Dmitry Merezhkovsky, a famous Russian author, poet, critic, translator, historian and philosopher, draws a vivid picture of the Renaissance with its contradictions between the severe monastic middle Ages and a new humanistic ideology, which was created by the great artists and luminaries of the time. Describing the epoch, the book presents Leonardo Da Vinchi as the central theme. The author introduces him as one of those artists, who lived in a state of split, conflict and doubt. Merezhkovsky brings readers to the thought that ancient gods return to our life with the rebirth of antique art.
Larry Thomas decided to make his wife happy and bought her a little present – cuckoo clock. They put it on the wall without knowing what will happen next…
And what about you? Do you have such clock? Have you ever thought about the little bird that springs out of it every hour to tell you the time? I bet you hardly notice it, you have used to it and never just think about this cuckoo… But imagine for a second that it is… alive! That it can love and hate, feel like all of us. And now think how it lives there, beyond the door…
Spaceship is directing to Mars with a man on board. A knife, 100 credits and no possibility to return back to Earth – that is all what he has. Gambler, cop, fighter, reporter and all these with prefix «ex» - that is Bruce Gordon. With him you will face a lot of blood and violence… but that is not the main theme of the book. Have you ever dreamed about terraforming of Mars? Now you have this chance with science fiction novel! Real man, captivating, fast-changing plot… all that will not let you put the book down till you read it to the end!
Theodor Dreiser published his novel-challenge in the 1900's. It is a story of 18-year-old girl who moves from her native country to Chicago and becomes there a woman maintained by a man as his mistress. This is because of that it becomes prohibited. The publisher was afraid to release the work as it was, so he changed something in it. After years the masterpiece by Dreiser can be read as it was planned originally.
The novel shows how acute, wise and accurate the author was in his views. He was perhaps the first to depict a woman - crafty, with the behavior beyond the moral norms, with the limited freedom of actions. For sanctimonious America of 19th century it was like ribaldry. Dreiser shows how dangerous for every human being hesitating in finding one's position in life, not deciding and not making own choice; and how dangerous waiting for the fate's sign and not doing anything by oneself. Such choices in the book leads it's characters to the end or to the glory, to the happiness or to the abyss. This masterpiece is full of detailed analysis of the heroes, deep immersion into their psychology. Being followed for the author through all this plot turns attentive reader will be rewarded by the author's talent to reflect the deep psychology of the images.
You like to collect puzzles and twist your brain? Then this book is definitely for you. It’s one of the biggest collections of various puzzles based on probability, numbers, algebra… and so much more! Having about 500 illustrations and written in merry style, this book will make you happy and funny for many-many hours and take one of the best places in your collection.
“Twenty Years After” continues the D’Artagnan Romances of Alexandre Dumas, a famous French writer of historical novels. Years have reduced zeal of the musketeers, though treachery and deceit still make them gain justice. The throne of France is in complete disorder; England is stirred by troubles, and Dumas calls his quartet back out of their private life, exept D’Artagnan, who is now a lieutenant of musketeers and is immediately ready to join, to cross swords with time and human spite.
This is a novel about the outstanding adventures which take place in the canyons of the Colorado River and is intended for everyone who is fond of the adventures in the West which are described with a good sense of humor, also containing a number of great original photographs. The author of the book has created it basing on his own experience. When Frederick Dellaenbaugh was young, he traveled with John Wesley Powell to the Colorado River with the aim of exploration and research. The crew sailed down the Colorado River to the Great canyon. The spirit of adventures seized the young man and he got carried away. And he decided to share his impressions with other people using his sense of humor in depiction of his adventures. At the same time there is a sense of sadness in the book every time we meet American Indians who had to move from their native territories further and further. The author says himself that when he looked into their sad eyes he understood their pain. It was not easy for those American Indians who decided to stay where they lived before to accommodate to the life with the white colonizers. Dellenbaugh managed to include so many aspects of humans' life and nature description in his book so that it is definitely worth reading.
The main quist of the novel is the story about a young teacher Donald Grant. He leaves home after finishing college and starts his journey to make his way in the world to a nearby coastal town in Northeastern Scotland. He meets a shoemaker who becomes his spiritual preceptor, and finds job and place to live in the nearby castle. As the story goes on readers meet a solitary, drug addicted uncle, his pretty but soulless niece, and his spoiled and insolent son who is up to all kinds of naughty flirting with the shoemaker's daughter. The most fascinating and interesting part of this novel is the element of the supernatural which Mr. MacDonald brings in. There are ghost noises, misteries, somnabulisms, secret rooms, murder, scandal, and ghost stories, myths and legends. Ghosts to George MacDonald represent part of the large region of the Spirit which exists beside and beyond everyone of us, and he never posits their actual existence. They are never considered to be the power of evil or fear, because everything in this world exists due to the will of God. There are some parts in the book that are written in Scotch dialect. That's very interesting, and makes the reader to think about what the author meant. ''Donald Grant by George MacDonald'' is worth reading. It is fascinating!
Davy Crockett "always delighted to be in the very thickest of danger." In his own unbelievable style he describes his early life in Tennessee, his two marriages, his career as an Indian fighter, his bear hunting, and his electioneering. His reputation of a great bear hunter sent him to Congress, and he was voted in and out as the price of cotton (and his relations with the Jacksonians) rose and fell. In 1834, when this autobiography was published, Davy Crockett was already a folk hero with an eye on the White House. But a year later he lost his seat in Congress and turned toward Texas. This brilliant narration is considered to be a classical example of American literature.