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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - Complete Collection: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe + Prince Caspian + The Voyage of the Dawn Treader + The Silver Chair ... Battle...: Classics of Children's Literature

This carefully crafted ebook THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Complete Collection The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Horse and His Boy The The Last Battle is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents br The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children and is considered a classic of children s literature Set in the fictional realm of Narnia a fantasy world of magic mythical beasts and talking animals the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world Except in The Horse and His Boy the protagonists are all children from the real world magically transported to Narnia where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line The books span the entire history of Narnia from its creation in The Magician s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle In addition to Christian themes Lewis also borrowed characters from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales br Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist poet academic medievalist literary critic lay theologian and lecturer He is best known for his fictional work especially The Screwtape Letters The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy and for his non fiction Christian apologetics such as Mere Christianity Miracles and The Problem of Pain br Table of Contents br The Chronicles of Narnia br The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe br Prince Caspian br The Voyage of the Dawn Treader br The Silver Chair br The Horse and His Boy br The Magician s Nephew br The Last Battle


Bridge to Terabithia - Reading Skills Through Literature (Portals to Reading Series)

Jess and Leslie competitors at first then unlikely friends who create a magical land called Terabithia are the unforgettable protagonists in one of the most celebrated children s novels of all time This classic has been adapted into a live action picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media


THE SUN ALSO RAISES (Timeless Literature Collection)

The Sun Also Rises is about a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Ferm n in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights An early and enduring modernist novel it has been called Hemingway s greatest work and his most important novel and also the most impressive first novel from a new author ever written It is in the list of best novels of the XXth century br br Definitively a great novel from one of the greatest authors of our time


War and Peace : The Original Russian Classic Literature: (Historical, Romance, War Novel, Philosophical)

Pages br War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in its entirety in The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature It is considered Tolstoy s finest literary achievement along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina br br War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families Portions of an earlier version of the novel then known as The Year were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between and The novel was first published in its entirety in Newsweek in ranked it first in its list of the Top Books In the novel was listed at number on the BBC s survey The Big Read br br Tolstoy himself somewhat enigmatically said of War and Peace that it was not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections of the work especially in the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel


A Midsummer Night's Dream (British Literature)

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny


The Time Machine - Literature Classics, Complete Edition (Annotated)

The Time Machine Literature Classics Complete Edition br br ADDITIONAL CONTENT br Active Table of Contents br The Author Biography br Annotation of The Time Machine br Plot Summary br Scholarship br Adaptations br br OVERVIEW br The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H G Wells published in for the first time and later adapted into at least two feature films of the same name as well as two television versions and a large number of comic book adaptations It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media This word story is generally credited with the popularisation of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively The term time machine coined by Wells is now universally used to refer to such a vehicle This work is an early example of the Dying Earth subgenre br br SUMMARY br The book s protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond Surrey identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller The narrator recounts the Traveller s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale becoming the new narrator br br In the new narrative the Time Traveller tests his device with a journey that takes him to the year A D where he meets the Eloi a society of small elegant childlike adults They live in small communities within large and futuristic yet slowly deteriorating buildings doing no work and having a frugivorous diet His efforts to communicate with them are hampered by their lack of curiosity or discipline and he speculates that they are a peaceful communist society the result of humanity conquering nature with technology and subsequently evolving to adapt to an environment in which strength and intellect are no longer advantageous to survival br br REVIEWS br Stars Review fascinatedwriter Walmart br The Time Machine is one for the ages With its wonderful ideas and outlandish possibilities the Time Traveller who shall remain nameless sends you on a trip that boggles the mind and ignites your imagination as you sail through eons of time This world that H G Wells created in which there is a lasting and somewhat cruel cycle of life is one that haunts you and warms you at the same time His charecters make you love all the goodness in humanity while at the same time abhor its cruelties Thist is one that will send you back to your seat time and time again to travel from our time to the year and beyond br br Stars Review Mike Goodreads br The Time Machine by H G Wells is an amazing piece of writing I can t believe it came out in I had almost no trouble reading it although there were occasional words that I did not recognize words that have gone out of use in the years since the story s first publication But overall the writing the message and the excitement are as potent now as ever br br I recommend The Time Machine it anyone of any age who is curious open minded and willing to use their imagination br br Stars Review Safaeita ahsissene Goodreads br LRemarkably beautiful if it was not for the writing style i would ve thought it to be a novel from our decade br The way it has been writing is splendid books from that time have such an amazing way to stir our imagination and emotions I really truly loved it


Heart of Darkness (Sat Words From Literature)

i Heart of Darkness i is the thrilling tale of Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but of those that underpin Western civilization itself br br SAT Words from Literature presents a new approach to scoring high on the Scholastic Aptitude Test Rather than taking words directly from a dictionary and studying them SAT Words from Literature presents vocabulary words that are found in classic literature in their original context In this way you will get a clear understanding of what the word can do in a sentence what it might mean and how it is used Each vocabulary word is highlighted in the text and also reproduced in bold on the facing page the entry concludes with the word s part of speech as it is used in the book its pronunciation and an appropriate definition with a synonym or antonym if applicable Exercises that test your understanding of the vocabulary words are included at the end of the book To make the exercises more manageable words are arranged by chapters or sections so that there are not too many words in any one group We hope that your understanding of vocabulary is increased and that your score on the SAT will be improved by using this book


Treasure Island (Amsco Literature Series)

A mysterious seaman hides at a country inn cut throats raid a sleepy English village suddenly young Jim Hawkins becomes the owner of a map leading to a lost tropical island and a fortune in stolen gold Three adventures Jim Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey set out to find the treasure But they trust the one they should most fear Long John Silver Charming brave ruthless murderous Silver fills the squire s ship with pirates And on the desolate fever infested island the quest for gold becomes a deadly war of hide and seek Desperate defenders against merciless killers battling over a cursed treasure won with blood buried with blood sought with blood Incredible wealth that Jim and his friends can only claim


Oliver Twist: Classic Literature Easy to Read

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into illustrated chapters


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Children's Books Literature Classics, Complete Edition (Annotated, Illustrated)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Children s Books Literature Classics Complete Edition br br ADDITIONAL CONTENT br Active Table of Contents br Illustration Color from Original Book br The Author Biography br Annotation br Background br Publication br Plot Summary br Adaptations br br OVERVIEW br The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children s novel written by L Frank Baum and illustrated by W W Denslow Originally published by the George M Hill Company in Chicago on May it has since been reprinted numerous times most often under the name The Wizard of Oz which is the name of both the stage play and the film version The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a storm br br SUMMARY br Dorothy is an orphan raised by her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in the bleak landscape of a Kansas farm She has a little black dog Toto who is her sole source of happiness on the dry gray prairies One day the farmhouse with Dorothy and Toto inside is caught up in a tornado and deposited in a field in Munchkin Country the eastern quadrant of the Land of Oz The falling house kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins the Wicked Witch of the East br br STARS REVIEWS br Rachel Goodreads br Unfortunately I couldn t find the edition I have This is due in large part to the fact that many of my books were once my parents and grandparents I have the entire Nancy Drew collection from the s br br The Wizard of Oz series changed my life immensley In second grade I was Dorothy for Halloween However everyone was confused by my silver shoes Way to be MGM In sixth grade I dressed up as Ozma of Oz in a giant green ballgown and poppies in my hair Everyone thought I was Frida Kahlo Weak br br I m considering getting a sleeve with original W W Denslow illustrations I currently have a tatto running from rib to hip of my skin ripped open revealing gears It symbolizes a lot for me but it also represents T S Eliot s The Hollow Men which I always thought was referencing the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman br br If I only had a heart br br Wendi Goodreads br What a fantastic read I read this book during my first week of Christmas vacation while I sick and puking from stomach flu Dorothy is so smart I love that L Frank Baum didn t make her some doofy little girl like Stephanie Meyers did with Bella in Twilight Steph read Wizard of Oz and smarten up your girls Such a good book I love how strong and capable all the characters were and yet they let little things make them self concious But then when needed their powers came out The Tin Woodman not stepping on a bug The cowardly lion pulling the raft ashore The Scarecrow time and time again came up with ingenious ways to get them out of whatever trouble the group was in Just a fabulous book I think all kids should have to read this book and then have to read it again as high school students and then again as college students and one last time as adults We all have our power inside us we just have to trust ourselves and tap into it br br I read the book originally to just have something light while not feeling well But I was so wrong this book made me think so much It also prepared me to reread Wicked by Gregory Maguire Everything means so much more this time around as I read Wicked Dorothy so smart and strong in Wizard of Oz not some silly little girl singing along can be seen if from the Witch s point of view as a threat I just love both books br br br Mel Vincent Goodreads br It certainly is one of the greatest fairly tales ever written


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Prentice Hall Literature Library)

In September of Robert Louis Stevenson then in his mid thirties moved with his family to Bournemouth a resort on the southern coast of England where in the brief span of months he revised i A Child s Garden of Verses i and wrote the novels i Kidnapped i and i The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde i br br An intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory i Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde i depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities one essentially good the other evil for the soul of one man Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality whose power to terrify and move us remains over a century later undiminished


Lectures on Literature

For two decades first at Wellesley and then at Cornell Nabokov introduced undergraduates to the delights of great fiction Here collected for the first time are his famous lectures which include Mansfield Park Bleak House and Ulysses Edited and with a Foreword by Fredson Bowers Introduction by John Updike illustrations br


THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA V. THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (Timeless Literature Collection Book 1009)

We find the return to Narnia of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie along with their priggish cousin Eustace Scrubb Once there they join Caspian s voyage on the ship Dawn Treader to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan s country at the edge of the world


All Quiet on the Western Front (History in Literature)

This is the testament of Paul B umer who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I These young men become enthusiastic soldiers but their world of duty culture and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches br br Through years of vivid horror Paul holds fast to a single vow to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another if only he can come out of the war alive


Northanger Abbey--Annotated, with Commentary (Literature in Its Context)

Bookdoors NORTHANGER ABBEY is the most richly annotated edition of Jane Austen s novel available in print or online Designed as an ebook this and the other In Context editions offer you swift seamless access to information and commentary br br The modest price underscores BookDoors mission please see bookdoors com to make these works accessible to an audience of widely different experience and expectations The Literature in Its Context series provides today s reader with the knowledge an informed person of possessed and that Austen took for granted As you read you ll have should you wish to use it an interpretive discussion of NORTHANGER ABBEY You ll also find illustrations an Austen Glossary of some words a time line that includes cultural scientific and technological developments between a select bibliography and a brief biography of Austen br br Austen writes in EMMA that Seldom very seldom does complete truth belong to any human disclosure seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken That s true of NORTHANGER ABBEY as well and now nearly two centuries later a little mistaken and a little disguised understate the challenge br br At the most basic level NORTHANGER ABBEY S diction can be obscure for words themselves have changed or disappeared The In Context editions define words and phrases such as freehold insipid disinterested not to be confused with uninterested pleasure grounds awful and very low woman A second order of annotation explains the historical background in which Austen roots the novel including her life and its convergences with her fiction and the novel s social and cultural context especially in this case its relation to Romanticism and competing notions of taste in landscape and literature Not to know this material deprives the reader of both understanding and pleasure A third level of commentary addresses NORTHANGER ABBEY a parody and Austen s most broadly comic novel as a work of the literary imagination by one of England s driest most ironic novelists br br Austen writes of one of her protagonists Emma what s true of all their two supreme moral strengths are discernment to see what s actually there and judgment what to make of what s there Austen expects no less from her readers but promises that the reward for our keener braver discernment will be our far greater pleasure br br For more information and for an opportunity to read freely and test drive BookDoors powerful search engine please visit our website bookdoors com


The Three Musketeers (World's Greatest Literature)

First published in Alexandre Dumas s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D Artagnan a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in hoping to join the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII He soon finds himself fighting alongside three heroic comrades Athos Porthos and Aramis who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy Milady br br As Clifton Fadiman reflected We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story In these violent pages all is action intrigue suspense surprise and an almost endless chain of duels murders love affairs unmaskings ambushes hairbreadth escapes wild rides It is all impossible and it is all magnificent


MANSFIELD PARK-Annotated, with Commentary (Literature in Its Context)

BookDoors MANSFIELD PARK is the most richly annotated edition of Jane Austen s novel available in print or online Designed as an eBook this and the other BookDoors In Context editions of the Austen novels offer you swift seamless access to information and commentary br br The modest price underscores BookDoors mission to make these works accessible to an audience of widely different experience and expectations please see bookdoors com The Literature in Its Context series aspires to provide today s reader with the knowledge an informed reader of possessed and that Austen took for granted As you read you ll have should you wish an interpretive discussion of MANSFIELD PARK Austen s longest and most complex You ll also find illustrations an Austen Glossary of some words a time line that includes cultural scientific and technological developments from to a selective bibliography and a brief biography of Austen br br Austen observes in EMMA Seldom very seldom does complete truth belong to any human disclosure seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken That s true of MANSFIELD PARK and now nearly two centuries later a little mistaken and a little disguised understate the challenge a reader faces br br The annotations and commentary address words and diction Austen s vocabulary is not ours the historical context in which Austen sets the novel including her life and its convergences with her fiction and the novel s social and cultural context Third the commentary is worthy of a complex work of the literary imagination br br Austen writes of Emma what s true of all her protagonists their two supreme moral strengths are discernment to see what s actually there and judgment what to make of what s there Austen expects no less from her readers but promises that the reward for our keener braver discernment will be our far greater pleasure br br For more information and for the opportunity to read freely and to test drive BookDoors nimble search engine please visit bookdoors com


A Farewell to Arms (Timeless Literature Collection)

This classic novel is a first person account of American Frederic Henry serving as a Lieutenant Tenente in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army The title is taken from a poem by th century English dramatist George Peele br The novel is about a love affair between the expatriate American Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of the First World War cynical soldiers fighting and the displacement of populations br This novel became Hemingway first best seller and is described by some as the premier American war novel


The Importance of Being Earnest (Cambridge Literature)

The truth is rarely pure and never simple in married life three is company and two is none Is this play a unique work of art as Oscar Wilde believed Or as a first night reviewer claimed in it represents nothing means nothing is nothing This is for you to decide Cambridge Literature is a series of study texts which presents writing in the English speaking world from the th century up to the present day The series includes novels drama short stories poetry essays and other types of non fiction Each edition has the complete text with an appropriate glossary The student will find in each volume a helpful introduction and a full section of resource notes encouraging active and imaginative study methods


Othello (Literature: Stratford Series)

In Othello Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona with elopement and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello s African past br br Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine differences of race of age of cultural background that one should not perhaps be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello s standard bearer Iago who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona br br As Othello succumbs to Iago s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful fascination which dominates the early acts of the play turns to horror especially for the audience We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago s schemes of an innocent Desdemona who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults the outcome of Othello s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness


The Crucible (Prentice Hall Literature The American Experience)

I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem Massachusetts Based on historical people and real events Miller s drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria In the rigid theocracy of Salem rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town s most basic fears and suspicions and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch self righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence br br Written in i The Crucible i is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy s witch hunts in the United States Within the text itself Miller contemplates the parallels writing Political opposition is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior A political policy is equated with moral right and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence


Call of the Wild: Classic Literature Easy to Read (Bring the Classics to Life: Level 2)

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into illustrated chapters This format is ideal for bilingual education people learning English as a second language ESL English Language Learners ELL people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult This learning product is high interest low readability Readers of this version will improve comprehension fluency and vocabulary


Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas was the first of Roberto Bola o s books to reach a wide public When it was published by Seix Barral in critics in Spain were quick to recognize the arrival of an important new talent The book presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries It is a tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition Nazi Literature in the Americas is composed of short biographies including descriptions of the writers works plus an epilogue for Monsters which includes even briefer biographies of persons mentioned in passing All of the writers are imaginary although they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds Ernesto Perez Mason for example in the sample included here is an imaginary member of the real Oriacute genes group in Cuba and his farcical clashes with Joseacute Lezama Lima recall stories about the spats between Lezama Lima and Virgilio Pintilde era as recounted in Guillermo Cabrera Infante s Mea Cuba The origins of the imaginary writers are diverse Authors from twelve different countries are included The countries with the most representatives are Argentina and the USA


Don Quixote: The Norton Anthology World Literature

This version is from Volume one Shorter Second Edition of The Norton Anthology World Literature br ISBN br Pages Part br Part br Translated by Samuel Putnam


Peter Pan -- BookDna Famous Children's Literature

Peter Pan is a mischievous little boy who can fly and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers the fairy Tinker Bell the Lost Boys the Indian princess Tiger Lily and the pirate Captain Hook This Chinese Edition is adapted by Qinghua Zhang Bo Wu and Bingyang Wu and illustrated by AMIBA Studio br br br amazon kindle books BookDna Famous Children s Literature kindle br ZHE JIANG PUBLISHING UNITED GROUP


Things Fall Apart and Related Readings (Literature Connections)

i Things Fall Apart i tells two intertwining stories both centering on Okonkwo a strong man of an Ibo village in Nigeria The first a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society traces Okonkwo s fall from grace with the tribal world The second as modern as the first is ancient concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo s world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature human history and the mysterious compulsions of the soul


The Trial (Classics of World Literature)

p When people use the adjective Kafkaesque it is The Trial they have in mind the nightmarish world of Joseph K where the rules are hidden from even the highest officials and any help there may be comes from unexpected sources p br p K is never told what he is on trial for and when he says he is innocent he is immediately asked innocent of what Is he perhaps on trial for his innocence Could he have freed himself from the proceedings by confessing his guilt as a human being Has the trial been set up because he is incapable of admitting his guilt and hence his humanity p br p The Trial is a chilling and at the same time blackly amusing tale that maintains to the very end a constant relentless atmosphere of disorientation and quirkiness Superficially the subject matter is bureaucracy but the story s great strength is its description of the effect on the life and mind of Josef K It is in the last resort a description of the absurdity of normal human nature p


TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES ( THOMAS HARDY) Notes on English Literature

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d Urbervilles they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune


Tuck everlasting: And related readings (Literature connections)

Doomed to or blessed with eternal life after drinking from a magic spring the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing than it might seem Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune


Gulliver's Travels: A Classic of English Literature

Gulliver s Travels br br A Classic of English Literature br br By Jonathan Swift br br A Prose Satire br br First published in br br The book begins with a short preamble in which Lemuel Gulliver in the literary style of the time gives a brief outline of his life and history before his voyages He enjoys travelling although it is that love of travel that is his downfall During his first voyage Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a race of tiny people less than inches tall who are inhabitants of the island country of Lilliput After giving assurances of his good behaviour he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favourite of the court From there the book follows Gulliver s observations on the Court of Lilliput He is also given the permission to go around the city on a condition that he must not harm their subjects Gulliver assists the Lilliputians to subdue their neighbours the Blefuscudians by stealing their fleet However he refuses to reduce the island nation of Blefuscu to a province of Lilliput displeasing the King and the court Gulliver is charged with treason for among other crimes making water urination in the capital though he was putting out a fire and saving countless lives He is convicted and sentenced to be blinded but with the assistance of a kind friend he escapes to Blefuscu Here he spots and retrieves an abandoned boat and sails out to be rescued by a passing ship which safely takes him back home This book of the Travels is a typical political satire


THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - Complete Collection: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe + Prince Caspian + The Voyage of the Dawn Treader + The Silver Chair ... Battle...: Classics of Children's Literature

This carefully crafted ebook THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Complete Collection The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Horse and His Boy The The Last Battle is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents br The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children and is considered a classic of children s literature Set in the fictional realm of Narnia a fantasy world of magic mythical beasts and talking animals the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world Except in The Horse and His Boy the protagonists are all children from the real world magically transported to Narnia where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line The books span the entire history of Narnia from its creation in The Magician s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle In addition to Christian themes Lewis also borrowed characters from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales br Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist poet academic medievalist literary critic lay theologian and lecturer He is best known for his fictional work especially The Screwtape Letters The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy and for his non fiction Christian apologetics such as Mere Christianity Miracles and The Problem of Pain br Table of Contents br The Chronicles of Narnia br The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe br Prince Caspian br The Voyage of the Dawn Treader br The Silver Chair br The Horse and His Boy br The Magician s Nephew br The Last Battle


Bridge to Terabithia - Reading Skills Through Literature (Portals to Reading Series)

Jess and Leslie competitors at first then unlikely friends who create a magical land called Terabithia are the unforgettable protagonists in one of the most celebrated children s novels of all time This classic has been adapted into a live action picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media


THE SUN ALSO RAISES (Timeless Literature Collection)

The Sun Also Rises is about a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Ferm n in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights An early and enduring modernist novel it has been called Hemingway s greatest work and his most important novel and also the most impressive first novel from a new author ever written It is in the list of best novels of the XXth century br br Definitively a great novel from one of the greatest authors of our time


War and Peace : The Original Russian Classic Literature: (Historical, Romance, War Novel, Philosophical)

Pages br War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in its entirety in The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature It is considered Tolstoy s finest literary achievement along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina br br War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families Portions of an earlier version of the novel then known as The Year were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between and The novel was first published in its entirety in Newsweek in ranked it first in its list of the Top Books In the novel was listed at number on the BBC s survey The Big Read br br Tolstoy himself somewhat enigmatically said of War and Peace that it was not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections of the work especially in the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel


A Midsummer Night's Dream (British Literature)

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny


The Time Machine - Literature Classics, Complete Edition (Annotated)

The Time Machine Literature Classics Complete Edition br br ADDITIONAL CONTENT br Active Table of Contents br The Author Biography br Annotation of The Time Machine br Plot Summary br Scholarship br Adaptations br br OVERVIEW br The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H G Wells published in for the first time and later adapted into at least two feature films of the same name as well as two television versions and a large number of comic book adaptations It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media This word story is generally credited with the popularisation of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively The term time machine coined by Wells is now universally used to refer to such a vehicle This work is an early example of the Dying Earth subgenre br br SUMMARY br The book s protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond Surrey identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller The narrator recounts the Traveller s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale becoming the new narrator br br In the new narrative the Time Traveller tests his device with a journey that takes him to the year A D where he meets the Eloi a society of small elegant childlike adults They live in small communities within large and futuristic yet slowly deteriorating buildings doing no work and having a frugivorous diet His efforts to communicate with them are hampered by their lack of curiosity or discipline and he speculates that they are a peaceful communist society the result of humanity conquering nature with technology and subsequently evolving to adapt to an environment in which strength and intellect are no longer advantageous to survival br br REVIEWS br Stars Review fascinatedwriter Walmart br The Time Machine is one for the ages With its wonderful ideas and outlandish possibilities the Time Traveller who shall remain nameless sends you on a trip that boggles the mind and ignites your imagination as you sail through eons of time This world that H G Wells created in which there is a lasting and somewhat cruel cycle of life is one that haunts you and warms you at the same time His charecters make you love all the goodness in humanity while at the same time abhor its cruelties Thist is one that will send you back to your seat time and time again to travel from our time to the year and beyond br br Stars Review Mike Goodreads br The Time Machine by H G Wells is an amazing piece of writing I can t believe it came out in I had almost no trouble reading it although there were occasional words that I did not recognize words that have gone out of use in the years since the story s first publication But overall the writing the message and the excitement are as potent now as ever br br I recommend The Time Machine it anyone of any age who is curious open minded and willing to use their imagination br br Stars Review Safaeita ahsissene Goodreads br LRemarkably beautiful if it was not for the writing style i would ve thought it to be a novel from our decade br The way it has been writing is splendid books from that time have such an amazing way to stir our imagination and emotions I really truly loved it


Heart of Darkness (Sat Words From Literature)

i Heart of Darkness i is the thrilling tale of Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but of those that underpin Western civilization itself br br SAT Words from Literature presents a new approach to scoring high on the Scholastic Aptitude Test Rather than taking words directly from a dictionary and studying them SAT Words from Literature presents vocabulary words that are found in classic literature in their original context In this way you will get a clear understanding of what the word can do in a sentence what it might mean and how it is used Each vocabulary word is highlighted in the text and also reproduced in bold on the facing page the entry concludes with the word s part of speech as it is used in the book its pronunciation and an appropriate definition with a synonym or antonym if applicable Exercises that test your understanding of the vocabulary words are included at the end of the book To make the exercises more manageable words are arranged by chapters or sections so that there are not too many words in any one group We hope that your understanding of vocabulary is increased and that your score on the SAT will be improved by using this book


Treasure Island (Amsco Literature Series)

A mysterious seaman hides at a country inn cut throats raid a sleepy English village suddenly young Jim Hawkins becomes the owner of a map leading to a lost tropical island and a fortune in stolen gold Three adventures Jim Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey set out to find the treasure But they trust the one they should most fear Long John Silver Charming brave ruthless murderous Silver fills the squire s ship with pirates And on the desolate fever infested island the quest for gold becomes a deadly war of hide and seek Desperate defenders against merciless killers battling over a cursed treasure won with blood buried with blood sought with blood Incredible wealth that Jim and his friends can only claim


Oliver Twist: Classic Literature Easy to Read

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into illustrated chapters


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Children's Books Literature Classics, Complete Edition (Annotated, Illustrated)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Children s Books Literature Classics Complete Edition br br ADDITIONAL CONTENT br Active Table of Contents br Illustration Color from Original Book br The Author Biography br Annotation br Background br Publication br Plot Summary br Adaptations br br OVERVIEW br The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children s novel written by L Frank Baum and illustrated by W W Denslow Originally published by the George M Hill Company in Chicago on May it has since been reprinted numerous times most often under the name The Wizard of Oz which is the name of both the stage play and the film version The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a storm br br SUMMARY br Dorothy is an orphan raised by her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in the bleak landscape of a Kansas farm She has a little black dog Toto who is her sole source of happiness on the dry gray prairies One day the farmhouse with Dorothy and Toto inside is caught up in a tornado and deposited in a field in Munchkin Country the eastern quadrant of the Land of Oz The falling house kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins the Wicked Witch of the East br br STARS REVIEWS br Rachel Goodreads br Unfortunately I couldn t find the edition I have This is due in large part to the fact that many of my books were once my parents and grandparents I have the entire Nancy Drew collection from the s br br The Wizard of Oz series changed my life immensley In second grade I was Dorothy for Halloween However everyone was confused by my silver shoes Way to be MGM In sixth grade I dressed up as Ozma of Oz in a giant green ballgown and poppies in my hair Everyone thought I was Frida Kahlo Weak br br I m considering getting a sleeve with original W W Denslow illustrations I currently have a tatto running from rib to hip of my skin ripped open revealing gears It symbolizes a lot for me but it also represents T S Eliot s The Hollow Men which I always thought was referencing the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman br br If I only had a heart br br Wendi Goodreads br What a fantastic read I read this book during my first week of Christmas vacation while I sick and puking from stomach flu Dorothy is so smart I love that L Frank Baum didn t make her some doofy little girl like Stephanie Meyers did with Bella in Twilight Steph read Wizard of Oz and smarten up your girls Such a good book I love how strong and capable all the characters were and yet they let little things make them self concious But then when needed their powers came out The Tin Woodman not stepping on a bug The cowardly lion pulling the raft ashore The Scarecrow time and time again came up with ingenious ways to get them out of whatever trouble the group was in Just a fabulous book I think all kids should have to read this book and then have to read it again as high school students and then again as college students and one last time as adults We all have our power inside us we just have to trust ourselves and tap into it br br I read the book originally to just have something light while not feeling well But I was so wrong this book made me think so much It also prepared me to reread Wicked by Gregory Maguire Everything means so much more this time around as I read Wicked Dorothy so smart and strong in Wizard of Oz not some silly little girl singing along can be seen if from the Witch s point of view as a threat I just love both books br br br Mel Vincent Goodreads br It certainly is one of the greatest fairly tales ever written


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Prentice Hall Literature Library)

In September of Robert Louis Stevenson then in his mid thirties moved with his family to Bournemouth a resort on the southern coast of England where in the brief span of months he revised i A Child s Garden of Verses i and wrote the novels i Kidnapped i and i The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde i br br An intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory i Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde i depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities one essentially good the other evil for the soul of one man Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality whose power to terrify and move us remains over a century later undiminished


Lectures on Literature

For two decades first at Wellesley and then at Cornell Nabokov introduced undergraduates to the delights of great fiction Here collected for the first time are his famous lectures which include Mansfield Park Bleak House and Ulysses Edited and with a Foreword by Fredson Bowers Introduction by John Updike illustrations br


THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA V. THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (Timeless Literature Collection Book 1009)

We find the return to Narnia of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie along with their priggish cousin Eustace Scrubb Once there they join Caspian s voyage on the ship Dawn Treader to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan s country at the edge of the world


All Quiet on the Western Front (History in Literature)

This is the testament of Paul B umer who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I These young men become enthusiastic soldiers but their world of duty culture and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches br br Through years of vivid horror Paul holds fast to a single vow to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another if only he can come out of the war alive


Northanger Abbey--Annotated, with Commentary (Literature in Its Context)

Bookdoors NORTHANGER ABBEY is the most richly annotated edition of Jane Austen s novel available in print or online Designed as an ebook this and the other In Context editions offer you swift seamless access to information and commentary br br The modest price underscores BookDoors mission please see bookdoors com to make these works accessible to an audience of widely different experience and expectations The Literature in Its Context series provides today s reader with the knowledge an informed person of possessed and that Austen took for granted As you read you ll have should you wish to use it an interpretive discussion of NORTHANGER ABBEY You ll also find illustrations an Austen Glossary of some words a time line that includes cultural scientific and technological developments between a select bibliography and a brief biography of Austen br br Austen writes in EMMA that Seldom very seldom does complete truth belong to any human disclosure seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken That s true of NORTHANGER ABBEY as well and now nearly two centuries later a little mistaken and a little disguised understate the challenge br br At the most basic level NORTHANGER ABBEY S diction can be obscure for words themselves have changed or disappeared The In Context editions define words and phrases such as freehold insipid disinterested not to be confused with uninterested pleasure grounds awful and very low woman A second order of annotation explains the historical background in which Austen roots the novel including her life and its convergences with her fiction and the novel s social and cultural context especially in this case its relation to Romanticism and competing notions of taste in landscape and literature Not to know this material deprives the reader of both understanding and pleasure A third level of commentary addresses NORTHANGER ABBEY a parody and Austen s most broadly comic novel as a work of the literary imagination by one of England s driest most ironic novelists br br Austen writes of one of her protagonists Emma what s true of all their two supreme moral strengths are discernment to see what s actually there and judgment what to make of what s there Austen expects no less from her readers but promises that the reward for our keener braver discernment will be our far greater pleasure br br For more information and for an opportunity to read freely and test drive BookDoors powerful search engine please visit our website bookdoors com


The Three Musketeers (World's Greatest Literature)

First published in Alexandre Dumas s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D Artagnan a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in hoping to join the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII He soon finds himself fighting alongside three heroic comrades Athos Porthos and Aramis who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy Milady br br As Clifton Fadiman reflected We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story In these violent pages all is action intrigue suspense surprise and an almost endless chain of duels murders love affairs unmaskings ambushes hairbreadth escapes wild rides It is all impossible and it is all magnificent


MANSFIELD PARK-Annotated, with Commentary (Literature in Its Context)

BookDoors MANSFIELD PARK is the most richly annotated edition of Jane Austen s novel available in print or online Designed as an eBook this and the other BookDoors In Context editions of the Austen novels offer you swift seamless access to information and commentary br br The modest price underscores BookDoors mission to make these works accessible to an audience of widely different experience and expectations please see bookdoors com The Literature in Its Context series aspires to provide today s reader with the knowledge an informed reader of possessed and that Austen took for granted As you read you ll have should you wish an interpretive discussion of MANSFIELD PARK Austen s longest and most complex You ll also find illustrations an Austen Glossary of some words a time line that includes cultural scientific and technological developments from to a selective bibliography and a brief biography of Austen br br Austen observes in EMMA Seldom very seldom does complete truth belong to any human disclosure seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken That s true of MANSFIELD PARK and now nearly two centuries later a little mistaken and a little disguised understate the challenge a reader faces br br The annotations and commentary address words and diction Austen s vocabulary is not ours the historical context in which Austen sets the novel including her life and its convergences with her fiction and the novel s social and cultural context Third the commentary is worthy of a complex work of the literary imagination br br Austen writes of Emma what s true of all her protagonists their two supreme moral strengths are discernment to see what s actually there and judgment what to make of what s there Austen expects no less from her readers but promises that the reward for our keener braver discernment will be our far greater pleasure br br For more information and for the opportunity to read freely and to test drive BookDoors nimble search engine please visit bookdoors com


A Farewell to Arms (Timeless Literature Collection)

This classic novel is a first person account of American Frederic Henry serving as a Lieutenant Tenente in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army The title is taken from a poem by th century English dramatist George Peele br The novel is about a love affair between the expatriate American Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of the First World War cynical soldiers fighting and the displacement of populations br This novel became Hemingway first best seller and is described by some as the premier American war novel


The Importance of Being Earnest (Cambridge Literature)

The truth is rarely pure and never simple in married life three is company and two is none Is this play a unique work of art as Oscar Wilde believed Or as a first night reviewer claimed in it represents nothing means nothing is nothing This is for you to decide Cambridge Literature is a series of study texts which presents writing in the English speaking world from the th century up to the present day The series includes novels drama short stories poetry essays and other types of non fiction Each edition has the complete text with an appropriate glossary The student will find in each volume a helpful introduction and a full section of resource notes encouraging active and imaginative study methods


Othello (Literature: Stratford Series)

In Othello Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona with elopement and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello s African past br br Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine differences of race of age of cultural background that one should not perhaps be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello s standard bearer Iago who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona br br As Othello succumbs to Iago s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful fascination which dominates the early acts of the play turns to horror especially for the audience We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago s schemes of an innocent Desdemona who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults the outcome of Othello s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness


The Crucible (Prentice Hall Literature The American Experience)

I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem Massachusetts Based on historical people and real events Miller s drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria In the rigid theocracy of Salem rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town s most basic fears and suspicions and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch self righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence br br Written in i The Crucible i is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy s witch hunts in the United States Within the text itself Miller contemplates the parallels writing Political opposition is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior A political policy is equated with moral right and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence


Call of the Wild: Classic Literature Easy to Read (Bring the Classics to Life: Level 2)

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into illustrated chapters This format is ideal for bilingual education people learning English as a second language ESL English Language Learners ELL people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult This learning product is high interest low readability Readers of this version will improve comprehension fluency and vocabulary


Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas was the first of Roberto Bola o s books to reach a wide public When it was published by Seix Barral in critics in Spain were quick to recognize the arrival of an important new talent The book presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries It is a tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition Nazi Literature in the Americas is composed of short biographies including descriptions of the writers works plus an epilogue for Monsters which includes even briefer biographies of persons mentioned in passing All of the writers are imaginary although they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds Ernesto Perez Mason for example in the sample included here is an imaginary member of the real Oriacute genes group in Cuba and his farcical clashes with Joseacute Lezama Lima recall stories about the spats between Lezama Lima and Virgilio Pintilde era as recounted in Guillermo Cabrera Infante s Mea Cuba The origins of the imaginary writers are diverse Authors from twelve different countries are included The countries with the most representatives are Argentina and the USA


Don Quixote: The Norton Anthology World Literature

This version is from Volume one Shorter Second Edition of The Norton Anthology World Literature br ISBN br Pages Part br Part br Translated by Samuel Putnam


Peter Pan -- BookDna Famous Children's Literature

Peter Pan is a mischievous little boy who can fly and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers the fairy Tinker Bell the Lost Boys the Indian princess Tiger Lily and the pirate Captain Hook This Chinese Edition is adapted by Qinghua Zhang Bo Wu and Bingyang Wu and illustrated by AMIBA Studio br br br amazon kindle books BookDna Famous Children s Literature kindle br ZHE JIANG PUBLISHING UNITED GROUP


Things Fall Apart and Related Readings (Literature Connections)

i Things Fall Apart i tells two intertwining stories both centering on Okonkwo a strong man of an Ibo village in Nigeria The first a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society traces Okonkwo s fall from grace with the tribal world The second as modern as the first is ancient concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo s world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature human history and the mysterious compulsions of the soul


The Trial (Classics of World Literature)

p When people use the adjective Kafkaesque it is The Trial they have in mind the nightmarish world of Joseph K where the rules are hidden from even the highest officials and any help there may be comes from unexpected sources p br p K is never told what he is on trial for and when he says he is innocent he is immediately asked innocent of what Is he perhaps on trial for his innocence Could he have freed himself from the proceedings by confessing his guilt as a human being Has the trial been set up because he is incapable of admitting his guilt and hence his humanity p br p The Trial is a chilling and at the same time blackly amusing tale that maintains to the very end a constant relentless atmosphere of disorientation and quirkiness Superficially the subject matter is bureaucracy but the story s great strength is its description of the effect on the life and mind of Josef K It is in the last resort a description of the absurdity of normal human nature p


TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES ( THOMAS HARDY) Notes on English Literature

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d Urbervilles they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune


Tuck everlasting: And related readings (Literature connections)

Doomed to or blessed with eternal life after drinking from a magic spring the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing than it might seem Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune


Gulliver's Travels: A Classic of English Literature

Gulliver s Travels br br A Classic of English Literature br br By Jonathan Swift br br A Prose Satire br br First published in br br The book begins with a short preamble in which Lemuel Gulliver in the literary style of the time gives a brief outline of his life and history before his voyages He enjoys travelling although it is that love of travel that is his downfall During his first voyage Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a race of tiny people less than inches tall who are inhabitants of the island country of Lilliput After giving assurances of his good behaviour he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favourite of the court From there the book follows Gulliver s observations on the Court of Lilliput He is also given the permission to go around the city on a condition that he must not harm their subjects Gulliver assists the Lilliputians to subdue their neighbours the Blefuscudians by stealing their fleet However he refuses to reduce the island nation of Blefuscu to a province of Lilliput displeasing the King and the court Gulliver is charged with treason for among other crimes making water urination in the capital though he was putting out a fire and saving countless lives He is convicted and sentenced to be blinded but with the assistance of a kind friend he escapes to Blefuscu Here he spots and retrieves an abandoned boat and sails out to be rescued by a passing ship which safely takes him back home This book of the Travels is a typical political satire