A homeless stray Michael was wandering about New York back streets and avenues when he saw Starr Endicott and saved her risking his own life. This changed everything. Starrs father got so thankful to Michael that he sent him to a fine school where Michael grew up and became well-educated. Now he is back in New York and wishes to returns the kindness of Starrs father and help the street children with whom he spent the first years of his life. Michael meets Starr again, looks at her and hopelessly falls in love with her. However, he does not think that he is worth her so does not try to move their relationship forward until a mean and intriguing suitor forces Michael to risk everything once again...
This novel was written by Robert Hugh Benson in 1906 and the events in it occur in the year of 2000. The author is trying to imagine what will happen in the nearest future and prognoses the growth of Antichrist. The author who was a catholic priest was willing to spread Christian views and values to antagonists and to those who have alien views. The book is very useful for self-development and self-growth.
George MacDonald, a Scottish author of the 19tyh century, relates of Mr. Vane, who inherits a large house with a library seemingly haunted by the previous owner. An old mirror transports him into another world, "the region of the seven dimensions", where he eventually finds true life in death.
In this fantasy novel, one of his darkest works, MacDonald applies to the mystery of evil. Some consider the author, touching the nature of life and death, calls in question the idea of everyone’s salvation. MacDonald offers readers to look for veiled meaning, saying that a magic tale is not an allegory. MacDonald wrote not for children, but for those who are ingenuous and sincere, as a child, whether one is 5 or 50 years old.
By this work of greater literary maturity Balzak created a new type of novel – a novel of disillusionment, of inevitable destruction of ideals, when faced with rough reality. In the “Lost Illusions” the author describes the destruction of bourgeois ideals under the influence of the capitalism. In the heart of the novel lies the theme of turning literature into article of trade, beginning with producing of paper up to the views, thoughts and feelings of authors. The narration is far from dry scientific nature, appearing a story of a career of the main character.
Once upon a time there lived Lightfoot the Deer. He was handsome and cute and had a lot of friends at Home – in the Green forest. Everything was wonderful… but then autumn came and with it came the invaders – creatures on two legs with things that spat fire – hunters!.. Will Lightfoot the Deer be able to escape?.. How horrible!.. But don’t be afraid, his friends in the Green forest will help him. And when danger over blows, strange, foreign deer come to the forest. Why are they here? And what will Lightfoot the Deer do?..
Basil is the king of Poland, who hides his son Sigmund in a tower for fear that an oracle may come true. When Sigmund wasn’t yet born he figured out with the help of astrology that his son would kill his wife and cause death and destruction around himself. When the first prophecy turned out to be true - the wife of the king died giving birth to Sigmund - Basil decided to hide him in a tower. Once, he takes him out while Sigmund sleeps to see what kind of man he is, and finds out that his son is authoritarian and hostile like a wild beast. Then Basil takes him back to the cell and makes him believe that everything that happened was just a dream. In this way the name of the play is used directly for Sigmund, but he takes it allegorically. The life he is supposed to lead as a prince can be only his dream. After that, civil war begins, and Sigmund is out to fight, thinking again that he is dreaming, and now he is a totally different man from what he was, because he doesn’t want to wake up and wants his dream to be sweat and friendly. Thus, Calderon, one of the great playwrights of the Renaissance, made the play very philosophic with the help of allegory. So that while reading several questions arise: What life is? Who are we? Is life a dream? Besides the philosophical site, it’s very hilarious classic comedy that is read smoothly without a pause.
One of the extracts of the novel describes the storm that continued for many days. The storm caused blocking up highways and much less crowded whileroads were rendered impassable. No one even among the elderly people in Oakland has seen something like this before. Old inhabitants shook their fray heads as the wind raged over the New England Mountains. Old huge trees in forests were in the power of the wind which shook everything around including the casement of somelow-roofed cottage where the bright flame was dancing to the accompaniment of the sound of a storm wind rotating rapidly and making fantastic circles and at the end disappearing in the broad-mouthedchimney.
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