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The Dark Frigate

by Charles Boardman Hawes,
Warren Chappell (Illustrator)

. In 17th century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear of his life. He signs on with a frigate bound for Newfoundland. But when the ship is seized midocean by pirates, Philip is forced to join them on their murderous expeditions. This is a classic Newbery Award-winning pirate adventure.

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Darkness Moves : An Henri Michaux Anthology, 1927-1984

by Henri Michaux, David Ball (Translator)

An anthology of the works of the French poet and artist contains substantial selections from his major volumes and includes several of his unique paintings, hallucinated visions, fables, fantastic journeys, meditations, and essays.

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David Balfour : Being Memoirs of the Further Adventures of David Balfour at Home and Abroad

by David Balfour, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator), Robert Louis, III Stevenson

First published in 1893, then in 1924 with N.C. Wyeth's exquisite illustrations, David Balfour is the dramatic sequel to Stevenson's well-known classic Kidnapped. Set in Stevenson's native Scottish Highlands, this intriguing story centers on David Balfour's efforts to exonerate the national hero James Stewart. Full-color illustrations.

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David Copperfield (Modern Library)

by Charles Dickens

" Like so many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child," wrote Charles Dickens. "And his name is David Copperfield."

Of all of Dickens's novels, David Copperfield most closely reflects the events of his own life. The story of an abandoned waif who discovers life and love in an indifferent world, this classic tale of childhood is populated with a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and villains who number among the author's greatest creations.

"David Copperfield is filled with characters of the most astonishing variety, vividness, and originality," noted Somerset Maugham. "They are not realistic and yet they abound with life. There never were such people as the Micawbers, Pegotty and Barkis, Traddles, Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick, Uriah Heep and his mother. They are fantastic inventions of Dickens's exultant imagination, but they have so much vigor, they are so consistent, they are presented with so much conviction, that you believe in them. They are extravagant, but not unreal, and when you have once to know them you can never quite forget them." T. S. Eliot agreed: "Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings." And Virginia Woolf concluded: "In David Copperfield, though char-

acters swarm and life flows into every creek and cranny, some common feelings--youth, gaiety, hope--envelops the tumult, brings the scattered parts together, and invests the most perfect of all the Dickens novels with an atmosphere of beauty."

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David Copperfield (13 Cassettes)

by Charles Dickens

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A Death in the Family

by James Agee

A Death in the Family is a timeless novel about the impact death causes within a family. The story is told through Rufus Follet, a six-year-old who loses his father in a car accident. This novel beautifully illustrates the numb reaction of family members to death. Agee uses the technique of flashbacks to give the reader background on some of the characters. Agee died while perfecting A Death in the Family and had not yet inserted these sections, so the publishers placed them at the beginning of each part of the novel. Because these flashbacks are not inserted logically, they are somewhat confusing, but they are not worthless. Flashbacks develop Rufus' personality and his longing to be accepted. They illustrate his relationship with his father and why he reacts in the manner that he does to his father's death. These flashbacks also reveal what life was like before the accident and how that happiness died along with Jay. They also give a detailed description of a middle class neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1915. The story also illustrates the conflict between a man's wife and immediate family after his death. This conflict is illustrated by Jay's brother, Ralph. Ralph is an undertaker and wants to take care of Jay's body because he feels responsible for the death. It was his drunken phone call that caused Jay to drive out to see his family. Mary does not want Ralph to be the undertaker because Jay's body is already being taken care of, and she does not want to move it. Ralph's feelings are hurt, but he can not do anything because a widow's wishes are more important than those of the family. Agee takes a critical tone toward the Catholic religion and especially with its priests. My favorite scene is the episode where Mary can feel the presence of her husband in the room. It brings up the conflict between Mary's father and her brother Andrew, who do not believe in God, and Mary and her aunt Hannah, who are strong believers of Catholicism. Agee showed his view of priests through the children's reaction to Father Jackson, the priest that visits their mother. The children listen in on their mother's conversation with the priest and feel that he is trying to hurt and defeat her. The children also fear the priest, and Rufus feels that his father would have killed him if he were still alive. One of the most poignant scenes in the novel occurs when Mary has to tell her children that their father is dead. Rufus understands almost right away that his father has died and he will never see him again. But his younger sister Catherine has a little more trouble. As their aunt is explaining the details of their father's death, Catherine asks the innocent question, "When's Daddy coming home?" My eyes welled up at reading this scene. I liked this book because it portrays a theme that most people can relate to at some time or another in their own lives. Agee did a wonderful job at giving the story the numb feeling that members of a family often feel immediately after a death. The characters are well developed and I found it easy to relate to them. I would recommend this book to those who have recently suffered a loss.

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Death of a Salesman : Certain Private Conversations in
Two Acts and a Requiem (Penguin Plays)

by Arthur Miller

Read it twice for a full appreciation.

I'm sure that this play would be much more powerful acted out, but reading it gets the message across fine enough. Arthur Miller was the author that I had to read three books of for my AP English class. I was not disappointed with my choice. Sometimes it can become confusing, and yeah, it drags on in some places, but it creates a MOOD! You feel a little nutty because you have to deal with Willy just like poor Biff, Happy, and Linda. American drama doesn't get much better than this. You must expose yourself to this extraordinary play. If you open your mind and heart, this play can totally transform your view of life.

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich : The Cossacks, Happy Ever After (Penguin Classics)

by Leo Tolstoy, Rosemary Edmonds (Translator)

No review

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Death Be Not Proud : A Memoir

by John Gunther

Johnny Gunther was only seventeen years old when he died of a brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him was unforgettably impressed by his level-headed courage, his wit and quiet friendliness, and, above all, his unfaltering patience through times of despair. This deeply moving book is a father's memoir of a brave, intelligent, and spirited boy.

"To read it is to grasp the meaning of a man's power to defy Death's hurt, to be filled with confidence and emptied of despair. It will bring spirit to the weary, new confidence and light to those who walk in shadow."

--New York Herald Times

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Death in Venice and Other Tales

by Thomas Mann,
Joachim Neugroschel
(Translator)

Translated and with an Introduction by Joachim Neugroschel"Death in Venice" is about a ruinous quest for love and beauty. Gustave von Aschenbach, a successful but lonely author, travels to Venice in search of elusive fulfillment. There he is spellbound by a beautiful Polish boy and finds himself fettered to this hypnotic city of eerie physical decay and sun-drenched sensuality. Renowned for his translations of Franz Kafka and Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel places the true emphasis on Mann's mythic fascination with sexual inhibition and the havoc it wreaks--elements that were downplayed in earlier translations of his fiction. Capturing his evocative and bewitching style as well as his mordant irony, this new translation is the definitive English-language version of Mann's most famous tales and novellas, many of them still controversial today. The collection includes "The Will for Happiness," "Little Herr Friedemann," "Tobias Mindernickel," "Little Lizzy," "Gladius Dei," "Tristan," "The Starvelings," "Tonio Kroger," "The Wunderkind," "Harsh Hour," and "The Blood of the Walsungs."

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The Debacle (The Penguin Classics)

by Emile Zola, Leonard W. Tancock (Translator)

womper@stomper.org from Australia , November 19, 1998

The most original love story I have ever read

John, 25 years old, brilliant, smooth talking investment banker discovers that his life is not as wonderful as it seemed. He is framed into an illegal enterprise by his vicious ex-girlfriend. Problems begin to appear very quickly and friends turn away almost instantly. John finds that his paradise turned into a debacle. Yet, there is a happy end to this crazy adventure. Zola keeps the reader in suspense, every next page hides some surprise, and there is a lot of great humor too! For the action-lovers it is a MUST!!!

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The Decameron (The World's Classics)

by Giovanni Boccaccio, Guido Waldman (Translator), Jonathan Usher (Designer)

An entertaining series of 100 stories told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women seeking to escape the plague. Vivid portraits of people from all stations in life. An Oxford University Press World Classic

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Decline and Fall (Everyman's Library Series)

by Evelyn Waugh,
Frank Kermode
(Introduction)

Pomp and Anarchy

One of Waugh’s comic masterpieces, Decline and Fall stands as a hilarious meditation on the calamities imposed on the support players in a superficially dignified world. Waugh’s brief first novel is a scathing send up of 20th century aristocracy and its institutions, beginning with public (i.e., private, in Britain) boarding schools and progressing on, uproariously and yet somehow logically, to the British prison system.

All the stylistic reserve and precision of Waugh’s later works are in place in this novel, the earlier sections of which are loosely based on the author’s brief stint as a teacher at an all-boys school. But Tom Brown’s School Days this isn’t. Mad deans, criminal instructors, worldly lads and promiscuous parents all provide gusts of absurd comedy that keep this whirlwind of absurd happenstance and hypocrisy twisting. Protagonist Pennyfeather blithely ricochets between charges of indecency and pimping with little notion of his own culpability--indeed, there is none. When, at the novel’s end, his fortunes run full circle, the valuelessness of aristocratic standing is confirmed, as is Waugh’s early promise as a satirist of the first rank.

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The Deerslayer (Everyman Paperback Classics)

by James Fenimore Cooper (Editor), C. W. E. Bigsby, Robert Clark

Set in 1740 during the French and Indian Wars, The Deerslayer testifies to the murderous humanity and natural beauty on which the history of America was written. In the climactic novel of the Leather-stocking Tales, Hawkeye, the noble white youth, learns to sacrifice self-interest for the common good and discovers his identity in bloody struggles among the powerful Iroquois confederacy.

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The Defender (The Newbery Honor Roll)

by Nicholas Kalashnikoff, Claire Louden (Illustrator), George Louden (Contributor)

Turgen, a shepherd in northeastern Siberia, defends the wild mountain rams and befriends a widow and her children.

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The Diaries of Adam & Eve : Translated by Mark Twain

by Mark Twain, Don Roberts (Illustrator), Michael Mojher

Larry Howe, Mark Twain Forum, April 15, 1998

Although the original appearance of this material didn't attract much positive attention, this edition is proof that another look is more than warranted. For many readers familiar only with Twain's tales about mischievous boys or cranky vernacular characters, this work--one of the great love stories of all time--will come as a real surprise. Whether you're interested in Twain or not, if your heart hasn't atrophied, you will love The Diaries of Adam and Eve. . . . In this affecting book, Twain manages to indulge sentiment--personal and cultural--without succumbing to what Huck calls "soulbutter and hogwash." Twain has given the book to us. Give it to someone you love

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The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Written by a young Jewish girl while in hiding with her family from the Nazisduring World War II, Frank's Diary has been dramatized in one form or anotherin every major language and country around the world.

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Disappearance (European Classics)

by Yury Trifonov, David Lowe (Translator)

No review

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The Disenchantments of Love : A Translation of the Desenganos Amorosos (Suny Series, Women Writers in Translation)

by Maria De Zayas Y Sotomayor, H. Patsy Boyer (Translator), Maria De Zayas, Marilyn Gaddis Rose (Editor)

The Disenchantments of Love, published in Spain in 1647 by Maria de Zayas, is a stunning collection of stories about women's amorous experiences in a patriarchal and imperialistic society during the turbulent seventeenth century. Now available for the first time in English translation, the ten exemplary novelas are set within an encompassing frame story that continues from the first collection, The Enchantments of Love: Amorous and Exemplary Novels, published in 1637. These sensational and bizarre tales focus on the ways lovers deceive women in order to "get their way," through magic, cross-dressing as women, and rape - to the torture and murder of innocent women at the hands of their protectors - their fathers, brothers, and husbands. A fascinating dimension of these fast-paced narratives is what they suggest through omission, silence, and ambiguous detail: the untold story that fires the reader's imagination

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Disney's Aladdin (Running Press Miniature Editions)

by Karen Kreider

Full-color images from the popular Disney animated feature enhance the tale of the street urchin and the genie that he frees from the magic lamp, offered here in a miniature edition. All ages.

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Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer, Adrian Leverkuhn, As Told by a Friend

by Thomas Mann, H.T. Lowe-Porter (Translator)

Tells the story of Adrian Leverkuhn, a theological student turned composer, who symbolically enters into a pact with the Devil, selling his soul and body in return for twenty-four years of musical genius.

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Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak,
Max Hayward,
Manya Harari,
John Bayley (Introduction)

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

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Doctor Dolittle : A Treasury

by Hugh Lofting

No review

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The Dollmaker

by Harriette Simpson Arnow

In the opening scene of The Dollmaker a rough-hewn, uneducated woman performs a tracheotomy on her dying son, guided only by her love for her child and rural common sense. Thus we are introduced to Gertie Nevells, one of the most amazing women in literature. Gertie is a powerful, compassionate woman, a wood sculptor, a mother who talks to her daughter's imaginary playmates. Her one dream is to buy her own farm in the backwoods of the South and live there with her husband and children. But World War II intervenes, and as a good wife she must take her children and follow her husband to Detroit, where he has been put to work in a war factory. In the city, Gertie fights desperately to keep her family together and maintain their rural values, but it's a hard fight and even her flowers seem to know it: "There was something frantic in their blooming, as if they knew that frost was near and then the bitter cold. They'd lived through all the heat and noise and stench of summertime, and now each widely opened flower was like a triumphant cry, 'We will, we will make seed before we die.' " A big book, full of vividly drawn characters and masterful scenes, The Dollmaker is both a passionate denunciation of industrialization and war, and a tribute to a woman's love for her children and the land.

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Dombey and Son (Everyman's Library)

by Charles Dickens, Lucy Hughes-Hallet (Introduction)

Novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly installments during 1846-48 and in book form in 1848. It was a crucial novel in his development, a product of more thorough planning and maturer thought than his earlier serialized books. The title character, Mr. Dombey, is a wealthy shipping merchant whose wife dies giving birth to their second child, a long-hoped-for son and heir, Paul. The elder child, Florence, being female, is neglected by her father. When Paul's health is broken by the rigors of boarding school and he dies, Dombey's hopes are dashed. In her grief, Florence draws emotional support from her father's employee Walter Gay. Resentful of their relationship, Dombey sends Gay to the West Indies, where he is shipwrecked and presumed lost. Dombey then takes a new wife--the poor but proud widow Edith Granger--who eventually runs off with Dombey's trusted assistant. After his ultimately empty pursuit of the pair, Dombey returns bereft and bankrupt. Walter Gay, meanwhile, has returned with the story of his rescue by a China clipper and asked Florence to marry him. They set sail for the East, returning a few years later with a baby son--named Paul--to find Mr. Dombey on the brink of suicide. The family's reconciliation concludes the book in a typically Dickensian glow.

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Don Quixote
(Oxford Illustrated Classics Series)

by Michael Harrison,
Victor G. Ambrus (Illustrator),
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Gr. 4^-6. Harrison retells the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, choosing only a few key episodes to give young readers the flavor of the novel in a much shorter form. In the afterword, the writer explains what he has omitted, encourages readers to seek out the original, and recommends a good, complete English translation. Ambrus' artwork brightens nearly every page of the book. Among the illustrations are lively ink drawings, many with watercolor washes, and sensitive silhouettes of the two adventurers. Children will find this a fast-paced, readable introduction to Cervantes' novel.

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Don Quixote
(Wishbone Classics, No 1)

by Michael Burgan,
Kathryn Yingling,
Miguel De Cervantes

A young reader's edition of the classic story follows the adventures of the eccentric would-be-knight Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick, Sancho Panza, as they battle real and imaginary foes.

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