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Animal Farm : A Fairy Story

by George Orwell,
Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)

Since its publication 50 years ago, this deceptively simple fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters has become one of the most controversial, widely-known books ever written. This illustrated, 50th anniversary edition features 40 striking halftone and full-color illustrations by renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman, best known for his illustrations in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy, Joel Carmichael (Translator)

Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

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Anne of Green Gables

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

conas_ata_tu@excite.com from Dublin , December 4, 1998

How dare anyone give this less than 5 stars

I'm 18 years old and I read my first Anne book when I was 8 after begging my mother to buy it for me. After that there were many trips to the library to read all the Anne Books and as many other LMM books as possible. I read them over and over, I read them out loud to my little sisters. Any time when I'm down I jusst get this book and read it and it does me a world of good. I mean, it is just so magical. There is something about the way LMM writes that makes you feel and live the story. I hated Gilbert, I cried when Matthew dies, I cheered Anne when once again she refused to talk to Gilbert, then I loved him. Every child should be encouraged to read this book, it is just the best childrens book ever which can be enjoyed by everyone

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Anne of Avonlea

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

At sixteen Anne is grown up. . . almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else's romance, finds two new orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behavior of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.

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Anne of the Island

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises...including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she's ready for love...

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Anne of Windy Poplars

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty - and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside's strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs.

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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

Verne achieved great popularity with a long series of books combining adventure and popular science. Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) recounts the travels of an Englishman Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout. This novel combines farcical adventure with strange insight on Western confidence in its rationalization and control of territorial time.

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Best of Jane Austen

by Jane Austen

Titles include Emma, Persuation, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

A reader from Copenh@gen, Denm@rk , October 1, 1998

SUPER - 5 ST@RS-

I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK :-) well, what else can I say?...

And I spend " the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up". Happy end or not , read it and find out.....

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Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

It is a time of war between nations, but on one ship, a smaller battle is being fought between two men. Jealous of Billy Budd, the "Handsome Sailor," the envious Master-At-Arms Claggart torments the young man until his false accusations lead to a charge of treason against Billy. Complete and unabridged.

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Bless the Beasts & the Children

by Glendon Swarthout

This is a special 25th-anniversary edition of a classic novel of youthful rebellion. With an insightful and heartfelt introduction by the author's son, which gives readers a unique view of this American classic, Bless the Beasts and Children is sure to continue its phenomenal journey as one of the most beloved novels of our time. Reissue.

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Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arlin Turner (Introduction)

The Blithedale Romance (1852) recreates Hawthorne's experience in a socialist utopian community. The enclosed summer fields of Blithedale offer freedom and the chance to reinvent life - until life, ambitions and secret passions threaten to flood this happy community with tragedy.

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Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

"Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers."

--Saturday Review of Literature

LIBRARY BINDING


The Brontes : Three Great Novels/Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall

by Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte (Contributor), Emily Jane Bronte

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The Buccaneers

by Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring (Designer)

A classic work left unfinished by Edith Wharton has been brought to a successful completion using Wharton's own synopsis, as it chronicles the fortunes of five rich New York girls who travel to England in search of titled husbands.

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The Call of the Wild

by Jack London, Barry Moser (Illustrator), Gary Paulsen (Introduction)

Introduction by Gary Paulsen. The classic survival story of a domesticated dog stolen from his California home to work as a sled dog during the Alaskan gold rush is presented in a handsome edition that includes Moser's beautiful black-and-white illustrations and a stitched-in ribbon bookmark. An impressive repackaging.

SCHOOL & LIBRARY BINDING


Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row is sentimental in tone while retaining the author's characteristic social criticism. Peopled by stereotypical good-natured bums and warm-hearted prostitutes living on the fringes of Monterey, Calif., the picaresque novel celebrates lowlifes who are poor but happy.

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Sweet Thursday (Twentieth-Century Classics)

by John Steinbeck

A reader from McHenry, IL , September 30, 1998

Fun book to read.

Steinbeck carries over his characters from Cannery Row to Sweet Thursday. It is helpful to read CR before ST, but it probably isn't 100% necessary to do so.

Once again, Steinbeck breathes incredible depth into the characters. I didn't detect any radical changes in the players that came through from the previous book. There were a few new ones that were just as likeable as those in CR.

The main story line is more emphasized in this one compared to CR. There were far fewer side stories. This book also continues the humor that went with CR, which made the characters all the more life-like.

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Tortilla Flat

by John Steinbeck

Adopting the structure and themes of Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck creates a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey on the California coast and peoples it with a colorful band of knights. As he chronicles the thoughts and emotions, temptations and lusts of the "knights, " Steinbeck spins a tale as compelling as the famous legends of the Round Table

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The Winter of Our Discontent (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

by John Steinbeck

beerden@aol.com from Chicago, IL , February 3, 1998

Simply a perfect novel

I've read this book again and again, and each time I realize why this is my favorite novel. The dialogue, descriptions, and prose are so wonderfully constructed that the reader is left to ponder how John Steinbeck ever thought to write such a magical story. It's a tale of man's soul, of morals, of the mind, and of family. If you can find a flaw in this book, I'd love to hear about it. It's perfect.

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The Wayward Bus
(Twentieth Century Classics Series)

by John Steinbeck

One of Steinbeck's most underrated works

"The Wayward Bus" is a story of characters that you dont much like, in a setting that forces them all to interact with one another. Steinbeck does his usual excellent job of character development, and his writing style is unmistakable. Sometimes I felt "claustrophobic" inside that bus for so many hours, but overall, a strong work.

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Canterbury Tales

by Chaucer, Geoffrey Chaucer, Diana Stewart (Photographer), Dan Hubrich (Illustrator)

A complete modern-English translation of Chaucer's 14th-century masterpiece, in which pilgrims, representing a cross-section of English society, take turns telling tales as they travel together from London to a saint's shrine in Canterbury.

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Captains Courageous

by Rudyard Kipling

The only one of Kipling's novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature's most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire's son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner--only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester schooner. Thus begins the boy's second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors. Like all Kipling's masterworks, Captains Courageous is an interweaving of art and moral purpose. Angus Wilson has said that it shows "delicacy of craft and violence of feeling, exactitude and wile impressionism, subtlety and true innocence." A popular favorite since its first publication in 1897, the novel remains a classic story of youthful initiation--and a lively tribute to the author's famous code of bravery, loyalty, an honor among men.

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Chapman's Homer : The Iliad

by George Chapman (Translator), Allardyce Nicoll (Editor), Garry Wills (Preface)

No review

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Charles Dickens : Great Expectations, Hard Times, a Christmas Carol, a Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

A reader from Australia , June 29, 1998

I thought it was a great book suitable for all ages.

Great Expectations was a great book. It was very interesting and it was hard to put he book down once you have started it. I recommend that you read the book if you enjoy good stories about the changes of life.

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Charles Dickens Great Expectations : Complete, Authoritative Text With Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five C

by Charles Dickens, Janice Carlisle (Editor)

No review

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Charles Dickens' Christmas Ghost Stories

by Charles Dickens, Peter Haining

The great Charles Dickens was the man who initiated the now famous tradition of writing and publishing ghost stories for Christmas. The magic of his seasonal tales remains undiminished through the years and at last they are now brought toge ther in the first collection to include all the ghost stories he wrote for Christmas issues of his magazines. Here lies the opportunity to delve into the grim novella of a story which began to form in his mind while visiting a home for destitute children in Manchester

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The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Helen Rappaport (Translator), Trevor Griffiths (Translator)

Drama in four acts written by Anton Chekhov as Vishnyovy sad. Chekhov's final play, it was first performed and published in 1904. Though Chekhov insisted that the play was "a comedy, in places even a farce," playgoers and readers often find a touch of tragedy in the decline of the charming Ranevskaya family. Madame Ranevskaya, who has spent five years in Paris to escape grief over her young son's death, returns to her home in Russia ridden with debt. She is obliged to decide how to dispose of her family's estate, with its beautiful and famous cherry orchard. The coarse but wealthy merchant Ermolai Lopakhin suggests that Mme Ranevskaya develop the land on which the orchard sits. Eventually Lopakhin purchases the estate and proceeds with his plans for a housing development. As the unhappy Ranevskayas leave the estate, the sound of saws can be heard in the orchard.

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A Child's Garden of Verses

by Robert Louis, III Stevenson

Illustrated with antique pictures by various well-known illustrators, including Jessie Willcox Smith, Henrietta Willebeek Le Mair, and Charles Robinson

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Children's Classics to Read Aloud

by Edward Blishen (Editor)

A carefully chosen collection of 20 stories and excerpts from classics of children's literature, such as the meeting of Tom and Becky in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the excitement of discovery in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden; and excerpts from works by Lewis Carroll, Anna Sewell, O. Henry, Frank Baum, and others.

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Children's Homer : The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

by Padraic Colum, Willy Pogany (Illustrator), Homer Iliad, Homer Odyssey

"Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers . . . Illustrated with Pogany's superb drawings, full of the driving force of the poetic prose."--Publishers Weekly. Young Adult.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang : The Magical Car

by Ian Fleming, John Burningham (Illustrator)

No review

LIBRARY BINDING


The Chosen : A Novel

by Chaim Potok

Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. Though on the surface it explores religious faith--the intellectually committed as well as the passionately observant--the struggles addressed in The Chosen are familiar to families of all faiths and in all nations.

In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a secular Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father; Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic rebbe), the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love. (This is not a conventional children's book, although it will move any wise child age 12 or older, and often appears on summer reading lists for high school students.)

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Cinderella
(Everyman's Library Children's Classics)

by C. S. Evans,
Arthur Rackham (Illustrator)

Living as a drudge in the home of her scheming stepmother and selfish stepsisters, Cinderella finds true love with a handsome prince, thanks to a dose of powerful magic.

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Class Package 2nd-6th Step Into Classics

by Tony Geiss

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