Category: Literary Classics

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By L. Frank Baum

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion—they’re now as loved part of American folklore as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. on account that its first book in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s tale of a bit lady over excited by way of a twister to the unusual and lovely Land of oz. has had a unprecedented emotional effect on wide-eyed readers younger and old.

As Dorothy trips down the yellow brick street to the Emerald urban, hoping the good and negative Wizard who lives there'll support her go back domestic, she stocks adventures with the recognized trio of characters, defeats a depraved witch, and learns concerning the strength of friendship, loyalty, and self-confidence. whereas students have debated for many years over attainable political meanings hidden in the story, Baum himself claimed he easily desired to write a “modernized fairy story, during which the wonderment and pleasure are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” because it has performed for generations prior, this vintage of delusion event speaks movingly approximately what each baby wishes: the Woodman’s compassion, the Lion’s braveness, and the Scarecrow’s knowledge.

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The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service. Erskine Childers

By Erskine Childers

"The Riddle of the Sands," through Erskine Childers, not just can have affected the process history-it nonetheless thrills readers at the present time. one of many first and nonetheless best undercover agent tales ever written, "The Riddle of the Sands" brought Edwardian readers to the assumption of a 'secret service'. In a charming story of a duel one of the islands and sandbanks of the North Sea, novice investigators and yachtsmen realize sinister arrangements off the German coast. At nice peril either from an implacable enemy and livid storms at sea, they stake their lives at the energy in their doughty boat, the Dulcibella. Will they try their as far back as England in time to sound a caution? "The Riddle of the Sands" prompted a sensation whilst it seemed in1903, with statesmen and infantrymen drawn right into a debate approximately Britain's readiness to repulse a naval invasion. So powerful used to be its influence that one critic later accused its writer of virtually single-handedly beginning a ecu struggle. The effect of "The Riddle of the Sands" should not have been so nice if it had now not been so powerfully readable, a high quality it retains to today. Ranked with the best paintings of John Buchan, Joseph Conrad and Ian Fleming, this classic event via Erskine Childers has misplaced not anything of its strength.

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Claraboya (Spanish Edition)

Amanece en Lisboa. En una mañana de mediados del siglo XX, l. a. mirada del novelista se asoma a l. a. ventana de un vecindario. Se anuncia un día no muy diferente de los demás: el zapatero Silvestre, que abre su taller; Adriana, que parte hacia el trabajo mientras en su casa tres mujeres inician otra jornada de costura; Justina, que tiene ante sí un largo día jalonado por las disputas con su brutal marido; los angeles mantenida Lidia; y los angeles española Carmen, sumida en nostalgias... Discretamente, l. a. mirada del novelista va descendiendo y, de repente, deja de ser basic testigo para ver con los ojos de cada uno de los personajes. Capítulo a capítulo, salta de casa en casa, de personaje en personaje, abriéndonos un mundo gobernado por los angeles necesidad, las grandes frustraciones, las pequeñas ilusiones, los angeles nostalgia de tiempos que ni siquiera fueron mejores. Todo cubierto por el silencio tedioso de l. a. dictadura, los angeles música de Beethoven y una pregunta de Pessoa: «¿Deberemos ser todos casados, fútiles, tributables?». Saramago termino´ de escribir Claraboya a los treinta y un años y entrego´ el manuscrito a una editorial de l. a. que solo obtuvo respuesta cuarenta años más tarde, cuando period un escritor consagrado. los angeles escritura minuciosa y paciente retrata con maestría una época marcada por l. a. desesperanza. Claraboya anticipa de un modo deslumbrante los elementos del universo Saramago, así´ como las virtudes que serán el germen de tantas obras maestras. En el texto se oye l. a. voz de Jose´ Saramago, se reconocen sus personajes, se identifican los angeles lucidez y l. a. compasión que según l. a. Academia Sueca distinguen su obra. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION sunrise breaks over Lisbon one mid-20th century morning. The novelist appears to be like out the window in a local; there's not anything to point today can be any varied: Silvestre, the shoe-maker, opens the door to his workshop, Adriana leaves for paintings whereas in her domestic 3 lady start one other complete day of stitching, Justina is asking at one other lengthy bout of combating along with her brutal husband; Lidia, the stored girl, and Carmen, the Spaniard, misplaced in nostalgic innovations… Discreetly, the novelist’s gaze travels downward. by surprise, he stops being a humble witness to develop into each of the neighborhood’s characters. With each one bankruptcy he jumps from one condo to the following, from one individual to a different, to bare a global governed by means of want, through nice frustrations and small illusions, via a eager for a time that wasn’t any higher than this one. every little thing is cloaked via the dreary silence of the dictatorship, Beethoven’s symphonies, and a question from Pessoa: should still we all be married, futile, and taxable? Saramago entire writing Claraboya while he used to be 31 years previous. He added the manuscript to an article in basic terms to obtain a reaction 40 years later, as soon as he used to be an already proven and popular writer. The sufferer and highly-detailed writing masterfully portrays an period marked via depression. Claraboya anticipates the staggering parts of Saramago’s universe and the virtuous brain that would later supply beginning to a wealth of masterpieces. In those pages we pay attention José Saramago’s voice, realize his characters, and determine the readability and compassion that, in response to the Swedish Academy, distinguish his work.

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Rabbit at Rest

By John Updike

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award
In John Updike’s fourth and ultimate novel approximately Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has received a Florida residence, a moment grandchild, and a bothered, overworked middle. His son, Nelson, is behaving inconsistently; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending him combined signs; and his spouse, Janice, comes to a decision in midlife to come back to the area of labor. As, during the 12 months of 1989, Reagan’s debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued the United States yields to that of the 1st George Bush, Rabbit explores the grim terrain of past due heart age, searching for purposes to dwell and possibilities to make peace with a remorselessly collecting earlier.

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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

By Milan Kundera

Rich in its tales, characters, and creative variety, The booklet of Laughter and Forgetting is the radical that introduced Milan Kundera his first significant overseas luck within the past due Nineteen Seventies. like any his paintings, it truly is invaluable for a lot greater than its historic implications. In seven splendidly built-in elements, diverse facets of human life are magnified and decreased, reordered and emphasised, newly tested, analyzed, and experienced.

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The Maples Stories (Everyman's Library Pocket Classics)

By John Updike

(Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)

Collected jointly for the 1st time in hardcover, those eighteen vintage tales from throughout John Updike’s profession shape a luminous chronicle of the lifestyles and occasions of 1 marriage in all its wealthy emotional complexity.

In 1956, Updike released a narrative, “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” a couple of younger couple, Joan and Richard Maple, initially in their marriage. Over the subsequent 20 years, he back to those characters repeatedly, tracing their years jointly elevating youngsters, discovering moments of intermittent happiness, and dealing with the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement. Seventeen Maples tales have been accumulated in 1979 in a paperback variation titled Too a long way to move, prompted via a tv model. Now these tales look in hardcover for the 1st time, with the addition of a later tale, “Grandparenting,” which returns us to the Maples’s lives lengthy after their wrenching divorce.

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The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics)

By Henry James

The maximum expression of his expertise for witty, observant explorations of what it potential to 'live well', Henry James's The Ambassadors is edited with an advent and notes by way of Adrian Poole in Penguin Classics.

involved that her son Chad can have get involved with a lady of doubtful acceptance, the bold Mrs Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's undertaking, even if, is steadily undermined as he falls lower than the spell of the town and reveals Chad subtle instead of corrupted by means of its effect and that of his fascinating better half, Madame de Vionnet, and her daughter, Jeanne. because the summer time wears on, Mrs Newsome concludes that she needs to ship one other envoy to confront the errant Chad - and a Strether whose view of the area has replaced profoundly. one of many maximum of James's overdue works, The Ambassadors is a sophisticated and witty exploration of alternative responses to a eu surroundings.

This variation of The Ambassadors contains a chronology, additional interpreting, word list, notes and an advent discussing the radical within the context of James's different works on american citizens in Europe, and the novel's portrayal of Paris.

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The Relic (European Classics)

By Eca de Queiroz

Translated through Margaret Jull Costa

Novelist and short-story author, one of many best intellectuals of the iteration of 1870. Eca de Queiroz brought naturalism and realism to Portuguese literature. he's thought of the most important novelist of his new release. The Relic used to be a picaresque tale of spiritual hypocrisy and fact. Its writing coincided along with his marriage and drew at the travels together with his wife's brother to Egypt and the close to East. The younger Teodorico desires to get away from the chains of his spiritual domestic. He visits Jerusalem to obtain a therapeutic relic, quickly he's transported again in time together with his spouse, the German student Topsius, and meets Jesus himself, witnessing the crucifixion. He sees the still-living Jesus is smuggled in a grave, and after adventures Teodorico returns again to his personal century.

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And Quiet Flows the Don

By Mikhail Sholokhov

This can be a pre-1923 historic copy that used to be curated for caliber. caliber coverage used to be carried out on every one of those books in an try to eliminate books with imperfections brought by way of the digitization strategy. notwithstanding now we have made top efforts - the books could have occasional blunders that don't bog down the interpreting event. We think this paintings is culturally very important and feature elected to carry the booklet again into print as a part of our carrying on with dedication to the maintenance of published works around the world.

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