By Willa Cather
No romantic novel ever written in the United States . . . is one part so attractive as My Ántonia.” H. L. Mencken
Widely well-known as Willa Cather’s maximum novel, My Ántonia is a soulful and wealthy portrait of a pioneer woman’s basic but heroic existence. The lively daughter of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia needs to adapt to a troublesome lifestyles at the desolate prairies of the Midwest.
Enduring early life poverty, teenage seduction, and relatives tragedy, she finally turns into a spouse and mom on a Nebraska farm. A fictional list of ways ladies helped forge the groups that shaped a state, My Ántonia can also be a hauntingly eloquent get together of the power, braveness, and spirit of America’s early pioneers.
By Guy de Maupassant
Peut-être parce qu'il los angeles constatait dans sa famille et los angeles pressentait en lui, peut-être aussi parce que l'époque est celle des grands aliénistes, de Charcot en particulier dont (quelques années avant Freud) il suivit assidûment les leçons à los angeles Salpêtrière, Maupassant est le most popular écrivain du siècle dernier à avoir abordé de entrance le problème de los angeles folie, non comme un délire romantique mais en termes de clinique et de peur. Le Horla, c'est l'Autre, notre frère nocturne, le Double qui s'insinue en nous, nous caresse, nous épie, donne à chacun de nos gestes leur versant négatif et pervers.
Notre Double, notre frère, mais aussi notre rival : l'extraterrestre dont l. a. prochaine venue signifiera l. a. fin du règne de l'homme. Le conte de l. a. folie s'achève ainsi en cauchemar parapsychique et en roman d'anticipation.
By William Golding
His marvellously humorous - although frequently unsparing - view is mixed together with his vibrant realisation of the dirt, color and blazing solar of a global he had imagined due to the fact childhood.
'Clonk Clonk' plunges us into a fair extra old lifestyle, primitive, pleasant, matriarchal. It includes considered one of Golding's so much attractive woman characters, in addition to a desirable and striking portrayal of masculinity.
'Envoy Extraordinary' brings to lifestyles the courtroom of a Roman emperor, anonymous, benign but conversant in energy. he's faced by means of a super yet unsophisticated Greek whose fertile innovations, centuries sooner than their time, contain printing, the strain cooker, and explosives. This tale, later tailored via Golding as his play 'The Brass Butterfly', is carefully comedian, philosophical and, as continually with Golding, choked with narrative irony.
All 3 tales express Golding as a steady satirist, bringing the previous colourfully sooner than us, with an wisdom of human frailty yet an amused affection in the direction of the people who happen
By Oscar Wilde
Is the cost of everlasting formative years worthy a man's soul? The exceedingly good-looking Dorian grey is a model—and the muse—for a tender artist, Basil Hallward. via Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, who values simply the gratifying issues in lifestyles without regard for morality.
He makes Dorian notice that sooner or later his famed good looks will fade, and he'll be left with not anything. Dorian makes a decision to promote his soul in order that a portrait of him will age in his place.
As he indulges in each vice and egocentric whim, his portrait grows more and more hideous. yet will he examine the real fee of his corruption in time to alter his methods?
This unabridged version of British playwright Oscar Wilde's in basic terms novel, first released in 1891, starts together with his well-known preface, within which he justifies his inventive philosophy.
By Edna O'Brien
Eschewing her stale lifestyles in London, one girl embarks on a trip of independence and sexual liberation at the French Riviera
Separated from her husband, and together with her younger son away on a camping out journey, Ellen comes to a decision to escape her lonely London domestic, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” alongside France’s Mediterranean coast. yet will she locate the break out she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears?
In August Is a depraved Month, Edna O’Brien’s lyric, languid prose creates a personality right away traditional and mythic, suffering to forge her personal course now not as a spouse, mom, mistress, or lover—but as easily, usually herself.
By Charles Dickens
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The greed of his relations has led prosperous previous Martin Chuzzlewit to turn into suspicious and misanthropic, leaving his grandson and namesake to make his personal means on the planet. And so younger Martin units out from the Wiltshire domestic of his intended champion, the scheming architect Pecksniff, to hunt his fortune in the US. In depicting Martin's trip - an adventure that teaches him to question his inherited self-interest and egotism - Dickens created many vividly learned figures: the brutish lout Jonas Chuzzlewit, plotting to achieve the family members fortune; Martin's confident manservant, Mark Tapley; mild Tom Pinch; and the drunken and corrupt inner most nurse, Mrs Gamp. With its portrayal of greed, blackmail and homicide, and its searing satire on the US Dickens's novel is a robust and blackly shaggy dog story of hypocrisy and redemption.
By Walt Whitman
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By José Rizal
In additional than a century for the reason that its visual appeal, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has develop into well known 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 named within the Philippines, was once the 1st significant creative manifestation of Asian resistance to eu colonialism, and Rizal grew to become a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that may as a consequence get up within the Spanish province.
By Giacomo Leopardi
A lo largo de los angeles historia, algunos libros han cambiado el mundo. Han transformado l. a. manera en que nos vemos a nosotros mismos y a los demás. Han inspirado el debate, los angeles discordia, l. a. guerra y l. a. revolución. Han iluminado, indignado, provocado y consolado. Han enriquecido vidas, y también las han destruido. Taurus publica las obras de los grandes pensadores, pioneros, radicales y visionarios cuyas principles sacudieron los angeles civilización y nos impulsaron a ser quienes somos. Leopardi, poeta y filósofo, explora en este humorístico y a los angeles vez despiadado diálogo el poder de los angeles moda y su extraña irracionalidad. Con un unique estilo satírico imagina además otras fabulosas conversaciones entre Hércules y Atlas, entre los angeles Naturaleza y un islandés y entre los angeles Tierra y los angeles Luna.
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"The Brothers Karamazov" is a homicide secret, a court docket drama, and an exploration of erotic contention in a sequence of triangular amorous affairs concerning Karamazov and his 3 sons - the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the fit younger beginner Alyosha. in the course of the gripping occasions in their tale, Dostoevsky portrays the social and non secular strivings in what was once either a golden age and a sad turning aspect in Russian tradition.