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Lord Jim (Penguin Classics)
by Joseph Conrad, Robert Hampson (Editor), Cedric P. Watts (Designer)
This compact novel, completed in 1900, as with so many of the great novels of the time, is at its baseline a book of the sea. An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than the outdoors and embarks at an early age into the sailor's life. The waters he travels reward him with the ability to explore the human spirit, while Joseph Conrad launches the story into both an exercise of his technical prowess and a delicately crafted picture of a character who reaches the status of a literary hero. A classic novel
Lord of the Flies : A Novel
by William Golding
William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition
Lorna Doone (Puffin Classics)
by Stephanie Nettell, Richard D. Blackmore
Historical romance by R.D. Blackmore, published in 1869. Set in the wilds of Exmoor (northern Devonshire, Eng.) during the late 17th century, the novel concerns the adventurous life of the yeoman John Ridd and his love for Lorna Doone, a beautiful maiden. Blackmore considered the novel a romance and studded it with the high adventure, dramatic set pieces, bloody villainy, and obstacles to love that characterize the genre
by James Hilton
At first I really identified with the character of Hugh Conway--- how neat to be given your own paradise to rule, right? Wrong. As much as he seems to want to live and let live, he is simply applying Western imperialistic thought in a Eastern setting... so really as much as he wants to escape imperialism, he takes over this imperialistic ruled society--- remember he sucedes a Belgian priest. Aside from this, the whole story is about avoiding conflict at almost any cost--- personally, without this conflict how does one know she is alive? Alas, I found the character of Hugh passionless on the whole and felt sorry for nothing drove him really.... except, and here's the irony, his determination and passion at the end is finally seen when he trecks back on a quest to find that Shrangri-la he left behind. Isn't that the way life is though....
A Lost Lady (Vintage Classics)
by Willa Cather
A portrait of a woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them and whose transformations embody the decline and coarsening of the American frontier.
Love's Labor's Lost ; The Two Gentlemen of Verona ;
by William Shakespeare
This edition of three of Shakespeare's plays includes new, comprehensive stage histories for each play, plus special introductions from the editors of each play, a general discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater, and dramatic commentary by noted Shakespeare scholars of past and present.
by William Shakespeare, Kenneth Muir (Editor)
MacBeth (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)
by William Shakespeare
Destiny, ambition, and murder are the forces that shape one of the world's greatest tragedies. It is prophesied that a Scottish lord "shall never vanquished be until great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him". Now Macbeth can luxuriate in his invincibility, knowing that woods don't climb hills. Or do they? As he and Lady Macbeth move from one heinous crime to another, a day of reckoning awaits them. The parts of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are played by Hugh Ross and Harriet Walter.
The Mad Dog
by Heinrich Boll, Breon Mitchell
Madame Bovary : Patterns of Provincial Life (Modern Library)
by Gustave Flaubert, Francis Steegmuller (Translator)
Madame Bovary is perhaps the first "modern" novel. It has always been the most popular of Flaubert's books, and the character of Emma Bovary, a beautiful young woman longing to escape from her dull husband and the constrictions of bourgeois life, is one of the most compelling figures in all literature. The story of her adulteries and financial ruin was so shocking to mid-nineteenth-century readers that the author was charged with "offenses against public morals and religion." Flaubert's style, with its elegant, sculpted sentences and passionately observed detail, is rendered here in the classic translation by Francis Steegmuller, who has written widely on Flaubert and is the editor and translator of his letters.
Main Street (Bantam Classic)
by Sinclair Lewis, Morris Dickstein (Introduction)
This classic by Sinclair Lewis shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire. Main Street attacks the conformity and dullness of early 20th Century midwestern village life in the story of Carol Milford, the city girl who marries the town doctor. Her efforts to bring culture to the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, and petty small-minded bigotry. Lewis's complex and compelling work established him as an important character in American literature.
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Alexandre Dumas
Rose301@hotmail.com from Vicksburg,Mississippi , June 14, 1998
After reading this book I'm hooked on Dumas
I admit, I read this book because I saw the movie and wanted to expand my knowledge of the plot. Don't be fooled by the title. The character in the iron mask is merely a subplot. In fact, The Man in the Iron Mask was not the original title for this book. However, it was magnificintly wonderful. I couldn't put it down. It is filled with adventure, romance, and the undying friendship between Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. I also admit to shedding a tear at the end. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who loves adventure with a little history mixed in. If you saw the movie, don't be fooled. The book and the film are nothing alike. Thank goodness for literary genuises like Dumas.
The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Stories (The World's Classics)
by Rudyard Kipling, Louis L. Cornell (Designer)
A reader from Severn, Maryland , September 16, 1998
Kipling's best, story of adventure, friendship, and sorrow.
This tale comes with my highest recommendations. Kipling weaves a tale of grand adventure between two friends of the Masonic order who journey across India to become Kings in a little known corner of the world. They follow in Alexander The Great's footsteps and realize he was a Freemason, just like them. Both of the protagonists face many trials and reveal an unbreakable friendship between the two.
Mansfield Park (World's Classics)
by Jane Austen, James Kinsley (Editor)
Mardi and a Voyage Thither
by Herman Melville, Harrison Hayford (Editor), Hershel Parker (Editor)
Mark Twain : Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays/1852-1910
by Louis J. Budd (Editor), Mark Twain
A landmark collection of America's most American writer--and one of the world's greatest humorists. This authoritative collection of Twain's short works is, by far, the best and fullest collection ever published. Spanning 58 years, the 270 pieces represent Twain's brilliant and dazzlingly varied gamut.
The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
Before the advent of space flight, Ray Bradbury had humankind cultivating planets. In The Martian Chronicles, humanity discovers an ancient civilization on the verge of ruin. This classic work presents tales of human interaction with one another and with the Martians.
Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics)
by Mary Shepard (Illustrator),
The wind brings two English children a new nanny who slides up the bannister and introduces them to some delightful people and experiences.
Mary Jones and Her Bible
by Mary Ropes
This bestselling Victorian classic is the true story of Mary Jones, a young girl with a love for the Lord and commitment to serve him sure to challenge any Christian today. As the story unfolds, readers will see Mary travel miles on foot to deliver Bibles. They will see a preacher and a schoolmaster, who couldn't read or write, slowly be drawn together into a great and wonderful work--all motivated by a young girl with a passion for the Word of God.
The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov, Mikhail Bulgalov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator)
Novel written by Mikhail Bulgakov in the 1930s and published as Master i Margarita in a censored form in the Soviet Union in 1966-67. The unexpurgated version was published by the Soviets in 1973. It is considered a 20th-century masterpiece. The novel is witty and ribald, and at the same time a penetrating philosophical work that wrestles with profound and eternal problems of good and evil. It juxtaposes two planes of action--one set in Moscow in the 1930s and the other in Jerusalem at the time of Christ. The three central characters of the contemporary plot are the Devil, disguised as one Professor Woland; the "Master," a repressed novelist; and Margarita, who, though married to a bureaucrat, loves the Master. The Master has burned his manuscript and gone willingly into a psychiatric ward when critics attacked his work--a portrayal of the story of Jesus. Margarita sells her soul to the Devil in order to obtain the Master's release from the psychiatric ward. A parallel plot presents the action of the Master's destroyed novel, the condemnation of Yeshua (Jesus) in Jerusalem.
Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare, J. W. Lever (Editor)
These authoritative texts are among the most vital editions of Shakespeare's works available. Each volume includes facing-page text and notes, a chronology of Shakespeare's life and times, and a rich selection of critical and theatrical responses to each play over the centuries. Everyman's editions also offer unique forewords discussing performance of the plays, written by actors and actresses such as James Earl Jones, John Gielgud and Julie Harris.
The Member of the Wedding
by Carson McCullers
Twelve-year-old Frankie Adams, longing at once for escape and belonging, takes her role as "member of the wedding" to mean that when her older brother marries she will join the happy couple in their new life together. But Frankie is unlucky in love; her mother is dead, and Frankie narrowly escapes being raped by a drunken soldier during a farewell tour of the town. Worst of all, "member of the wedding" doesn't mean what she thinks. A gorgeous, brief coming-of-age novel.
Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare, John Russell Brown (Editor)
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