The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Peter RabbitOnce upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy,  Mopsy,  Cotton-tail, and Peter.  Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781909676503, Sovereign, Download ebook from Microsoft Store


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A romance, a quest, a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. The start of the story is set at Christmastime, where Jo, the second eldest of the March sisters, grumbles that Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents. The four girls discuss the upcoming holiday and sigh as they long for pretty things that they can’t have because of money constraints

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott’s best work includes her novel Little Women (ISBN: 9781909904422) which she wrote upon request of her publisher and its sequels Little Men (ISBN: 9781909904439) and Jo’s Boys (ISBN: 9781909904446). Alcott’s family suffered severe financial difficulties and Louisa worked to help support the family from an early age.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, EBK EIN/ISBN: 9781909904422, Sovereign, 468pp.  Download Ebook: Kobo

 


Heidi by Johanna Spyri (Children’s Classic)

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Heidi is a delightful story of life in the Alps written by the Swiss authoress, Johanna Spyri. Her own sympathy with the instincts and longings of the child’s heart is shown in her picture of Heidi. The record of the early life of this Swiss child amid the beauties of her passionately loved mountain-home and during her exile in the great town has been for many years a favourite book of younger readers.

Johanna Louise Spyri was a Swiss-born author of novels and best known for her children’s stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur, the setting she later would use in her novels.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri, ISBN: 9781910833872, Sovereign, 230 pp, Download ebook from KOBO


Electra by Euripides

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The play begins with the introduction of Electra, the daughter of Clytemnestra and the late Agamemnon. Several years after Agamemnon’s death suitors began requesting Electra’s hand in marriage. Out of fear that Electra’s child might seek revenge, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus married her off to a peasant of Mycenae. The peasant is kind to her and has respected her family name and her virginity. In return for his kindness, Electra helps her husband with the household chores. Despite her appreciation for her husband’s kindness, Electra resents being cast out of her house and laments to the Chorus about her struggles with her drastic change in social status.

Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. He is one of the few whose plays have survived, with the others being Aeschylus, Sophocles, and potentially Euphorion. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived.

Electra by Euripides, ISBN: 9781911144076, Sovereign, 74 pp, Download ebook from KOBO


What Maisie Knew by Henry James

9781909676145When Beale and Ida Farange are divorced, the court decrees that their only child, the very young Maisie, will shuttle back and forth between them, spending six months of the year with each. The parents are immoral and frivolous, and they use Maisie to intensify their hatred of each other.

Henry James, an American-born writer, one of the key representatives of 19th century literary realism. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His style of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception.

What Maisie Knew by Henry James, ISBN: 9781909676145, Sovereign, 262pp, Download ebook from KOBO


Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata: the best piano performance of Beethoven’s work

Anton Kingsbury’s latest release of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is among the best performances of Beethoven’s work.  Anton Kingsbury’s facebook page mentions a childhood dream and eternal love for Beethoven’s music manifesting itself in this mesmerising performance.

Moonlight Sonata is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano. Its original title Sonata quasi una fantasia translates as Sonata Fantasy. The name Mondscheinsonate comes from descriptions used by Ludwig Rellstab, a German music critic and poet who likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Beethoven’s student Carl Czerny called it a nocturnal scene, in which a mournful ghostly voice sounds from the distance.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from this period. Beethoven was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Moonlight Sonata: 1. Adagio sostenuto (Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Opus 27/2) by Ludwig van Beethoven, Urban Romantics, Download Moonlight Sonata from iTunes

 


Childhood by Leo Tolstoy

Childhood By Leo Tolstoy

Childhood By Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy’s first novel which he completed at the age of twenty three, and which immediately propelled him into the ranks of notable young writers winning favourable reviews from the established names of Russian literature such as Turgenev. The book is the first the trilogy exploring the inner life of a young boy.

Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer most famous for his novels War and Peace (ISBN: 9781909175648) and Anna Karenina (ISBN: 9781909175112). Both acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to be one of the world’s greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s. Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the Tula region of Russia. The Tolstoys were a well-known family of old Russian nobility. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy.

Childhood by Leo Tolstoy, ISBN: 9781910558195, Sovereign, 114 pp

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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. His novels Tess of the D’Urberville, and Jude the Obscure, challenged society’s norms of the day and received negative reviews upon publication. Hardy was criticised for being too pessimistic and preoccupied with sex. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections. Hardy is now recognised as one of the most influential English writers.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781910343920, Sovereign, 354 pp

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The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Two Bad Mice

The Tale of Two Bad Mice

Once upon a time there was a very beautiful doll’s-house; it was red brick with white windows, and it had real muslin curtains and a front door and a chimney. One morning Lucinda and Jane had gone out for a drive in the doll’s perambulator. There was no one in the nursery, and it was very quiet. Presently there was a little scuffling, scratching noise in a corner near the fire-place, where there was a hole under the skirting-board.

Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, and natural scientist. Her imaginative children’s books feature many natural animals that can be found in the British countryside. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit story is among the most popular children’s stories worldwide.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781910660621

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Audiobooks: The District Doctor and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev

Hunting Sketches

An intriguing confession of doctor’s romantic involvement with a beautiful 20 year old patient. Followed by Turgenev’s exquisite, often meditative descriptions of Russian countryside and mysterious herbalist Kassyan infatuated with Gamayane, a prophetic bird of Russian folklore, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Read in English (unabridged).

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev 1818-1883, a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His short story collection entitled The Hunting Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction. Turgenev studied literature, philosophy and philology at the Universities of Moscow, St Petersburg and Berlin and in 1879 received honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. Turgenev’s artistic purity made him a favourite of like-minded novelists of the next generation, such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad. More here www.interactive.eu.com

The District Doctor and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev, ISBN: 9781907832130, Sovereign, 70 min

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