac) Mackintosh, looked up from what he was
doing to see 'Curly' (Charles Denver, Desk Sergeant) standing in the entrance to his office. “Problem Sarg?” questioned Mac. “Yea, Tommy's been shot,” replied ...
“So how does that work, what do we do, give him his money back?” “My sweet ...
When Matt entered the cell, B0 was already standing and greeted him with a
powerful backhand that landed across his right eye. ... Go, tell Mac it's his problem.
Author: Keith Deaver
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Clarence E. Bownen nicknamed Bo was the only child of a strange couple. His mothers father was one of the wealthiest people in Bos small town. His father had begun a life of crime to help support his siblings at a very young age. Sent to the finest Catholic school, the child genius also studied his fathers mistakes as a criminal. Weighing his options, Bo decided that he would be retired by the time his classmates fi nish college. With help from his fathers only friend, Bo and his felon partner George dive into a world of money and power beyond Bos wildest dreams.
Mac asked with equal slowness, “Can I stay here until I find me a place?” Stefan
lifted his eyebrows and asked, “Hmm?” Mac repeated his question. And Stefan
said an indifferent, distracted, “Sure. There's no problem.” Nine So it shouldn't ...
Author: Lass Small
Mr. January Name: Stefan Szyszko (Pronounced "Cisco"), confirmed bachelor. Allergic To: Horses…and marriage-minded women. His Ex-Girlfriend: Carrie Pierce. A long-legged filly just lookin' for love. For Stefan, footloose and fancy-free was the only way to live. Even Carrie, his frisky ex, couldn't make him change his mind. Besides, he'd already dated—and discarded—her…. Then he began to notice that there wasn't a man in TEXAS who didn't have an eye for Carrie. And when one of them tried to rope her in, Stefan realized it was time to get Carrie into his corral—for good!
taring and horrified, Lanie watched Mac open his bloodstainedmouth and rub a
finger across his teeth. ... he'd been dreaming of Babycakes—so she shrugged
her shoulders and pasted acasual expression on herface.“No problem. Itwasmy ...
Author: Robin T. Popp
Publisher: Hachette UK
Learning her father has vanished on an expedition deep in the Brazilian jungle, Lanie Weber enlists the help of pilot Michael "Mac" Knight to join her on a rescue mission. But upon their arrival, Mac is attacked by a gargoyle-like creature--a creature Lanie realizes is a modern-day vampire. Original.
He had started to think Mac and his team must be so caught up in working on
their new discoveries that they'd have long ... Mac had been with the depth of
Kevin's re- search, his insights into the problem, and perhaps most surprising to
the old ...
Author: Jay Hersh
Publisher: Jay Hersh
While vacationing in Belize, a trio of American archeologists tour the ancient Mayan site of Caracol. While they are there archeologists at the site make a discovery which draws the trio into a search for a lost city deep in the jungles of Belize. In their search they find a priceless treasure and become the instruments by which the revenge of a long dead Mayan king is exacted.
Twentyone. Mac was pacing inhis officerestlessly when Dominicwalked in. ... He'
d gotten in his Tahoe more than once to go check on herhimself, buther words
had pulled him back. Doingas ... His problem came fromhis fear of failingher
Author: Sydney Landon
Ava Stone has spent her entire life looking over her shoulder—waiting for the past to catch up with her.... After surviving a horrific attack as a teenager, Ava has never been able to truly overcome her fears. The incident was covered up by her family so she wouldn’t have to deal with it publicly—yet only one person understands what she had to endure in private: her brother’s best friend, MacKinley Powers, who found her the night of the attack. But even he doesn’t know everything—and she’s afraid to open up to him. Mac has loved Ava for most of his life—and being in close contact with her every day as head of security for Danvers International isn’t helping. In fact, it makes him realize the painful truth: He has to walk away to keep his sanity. But when Ava is forced to rely on the only man who has never let her down, can Mac break through the protective walls she’s needed for so long?
Mac added, “with his badge and gun and all his passionate energy focused on
protecting the fine citizens of Spellbound ... “Then the protestors can be his problem.” “Are you not going to go see Mother?” Mac asked. “She knows where I
Author: Janet Chapman
New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman welcomes you back to Spellbound Falls, where love and magic can conquer anything…usually. After forty years of marriage, Rana Oceanus has done the unthinkable and run away from her mighty, magical husband. Not that she ran very far, having purchased a house in Spellbound Falls right on the shore of the Bottomless Sea, where she intends to prepare for the scariest battle of her life. The only flaw in her plan, however, is that she is still very much in love with Titus… Shocked and deeply shaken that his wife really has left him—though he still can’t fathom why—Titus sets out to win her back. But when grand gestures of his esteem don’t seem to further his cause, he conjures up some of his original courtship magic. But his plan backfires when Titus discovers that dealing with demons is far less threatening than the little secret his very mortal wife has been keeping from him...
'Her sister's in trouble again.' And he shakes his head. 'MacNair?' I guess. 'Aye.' Mac's soaked his paper in a wash of green. 'He's no money, that's the problem.
Although, too often there seems to be enough for him to have a drink.' He paints ...
Author: Esther Freud
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast in 1914. He is the youngest child, and the only son surviving. Life is quiet – shaped by the seasons, fishing and farming and the summer visitors. Then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives. To Thomas he looks for all the world like a detective, in his black cape and hat of felted wool, and the way he puffs on his pipe as if he's Sherlock Holmes. Mac is what the locals call him when they whisper about him in the inn. And whisper they do, for he sets off on his walks at unlikely hours, and stops to examine the humblest flowers. He is seen on the beach, staring out across the waves as if he's searching for clues. But Mac isn't a detective, he's the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red-haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas. Yet just as Thomas and Mac's friendship begins to blossom, war with Germany is declared. The summer guests flee and are replaced by regiments of soldiers on their way to Belgium, and as the brutality of war weighs increasingly heavily on this coastal community, they become more suspicious of Mac and his curious behaviour... In this tender and compelling story of an unlikely friendship, Esther Freud paints a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, and of a man who was one of the most brilliant and misunderstood artists of his generation.
Mac was glad to have his camera handy, because he wanted to take pictures. Mac understood Commander Peary's plan for traveling out on the polar sea. The
group would be ... than Mac dreamed possible. But he had one problem—his feet
Author: Mary Morton Cowan
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
From 1908 until 1954, Donald Baxter MacMillan spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic—longer than anyone else. Growing up near the ocean, and orphaned by 12, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. Mary Morton Cowan focuses on the vital role MacMillan played in Robert Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition, as well as his relationships with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson, and Richard Byrd. She follows his long and distinguished career, including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. Working closely with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Cowan showcases many MacMillan documents and archival photographs, many MacMillan's own in this winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.
Mac and Wayne ate like they hadn't had good food in a month ofSunday's. After
breakfast Mac and Wayne thanked them and gave the old man an extra two bits
for his trouble. They left them with smiles on their faces. That was a lot of money
Maconly wanted himhandy lateat night, itseemed, soastohave someone with
whomto take his pleasure, which was haranguing. Myles now ... He was
someonewhom people looking for trouble always seemed to find. Ithad
happened to him ...
Author: J.F. Powers
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Hailed by Frank O’Connor as one of “the greatest living storytellers,” J. F. Powers, who died in 1999, stands with Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver among the authors who have given the short story an unmistakably American cast. In three slim collections of perfectly crafted stories, published over a period of some thirty years and brought together here in a single volume for the first time, Powers wrote about many things: baseball and jazz, race riots and lynchings, the Great Depression, and the flight to the suburbs. His greatest subject, however—and one that was uniquely his—was the life of priests in Chicago and the Midwest. Powers’s thoroughly human priests, who include do-gooders, gladhanders, wheeler-dealers, petty tyrants, and even the odd saint, struggle to keep up with the Joneses in a country unabashedly devoted to consumption. These beautifully written, deeply sympathetic, and very funny stories are an unforgettable record of the precarious balancing act that is American life.
Mac asked. “His name is George Doolittle III, but my sister calls him Skip. He's a
chemist who has been on the job since January.” “The judge thought he was a
pathologist. Is there a problem with his credentials or training?” “No, but when he
Author: Robert Whitlow
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
A lawyer ready to die takes one final case...the trial of his life. Attorney Kent "Mac" MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he's finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings. Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before -- an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling. The evidence pointing to Thomason's guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed--possibly by a member of the victim's family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past--a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.