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“A House in the Burbs” is a Gothic story with all the traditional paraphernalia of the genre updated to the present day: the abandoned mansion, the outside threat that really lurks inside and terrifying ghosts haunting the characters. And in the center of the story, a broken couple.
Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised.
In the course of the five or six years I spent in Russia I was several times killed and liquidated by various organizations and individuals. When I returned home to Czechoslovakia I found I had been hanged three times, shot twice, and quartered once by wild Kirghiz insurgents near Lake Kale-Yshel. Finally I was definitely stabbed to death in a wild brawl with drunken sailors in one of the Odessa taverns.
You go on a trip with your girlfriend and your best friend, who has always emulated you in everything. One night, you discover they are betraying you, that an escaped kangaroo is roaming somewhere in the area, that you did not forget your rifle. What are you going to do?
“Allow me to reveal to you the full contents of my heart so you may know that Rose Hanie never was an unfaithful woman.” A tragic love story, that takes place in Lebanon, of a woman who tries to break free from the bounding religious conventions of her time.
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