A Dictionary of Computing (Oxford Paperback Reference). J. Daintith, E. Wright. Oxford University Press, 2008.
With expanded coverage of networking and databases, feature spreads on key topics, and a section with biographical entries, this comprehensive reference work encompasses all aspects of the subject. It has been fully revised by a team of specialists and contains over 6,500 entries, many new to this edition.
The dictionary recommends web links for many entries, accessible via the Dictionary of Computing companion website, which provide valuable extra information. It also contains coverage of computing terms in industry, school, work, education, and home, including internet, multimedia, networks and databases, which are defined in a concise manner with helpful examples where relevant.
My Antonia. Willa S. Cather. Oxford World’s Classic, 2008.
Willa Seibert Cather, US Pulitzer Prize laureate (1923, for One of Ours), depicts in this book from 1918 the pioneering period of European settlement of the American Midwest, with its beautiful yet terrifying landscape and rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans. Jim Burden recounts his memories of Antonia Shimerda, who settles in Nebraska with her family from Bohemia. Together they share childhoods spent in a new world. Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. Her story is that of the land itself, a moving portrait of endurance and strength.
Headhunters. Jo Nesbo. Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Harvill Secker, 2011.
Roger Brown is a top Norwegian executive headhunter, with a beautiful wife, magnificent house and a successful business. However, he leads a double life: he uses his connections and contacts acquired in his official career to steal precious works of art. One day he meets Clas Greve, the perfect candidate for a position with Roger’s biggest client, and also owner of one of the most sought-after paintings in the world (by Rubens). Roger enters Greve’s flat – and his position changes from hunter to hunted.
This best-selling thriller has been made into a film by Morten Tyldum, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aksel Hennie and Julie R. Olgaard.
The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004.
Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him but they are in 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street even though Amir is sometimes jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father’s heart. But after the Russians invade the country and Amir’s family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him – redemption.
Hosseini is a US-Afghani writer; The Kite Runner, his debut novel, became an international bestseller and catapulted him to fame.
This column is a selection by The Slovak Spectator of English-language books recently released in Slovakia; it does not represent an endorsement of any of the books selected. The column is prepared in cooperation with the Oxford Bookshop Bratislava.
14. Nov 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff