I really enjoyed this book, it's a real page-turner, once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
This book is about a group of greek students in Vermont...moreI really enjoyed this book, it's a real page-turner, once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
This book is about a group of greek students in Vermont's Hampden College who kept themselves apart from the remains students: Richard is the narrator; Henry is their leader in all senses: Charles and Camilla are the twins brothers; Bunny was a real nuisance to all of them. And Julian is their teacher.
Henry is manipulative among his friends.
Money surpassed their friendship.
After a bacchanal, they accidentally kill a farmer. However, only a second murder occur, the plot takes new direction.
The author is able to provide a surprise ending reminding, in some way, Patricia Highsmith books.
This is the final book of "The Regeneration" trilogy.
This saga on World War I continues.
The psychologist Dr. Rivers is still feeling guilty for havin...moreThis is the final book of "The Regeneration" trilogy.
This saga on World War I continues.
The psychologist Dr. Rivers is still feeling guilty for having sent Siegfried Sassoon back to the front. In the meantime he got influenza and under fever, he remembers his experience studying a South Pacific tribe.
Some Owen's letters appears during the narrative, showing the insights at battlefields and trenches as well.
Some scenes of the famous Battle of the Somme is described through Owen's letters. According to Wikipedia, the result of this battle was indecisive.
By the end, the death of an agonizing soldier and his family farewell is described with full emotion by the author.
La Légende de Gösta Berling est le premier livre de Selma Lagerlöf, lauréate du prix Nobel de littérature en 1909. Écrite en 1891, La Légende de Gösta...moreLa Légende de Gösta Berling est le premier livre de Selma Lagerlöf, lauréate du prix Nobel de littérature en 1909. Écrite en 1891, La Légende de Gösta Berling est une épopée fantastique où se retrouve déjà tous les ingrédients qui ont fait le succès du Merveilleux Voyage de Nils Holgersson : mythes, nature, romantisme.
« Enfin, voilà le pasteur en chaire… Les paroissiens relevèrent la tête. Ah, ah, le voilà pourtant ! Il y aurait donc un service aujourd’hui : ce ne serait pas comme dimanche dernier, et comme tant d’autres dimanches !… »
This is Dickens fifth novel and it was his first attempt to write an historical novel and was inspired by the Walter Scott's novels.
In the first chapt...moreThis is Dickens fifth novel and it was his first attempt to write an historical novel and was inspired by the Walter Scott's novels.
In the first chapters, Dickens describes the Maypole and introduces the main characters: Gabriel Varden with his wife and his daughter, Simon Tappertit, John and Joe Willet, Solomon Daisy, the Haredales, the Rudges and a mysterious stranger.
Maypole Inn in the village of Chigwell:
A hint of mystery is also inserted in these initial chapters through the Haredale murder. And a black raven gives a gothic touch into the narrative. Just to remind that a black raven has a special meaning in literature.
In some editions, the original tittle of this book was "Gabriel Vardon, the Locksmith of London."
One you start to read the description of the Gordon Riots, you won't be able to stop to read this book.
Page 116: The despisers of mankind--apart from the mere fools and mimics, of that creed--are of two sorts. They who believe their merit neglected and unappreciated, make up one class; they who receive adulation and flattery, knowing their own worthlessness, compose the other. Be sure that the coldest-hearted misanthropes are ever of this last order.
Page 138: So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.
Page 222: In the exhaustless catalogue of Heaven's mercies to mankind, the power we have of finding some germs of comfort in the hardest trials must ever occupy the foremost place...
Page 244: 'All good friends to our cause, I hope will be particular, and do no injury to the property of any true Protestant. I am well assured that the proprietor of this house is a staunch and worthy friend to the cause. GEORGE GORDON.'
Page 251: The great mass never reasoned or thought at all, but were stimulated by their own headlong passions, by poverty, by ignorance, by the love of mischief, and the hope of plunder.
The historical description of the Gordon Riots can be found at:
Opening lines: Travellers left and entered our car at every stopping of the train. Three persons, however, remained, bound, like myself, for the farthest station: a lady neither young nor pretty, smoking cigarettes, with a thin face, a cap on her head, and wearing a semi-masculine outer garment; then her companion, a very loquacious gentleman of about forty years, with baggage entirely new and arranged in an orderly manner; then a gentleman who held himself entirely aloof, short in stature, very nervous, of uncertain age, with bright eyes, not pronounced in color, but extremely attractive,— eyes that darted with rapidity from one object to another.(less)
A Christmas gift from dear friend U. aka T.A. Thanks a lot!!!
Page 12 - Preface Many friends have helped me in writing this book. Some are dead and so i...moreA Christmas gift from dear friend U. aka T.A. Thanks a lot!!!
Page 12 - Preface Many friends have helped me in writing this book. Some are dead and so illustrious that I scarcely dare name them, yet no one can read or write without being perpetually in the debt of Defoe, Sir Thomas Browne, Sterne, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Macaulay, Emily Bronte, De Quincey, and Walter Pater — to name the first that come to mind. Others are alive, and though perhaps as illustrious in their own way, are less formidable for that very reason.
Page 156: As the ninth, tenth, and eleventh strokes struck, a huge blackness sprawled over the whole of London. With the twelfth stroke of midnight, the darkness was complete. A turbulent welter of cloud covered the city. All was darkness; all was doubt; all was confusion. The Eighteenth century was over; the Nineteenth century had begun.
Orlando tells the story of a journey through time, from someone who lives for about four years, first as a man and later as a woman.
This book portrays Virginia Woolf thought about sexual duality. It is a splendid story based on some passages in the life of Vita Sackville-West.
Page 3: He thrust in, this time, all his fingers, and pulled forth—a nose! His hands dropped to his sides for a moment. Then he rubbed his eyes hard. T...morePage 3: He thrust in, this time, all his fingers, and pulled forth—a nose! His hands dropped to his sides for a moment. Then he rubbed his eyes hard. Then again he probed the thing. A nose! Sheerly a nose! Yes, and one fa- miliar to him, somehow! Oh, horror spread upon his feature! Yet that horror was a trifle compared with his spouse's overmastering wrath.
Page 14: "I said nose, not Nossov. You are making a mistake. There has disappeared, goodness knows whither, my nose, my own actual nose. Presumably it is trying to make a fool of me."