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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


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 Secret Sharer

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The story takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam. The young captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. He soon encounters a naked swimmer holding onto the side ladder of the ship while he is alone at night on look-out duty. He helps the mysterious swimmer onto the boat and hides him in his cabin without the rest of the crew’s knowledge.

Joseph Conrad an English novelist of Polish descent, a master of prose who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. Conrad drew on his native Poland’s national experiences and on his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create literature that reflects aspects of a European culture, while plumbing the depths of the human soul.

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, ISBN: 9781910150627, Sovereign

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The Double eBook App by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Double eBook App by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Double eBook App by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Double eBook App by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Golyadkin is a low-level bureaucrat struggling to succeed. His doctor tells him that his behaviour being dangerously antisocial should improve in cheerful company. Golyadkin resolves to try this, and leaves the office. He arrives uninvited at a birthday party and is asked to leave later. On his way home through a snowstorm, he encounters his double, who looks exactly like him. They soon become friends and we witness this surreal evolving relationship.

About Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Born in Moscow in 1821, Foydor Dostoyevsky is considered to be one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature. Dostoyevsky was incarcerated in 1849 for being part of the liberal intellectual group the Petrashevsky Circle. He also suffered from an acute gambling compulsion. Crime and Punishment was completed in a mad hurry because he was in urgent need of an advance from his publisher. Motivated by the dual wish to escape his creditors at home and to visit the casinos abroad, Dostoyevsky travelled to Western Europe in 1862. He visited France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and England. In London he attended the 1862 World’s Fair and had a first-hand look at the Crystal Palace, the architectural wonder of the age. The image of the Crystal Palace, which for progressive critics symbolized the dawning of a new age of reason and harmony, was to loom large in Dostoevsky’s works to come, especially Notes from Underground and Crime and Punishment.

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The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola Android eBook App

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The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola eBook App

Denise comes to Paris to work as a saleswoman at the heart of retail innovation – a new department store which threatens the existence of all the neighbourhood shops. Octave, the owner of this successful megastore, has gathered silks, woolens, ready-made garments, accessories and furniture. His aim is to overwhelm the senses of his female customers, forcing them to spend more. As Octave continues to drive the traditional retailers who operate smaller, speciality shops out of business, he finds himself slowly falling in love with Denise. Download from Google Play  Google Play

About Emile Zola

Emile Zola was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Zola’s most popular work includes: The Ladies’ Paradise (ISBN: 9781910150191), Theresa Raquin (ISBN: 9781909904880), Nana (ISBN: 9781909904897), The Dream (ISBN: 9781909904903), His Masterpiece (ISBN: 9781909904910).

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