The story of Diana de Poitiers (mistress of Henry II) and her daughter, Diana de Castro. In this first volume, the battles of Saint-Quentin and the fi...moreThe story of Diana de Poitiers (mistress of Henry II) and her daughter, Diana de Castro. In this first volume, the battles of Saint-Quentin and the first battle of Calais are reported. Dumas as an unique way to write tremendous dialogues. Looking forward to read Volume II. It is curious how this book is not so well known.(less)
The unforgettable tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel wrote by this magnificent author. Many other authors tried to wrote the same story by just adding some...moreThe unforgettable tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel wrote by this magnificent author. Many other authors tried to wrote the same story by just adding some more romantic figures into the plot, without any sucess as the original story.
At Dumas pere site (http://www.cadytech.com/dumas/work.ph...), we found the explanation this book was in fact written with four hands, Dumas and Paul...moreAt Dumas pere site (http://www.cadytech.com/dumas/work.ph...), we found the explanation this book was in fact written with four hands, Dumas and Paul Meurice. Both volumes are covered with plenty of historical facts, such as the French reconquest of Calais after more than 20 years under the English siege. Already, we start to know the true character of Catherine de Medicis and her role on history, especially after Henry II’s death. The figure of Mary Stuart plays an important role on this drama. The figure of the famous Ambroise Pare, the famous French surgeon is also introduced as well as his audacious surgical techniques which were able to save the Duke de Guise’s life during the battle of Calais. Gabriel’s fate was presented by Nostradamus, as it follows:
"En joute, en amour, cettuy touchera Le front du roy, Et cornes ou bien trou sanglant mettra Au front du roy, Mais le veuille ou non, toujours blessera Le front du roy ; Enfin, l’aimera, puis, las ! le tuera Dame du roy."
The meetings between Gabriel and Henry II were terrifying one never knew which one will give the last word. The last sentence of this prophecy was only understood in the very end of this volume, it was in fact intriguing. However, the real facts occurred with Gabriel differed by the end provided by these authors. The sequel of The Two Dianas is Le Page du duc de Savoie.
An amazing book and even progressive book written by one of the Bronte sisters telling the story of Helen Graham, the new tenant of Wildfell Hall and Gilbert Markham, her neighbor who is intrigued by her past.
Even if the story is told through letters, Bronte managed to keep the reader's full attention, in my opinion.(less)
Despite all controversial reviews about this book, I really liked it.
What intrigues me is why this book is considered as a "banned" one.
According to W...moreDespite all controversial reviews about this book, I really liked it.
What intrigues me is why this book is considered as a "banned" one.
According to Wiki, "in 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired for assigning the novel in class; he was later reinstated. Between 1961 and 1982, The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the United States. The book was banned in the Issaquah, Washington, high schools in 1978 as being part of an "overall communist plot." In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States. According to the American Library Association, The Catcher in the Rye was the tenth most frequently challenged book from 1990 to 1999. It was one of the ten most challenged books of 2005, and although it had been off the list for three years, it reappeared in the list of most challenged books of 2009."
Some other critics claim that "several shootings have been associated with the novel." It is hard to believe but everything is possible nowadays.
The only authorized film adaptation of Salinger's work is based on his short-story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut", produced by Samuel Goldwyn, with Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward.
Amazing how the writer wrote this book when she as only 12 years old. Some juvenile aspects still remain in the narrative. But the author was sufficie...moreAmazing how the writer wrote this book when she as only 12 years old. Some juvenile aspects still remain in the narrative. But the author was sufficient aware of the progress of the science since she mentioned the nuclear energy among other scientific facts.(less)
From BBC Radio 4: With the arrival of an orphan girl, the old recluse vows to change. Stars Michael Williams, Edward Woodward and Jenny Agutter.
Page 10...moreFrom BBC Radio 4: With the arrival of an orphan girl, the old recluse vows to change. Stars Michael Williams, Edward Woodward and Jenny Agutter.
Page 10: If there is an angle who records the sorrows of men as well as their sins, he knows how many and deep are the sorrows that spring from false ideas for which no man is culpable.
Page 11: Minds that have been unhinged from their old faith and love, have perhaps sought this Lethean influence of exile, in which the past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.
Page 140: In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little's child.
4* The Mill on the Floss 5* Daniel Deronda 4* Middlemarch 3* The Lifted Veil 3* Romola 3* How Lisa Loved the King 3* Adam Bede 3* Brother Jacob 2* Silas Marner TBR Scenes of Clerical Life TBR Felix Holt: The Radical(less)
I requested this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Open Road Media to allow me to read the eBook version of this book.
In the beginning of this book, five cousins - Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, Sophy and the twins - are spending their holiday in their aunt house in a town in Cornwall. Their favorite place during this last summer holiday before the beginning of World War II was the beautiful camomile lawn.
Even if the Great War is used as a historical background, the author describes this family saga in a way that the reader gets involved with the main characters and their entwined lives.
The story if full of love, lust, regret and guilt and Mary Wesley managed quite well to go deeper in the feelings of this family.
The first time I have heard about this book was during a BBC Radio 4 dramatization, which the first broadcast, was in October 2007. By coincidence, this series is available again at BBC Radio 4 Extra.
About the author. It is amazing to know that she published her first adult novels when she was 70-years old. Before that, she wrote children's books, namely "Speaking Terms", "The Sixth Seal" and "Haphazard House". Now I am planning to read "A Sensible Life" which was published in 1990.
The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK City of Penzance, Cornwall
Opening lines: “Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,” said Mrs. Ramsay. “But you’ll have to be up with the...moreFree download available at eBooks@Adelaide.
Opening lines: “Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,” said Mrs. Ramsay. “But you’ll have to be up with the lark,” she added. To her son these words conveyed an extraordinary joy, as if it were settled, the expedition were bound to take place, and the wonder to which he had looked forward, for years and years it seemed, was, after a night’s darkness and a day’s sail, within touch.(less)
Even if Joyce´s books are not easy to be read, I liked this book in some way, even if my knowledge of Greek mythology is very poor.
Location 111: Seteph...moreEven if Joyce´s books are not easy to be read, I liked this book in some way, even if my knowledge of Greek mythology is very poor.
Location 111: Setephen Dedalus is my name, Ireland is my nation. Clongowes is my dwellingplace. And heaven my expectation.
Location 933: In any case Byron was a heretic and immoral too.
Location 1941: Some of the boys had then asked the priest if Victor Hugo were not the greatest French writer. The priest had answered that Victor Hugo had never written half so well when he had turned against the church as he had written when he was a catholic.
Location 2587: To speak of these things and to try to understand their nature and, having understood it, to try slowly and humbly and constantly to express, to press out again, from the gross earth or what it brings forth, from sound and shape and colour which are the prison gates of our soul, an image of the beauty we have come to understand - that is art.
Location 2593: Art, said Stephen, is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
Location 2691: The simplest epical form is seen emerging out of lyrical literature when the artist prolongs and broods upon himself as the centre of an epical event and this form progresses till the centre of emotional gravity is equidistant from the artist himself and from others. The narrative is no longer purely personal. The personality of the artist passes into the narration itself, flowing round and round the persons and the action like a vital sea.
Location 2698: The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, parting his fingernails.(less)
Opening lines: I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
Opening lines: I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life, out of which I emerged, at length, to the enjoyment of every blessing in the power of love, health and fortune to bestow; whilst yet in the flower of youth, and not too late to employ the leisure afforded me by great ease and affluence, to cultivate an understanding, naturally not a despicable one, and which had, even amidst the whirl of loose pleasures I had been tossed in, exerted more observation on the characters and manners of the world than what is common to those of my unhappy profession, who, looking on all though or reflection as their capital enemy, keep it at as great a distance as they can, or destroy it without mercy.
I wonder why this book was considered as a banned book. Just found out at Wikipedia:
In the 19th century, copies of the book were sold "underground." The book eventually made its way to the United States, where in 1821 it was banned for obscenity. It was not until 1963, after the failure of the British obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1960 that Mayflower Books, run by Gareth Powell, published an unexpurgated paperback version of Fanny Hill. The police became aware of the 1963 edition a few days before publication, after spotting a sign in the window of the Magic Shop in Tottenham Court Road in London, run by Ralph Gold. An officer went to the shop and bought a copy and delivered it to the Bow Street magistrate Sir Robert Blundell, who issued a search warrant. At the same time, two officers from the vice squad visited Mayflower Books in Vauxhall Bridge Road to determine if quantities of the book were kept on the premises. They interviewed the publisher, Gareth Powell, and took away the only five copies there. The police returned to the Magic Shop and seized 171 copies of the book, and in December Ralph Gold was summonsed under section 3 of the Obscenity Act. By then, Mayflower had distributed 82,000 copies of the book, but it was Gold rather than Mayflower or Fanny Hill who was being tried, although Mayflower covered the legal costs. The trial took place in February 1964. The defence argued that Fanny Hill was a historical source book and that it was a joyful celebration of normal non-perverted sex—bawdy rather than pornographic. The prosecution countered by stressing one atypical scene involving flagellation, and won. Mayflower decided not to appeal. However the case had highlighted the growing disconnect between the obscenity laws and the social realities of late 1960s Britain, and was instrumental in shifting views to the point where in 1970 an unexpurgated version of Fanny Hill was once again published in Britain.(less)
5* The Scarlet Letter 4* Rappaccini's Daughter 3* Wakefield ; Ethan Brand 3* Wakefie...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
Not so good as expected.
5* The Scarlet Letter 4* Rappaccini's Daughter 3* Wakefield ; Ethan Brand 3* Wakefield - Il velo nero del pastore 3* The Ambitious Guest 3* The Blithedale Romance 3* The House of the Seven Gables TBR The Marble Faun TBR Fanshawe(less)
This is the last novel written by Thomas Hardy. In this book, the author describes the life of Jude Fawle...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
This is the last novel written by Thomas Hardy. In this book, the author describes the life of Jude Fawley, a working-class men who dreams of becoming a scholar.
The central themes of the plot are the unhappy marriages, the Christianity values and the social unrest.
Since I have read the main novels written by Thomas Hardy, it is hard to tell each one is my favorite. But I certainly will add Jude the Obscure in my main list of favorite books.
A TV series Jude the Obscure (1971) was made based on this boo, with Robert Powell, Fiona Walker, John Franklyn-Robbins.
A movie Jude (1996) was also made based on this book, with Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham.
4* Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 4* Far from the Madding Crowd 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 3* The Three Strangers 4* An Imaginative Woman and Other Stories 4* The Woodlanders 5* A Pair of Blue Eyes 4* Under the Greenwood Tree 4* The Return of the Native 4* Jude the Obscure TBR The Hand of Ethelberta TBR Two on a Tower TBR Desperate Remedies(less)
In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 2* Green Tea 3* The Familiar 3* Mr. Justice Harbottle In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 5* The Room in the Dragon Volant In a Glass Darkl...moreIn a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 2* Green Tea 3* The Familiar 3* Mr. Justice Harbottle In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 5* The Room in the Dragon Volant In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3 The Room in the Dragon Volant - Part II 4* Carmilla
Excellent stories written by one of the masters of the gothic style.