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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.
Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard is a chain of fairy tales written by Eleanor Farjeon in a good spirit of Britain. The main topic of the stories is romance framed in a strange but fascinating plot. Farjeon is widely recognized as a well-known author with creative thoughts whose works are full of charm and skill. You read her short-stories very quickly as they are really fascinating and encompassing. The children between 10 and 12 years old will be happy if their parents read this book to them aloud. Moreover, this is not only a fairy tale but also a wonderful funny book with a plenty of amusing scenes. You cannot help smiling when you read about a little pig who receives a magic gift of being always skinny. Besides, the book also tells us about a good and beautiful woman who turns up to be evil. Eventually a strong man saves her.
Plunging into this captivating story, you will find out how only twelve years of age Mary Jamison was taken by the Indians. You will not be able to put the book down until you know the whole story to the end, how her Father and Family was killed, how she suffered, married to two Indians… All this is mixed with true historical facts of French and Revolutionary War.
First published in 1883, this book quickly became the best-seller. When it was found out that under the pseudonym Ralph Iron hid the woman, Olive Schreiner, it caused a lot of controversies… and so The Story of an African Farm became the first feminist novel. It tells us a story of three characters, first children and then adults, two of them (Waldo and Lyndall) are recognized as prototypes of the author, they reflect her views and thoughts.
Reading this wonderful novel, you will plunge into captivating atmosphere of Nineteenth century.
A predecessor of the classic English mystery genre, "The Woman in the Alcove" was written by an American in 1905. Miss Van Arsdale is a member of the lower level of New York's high society. She has recently accepted her status as a spinster nurse. With the story beginning, she is visiting a grand party at the Ramsdells' mansion, and is amazed by Anson Durand, who proposes marriage. But the star of the evening is a perfect diamond worn by Mrs. Fairbrother. During the evening, Mr. Durand and Miss Van Arsdale are often separated, and she notices some decidedly strange goings-on in the curtained alcove at the end of one of the large salons. Suddenly it becomes known that Mrs. Fairbrother is murdered there, perhaps for her diamond, and Mr. Durand is the prime suspect. But Miss Van Arsdale is sure the man she loves couldn’t do that. Could this be a set-up? She determines to discover who is the real murderer, and succeeds to convince Inspector Dalzell to assist her in quest to identify that true villain. "The Woman in the Alcove", despite its naivety, is very delightful and enjoyable.
A fascinating story by George Barr McCutcheon, an American popular novelist and playwright, saw the light of the day in 1902 and has been filmed seven times since then. The plot is built on a rich will, which deceased eccentric relative leaves to a lucky young heir. And everything is great but for one treacherous point: millions can be taken just in case of the heir is able to spend a huge sum of money in limited time.
Montgomery Brewster, the main character of the novel, is a young man who inherits a million dollars from his rich grandfather. A little later, a rich and eccentrical uncle who hated Brewster’s grandfather also passes away. In the will uncles says that Brewster gets seven million dollars, but only under the condition that he keeps none of the grandfather's money. To inherit the seven million dollars, Brewster has to spend every penny of his grandfather's million within one year, and end up with no assets or goods gained by his grandfather's wealth at that time. If he makes the deadline, he will earn the full seven million; if he fails, he gets absolutely nothng.