Wives and Daughters (Penguin Classics)

By Elizabeth Gaskell, Pam Morris

A tale of romance, scandal and intrigue in the confines of a watchful, gossiping English village through the early 19th century

When seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson's widowed father remarries, her existence is grew to become the other way up through the coming of her useless, manipulative stepfather. She additionally acquires an interesting new stepsister, Cynthia, glamorous, refined and impossible to resist to each guy she meets. the 2 ladies start to divulge heart's contents to each other and Molly quickly unearths herself a go-between in Cynthia's amorous affairs - yet in doing so hazards wasting either her personal attractiveness and the fellow she secretly loves. Set in English society sooner than the 1832 Reform invoice, Elizabeth Gaskell's final novel - thought of to be her best - demonstrates an clever and compassionate knowing of human relationships, and provides a witty, ironic critique of mid-Victorian society.

this article is predicated at the 1866 Cornhill journal model of the unconventional. it's also notes on textual editions among this variation and the unique manuscript, a observe at the story's finishing and an advent discussing the novel's tough research of issues of Englishness, Darwinism and masculine authority.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes by means of extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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We Think the World of You

By J. R. Ackerley

The affection among acquaintances, Johnny, younger and feckless, and Frank, middle-aged and committed, and their love for Johnny's appealing pedigree whinge, Evie. those are the most subject matters of this novel. all through, the puppy turns into progressively more the creature round which their relationships revolve.

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Man in the Middle

By Brian Haig

For newly promoted military lieutenant colonel Sean Drummond, his most recent task begins just enough: discover if the loss of life of 1 of D.C.'s such a lot influential security officers was once homicide or suicide. so much investigators may name it a cut-and-dried case, yet not anything is ever that simple.

Teamed with Bian Tran, the horny military army Police officer investigating the case, Drummond is set to embark on a trip that takes him from the labyrinthine channels of yankee intelligence to the killing rooms of Iraq. None of it is going to be tougher than navigating the shadowy minds and motivations of his enemies and so-called colleagues.

What Drummond uncovers will make him query every little thing he believes in. as the extra he digs, the extra he learns in regards to the key players-American and center Eastern-in a conflict that rages bloodier on a daily basis. A warfare the place betrayal is a regular prevalence and makes him ask: Are my loyalties to my superiors or to the yankee infantrymen scuffling with for his or her lives?

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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

In this primary of a deliberate five-volume set, David Roy offers a whole and annotated translation of the recognized Chin P'ing Mei, an nameless sixteenth-century chinese language novel that makes a speciality of the household lifetime of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly cellular service provider in a provincial city, who continues a harem of six other halves and concubines. This paintings, identified essentially for its erotic realism, is usually a landmark within the improvement of the narrative artwork form--not in simple terms from a particularly chinese language standpoint yet in a world-historical context.

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Wordsworth's Philosophic Song (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

By Simon Jarvis

Wordsworth wrote that he longed to compose 'some philosophic Song/Of fact that cherishes our day-by-day life'. but he by no means entire The Recluse, his lengthy philosophical poem. Simon Jarvis argues that Wordsworth's aspiration to 'philosophic tune' is crucial to his greatness, and altered the best way English poetry used to be written. a few critics see Wordworth as a scientific philosopher, whereas for others he's a poet first, and a philosopher in simple terms (if in any respect) moment. Jarvis indicates as a substitute how crucial either philosophy and the 'song' of poetry have been to Wordsworth's success. Drawing on complicated paintings in continental philosophy and social idea to handle the ideological assaults that have ruled a lot contemporary statement, Jarvis reads Wordsworth's writing either severely and philosophically, to teach how Wordsworth thinks via and in verse. This research rethinks the relation among poetry and society itself via analysing the tensions among considering philosophically and writing poetry.

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São Bernardo (88th Edition)

By Graciliano Ramos

First released in 1934.

About the author: Graciliano Ramos used to be extensively one among an important Brazilian authors of the twentieth century. He was once a seminal voice within the literary "regionalism" movement.
As a toddler Ramos lived in lots of towns of Northeastern Brazil, plagued by poverty and critical climatic conditions (droughts). After high-school, Graciliano went to Rio de Janeiro the place he labored as a journalist. In 1915 he traveled to Palmeira dos Indios, nation of Alagoas, to reside together with his father and in 1927 he was once elected mayor.
In 1933 he released his first ebook, Caetés. many years later he was once jailed by way of the Getúlio Vargas executive, on a cost that was once by no means made transparent. His reports in reformatory may develop into a distinct own deposition, Memórias do Cárcere.
Graciliano died in 1953, on the age of 60. His "dry" type of writing and the clash among the identity and the realm are the numerous marks of his works.

About the e-book (in Portuguese): Defrontado consigo mesmo e suas lembranças, no declínio de um atribulado percurso de vida, Paulo Honório, que chegara a ser um poderoso fazendeiro do sertão alagoano, conta a sua história. E o que nos fica é a figura de um homem simplório, perplexo diante da complexidade da existência sobre a qual lutou, sempre, para se manter no papel de protagonista, e que teve entretanto suas ações voltadas contra si mesmo. É o perfil de um homem envolvido quase instintivamente no jogo de poder, na arriscada aposta da lei do mais strong point, e para quem o triunfo rende apenas o vazio e o abandono.

Ao ultimate, Paulo Honório deixa de lado o que conquistou, oprimido pela constatação de que perdeu justamente o que poderia humanizar sua vida, inclusive sua mulher, Heloísa, a quem se culpa, no fundo, por ter destruído. O que escapou a Paulo Honório foi a capacidade de manter o que lhe poderia despertar a aptidão para amar.

A par da elaborada teia existencial desenvolvida ao longo da trama - pelos conflitos entre as visões de mundo incorporadas pelos personagens - destaca-se um texto riquíssimo, principalmente nas falas de Paulo Honório, construído em metáforas surpreendentes, embora disfarçadas pela concretude das palavras.

Ciúme, solidão... Não há sínteses satisfatórias para um romance como este, de linhagem genuinamente machadiana, em que a alma dos personagens se expõe com tanta crueza e exatidão. São Bernardo é a obra que projetou Graciliano Ramos como um dos maiores escritores brasileiros.

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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

By Kenzaburo Oe

Nip the Buds, Shoot the youngsters recounts the exploits of 15 teenage penitentiary boys evacuated in wartime to a distant mountain village the place they're feared and detested via the neighborhood peasants. while plague breaks out, the villagers flee, blocking off the lads contained in the abandoned city. Their short try to construct self reliant lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valor is doomed within the face of dying and the grownup nightmare of war.

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The Impossibly

By Laird Hunt

"Innovative, comedian, strange and lovely, The Impossibly reads as though Donald Barthelme have been channeling Alain Robbe-Grillet, Samuel Beckett, Ben Marcus and reruns of Get Smart."Time Out New York

When the nameless narrator botches an project from the clandestine association that employs him, all people in his lifestyles turns into a player in his punishment. finally, he's referred to as out of retirement for a last project: to hunt and determine his personal murderer. This version comprises an advent by way of Percival Everett, an afterword by way of the writer, and a "lost chapter."

Called "one of the main proficient younger writers at the American scene this present day" by means of Paul Auster, Laird Hunt is the writer of 4 genre-bending novels and was once a finalist for the 2010 PEN heart united states Award. Born in Singapore and trained at Indiana college and the Sorbonne in Paris, Hunt has lived in Tokyo, London, The Hague, ny, and on an Indiana farm. A former press officer on the United international locations and present college member on the collage of Denver, he now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel

By Sarah Dunant

My girl, Fiammetta Bianchini, used to be plucking her eyebrows and biting colour into her lips while the unthinkable occurred and the Holy Roman Emperor’s military blew a gap within the wall of God’s everlasting urban, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins within the corporation of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of existence in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning at the jewels they've got swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf spouse, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering urban born out of water to develop into a miracle of east-west exchange: wealthy and off, pious and ecocnomic, attractive and squalid.

With a mixture of braveness and crafty they infiltrate Venetian society. jointly they make the ideal partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his brilliant mistress, informed from beginning to attraction, entertain, and fulfill males who've the money to aid her.

Yet as their fortunes upward thrust, this ideal partnership comes below danger, from the searing ardour of a lover who wishes greater than his distributed nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk looking for human novelties for his sultan’s court docket. yet Fiammetta and Bucino’s maximum problem comes from a tender crippled lady, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating results for them all.

A tale of hope and deception, sin and faith, loyalty and friendship, In the corporate of the Courtesan paints a portrait of 1 of the world’s maximum towns at its such a lot effective second in heritage: it's a photograph that is still vibrant lengthy after the ultimate page.

From the Hardcover edition.

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