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Chocky by John Wyndham

By John Wyndham

"Remains clean and nerve-racking in a wholly unforeseen way." — GUARDIAN

Matthew's mom and dad are fearful. At 11, he's a lot too outdated to have an imaginary pal, but they locate him chatting with and arguing with a presence that even he admits isn't bodily there. This presence – Chocky – explanations Matthew to invite tough questions and say startling issues: he speaks of advanced arithmetic and mocks human progress.

Then, while Matthew does anything exceptional, it kind of feels there's greater than the imaginary approximately Chocky. that is whilst others develop into and ask questions in their personal: who's Chocky? And what may perhaps it wish with an eleven-year-old boy?

A tale of innocence and alien touch, Chocky is a sinister story of manipulation and experimentation from afar.

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La Peau de chagrin by Honoré de Balzac

By Honoré de Balzac

Chez un marchand de curiosités, Raphaël déniche un étrange talisman : une peau de chagrin qui accomplit tous les désirs mais rétrécit un peu plus à chaque souhait, en même temps que diminue le nombre de jours qui restent à vivre à son possesseur.

Voulant illustrer l’axiome selon lequel « l. a. vie décroît en raison directe de los angeles puissance des désirs ou de los angeles dissipation des idées », Balzac a écrit avec los angeles Peau de chagrin un roman hanté par le spectre de los angeles dilapidation et de los angeles dislocation : hantise de l’usure du corps et de los angeles dépense sexuelle, hantise de l. a. dispersion de l’intelligence et de l’égarement des esprits, hantise encore de l. a. perte du sens politique et des repères philosophiques.

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Meditations of Walt Whitman by Walt Whitman

By Walt Whitman

A pocket-sized compendium of passages from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grasspaired with the correct phrases of numerous historic and modern thinkers, akin to Margaret Fuller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jane Goodall, Mark Twain, Marc Chagall, Helen Keller, Buddha, Dante, and Bhagavad Gita

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The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Unfinished on the time of his dying, The final rich person used to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel, compiled and released posthumously. A Hollywood heavyweight, Monroe Stahr embarks on a passionate yet ill-fated love affair with the gorgeous Kathleen Moore whereas suffering to carry directly to his good fortune and fend off his leader rival, Pat Brady.

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Selected Tales and Sketches by Nathaniel Hawthorne

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The quick fiction of a author who helped to form the process American literature. With a made up our minds dedication to the historical past of his place of birth, Nathaniel Hawthorne published, extra incisively than any author of his new release, the character of a surprisingly American recognition. The items amassed the following take care of primarily American concerns: the Puritan earlier, the Indians, the Revolution. yet Hawthorne used to be hugely - frequently wickedly - unorthodox in his account of lifestyles in early the US, and his accurately developed plots speedy have interaction the reader's mind's eye. Written within the 1820s, 30s, and 40s, those works are educated by way of subject matters that reappear in Hawthorne's longer works: The Scarlet Letter, the home of the Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. And, as Michael J. Colacurcio issues out in his very good advent, they're issues which are now deeply embedded within the American literary culture.

Contents:

The hole of the 3 Hills
Sir William Phips
Mrs. Hutchinson
The other halves of the Dead
My Kinsman, significant Molineux
Roger Malvin’s Burial
Passages from a Relinquished Work
Mr. Higginbotham’s Catastrophe
The Haunted Mind
Alice Doane’s Appeal
The grey Champion
Young Goodman Brown
Wakefield
The Notch of the White Mountains
The bold Guest
The May-Pole of Merry Mount
The Minister’s Black Veil - A PARABLE
Sunday at Home
The guy of Adamant - AN APOLOGUE
Endicott and the crimson Cross
Night Sketches
Edward Randolph’s Portrait - FROM LEGENDS OF THE PROVINCE-HOUSE
The corridor of Fantasy
The Birth-mark
Egotism; or, The Bosom-Serpent - FROM THE UNPUBLISHED “ALLEGORIES OF THE HEART”
The Christmas dinner party - FROM THE UNPUBLISHED “ALLEGORIES OF THE HEART”
The Celestial Rail-road
Earth’s Holocaust
The Artist of the Beautiful
Rappaccini’s Daughter - FROM THE WRITINGS OF AUBÉPINE
Ethan model - A bankruptcy FROM AN ABORTIVE ROMANCE

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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is considered one of her maximum literary achievements and one of the such a lot influential novels of the 20 th century.

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic but absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their young children and various visitors are on vacation at the Isle of Skye. From the likely trivial postponement of a trip to a close-by lighthouse, Woolf constructs a striking, relocating exam of the advanced tensions and allegiances of kinfolk lifestyles and the clash among women and men.

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Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant

By Guy de Maupassant

Pierre et Jean : le docteur et l'avocat, le brun et le blond, le nerveux et le placide, le dur et le tendre. Radicalement opposés, ces deux frères, tout en menant une lifestyles paisible au Havre, vivent sous los angeles stress d'" une de ces jalousies dormantes " prêtes à se réveiller " à l'occasion d'un mariage ou d'un bonheur tombant sur l'un ". Or on apprend qu'un ami de leurs mom and dad a légué sa fortune à Jean, seul. Pourquoi Pierre n'hérite-t-il pas ? Cette query lancinante le conduira à exhumer un vieux mystery de famille... Psychologie, crise, émotion : Maupassant se renouvelle dans Pierre et Jean. Paru en 1888, alors que le naturalisme subissait de violentes attaques, ce récit marque un tournant majeur, du roman de mœurs au roman d'analyse, dans l'œuvre de l'écrivain. Cette édition donne, pour l. a. première fois, les variantes du manuscrit du " Roman ", l. a. célèbre étude dont Maupassant a fait précéder Pierre et Jean.

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Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, Volume 4) by Marcel Proust

By Marcel Proust

Sodom and Gomorrah—now in an outstanding translation by means of John Sturrock—takes up the topic of gay love, female and male, and dwells on how harmful sexual jealousy could be if you undergo it. Proust’s novel is usually an unforgiving research of either the decadent excessive society of Paris and the increase of a philistine bourgeoisie that's which will supplanting it. Characters who had lesser roles in prior volumes now reappear in a unique mild and take middle level, particularly Albertine, with whom the narrator believes he's in love, and the insanely haughty Baron de Charlus.

• First time in Penguin Classics
• A Penguin Classics Deluxe variation with French flaps and plush design
• the 1st thoroughly new translation of Proust's novel because the Nineteen Twenties

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L'Éducation Sentimentale by Gustave Flaubert

By Gustave Flaubert

Frédéric Moreau est partagé entre une bourgeoise vertueuse, Mme Arnoux, avec laquelle il vit un amour idéal jamais consommé, et Rosanette, femme aux moeurs légères qui lui fait découvrir les plaisirs de l'amour sensuel. Créant une galerie de personnages autour des aventures amoureuses de Frédéric, Flaubert brosse une fresque de l. a. société parisienne du milieu du XIXe siècle et révèle ainsi le vice sous le masque de l. a. vertu. Mais L'Éducation sentimentale est également un roman historique automobile y sont évoquées los angeles fin de los angeles Monarchie de Juillet, los angeles Révolution de 1848 et los angeles Seconde République. Plus qu'un roman réaliste, cette oeuvre de Flaubert est fortement novatrice motor vehicle elle présente l'une des premières figures de l'anti-héros et donne au Temps une position prépondérante ouvrant los angeles voie au roman du XXe siècle.

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Amok (édition enrichie) by Stefan Zweig

By Stefan Zweig

Édition enrichie de Jean-Pierre Lefebvre comportant une préface et un file sur le roman.

Un médecin colonial, qui se morfond dans un village de Malaisie, se prend de ardour pour une femme de l. a. bourgeoisie, hautaine et froide, venue lui demander de l'aider à avorter. Il l. a. désire et los angeles rejette, violemment. Il los angeles fait chanter... Cette rencontre déclenche en lui une fureur destructrice : l'amok.
Dans cette nouvelle parue en 1922, Zweig exhibe toutes les pulsions d'ordinaire refoulées – ardour morbide, masochisme, égoïsme et orgueil – en parlant de sexualité de manière étonnamment clinique. Il dénonce ainsi le malaise dans los angeles société occidentale, le moralisme qui asservit les hommes comme les femmes.

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