When 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
The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807
The Twelve Chairs is one of the most popular and prolific satirical novels written by Odessa based Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. Set in Soviet Russia, the story starts with a deathbed confession about substantial family treasures hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs. A team of treasure hunters is quickly formed. The smooth operator Ostap Bender and Kisa, the Pussycat set off to track down the chairs. They are not alone in their quest. Father Fyodor took advantage of the deathbed confession, and has also set off to recover the fortune.
Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were two Soviet prose authors who lived and worked in Odessa, Black Sea. They travelled did much of their writing together, and are often referred to as Ilf and Petrov. Most notable work includes characteristic for their writing satire novel The Twelve Chairs and sequel The Golden Calf.
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