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The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

The international literary sensation about a boy s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget br br Barcelona just after the war a great world city lies in shadow nursing its wounds and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother s face To console his only child Daniel s widowed father an antiquarian book dealer initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books a library tended by Barcelona s guild of rare book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world waiting for someone who will care about them again Daniel s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves one that it is said will have a special meaning for him And Daniel so loves the novel he selects The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax that he sets out to find the rest of Carax s work To his shock he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written In fact he may have the last one in existence Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona s darkest secrets an epic story of murder magic madness and doomed love And before long he realizes that if he doesn t find out the truth about Julian Carax he and those closest to him will suffer horribly br br As with all astounding novels The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons The Crimson Petal and the White The novels of Arturo P rez Reverte Of Victor Hugo Love in the Time of Cholera but in the end as with all astounding novels no comparison can suffice As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote The originality of Ruiz Zaf n s voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature An uncannily absorbing historical mystery a heart piercing romance and a moving homage to the mystical power of books The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller s art


Lord of the Flies 2 Books Bundle Collection (GCSE English Text Guide - Lord of the Flies, Lord of the Flies)

Titles in the set Lord of the Flies GCSE English Text Guide Lord of the Flies Description Lord of the Flies The Wordsworth Classics Shakespeare Series presents a newly edited sequence of William Shakespeare s works The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal Romeo and Juliet is the world s most famous drama of tragic young love Defying the feud which divides their families Romeo and Juliet enjoy the fleeting rapture of courtship marriage and sexual fulfilment but a combination of old animosities and new coincidences brings them to suicidal deaths This play offers a rich mixture of romantic lyricism bawdy comedy intimate harmony and sudden violence Long successful in the theatre it has also generated numerous operas ballets and films and these have helped to make Romeo and Juliet perennially topical GCSE English Text Guide Lord of the Flies This CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to write top grade essays about William Golding s Lord of the Flies It s suitable for all GCSE English exams including the new ones starting in summer Inside you ll find clear thorough notes on the novel s context plot characters themes and the writer s techniques with quick questions in depth questions and exam style questions included at the end of every section There s also detailed exam advice to help you improve your grades plus a cartoon strip summary to remind you of all the important plot points


The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream

Since its publication in Paulo Coelho s magical novel has enchanted millions of readers around the globe Now the following is sure to grow with the release of this stunning edition featuring illustrations from renowned artist Moebius The Alchemist follows Santiago a Spanish shepherd boy who leaves his home in search of treasure What he discovers about himself and life as he travels over the continents to the alchemist is more rewarding than any object he ever dreamed of


Romeo and Juliet. a Tragedy. Altered from Shakspeare by David Garrick, Esquire. Marked with the Variations in the Managers Books, at the Theatres Royal Drury Lane and Covent Garden. a New Edition.

The th century was a wealth of knowledge exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record keeping made possible by advances in the printing press In its determination to preserve the century of revolution Gale initiated a revolution of its own digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind Now for the first time these high quality digital copies of original th century manuscripts are available in print making them highly accessible to libraries undergraduate students and independent scholars Western literary study flows out of eighteenth century works by Alexander Pope Daniel Defoe Henry Fielding Frances Burney Denis Diderot Johann Gottfried Herder Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and others Experience the birth of the modern novel or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification British LibraryT London printed for the author p plate


Jane Eyre (Dell Books #4186)

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield falls in love with Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed br br With a heroine full of yearning the dangerous secrets she encounters and the choices she finally makes Charlotte Bronte s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers


Little Women

Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence Louisa May Alcott s Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post Civil War America


Brave New World (Books That Changed Man's Thinking)

Book is new unread excellent condition Bound in Full Genuine Leather Collector s Edition of the Greatest Books Ever Written from the Easton Press kt gold lettering kt gold deep inlaid design on both back and front covers spine with raised rings and accented in kt gold kt gold gilded page edges on all three sides archival acid neutral paper Smyth sewn satin moir endpapers slightly faded at the edges satin ribbon book mark sewn in Orders ship within two business days Free tracking


Wuthering Heights (Chosen Books)

Emily Bront s only novel a work of tremendous and far reaching influence the Penguin Classics edition of Wuthering Heights is the definitive edition of the text edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor Lockwood the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights the home of his landlord There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and how Catherine forced to choose between passionate tortured Heathcliff and gentle well bred Edgar Linton surrendered to the expectations of her class As Heathcliff s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past


Slaughterhouse 5 (Independent Banned Books, #17)

b i Slaughterhouse Five i is the story of Billy Pilgrim an ill trained American soldier and his experience in World War II b br br War is inevitable and it is absurd The main theme of the book focuses on this Billy Pilgrim is a prisoner of war at the hands of the Germans He is captured and put in a disused slaughterhouse which eventually proves to be a safe shelter when his life is spared during the bombing of Dresden br br Billy is a fatalist Barely out of childhood his lack of enthusiasm for war and the eventual consequences of the war on his life is what makes up the story of Billy s life Vonnegut uses Billy to show that war is unnecessarily glorified due to which people overlook the real tragedies and trauma that war actually brings with it br br Billy s journey through time and space his accounts of the bombing at Dresden and his life as a prisoner of war all highlight the central theme in the novel war is nothing but another form of hell Dark humour and irony is what makes i Slaughterhouse Five i unique and a perfect example of creative accomplishment It conveys the bitterness of war while providing comic relief along with crucial understanding of the working of the human mind


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This high quality Kindle eBook has been reviewed by our editors It contains an active table of contents and is formatted for ease of use and reading Enjoy this high quality Kindle eBook


Frankenstein (Original 1818 'Uncensored' Version)

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England There the lives of two very different men Charles Darnay an exiled French aristocrat and Sydney Carton a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette From the tranquil roads of London they are drawn against their will to the vengeful bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine


Sense and Sensibility (Heron Classics) [The Collection #09]

Sense and Sensibility is the first published novel by Jane Austen Originally published under the pseudonym A Lady Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne who upon the death of their father are left in reduced circumstances to live on the country estate of a distant relative At Barton Park the Dashwood sisters engage in romances with the reserved Edward Ferrars the dashing yet fickle Mr Willoughby and the gentlemanly Colonel Brandon and eventually find the fulfillment of their romantic yearnings


The Picture of Dorian Gray [Original 1890 Text]

How sad it is murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait How sad it is I shall grow old and horrid and dreadful But this picture will remain always young It will never be older than this particular day of June If it was only the other way If it was I who were to be always young and the picture that were to grow old For this for this I would give everything Yes there is nothing in the whole world I would not give br br This is the Chapter version as originally published in in Lippincot s Magazine not the much more common available Chapter version published in


Les Misérables (Heron Classics) [The Collection #12]

Les Mis rables is a novel by French author Victor Hugo and among the best known novels of the th century It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early th century that starts in the year of Napoleon s final defeat Principally focusing on the struggles of the protagonist ex convict Jean Valjean who seeks to redeem himself the novel also examines the impact of Valjean s actions for the sake of social commentary It examines the nature of good evil and the law in a sweeping story that expounds upon the history of France architecture of Paris politics moral philosophy law justice religion and the types and nature of romantic and familial love Les Mis rables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations of which the most famous is the stage musical of the same name sometimes abbreviated Les Mis or Les Miz


Dracula: Bestsellers and famous Books

The novel tells the story of Dracula s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing br Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature horror fiction the gothic novel and invasion literature Stoker did not invent the vampire but he defined its modern form and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical film and television interpretations


The Odyssey of Homer (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

The Odyssey Greek Od sseia is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer It is in part a sequel to the Iliad the other work traditionally ascribed to Homer The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon Indeed it is the second the Iliad being the first extant work of Western literature It was probably composed near the end of the eighth century BC somewhere in Ionia the then Greek controlled coastal region of what is now Turkey br br The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus or Ulysses as he was known in Roman myths and his long journey home following the fall of Troy It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War In his absence it is assumed he has died and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors the Mnesteres Greek or Proci competing for Penelope s hand in marriage br br It continues to be read in Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world The original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos perhaps a rhapsode and was intended more to be sung than read The details of the ancient oral performance and the story s conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars The Odyssey was written in a regionless poetic dialect of Greek and comprises lines of dactylic hexameter Among the most impressive elements of the text are its strikingly modern non linear plot and the fact that events are shown to depend as much on the choices made by women and serfs as on the actions of fighting men In the English language as well as many others the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage


The Count Of Monte-Cristo (Shandon Classics) [The Books You Must Read Before You Die - #6]

The Count of Monte Cristo French Le Comte de Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas p re It is often considered along with The Three Musketeers as Dumas most popular work It is also among the highest selling books of all time The writing of the work was completed in Like many of his novels it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet br br The story takes place in France Italy islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis Philippe of France The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book It is primarily concerned with themes of hope justice vengeance mercy forgiveness and death and is told in the style of an adventure story


The Annotated Secret Garden (The Annotated Books)

b The much loved tale read by generations of children now annotated and with over one hundred stunning illustrations b br br Frances Hodgson Burnett was famous in her time for her adult novels and her forays into children s literature with i Little Lord Fauntleroy i and i A Little Princess The Secret Garden i her story of an orphan girl who moves from India to the British countryside has become a favorite book of every generation thereafter Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina the author of the definitive biography of Burnett brings out aspects of Burnett s life that led her to write the book details of the Victorian England time period attitudes toward children and Burnett s spiritual leanings Gerzina captures the magical nature of the tale and the coming together of three children through restoring a hidden garden With over one hundred illustrations many in vibrant color i The Annotated Secret Garden i is an enchanting gift for any child or for any adult who is still a feisty child underneath color and black and white illustrations


Anna Karenina (Heron Classics) [The Collection #41]

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth century Russia the novel s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness


The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Anidori Kiladra Talianna Isilee Crown Princess of Kildenree spends the first years of her life under her aunt s guidance learning to communicate with animals As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech but is never comfortable speaking with people so when her silver tongued lady in waiting leads a mutiny during Ani s journey to be married in a foreign land Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her br br Becoming a goose girl for the king Ani eventually uses her own special nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny Shannon Hale has woven an incredible original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own


The Jungle Books

The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling s philosophy of life is expressed in miniature They are best known for the Mowgli stories the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther The stories a mixture of fantasy myth and magic are underpinned by Kipling s abiding preoccupation with the theme of self discovery and the nature of the Law


The Outsiders (M Books)

In Ponyboy s world there are two types of people There are the Socs the rich society kids who get away with anything Then there are the greasers like Ponyboy who aren t so lucky Ponyboy has a few things he can count on his older brothers his friends and trouble with the Socs whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers At least he knows what to expect until the night things go too far


A Clockwork Orange (Independent Banned Books #2)

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The Truth About Forever

i There are alternate cover editions for this ISBN a href https www goodreads com book show the truth about forever rel nofollow here a and a href https www goodreads com book show the truth about forever rel nofollow here a i br br b A long hot summer b br br That s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp Days will be spent at a boring job in the library evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs and spare time will be passed with her mother the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy s father br br But sometimes unexpected things can happen things such as the catering job at Wish with its fun loving chaotic crew Or her sister s project of renovating the neglected beach house awakening long buried memories Things such as meeting Wes a boy with a past a taste for Truth telling and an amazing artistic talent the kind of boy who could turn any girl s world upside down As Macy ventures out of her shell she begins to question her sheltered life br br Is it i really i i always better to be safe than sorry i


Crime and Punishment (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime the murder of a despicable pawnbroker an old women no one loves and no one will mourn Is it not just he reasons for a man of genius to commit such a crime to transgress moral law if it will ultimately benefit humanity So begins one of the greatest novels ever written a powerful psychological study a terrifying murder mystery a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical religious and social commentary Raskolnikov an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St Petersburg carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution madness and terror Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil a man who cannot escape his own conscience


Great Expectations

A student friendly version of the full text of Charles Dicken s Great Expectations This bumper edition contains lots of helpful notes and insightful comments with extra wide margins on every page for students to add their own notes


The Scarlet Letter: Bestsellers and famous Books

The Scarlet Letter set in th century Puritan Boston Massachusetts during the years to it tells the story of Hester Prynne who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity Throughout the book Hawthorne explores themes of legalism sin and guilt


Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Chosen Books)

i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is the first of Mark Twain s novels to feature one of the best loved characters in American fiction with a critical introduction by John Seelye in Penguin Classics From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth A sombre undercurrent flows through the high humour and unabashed nostalgia of the novel however for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality base emotions and superstitions murder and revenge starvation and slavery In his illuminating introduction noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain s writing


Dune (Alpha Books S.)

b blockquote This Hugo amp Nebula Award winner tells a sweeping tale of the desert planet Arrakis the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire blockquote b Arrakis is the sole source of Melange spice of spices Melange is necessary for interstellar travel amp grants psi powers amp longevity Whoever controls it wields great influence Troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides The Harkonnens don t want to give up their privilege Thru sabotage amp treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet s harsh environment to die There he joins the Fremen a desert dwelling tribe the basis of the army with which he reclaims what s rightfully his Paul is more than just a usurped duke He might be the end product of a long term genetic experiment to breed a superhuman He might be a messiah His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people amp events Repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium p i Dune i is one of the most famous sf novels ever written Deservedly so The setting is elaborate amp ornate the plot labyrinthine the adventures exciting Five sequels follow Brooks Peck edited p


The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

The international literary sensation about a boy s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget br br Barcelona just after the war a great world city lies in shadow nursing its wounds and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother s face To console his only child Daniel s widowed father an antiquarian book dealer initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books a library tended by Barcelona s guild of rare book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world waiting for someone who will care about them again Daniel s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves one that it is said will have a special meaning for him And Daniel so loves the novel he selects The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax that he sets out to find the rest of Carax s work To his shock he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written In fact he may have the last one in existence Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona s darkest secrets an epic story of murder magic madness and doomed love And before long he realizes that if he doesn t find out the truth about Julian Carax he and those closest to him will suffer horribly br br As with all astounding novels The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons The Crimson Petal and the White The novels of Arturo P rez Reverte Of Victor Hugo Love in the Time of Cholera but in the end as with all astounding novels no comparison can suffice As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote The originality of Ruiz Zaf n s voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature An uncannily absorbing historical mystery a heart piercing romance and a moving homage to the mystical power of books The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller s art


Lord of the Flies 2 Books Bundle Collection (GCSE English Text Guide - Lord of the Flies, Lord of the Flies)

Titles in the set Lord of the Flies GCSE English Text Guide Lord of the Flies Description Lord of the Flies The Wordsworth Classics Shakespeare Series presents a newly edited sequence of William Shakespeare s works The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal Romeo and Juliet is the world s most famous drama of tragic young love Defying the feud which divides their families Romeo and Juliet enjoy the fleeting rapture of courtship marriage and sexual fulfilment but a combination of old animosities and new coincidences brings them to suicidal deaths This play offers a rich mixture of romantic lyricism bawdy comedy intimate harmony and sudden violence Long successful in the theatre it has also generated numerous operas ballets and films and these have helped to make Romeo and Juliet perennially topical GCSE English Text Guide Lord of the Flies This CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to write top grade essays about William Golding s Lord of the Flies It s suitable for all GCSE English exams including the new ones starting in summer Inside you ll find clear thorough notes on the novel s context plot characters themes and the writer s techniques with quick questions in depth questions and exam style questions included at the end of every section There s also detailed exam advice to help you improve your grades plus a cartoon strip summary to remind you of all the important plot points


The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream

Since its publication in Paulo Coelho s magical novel has enchanted millions of readers around the globe Now the following is sure to grow with the release of this stunning edition featuring illustrations from renowned artist Moebius The Alchemist follows Santiago a Spanish shepherd boy who leaves his home in search of treasure What he discovers about himself and life as he travels over the continents to the alchemist is more rewarding than any object he ever dreamed of


Romeo and Juliet. a Tragedy. Altered from Shakspeare by David Garrick, Esquire. Marked with the Variations in the Managers Books, at the Theatres Royal Drury Lane and Covent Garden. a New Edition.

The th century was a wealth of knowledge exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record keeping made possible by advances in the printing press In its determination to preserve the century of revolution Gale initiated a revolution of its own digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind Now for the first time these high quality digital copies of original th century manuscripts are available in print making them highly accessible to libraries undergraduate students and independent scholars Western literary study flows out of eighteenth century works by Alexander Pope Daniel Defoe Henry Fielding Frances Burney Denis Diderot Johann Gottfried Herder Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and others Experience the birth of the modern novel or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification British LibraryT London printed for the author p plate


Jane Eyre (Dell Books #4186)

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield falls in love with Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed br br With a heroine full of yearning the dangerous secrets she encounters and the choices she finally makes Charlotte Bronte s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers


Little Women

Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence Louisa May Alcott s Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post Civil War America


Brave New World (Books That Changed Man's Thinking)

Book is new unread excellent condition Bound in Full Genuine Leather Collector s Edition of the Greatest Books Ever Written from the Easton Press kt gold lettering kt gold deep inlaid design on both back and front covers spine with raised rings and accented in kt gold kt gold gilded page edges on all three sides archival acid neutral paper Smyth sewn satin moir endpapers slightly faded at the edges satin ribbon book mark sewn in Orders ship within two business days Free tracking


Wuthering Heights (Chosen Books)

Emily Bront s only novel a work of tremendous and far reaching influence the Penguin Classics edition of Wuthering Heights is the definitive edition of the text edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor Lockwood the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights the home of his landlord There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and how Catherine forced to choose between passionate tortured Heathcliff and gentle well bred Edgar Linton surrendered to the expectations of her class As Heathcliff s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past


Slaughterhouse 5 (Independent Banned Books, #17)

b i Slaughterhouse Five i is the story of Billy Pilgrim an ill trained American soldier and his experience in World War II b br br War is inevitable and it is absurd The main theme of the book focuses on this Billy Pilgrim is a prisoner of war at the hands of the Germans He is captured and put in a disused slaughterhouse which eventually proves to be a safe shelter when his life is spared during the bombing of Dresden br br Billy is a fatalist Barely out of childhood his lack of enthusiasm for war and the eventual consequences of the war on his life is what makes up the story of Billy s life Vonnegut uses Billy to show that war is unnecessarily glorified due to which people overlook the real tragedies and trauma that war actually brings with it br br Billy s journey through time and space his accounts of the bombing at Dresden and his life as a prisoner of war all highlight the central theme in the novel war is nothing but another form of hell Dark humour and irony is what makes i Slaughterhouse Five i unique and a perfect example of creative accomplishment It conveys the bitterness of war while providing comic relief along with crucial understanding of the working of the human mind


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This high quality Kindle eBook has been reviewed by our editors It contains an active table of contents and is formatted for ease of use and reading Enjoy this high quality Kindle eBook


Frankenstein (Original 1818 'Uncensored' Version)

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England There the lives of two very different men Charles Darnay an exiled French aristocrat and Sydney Carton a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette From the tranquil roads of London they are drawn against their will to the vengeful bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine


Sense and Sensibility (Heron Classics) [The Collection #09]

Sense and Sensibility is the first published novel by Jane Austen Originally published under the pseudonym A Lady Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne who upon the death of their father are left in reduced circumstances to live on the country estate of a distant relative At Barton Park the Dashwood sisters engage in romances with the reserved Edward Ferrars the dashing yet fickle Mr Willoughby and the gentlemanly Colonel Brandon and eventually find the fulfillment of their romantic yearnings


The Picture of Dorian Gray [Original 1890 Text]

How sad it is murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait How sad it is I shall grow old and horrid and dreadful But this picture will remain always young It will never be older than this particular day of June If it was only the other way If it was I who were to be always young and the picture that were to grow old For this for this I would give everything Yes there is nothing in the whole world I would not give br br This is the Chapter version as originally published in in Lippincot s Magazine not the much more common available Chapter version published in


Les Misérables (Heron Classics) [The Collection #12]

Les Mis rables is a novel by French author Victor Hugo and among the best known novels of the th century It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early th century that starts in the year of Napoleon s final defeat Principally focusing on the struggles of the protagonist ex convict Jean Valjean who seeks to redeem himself the novel also examines the impact of Valjean s actions for the sake of social commentary It examines the nature of good evil and the law in a sweeping story that expounds upon the history of France architecture of Paris politics moral philosophy law justice religion and the types and nature of romantic and familial love Les Mis rables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations of which the most famous is the stage musical of the same name sometimes abbreviated Les Mis or Les Miz


Dracula: Bestsellers and famous Books

The novel tells the story of Dracula s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing br Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature horror fiction the gothic novel and invasion literature Stoker did not invent the vampire but he defined its modern form and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical film and television interpretations


The Odyssey of Homer (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

The Odyssey Greek Od sseia is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer It is in part a sequel to the Iliad the other work traditionally ascribed to Homer The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon Indeed it is the second the Iliad being the first extant work of Western literature It was probably composed near the end of the eighth century BC somewhere in Ionia the then Greek controlled coastal region of what is now Turkey br br The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus or Ulysses as he was known in Roman myths and his long journey home following the fall of Troy It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War In his absence it is assumed he has died and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors the Mnesteres Greek or Proci competing for Penelope s hand in marriage br br It continues to be read in Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world The original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos perhaps a rhapsode and was intended more to be sung than read The details of the ancient oral performance and the story s conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars The Odyssey was written in a regionless poetic dialect of Greek and comprises lines of dactylic hexameter Among the most impressive elements of the text are its strikingly modern non linear plot and the fact that events are shown to depend as much on the choices made by women and serfs as on the actions of fighting men In the English language as well as many others the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage


The Count Of Monte-Cristo (Shandon Classics) [The Books You Must Read Before You Die - #6]

The Count of Monte Cristo French Le Comte de Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas p re It is often considered along with The Three Musketeers as Dumas most popular work It is also among the highest selling books of all time The writing of the work was completed in Like many of his novels it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet br br The story takes place in France Italy islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis Philippe of France The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book It is primarily concerned with themes of hope justice vengeance mercy forgiveness and death and is told in the style of an adventure story


The Annotated Secret Garden (The Annotated Books)

b The much loved tale read by generations of children now annotated and with over one hundred stunning illustrations b br br Frances Hodgson Burnett was famous in her time for her adult novels and her forays into children s literature with i Little Lord Fauntleroy i and i A Little Princess The Secret Garden i her story of an orphan girl who moves from India to the British countryside has become a favorite book of every generation thereafter Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina the author of the definitive biography of Burnett brings out aspects of Burnett s life that led her to write the book details of the Victorian England time period attitudes toward children and Burnett s spiritual leanings Gerzina captures the magical nature of the tale and the coming together of three children through restoring a hidden garden With over one hundred illustrations many in vibrant color i The Annotated Secret Garden i is an enchanting gift for any child or for any adult who is still a feisty child underneath color and black and white illustrations


Anna Karenina (Heron Classics) [The Collection #41]

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth century Russia the novel s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness


The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Anidori Kiladra Talianna Isilee Crown Princess of Kildenree spends the first years of her life under her aunt s guidance learning to communicate with animals As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech but is never comfortable speaking with people so when her silver tongued lady in waiting leads a mutiny during Ani s journey to be married in a foreign land Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her br br Becoming a goose girl for the king Ani eventually uses her own special nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny Shannon Hale has woven an incredible original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own


The Jungle Books

The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling s philosophy of life is expressed in miniature They are best known for the Mowgli stories the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther The stories a mixture of fantasy myth and magic are underpinned by Kipling s abiding preoccupation with the theme of self discovery and the nature of the Law


The Outsiders (M Books)

In Ponyboy s world there are two types of people There are the Socs the rich society kids who get away with anything Then there are the greasers like Ponyboy who aren t so lucky Ponyboy has a few things he can count on his older brothers his friends and trouble with the Socs whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers At least he knows what to expect until the night things go too far


A Clockwork Orange (Independent Banned Books #2)

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The Truth About Forever

i There are alternate cover editions for this ISBN a href https www goodreads com book show the truth about forever rel nofollow here a and a href https www goodreads com book show the truth about forever rel nofollow here a i br br b A long hot summer b br br That s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp Days will be spent at a boring job in the library evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs and spare time will be passed with her mother the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy s father br br But sometimes unexpected things can happen things such as the catering job at Wish with its fun loving chaotic crew Or her sister s project of renovating the neglected beach house awakening long buried memories Things such as meeting Wes a boy with a past a taste for Truth telling and an amazing artistic talent the kind of boy who could turn any girl s world upside down As Macy ventures out of her shell she begins to question her sheltered life br br Is it i really i i always better to be safe than sorry i


Crime and Punishment (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime the murder of a despicable pawnbroker an old women no one loves and no one will mourn Is it not just he reasons for a man of genius to commit such a crime to transgress moral law if it will ultimately benefit humanity So begins one of the greatest novels ever written a powerful psychological study a terrifying murder mystery a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical religious and social commentary Raskolnikov an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St Petersburg carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution madness and terror Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil a man who cannot escape his own conscience


Great Expectations

A student friendly version of the full text of Charles Dicken s Great Expectations This bumper edition contains lots of helpful notes and insightful comments with extra wide margins on every page for students to add their own notes


The Scarlet Letter: Bestsellers and famous Books

The Scarlet Letter set in th century Puritan Boston Massachusetts during the years to it tells the story of Hester Prynne who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity Throughout the book Hawthorne explores themes of legalism sin and guilt


Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Chosen Books)

i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is the first of Mark Twain s novels to feature one of the best loved characters in American fiction with a critical introduction by John Seelye in Penguin Classics From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth A sombre undercurrent flows through the high humour and unabashed nostalgia of the novel however for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality base emotions and superstitions murder and revenge starvation and slavery In his illuminating introduction noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain s writing


Dune (Alpha Books S.)

b blockquote This Hugo amp Nebula Award winner tells a sweeping tale of the desert planet Arrakis the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire blockquote b Arrakis is the sole source of Melange spice of spices Melange is necessary for interstellar travel amp grants psi powers amp longevity Whoever controls it wields great influence Troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides The Harkonnens don t want to give up their privilege Thru sabotage amp treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet s harsh environment to die There he joins the Fremen a desert dwelling tribe the basis of the army with which he reclaims what s rightfully his Paul is more than just a usurped duke He might be the end product of a long term genetic experiment to breed a superhuman He might be a messiah His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people amp events Repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium p i Dune i is one of the most famous sf novels ever written Deservedly so The setting is elaborate amp ornate the plot labyrinthine the adventures exciting Five sequels follow Brooks Peck edited p