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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.
This is the best-known West’s novel. The story is told by a spinster whose whole life revolves around her cousin, his life and country mansion. This is the story of an English gentleman who goes off to World War I only to be returned not in a body bag or physically injured but with a severe case of amnesia. He does not recognize his pretty, smart wife; starts a youthful affair with a poor woman who is also married. The woman comes forth in the interest of helping him. The balance of the plot hangs in the consequences of recovery. The balance of the full experience of the novel is to watch characters changing or not changing their class prejudices and outlook in light of their experiences on this country estate. The novel is only 90 pages long, but it is as rich for exciting events as any other masterpiece of world’s literature. This story is wonderfully written and raises many themes, such as classism, elitism, true love and hate. Each character is fully developed and described. A book that should be read and discussed by everyone.
Do you like Utopias?.. Then you have made the right choice. The book you have now is the third one in trilogy about Alturia. This time again the author chose the form of epistolary novel – the main character writes letters to his friend Cyril. He is a resident of Alturia – Utopian community in California. How is it to live there?.. Let’s have a look at Homos’ letters. There is no money in Alturia, so citizens have already forgotten the meanings of words «rich» and «poor». They don’t have to save as they can get everything they need any time. They don’t have to work hard – the workload is shared so that three hours a day is enough and even these little hours are turned into merry, lovely process. Want to find out more? Want to live in this paradise on Earth as well?..
A play by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden is an adapted version of the story of the same name by Raymond McDonald Alden. It is a marvelous Christmas story capturing the true meaning of this holy day. Its plot, simple but pithy, presents a beautiful tale of magical Christmas chimes, that remained silent for a long time until the unselfish gift of a child makes the bells ring throughout the land. Children of all ages will enjoy the Christmas miracle and the touching meaning of this story.
Approximately 50 000 quotations, both wide spread and uncommon, are collected from numerous Shakespeare’s work, both plays and poems. Two volumes combines full definitions, nuances of word meanings and quotations, organized by topic. Moreover, the author references any play or poem in which a given words is found.
This book is a Carol Cosman's translation of Balzac's French 'Colonel Chabert' into the English. It is very felicitous translation that retains the style of the original French book.
It tells the story of a French military hero of the Napoleonic Wars, long thought to be dead, tries to recover his fortune and former wife through the help of a famous lawyer. He finds his wife remarried, and his pension gone. He employs a young, well-known lawyer to at least reclaim his pension. But first he has to convince the lawyer that he is the man that officially doesn’t exist…
The message is very amazing: having lost his ego through losing his “existence” in the society he acquires freedom…
A Vagabond Journey Around the World was published for the first time in 1910. This is one of the most popular books by Harry A. Franck who was a famous traveler and for his travels was called as the Prince of Vagabonds. He was fond of traveling for his whole life taking a camera with him and taking pictures since he was a student because he always was attracted by the beauty of the landscapes. When traveling, he used to take notes, write down the tourists' tracks and his own impressions about enjoying traveling even without money or baggage. At a certain time of his life he felt that he should share his experience with other travelers. And in this way wonderful notes of his adventures in Vagabondia illustrated with his photographs appeared. The book is recommended for everyone who enjoys traveling and who likes stories about adventures, distant places and the beauty of the nature.
This book represents a thorough study of the life events, way of thinking and works of Martin Luther (1483-1546) who is considered to be the founder of Protestantism and is recognized as one of the most influencing people in the history of mankind, aiming at eradicating misperceptions and misunderstandings of his life as it is often seen by ordinary people. Creating this book was an important and a very difficult task for Patrick O'Hare who researched the monographs of Protestant writers as well as those of Martin Luther himself. On the basis of this works the author has formed a new understanding of the life of such a controversial character as Martin Luther. It is also notable that O'Hare does not agree with scholars in many ways making clear examinations and explanations. This work is recommended for all believers who want to find out more about the life course of this famous person.
The Rainbow plays an important role in the development of the English literature. Everyone who likes interesting and serious book would be fascinated by the work of David Lawrence who made a great contribution into the rise of literature. In many ways The Rainbow is considered to be new and innovative. The principal idea of the book is to describe the life of three generations of the Brangwen family. Lawrence is not consecutive, he jumps from one event to another depicting separate scenes that makes the story a bit complicated but more interesting to read. Besides, the author pays a considerable attention to the framing his characters not focusing on a particular one but spending equal time with each of the heroes. All the characters in total cause interest of readers. It is possible to claim that a bit much more attention is devoted to Ursula Brangwen but everyone will forgive this to Lawrence after realizing what a great job the author did having created complex and psychologically many-sided personalities that is a new method in the English fiction. His characters are full of contradictions like all real humans that makes the novel more fascinating. Different people will see different traits in the characters and may consider them either good or bad. Besides, all characters are very sensual. The book is not very easy to read but it is definitely an outstanding work and 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!