The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier

By Alain-Fournier

Whilst Meaulnes first arrives on the neighborhood tuition in Sologne, everyone seems to be captivated through his attractiveness, bold and aura. but if Meaulnes disappears for a number of days, and returns with stories of a wierd get together at a mysterious residence and a stunning woman hidden inside of it, he has been replaced perpetually. In his stressed look for his misplaced property and the happiness he discovered there, Meaulnes, saw by way of his unswerving pal Francois, may perhaps threat wasting every thing he ever had. Poised among younger admiration and grownup resignation, Alain-Fournier’s compelling narrator contains the reader via this evocative and unbearably poignant portrayal of determined friendship and vanished formative years.

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New Grub Street by George Gissing

By George Gissing

Hailed as Gissing's most interesting novel, New Grub road portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing global in overdue Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards advertisement savvy over creative success, authors and students fight to earn money with out compromising their criteria. "Even because the novel chills us with its still-recognizable portrayal of the crass and vulgar global of literary endeavor," writes Francine Prose in her creation, "its very lifestyles presents eloquent, encouraging evidence of the truth that a robust, sincere author can go beyond the restrictions of commerce."

This glossy Library Paperback vintage is decided from the textual content of the 1891 first variation.

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A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

By Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy, "the grand tale teller,"* returns with a solid of characters you'll always remember after they all spend a iciness week jointly on vacation at Stone residence, a restful hotel via the sea...

Stoneyville is a small city at the coast of eire the place the entire households understand one another. while Chicky comes to a decision to take an outdated decaying mansion, Stone residence, and switch it right into a restful position for a vacation by way of the ocean, the city thinks she is loopy. She is helped through Rigger (a undesirable boy became reliable who's convenient round the position) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). ultimately the 1st week of paying visitors arrive: John, the yankee superstar thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, pressured into taking a vacation jointly; Nuala and Henry, husband and spouse , either medical professionals who've been shaken by means of seeing an excessive amount of loss of life; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's enterprise, yet has a true expertise for song; pass over Nell Howe, a retired tuition instructor, who  criticizes every thing and leaves an afternoon early, a lot to everyone's aid; the partitions who've entered in 2 hundred contests (and gained every little thing from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, together with the week at Stone House); and  Freda , the psychic who's scared of her personal visions. you are going to giggle and cry as you spend the week with this unusual team who percentage their secrets and techniques and may also have a few of their desires come true. 

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The Ambassadors by Henry James

By Henry James

An incomparable Henry James's novel in a brand new edition

Featuring a brand new advent, it's a superb and complex satire of manners and morals within the most sensible Jamesian culture. The Ambassadors is a sophisticated exploration of yankee responses to Europe during which a Boston blueblood's son turns into concerned with an wrong girl.

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Unto This Last and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) by John Ruskin

By John Ruskin

The main influential artwork theorist and critic of his age, an exceptional guy of letters, a delicate painter and draughtsman, Ruskin's social feedback stunned and angered the institution and plenty of of his admirers.
initially an outcry opposed to injustice and inhumanity, Unto this Last is additionally a heavily argued attack at the technological know-how of political economic climate, which ruled the Victorian interval. Ruskin used to be a profoundly conservative guy who appeared again to the center a long time as a Utopia, but his rules had a substantial effect at the British socialist stream. And in making his robust ethical and aesthetic case opposed to the risks of unhindered industrialization he used to be surprisingly prophetic. This quantity exhibits the brilliant diversity and intensity of Ruskin's paintings, and in an illuminating advent the editor unearths the consistency of Ruskin's philosophy and his adamant trust that questions of economics, artwork and technological know-how couldn't be separated from questions of morality. In Ruskin's phrases, 'There isn't any Wealth yet Life.'

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë

By Charlotte Brontë

When Lucy Snowe leaves England to seem for a brand new existence at the Continent she has no notion what lies in shop for her. This quiet, lonely woman needs to study fast whilst she reveals herself educating in a international university, without buddies or relations to depend on. despite the fact that it's now not lengthy until eventually figures from Lucy's earlier look and he or she turns into all in favour of dilemmas which encourage new and passionate emotions in her.

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession by Joseph Conrad

By Joseph Conrad

The masterpiece of Joseph Conrad's later years, the autobiographical brief novel The Shadow-Line depicts a tender guy at a crossroads in his existence, dealing with a determined drawback that marks the "shadow-line" among formative years and maturity.

This short yet excessive tale is a dramatically fictionalized account of Conrad's first command as a tender sea captain trapped aboard a becalmed, fever-wracked, and doubtless haunted send. with out wind in sight and his group disabled via malaria, the narrator discovers that the drugs essential to shop the in poor health males is lacking and its absence has been intentionally hid. in the meantime, his more and more nervous first mate is confident that the malignant ghost of the former captain has cursed them. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and deceptively basic, Conrad's story of the ocean displays the advanced issues of his most famed novels, Lord Jim and middle of Darkness.

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Quatrevingt-treize by Victor Hugo

By Victor Hugo

Le marquis de Lantenac, vieil aristocrate aux moeurs austères, est l'âme de l'insurrection vendéenne ; Cimourdain, issu du peuple, fait montre du stoïcisme intraitable des délégués de l. a. conference ; Gauvain, neveu du marquis et fils adoptif de J Cimourdain, est un noble qui a rejoint les rangs du peuple. A travers l'histoire de ces trois hommes condamnés à s'affronter, les péripéties sanglantes de los angeles Révolution sont rachetées par l'intégrité morale de quelques-uns. Quatrevingt-treize, ou l'épopée de los angeles Révolution française...

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The Portable Dante (Penguin Classics) by Dante Alighieri

By Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri cleared the path for contemporary literature, whereas developing verse and prose that stay unheard of for formal splendor, highbrow intensity, and emotional grandeur. The moveable Dante includes whole verse translations of Dante's masterworks, The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, in addition to a bibliography, notes, and an creation by means of eminent pupil and translator Mark Musa.

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King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain Series, Book 1) by H. Rider Haggard

By H. Rider Haggard

3 males trek to the distant African inside looking for a misplaced pal - and achieve, on the finish of a dangerous trip, an unknown land bring to an end from the realm, the place bad hazards threaten somebody who ventures close to the wonderful diamond mines of King Solomon...

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