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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

By Edith Wharton

Newland Archer observed little to envy within the marriages of his pals, but he prided himself that during could Welland he had came upon the better half of his needs--tender and impressionable, with equivalent purity of brain and manners. The engagement was once introduced discreetly, yet all of latest York society was once quickly aware of this so much excellent fit, a union of households and situations cemented by means of affection.

Enter Countess Olenska, a lady of quickly wit sharpened via adventure, now not afraid to flout conference and made up our minds to discover freedom in divorce. opposed to his judgment, Newland is interested in the socially ostracized Ellen Olenska, who opens his eyes and has the facility to make him believe. He understands that during sweet-tempered could, he can anticipate balance and the steadying convenience of responsibility. yet what new worlds may perhaps he notice with Ellen? Written with beauty and wry precision, Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is a sad love tale and a strong homily in regards to the perils of an ideal marriage.

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La casa del páramo by Elizabeth Gaskell

By Elizabeth Gaskell

L. a. casa del páramo fue publicada como cuento de Navidad a finales de 1850 y, respetuosa con el género, Elizabeth Gaskell compuso una hermosa historia de amor campestre, con un cuadro potente de virtudes y vicios y una apelación al sentimiento de buena voluntad. Maggie Browne, su heroína, vive con una madre indiferente y un hermano ambicioso que los angeles considera una jovencita «enjaulada en el campo, rodeada siempre de los angeles misma gente». Después de luchar por superar las diferencias sociales que los angeles separan de su amor –el heredero de un terrateniente–, se verá empujada a un supremo sacrificio para salvar a su propia e ingrata familia.
«Este pequeño volumen –escribiría Charlotte Brontë– tiene un bello comienzo, adquiere fuerza en su desarrollo, y concluye con pathos.» Swinburne vio en él un precedente claro de El molino del Floss de George Eliot. Combinando elementos de cuentos de hadas con recursos de melodrama y una romántica observación de l. a. naturaleza, Gaskell ahonda además en los entresijos de l. a. vida doméstica, y muestra cómo el amor y l. a. bondad pueden ser armas de doble filo, a menudo utilizadas con fines innobles. «¡Conocemos tan poco l. a. verdadera realidad de aquellos hogares
que visitamos como amigos íntimos!», cube los angeles narradora de estas páginas y se propone, con fortuna, entrar allí donde las apariencias y presuposiciones desvelan sus conflictos y sus secretos.

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Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal

By José Rizal

In additional than a century for the reason that its visual appeal, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has develop into widely recognized because the nice novel of the Philippines. A passionate love tale set opposed to the grotesque political backdrop of repression, torture, and homicide, "The Noli," because it is termed within the Philippines, was once the 1st significant inventive manifestation of Asian resistance to eu colonialism, and Rizal grew to become a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that will for that reason stand up within the Spanish province.

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Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy, Rosemary Edmonds

By Leo Tolstoy, Rosemary Edmonds

Serving on a jury on the trial of a prostitute arrested for homicide, Prince Nekhlyudov is horrified to find that the accused is a lady he had as soon as enjoyed, seduced after which deserted while she used to be a tender servant lady. Racked with guilt at figuring out he used to be the reason for her spoil, he determines to allure for her unlock or hand over his personal lifestyle and persist with her. Conceived on an epic scale, Resurrection portrays an unlimited landscape of Russian existence, taking us from the underworld of felony cells and warders to the palaces of countesses. it's also an indignant denunciation of presidency, the higher periods, the judicial process and the Church, and a hugely own assertion of Tolstoy's trust in human redemption.

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The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle

By Fred Hoyle

"One of the best works of technology fiction ever written." — Richard Dawkins

As quickly as a wierd darkish patch within the sky is noticed through a tender astronomer, it truly is transparent whatever is inaccurate. the large black cloud is in contrast to something he has ever obvious – and it's headed directly for the sun procedure. If it keeps on its path, it is going to block out the sun's rays and wipe out lifestyles in the world. As panic and riots take place, determined global leaders gather a crack workforce of scientists – together with the maverick Professor Kingsley, the pipe-smoking health care professional Marlowe and the taciturn Russian Alexandrov – to prevent the cloud. yet as they notice extra approximately its precise nature, they're pressured to reconsider every thing they learn about humankind's position within the Universe.

In The Black Cloud popular astronomer Fred Hoyle blends medical services with a gripping apocalyptic mystery, to create a frighteningly actual photo of a planet dealing with extinction.

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Lieutenant Gustl (Reclams Universal-Bibliothek) by Arthur Schnitzler

By Arthur Schnitzler

Schnitzlers Meisterwerk von 1900 führt - erstmals in der deutschsprachigen Literatur - die konsequente Anwendung des Inneren Monologs vor. Der Leser erhält unvermittelten Einblick in das Bewusstsein des (Anti-)helden, der von Standesdünkel und Vorurteilen gesteuert den autoritäten Charakter der späten Habsburgermonarchie verkörpert.

Text aus Reclams Universal-Bibliothek mit Seitenzählung der gedruckten Ausgabe.

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Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Mary Shelley

By Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley all started writing Frankenstein whilst she used to be merely eighteen. straight away a Gothic mystery, a passionate romance, and a cautionary story in regards to the risks of technology, Frankenstein tells the tale of devoted technological know-how pupil Victor Frankenstein. keen about getting to know "the explanation for new release and life" and "bestowing animation upon useless matter," Frankenstein assembles a person from stolen physique elements yet; upon bringing it to lifestyles, he recoils in horror on the creature's hideousness. plagued by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a crusade of murderous revenge opposed to his author, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an quick bestseller and a tremendous ancestor of either the horror and technological know-how fiction genres, not just tells a terrifying tale, but in addition increases rofound, nerve-racking questions about the very nature of existence and where of humankind in the cosmos: What does it suggest to be human? What obligations can we need to one another? How a ways do we pass in tampering with Nature? In our age, jam-packed with information of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, those questions are extra suitable than ever.

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La Peste by Albert Camus

By Albert Camus

'C'est moi qui remplace l. a. peste', s'écriait Caligula, l'empereur dément. Bientôt, los angeles 'peste brune' déferlait sur l'Europe dans un grand bruit de bottes. France déchirée aux coutures de Somme et de Loire, troupeaux de prisonniers, esclaves voués par thousands aux barbelés et aux crématoires, l. a. Peste éternise ces jours de ténèbres, cette 'passion collective' d'une Europe en folie, détournée comme Oran de los angeles mer et de sa mesure.
Sans doute l. a. guerre accentue-t-elle los angeles séparation, los angeles maladie, l'insécurité. Mais ne sommes-nous pas toujours plus ou moins séparés, menacés, exilés, rongés comme le fruit par le ver ? Face aux souffrances comme à l. a. mort, à l'ennui des recommencenments, l. a. Peste recense les conduites ; elle nous impose l. a. imaginative and prescient d'un univers sans avenir ni finalité, un monde de l. a. répétition et de l'étouffante monotonie, où le drame même cesse de paraître dramatique et s'imprègne d'humour macabre, où les hommes se définissent moins par leur démarche, leur langage et leur poids de chair que par leurs silences, leurs secrètes blessures, leurs ombres portées et leurs réactions aux défis de l'existence.

La Peste sera donc, au gré des interprétations, l. a. 'chronique de l. a. résistance' ou un roman de l. a. permanence, le prolongement de L'Étranger ou 'un progrès' sur L'Étranger, le livre des 'damnés' et des solitaires ou le manuel du relatif et de los angeles solidarité - en tout cas, une œuvre pudique et calculée qu'Albert Camus douta parfois de mener à bien, au cours de sept années de gestation, de maturation et de rédaction difficiles...

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Marathon Man by William Goldman

By William Goldman

The mystery that encouraged the vintage motion picture: stuck in a global conspiracy, a man's simply selection is to runRosenbaum is caught in site visitors at the higher East part whilst the warmth will get the higher of him. A Volkswagen has stalled out in the course of 87th highway, or even whilst its aged German motive force will get it going, Rosenbaum can't include his rage. With one stunning act, he initiates a series of occasions that spell doom for Babe Levy. A PhD candidate and aspiring marathon runner, Babe is pushed through disgrace over his father's suicide. shrewdpermanent, healthy, yet particularly awkward, he can't get a date and he's received a nagging toothache. yet his problems are approximately to get a lot worse. even though he doesn't understand it, Levy is on a collision direction with the most fearsome villains of the second one global warfare, operating a race that just one of them will live to tell the tale. This book encompasses a biography of William Goldman.

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A Tale of Two Cities (Wordsworth Classics) by Charles Dickens, Hablot K. Browne, Peter Merchant

By Charles Dickens, Hablot K. Browne, Peter Merchant

Author note: Illustrated by way of Hablot ok. Browne. ahead by way of Peter Merchant.
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This Wordsworth version contains an unique creation and Notes via Peter service provider, primary Lecturer in English, Canterbury Christ Church college College.

Illustrations by way of Hablot ok. Browne (Phiz)

A story of 2 towns (1859), Dickens’ maximum historic novel, lines the non-public lives of a bunch of individuals stuck up within the cataclysm of the French Revolution and the phobia. Dickens established his old aspect on Carlyle’s nice paintings – The French Revolution – and likewise on his personal observations and investigations in the course of a number of visits to Paris.

‘The top tale i've got written’ was once Dickens’ personal verdict on A story of 2 towns, and the reader is not likely to disagree with this judgement of a narrative which mixes ancient truth with the author’s unsurpassed genius for poignant stories of human affliction, self-sacrifice, and redemption.

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