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The book of Swedish explorer and writer Algot Lange tells about an incredible journey full of death dangers. After several months of harassing severities in jungle the hero, starving and dying of fever, finds himself in a village of the Mangeroma tribe. The cannibals, fortunately, don’t take him for an enemy and let him live, restore to health and return to the civilization. Let alone the plot, this book is a real documentary of the Amazon jungle, its flora, fauna and even the voice and scent. Colorful informative descriptions will make you ramble through the region together with the author, a keen observer and talented story-teller.
Wilbur F. Hinman, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Ohio Regiment, pictures the various sides of Army life during the Civil War on the pages of his Corporal Si Klegg and his ”Pard”. He does it so truthfully and vividly that realistic picture inevitably forms in front of reader’s eyes. The path from an ordinary man to a soldier, thoughts, emotions and feeling of the latter are given through every day life of people during the war.
Balzac’s Cousin Pons is one of his two books devoted to the subject of Poor Relations. An aged musician, a celebrity in his past, an honest and noble toiler, whiles the time away in obscurity and misery. All he has are his relatives, though contemptuously regarding his poverty, humiliating and deriding him in every way possible; and collection of antiques. Having learnt what treasure Pons possesses, they start a furious hunt for the inheritance. Honorable, seemingly, people are prepared for anything to get the riches of the dying lonely man. This novel displays spiritual impoverishment and limitation of the “respectable” bourgeois, which turn art values, unselfish pleasure for Pons, into a source of profit, object of vanity.