The Chrysalids

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The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, who exist in a state of constant alert for any deviation from what they perceive as the norm of God’s creation, deviations broadly classified as “offenses” and “blasphemies.” Offenses consist of plants and animals that are in any way unusual, and these are publicly burned to the accompaniment of the singing of hymns. Blasphemies are human beings—ones who show any sign of abnormality, however trivial. They are banished from human society, cast out to live in the wild country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. David grows up surrounded by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT. At first he hardly questions them, though he is shocked when his sternly pious father and rigidly compliant mother force his aunt to forsake her baby. It is a while before he realizes that he too is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce him to a new, hitherto-unimagined world of freedom. The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction. It is a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when genetic and religious fundamentalism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War.

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The Chrysalids by David Harrower Summary

David Harrower's adaptation of John Wyndham's novel was specially commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for the BT National Connections scheme for young people.

The Canadian Entomologist

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Eclipse

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In the first of these two plays, a group of English teenagers investigates the mysterious disappearance of a girl during an eclipse and, in the second, conflicts develop among friends as they face their sexuality.

Field Guide to Butterflies

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This beautifully illustrated and updated edition of a time-honored classic, revised by expert lepidopterists and photographers, will bring nature lovers closer to a wealth of breathtaking, colorful butterflies than they ever imagined possible. Extraordinary photos reveal the minutest details of these exceptional creatures, including their large and remarkable wings, renowned for the beauty of their brilliance and markings. The Monarch, Eastern Tailed Blue, Frosted Elfin, Bronze Copper, and many other species come to life on the pages. There’s information on the place of butterflies in the animal kingdom; butterfly anatomy; butterfly life history, from eggs to chrysalis to winged insect; classification and more.

Technical Bulletin

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The European Corn Borer and Its Controlling Factors in Europe

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Comptes rendus de la Société des sciences et des lettres de Wroclaw

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Extreme Cuisine

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"I could not have written A Cook's Tour without this book. There is so much I would have missed. So dig in. Enjoy… Eat. Eat adventurously. Miss nothing. It's all here in these pages." —From the Foreword by Anthony Bourdain Sit down for a meal with the locals on six continents—what they are eating may surprise you. Extreme Cuisine examines eating habits across the globe, showing once and for all that one man's road kill is another man's delicacy! "I've tried to make this book a guide to how the other half dines and why. Over a period of twenty-five years I've augmented my meat-and-potatoes upbringing in the United States to try a wide variety of regional specialties, from steamed water beetles, fried grasshoppers and ants, to sparrow, bison and crocodile. I've eaten deep-fried bull's testicles in Mexico, live shrimp sushi in Hawaii, mice cooked over an open wood fire in Thailand, pig stomach soup in Singapore, minced water buffalo and yak butter tea in Nepal, stir-fried dog tongue, and "five penis wine" in China." —From the introduction by Jerry Hopkins Dive headfirst into food culture from around the world. Join author Jerry Hopkins on a culinary and cultural tour as he explores foods that may seem bizarre, and often off-putting, to us. As he says, "What is considered repulsive to someone in one part of the world, in another part of the world is simply considered lunch." Part travelogue, part cultural commentary and history, and part cookbook (yes, really), with Extreme Cuisine anyone can become an adventurous eater—or at least learn what it's like to be one. Chapters include: Mammals Reptiles & Water Creatures Birds Insects, Spiders & Scorpions Plants Leftovers

A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences

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Encyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

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The Butterflies of the British Isles

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Boy Scouts Handbook

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Presents guidance, first published in 1911, on camping skills; identification of birds, animals, trees, and plants; tracks and trailing; signaling; health and endurance; chivalry; first aid and lifesaving; games and athletic standards; and patriotism and citizenship; and also covers Scouting virtues, the Scout Oath and Law, Scout rank, and knots every Scout should know.