The Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World series showcases our favourite classic fairy tales, in all their forms, penned by a variety of scholars and writers throughout history. A Brief Synopsis This volume contains seven different versions of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story, with the earliest recorded in Egypt dating as early as 1000BC! It […]
The story takes place in Nagasaki Harbour, Japan and the year is 1799. Jacob de Zoet is a young clerk, arriving after voyaging from Holland, to work for the Dutch trading company operating out of the artificial island Dejima. We learn all the struggles of a foreign company running out of 18th Century Japan, how their cultural differences hinder trade relations and how everyone seams to exploit everyone else regardless of race. Dejima is busy and mean and prosperous, there are temptations and traps, there is plenty for our young clerk to learn.
Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.