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The Pickwick Papersbegan as a literary spoof centred around sketches of stock sporting fops by caricaturist Robert Seymour. Following the success of Sketches By Boz, Dickens was recruited to compose the words which would accompany the illustrations. Dickens quickly made the project his own and created some of his most popular characters- Samuel Pickwick, and his companions Winkle, Augustus Snodgrass, and Tracy Tupman. At the height of its popularity The Pickwick Paperssold 40, copies a month and catapulted the 24 year old Dickens to fame.

These stories have been retold for today's reader, with atmospheric illustrations, an informative introduction and useful notes. In 18th century France, the rich seem to have everything they could ever want, while the poor barely keep from starving. Injustice is commonplace, and discontent and revolution are brewing Sickened by the wrongs he sees, he renounces his family and his country, and tries to escape the past by settling in England.

But when an old servant pleads for his help, he returns to Paris - only to find himself on trial for his life. Book jacket. Set in the English Midlands of farmers and village craftsmen at the turn of the eighteenth century, the book relates a story of seduction issuing in 'the inward suffering which is the worst form of Nemesis'. But it is also a rich and pioneering record - drawing on intimate knowledge and affectionate memory - of a rural world that we have lost.

The movement of the narration between social realism and reflection on its own processes, the exploration of motives, and the constant authorial presence all bespeak an art that strives to connect the fictional with the actual. George Eliot's final novel, Daniel Deronda , follows the intertwining lives of the beautiful but spoiled and selfish Gwendolene Harleth and the selfless yet alienated Daniel Deronda, as they search for personal and vocational fulfilment and sympathetic relationship. Set largely in the degenerate English aristocratic society of the s, Daniel Deronda charts their search for meaningful lives against a background of imperialism, the oppression of women, and racial and religious prejudice.

Gwendolen's attempts to escape a sadistic relationship and atone for past actions catalyse her friendship with Deronda, while his search for origins leads him, via Judaism, to a quest for moral growth. Eliot's radical dual narrative constantly challenges all solutions and ensures that the novel is as controversial now, as when it first appeared. Set during the early part of the 19th century, George Eliot's "Middlemarch" is a work of epic scope that centers on the intersecting lives of the inhabitants of the fictitious titular town of Middlemarch. The themes of the novel are as numerous as its characters.

Through the narrative of the story the author addresses the status of women, the nature of marriage, politics, religion, and education in the 19th century. The story is principally concerned with the lives of Dorothea Brooke, an energetic, intelligent, wealthy young woman and of Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic, talented, yet naive young doctor. Strong parallels can be drawn between the two characters; they both have great aspirations in their work and find themselves in marriages in which they are not happy with. In addition, numerous sub-plots draw together the lives of the inhabitants of the town.

Considered one of the great achievements of English literature, George Eliot's "Middlemarch" was immensely popular upon its original publication and remains to this day one of the finest examples of the author's prolific and accomplished literary career. These stories were the first of George Eliot's published work, appearing in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine in This edition is published in conjunction with The George Eliot Fellowship to celebrate the th anniversary of this event.

Contains Middlemarch , a tale of idealism, disillusion, profligacy, loyalty and frustrated love; The Mill on the Floss , a masterpiece of ambiguity in which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age; Silas Marner , a story of the unjustly exiled linen weaver, Silas Marner of Raveloe; and Adam Bede.

Gentle linen weaver Silas Marner is wrongly accused of a heinous theft, and he exiles himself from the world-until he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day at his isolated cottage. Somber, yet hopeful, Eliot's realistic depiction of an irretrievable past, tempered with the magical elements of myth and fairy tale, remains timeless in its understanding of human nature and is beloved by every generation. The Bride Price is the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo woman, and her teacher, Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave.

As their tribe begins to welcome western education and culture, these two are drawn together despite the traditions that forbid them to marry. Aku-nna flees an unwanted and forced marriage to join Chike, only to have her uncle refuse the required bride price from her lover's family. Frustrated and abandoned by their people, Aku-naa and Chike escape to a modern world unlike any they've ever experienced.

Despite their joy, Aku-nna is plagued by the fear the she will die in childbirth--the fate, according to tribal lore, awaiting every young mother whose bride price is left unpaid. This second edition includes a new introduction by Dr. The classic tale of a Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination only to encounter hardships of immigration. Available again. In the late s, Adah, a spirited, resourceful woman, manages to move her family to London. Seeking an independent life for herself and her children, she encounters racism and hard truths about being a new citizen.

Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda.

Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety, but these facts are bound up in his own secret. He is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything. In a masterwork that both deepens and enlarges the world of her previous novels set on the same reservation, Louise Erdrich captures the essence of a time and the spirit of a woman who felt compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest.

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a work of an avid heart, a writer's writer, and a storytelling genius. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted.

She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant novel. Winner of the National Book Award. One Sunday in the spring of , a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface because Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude.

Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.

And this is only the beginning. Written with complete conviction from a woman's point of view, Nuruddin Farah's spare, shocking first novel savagely attacks the traditional values of his people yet is also a haunting celebration of the unbroken human spirit. Ebla, an orphan of eighteen, runs away from her nomadic encampment in rural Somalia when she discovers that her grandfather has promised her in marriage to an older man. But even after her escape to Mogadishu, she finds herself as powerless and dependent on men as she was out in the bush.

As she is propelled through servitude, marriage, poverty, and violence, Ebla has to fight to retain her identity in a world where women are "sold like cattle. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur by J. Winner of the Booker Prize. India, the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

Farrell's story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion--at once brutal, blundering, and wistful--is soon revealed. Together these three novels offer an unequaled picture of the follies of empire.

The Singapore Grip by J. Singapore, life on the eve of World War II just isn't what it used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore's oldest and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her intended match, the son of Blackett's partner, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian.

Business may be booming--what with the war in Europe, the Allies are desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett's price-fixing and market manipulation--but something is wrong. No one suspects that the world of the British Empire, of fixed boundaries between classes and nations, is about to come to a terrible end.

Troubles by J. The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating on a grand scale; its few remaining guests thrive on rumors and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar and the upper stories; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. Meanwhile, the Major is captivated by the beautiful and bitter Sarah Devlin. As housekeeping disasters force him from room to room, outside the order of the British Empire also totters: there is unrest in the East, and in Ireland itself the mounting violence of "the troubles.

Faulkner Absalom, Absalom! Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him. A classic Faulkner novel which explores the lives of a family of characters in the South.

An aging black who has long refused to adopt the black's traditionally servile attitude is wrongfully accused of murdering a white man. One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis.

The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues--involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail. The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it.

Because no battle is ever won he said.


They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. Tom Jones is widely regarded as one of the first and most influential English novels. It is certainly the funniest. Tom Jones, the hero of the book, is introduced to the reader as the ward of a liberal Somerset squire. Tom is a generous but slightly wild and feckless country boy with a weakness for young women. Misfortune, followed by many spirited adventures as he travels to London to seek his fortune, teach him a sort of wisdom to go with his essential good-heartedness.

This 'comic, epic poem in prose' will make the modern reader laugh as much as it did his forbears. Its biting satire finds an echo in today's society, for as Doris Lessing recently remarked 'This country becomes every day more like the eighteenth century, full of thieves and adventurers, rogues and a robust, unhypocritical savagery side-by-side with people lecturing others on morality'. Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby by F.

Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the "roaring twenties", and a devastating expose of the "Jazz Age". Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.

Tender Is the Night by F. Published in , Tender Is the Night was one of the most talked-about books of the year. You are a fine writer. Believe it -- not me. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise.

A profound study of the romantic concept of character -- lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative -- Tender Is the Night, Mabel Dodge Luhan remarked, raised F. Scott Fitzgerald to the heights of "a modern Orpheus. Forster A passage to India by E. A Passage to India is a novel by E. Forster set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the s. A Room with a View by E. Forster Call Number: eBook.

In common with much of his other writing, this work by the eminent English novelist and essayist E. Forster displays an unusually perceptive view of British society in the early 20th century. Its heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, struggling against straitlaced Victorian attitudes of arrogance, narrow-mindedness and snobbery, falls in love-while on holiday in Italy-with the socially unsuitable George Emerson. Caught up in a claustrophobic world of pretentiousness and rigidity, Lucy ultimately rejects her fianc ;, Cecil Vyse, and chooses, instead, to wed her true love, the young man whose sense of freedom and lack of artificiality became apparent to her in the Italian pensione where they first met.

This classic exploration of passion, human nature and social convention is reprinted here complete and unabridged. The story of three families during a time of transition for India and its people. Politics, business, love, and war intertwine with unforgettable characters to immerse you in the story of a land and its people. This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition.

Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is wholly of today, Burger's Daughter can be compared to those 19th century Russian classics that make a certain time and place come alive, and yet stand as universal celebrations of the human spirit. Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects.

His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm. Doctor Fischer despises the human race. The notorious toothpaste millionaire decides to hold the last of his famous parties. Creative Education's short story collections are ideal introductions to some of the world's best-known authors. In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control, God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed.

Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption. In 'When Rain Clouds Gather' a South African political refugee and an Englishman join forces in Botswana to revolutionize the villager's traditional farming methods, but their task is fraught with hazards. From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel--winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington.

But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life. In this classic novella, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest to acquire some letters and other private documents that once belonged to the deceased Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern.

Attempting to gain access to the papers, the property of Aspern's former mistress, he rents a room in a decaying Venetian villa where the woman lives with her aging niece. Led by his zeal into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, the narrator is faced in the end with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it an an overwhelming price. Inspired by an actual incident involving Claire Clairmont, once the mistress of Lord Byron, this masterfully written tale incorporates all those elements expected from James: psychological subtlety, deft plotting, the clash of cultures, and profoundly nuanced representation of scene, mood, and character.

This volume also contains James's celebrated Preface from the New York edition of his collected works. Daisy Miller is one of Henry James's most attractive heroines: she represents youth and frivolity. As a tourist in Italy, her American freedom and freshness of spirit come up against the corruption and hypocrisy of European manners.

From its first publication, readers on both sides of the Atlantic have quarrelled about her, defending or attacking the liberties that Daisy takes and the conventions that she ignores. All three tales in this collection, Daisy Miller, An International Episode and Lady Barbarina, express James's most notable subject, 'the international theme', the encounters, romantic and cultural, between Americans and Europeans.

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His heroes and heroines approach each other on unfamiliar ground with new freedoms, yet find themselves unexpectedly hampered by old constraints. In An International Episode, an English lord visiting Newport, Rhode Island, falls in love with an American girl, but their relationship becomes more complicated when she travels to London. In the light-hearted comedy Lady Barbarina, a rich young American seeks an English aristocratic bride. The unusual outcomes of these three tales pose a number of social questions about marriage and the traditional roles of men and women.

Is an international marriage symbolic of the highest cultural fusion of values or is it an old style raid and capture? Is marriage to remain the feminine destination? One of literature's most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do -- a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the best novels of all time Of the three late masterpieces that crown the extraordinary literary achievement of Henry James, The Wings of the Dove is at once the most personal and the most elemental. James drew on the memory of a beloved cousin who died young to create one of the three central characters, Milly Theale, an heiress with a short time to live and a passion for experiencing life to its fullest.

To the creation of the other two, Merton Densher and the magnificent, predatory Kate Croy, who conspire in an act of deceit and betrayal, he brought a lifetime's distilled wisdom about the frailty of the human soul when it is trapped in the depths of need and desire. And he brought to the drama that unites these three characters, in the drawing rooms of London and on the storm-lit piazzas of Venice, a starkness and classical purity almost unprecedented in his work.

Under its brilliant, coruscating surfaces, beyond the scrim of its marvelous rhetorical and psychological devices, The Wings of the Dove offers an unfettered vision of our civilization and its discontents. It represents a culmination of James's art and, as such, of the art of the novel itself. Living overseas but writing, always, about his native city, Joyce made Dublin unforgettable.


The stories in Dubliners show us truants, seducers, gossips, rally-drivers, generous hostesses, corrupt politicians, failing priests, amateur theologians, struggling musicians, moony adolescents, victims of domestic brutishness, sentimental aunts and poets, patriots earnest or cynical, and people striving to get by.

In every sense an international figure, Joyce was faithful to his own country by seeing it unflinchingly and challenging every precedent and piety in Irish literature. A romance with a sailor gives Evelyn a chance to escape from her dreary life caring for her widowered father, but when the times comes she hesitates to take the plunge. Originally published in serial format in "The Egoist" between and , "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," is the semi-autobiographical portrayal of James Joyce's early upbringing as an Irish Catholic in late 19th century and early 20th century Dublin.

The novel was originally planned as a chapter autobiographical novel in a realistic style entitled "Stephen Hero" however Joyce reworked the novel into five condensed chapters, dispensing with the strict realism which he originally planned in favor of the use of free indirect speech, a narrative style which allows the reader to peer into the developing mind of the protagonist. At the center of the novel is Stephen Dedalus, whose life, based on Joyce's own experiences, is depicted from its various stages starting in childhood and moving through early adulthood.

The language of the novel changes throughout the book to correspond with the artistic development of Stephen Dedalus as he ages and matures. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes an introduction by Fallon Evans. Banned in the United States until on account of its "pornographic" content, this controversial classic transforms a single day in Dublin into an experimental epic. James Joyce's psychological novel vividly re-creates the sights, sounds, smells, and voices of a June day in within a structure loosely based on Homer's Odyssey.

Famed for the stream-of-consciousness technique that marked the beginning of modernist literature, the tale abounds in parodies, riddles, and sparkling wordplay. The long shadow it casts over subsequent novels has raised the suggestion that English-language fiction since has been a series of footnotes to Joyce's masterpiece. Few first editions generate more excitement among traders in rare books than Ulysses. Since the novel's debut, many experts have reinterpreted surviving drafts to produce revised texts, but this edition remains the one that Joyce himself reviewed and corrected prior to the initial publication.

Thus, this volume represents the version truest to the author's vision. Annie Johnis a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition ofThe Catcher in the RyeandA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,Kincaid's novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood.

Annie's voice--urgent, demanding to be heard--is one that will not soon be forgotten by readers. An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl's existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother's benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, "It was in such a paradise that I lived.

She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she instinctively rebels against authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a "young lady," ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary. At the end of her school years, Annie decides to leave Antigua and her family, but not without a measure of sorrow, especially for the mother she once knew and never ceases to mourn. The diverse tales selected for this volume display the astonishing virtuosity of Rudyard Kipling's early writings. A Nobel prize-winner, Kipling was phenomenally productive and imaginative, displaying a literary mastery of idioms, technology and technical terms, exotic locations, and social range.

He gained immense popularity, becoming as these stories indicate the knowledgeable spokesman for a wide public. Later, although Kipling's right-wing views increasingly incurred hostility, his creativity remained formidable. In this rich collection, we encounter bold realism, poignant nostalgia, dark comedy, the vividly horrific, the exuberantly fanciful and the disturbingly uncanny. Introduction and Notes by R. This edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling includes all the poems contained in the Definitive Edition of In his lifetime, Kipling was widely regarded as the unofficial Poet Laureate, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in His poetry is striking for its many rhythms and popular forms of speech, and Kipling was equally at home with dramatic monologues and extended ballads.

He is often thought of as glorifying war, militarism, and the British Empire, but an attentive reading of the poems does not confirm that view. This edition reprints George Orwell's hard-hitting account of Kipling's poems, first published in , and generally regarded as one of the most important contributions to critical discussion of Kipling. The Jungle Book introduces Mowgli, the boy foundling adopted by a family of wolves, Shere Khan the tiger, Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the sleepy brown bear. How did the Leopard get his spots? How did the Elephant get his trunk?

In Just So Stories Kipling wittily supplies the answers to these and other questions. Kipling's wry, sometimes tongue-in-cheek style will delight and entertain young readers while adults throughout the world will remember his stories with affection. Kaye Foreword by Call Number: The only complete edition of Kipling's verse in paperback, The Complete Verse has become the definitive work.

This new edition has been meticulously revised, with many corrections and the addition of M. Kaye's insightful foreword, which deepens the readers' understanding. Kipling's verse appeals to a very wide readership; from students to septuagenarians, there is something for everyone. One of the world's greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump, how the leopard got its spots, and how even a butterfly stamping his leg can change a man's life.

Initially written for his own "best beloved," Just So Stories was published in It has been a favorite for the past century and is certain to be cherished by generations to come. Kim is Rudyard Kipling's finest work. Now controversial, this novel is a memorably vivid evocation of the life and landscapes of India in the late nineteenth century. Kim himself is a resourceful lad who befriends a lama, an ageing priest; and both embark on a combined quest. Whereas Kim has an insatiable interest in the varied activities around him, the lama seeks redemption from the 'Wheel of Life'.

This engrossing and moving novel, with its diversity of memorable characters, offers many insights into political, religious and social tensions. This anthology of tales by Rudyard Kipling contains some of the most memorable and popular examples of the genre of which he is an undisputed master. The Man Who would be King later adapted as a spectacular film is a vivid narrative of exotic adventure and disaster. The other tales include the ironic, horrific, poignant and haunting. Here Kipling displays his descriptive panache and realistic boldness.

Shrewd, audacious, abrasive and challenging, he remains absorbingly readable. Finding the perfect spot, an old fairy ring, they set about their play, and are so enchanted that they perform it three times in a row. After a final bow, they sit down in the centre of the fairy ring - whereupon, the bushes part and Puck enters, stage left.

Using his fairy magic, Puck then conjures up the past to entertain the two amazed children - a Roman centurion, a Renaissance artisan and a bygone village all appear before their very eyes. Puck of Pook's Hill is an innocent and charming tale to delight readers of all ages. Lawrence The Rainbow by D. In , Lawrence's frank representation of sexuality in The Rainbow caused a furore and the novel was seized by the police and banned almost as soon as it was published. Today it is recognised as one of the classic English novels of the twentieth century.

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The Rainbow is about three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the s to the early years of the twentieth century. Within this framework Lawrence's essential concern is with the passional lives of his characters as he explores the pressures that determine their lives, using a religious symbolism in which the 'rainbow' of the title is his unifying motif. His primary focus is on the individual's struggle to growth and fulfilment within marriage and changing social circumstances, a process shown to grow more difficult through the generations.

Young Ursula Brangwen, whose story is continued in Women in Love, is finally the central figure in Lawrence's anatomy of the confining structures of English social life and the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation on the human psyche. Selected Short Stories by D. This companion features 7 of the best Lawrence stories, each turning on some facet of sexual feeling, attitude, or convention. Sons and Lovers by D. Lawrence; Howard J.

Introduction and Notes by Dr Howard J. Booth, University of Kent at Canterbury. Richard Aldington This novel is Lawrence's semi-autobiographical masterpiece in which he explores emotional conflicts through the protagonist, Paul Morel, and his suffocating relationships with a demanding mother and two very different lovers. Lawrence's novels are perhaps the most powerful exploration in the genre in English of family, class, sexuality and relationships in youth and early adulthood. Winner of the IMPAC Award and Booker Prize nominee In this rich and compelling novel, written in language of astonishing poise and resonance, one of Australia's greatest living writers gives and immensely powerful vision of human differences and eternal divisions.

In the mids a thirteen-year-old British cabin boy, Gemmy Fairley, is cast ashore in the far north of Australia and taken in by aborigines. Sixteen years later he moves back into the world of Europeans, among hopeful yet terrified settlers who are staking out their small patch of home in an alien place.

To them, Gemmy stands as a different kind of challenge: he is a force that at once fascinates and repels. His own identity in this new world is as unsettling to him as the knowledge he brings to others of the savage, the aboriginal. To read this remarkable book is to remember Babylon well, whether you think you've been there or not. The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself.

With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, each the other's world entire, are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. From the Trade Paperback edition. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity.

There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes.

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In life, Bill Cosey enjoyed the affections of many women, who would do almost anything to gain his favor. In death his hold on them may be even stronger. To ask other readers questions about Shiva XIV , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 24, Christina McMullen rated it it was amazing. I have to say, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. It's a sci-fi, but there's a lot that pulls from earthly religions and mysticism, plus a flirtatious friendship that is too adorable for words.

And somehow, it all works. Ayn is a fantastic protagonist. He's led to believe he's the reincarnation of a former god-king and as such, grows up living a very sheltered life amongst the priests of his home world's religious rule. But on the day he is supposed to be crowned, tr I have to say, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. But on the day he is supposed to be crowned, tragedy strikes and chaos takes over. Ayn finds out the extent to which he was sheltered. The dynamic between Ayn and Zin is fun and I absolutely enjoyed their adventure.

I foresee a lot of growth for these characters. But Ayn's story is only half of it. There is also Pei, a priest who Ayn's teacher and soul brother. I will admit, as the story went on, I wanted to shake Pei a few times. I'll be curious to see what becomes of his training. Overall, there is a lot of story going on. If you're looking for a genre bending adventure, this is a great place to start. My rating 4. The book makes you read and that is what is most important because you slowly discover the complexity of the world created by the writer.

The main character in the book is Ayn who was born as the incarnation of Shiva Bodanya or Adina on the planet Deius. Amun-Lan is a priest-teacher who is raising its tradition until it becomes the ruler of the planet De My rating 4. Amun-Lan is a priest-teacher who is raising its tradition until it becomes the ruler of the planet Deius based beliefs and the study of the past without compromising science.

The universe in which Ayn lives is divided into two beliefs science and natural because the knowledge of plasma that has changed the lives of all people. This separation led to many wars in the past until appeared first Adin. As Adin's reincarnation, Ayn should bring the universe into balance as otherwise the universe will break down and new wars will begin. Ayn sincerely is not convinced that he is a new Adin, but the events at his inauguration for the ruler will take him to a second full time.

The road on which will Ayn need to find who and what he is. I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to fans of SF and Fantasy. Dec 08, Aaron-Michael Hall rated it really liked it. Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti is an interesting mix of science fiction and fantasy that blends both genres without an overly complicated plot. This is a messiah, of sorts, and the second coming of The Great Adin.

Immediate conflict arises from not only within the holy order ruling Deius, but also the factions against the religious aspects and implications of such a procla Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti is an interesting mix of science fiction and fantasy that blends both genres without an overly complicated plot.

Immediate conflict arises from not only within the holy order ruling Deius, but also the factions against the religious aspects and implications of such a proclamation. Whereas Deius has been ruled by The Council of The Holy Dei, many of its denizens reject the council and prefer science to that of religion and prophecy. Regardless of this opposition, Ayn is groomed as the Neya Bodanya, and sheltered within the confines of the temple.

During this time, his interaction with his mother is minimal, while the High Priest, Meddhi-Lan, raises him as more of a son than a student. The Uh-Ahm galaxy was in turmoil due to the draining of plasmic energy, which is their power supply. After the decimation of one world Hun , many people turned to their spiritual leaders for guidance as others sought a scientific explanation, thusly fracturing the already brittle filament in which peace and cooperation had been tethered throughout the galaxy.

Ayn is extremely conflicted and apprehensive regarding his importance to the Un as a whole, and his ability to shoulder the responsibilities of his position. His dubiety and confusion is amplified by his inability to accept an abnormality from his birth. After reaching his fourteenth year, a devastating event separates Ayn from not merely his home, but also his planet. The subsequent events introduce Ayn and his new companion, Zin, to a new world and the struggles that come with it. Although this is science fantasy, most of the elements appear more a futuristic version of Earth.

This is especially so once we experience Xen. However, there are a few species mentioned, hover cars, and the like that keep you in the sci fi element. Shiva XIV was an enjoyable read with a few interesting characters. Many questions and hints are woven into the plot to cause the reader to wonder what might happen next, and what some characters true relation might be. Although I love male characters that can also be sensitive, there was quite a bit of crying and pouting. However, it started losing its effectiveness when the tears were so prevalent.

In addition, the overuse of exclamation points was a bit jarring. Feb 23, Charles rated it really liked it. Jul 11, Jennifer S. Shiva XIV is a lovely, thought-provoking coming of age story set on the Un-Ahm galaxy, a solar system beautifully envisioned and described by the author.

Though the cast is quite large, the teenagers Ayn and Zin are the main characters and their journey drives this story. Ayn is the reincarnation of the Bodanya, whose role in his society closely mirrors that of a reincarnated Tibetan lama. Though Ayn is resigned to accept his pre-determined path, he also has doubts about his abilities to heal an Shiva XIV is a lovely, thought-provoking coming of age story set on the Un-Ahm galaxy, a solar system beautifully envisioned and described by the author.

Though Ayn is resigned to accept his pre-determined path, he also has doubts about his abilities to heal and unify his world, as is prophesized. Zin is a prince who defiantly rejects all connections to his royal family, choosing music over power and prestige. While backpacking through Nepal and Thailand, I became fascinated with Buddhism and Hinduism, two religions in which reincarnation plays a central role. I was always intrigued by what it must be like for a mortal child to be treated as a God from birth. What would that do to his or her psyche?

What if the child rebelled by rejecting their predestined position; how would religious leaders deal with that? The same questions can be asked of modern-day princes and princesses who flagrantly reject the expectations inherent to their position within their royal families.

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These questions play a central role in Shiva XIV and the author does a fantastic job of illustrating the problems these children face as they age and mature within these confined restraints. I picked it up in the first place because I wanted to broaden my reading horizons and liked the cover. I would recommend Shiva XIV to any readers looking for an intriguing, well thought out, coming of age story, whether they are fans of space operas or not!

Jan 18, Grant Leishman rated it it was amazing Shelves: read Ayn was the reincarnation of the great Adin and would save his world from turmoil, disease and war. Not everything is as it should be though and Ayn is torn by doubt and uncertainty as to whether he is indeed a God. Born with an unusual sexual orientation, the boy is constantly torn between his devotion to his teachers and mentors, his duty to his country and his desire to be simply a boy. This is the first in a series of books focusing on Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti and she gives us ample opportunity to meet, understand and invest ourselves in the young characters, especially Ayn and Zin.

As Science Fiction, this story appealed because it made no pretentions of being overtly technical, it just happened that the coming-of-age story was set on another planet among different species. There are a couple of aspects that I particularly liked about the story. As the start of a series, I would have to say this looks fantastic and well worth getting into. Feb 09, Carole P. Roman rated it it was amazing. Shiva XIV is a well thought out coming of age story of a young prince who is chosen to be the God of his people, his destiny is being their savior.

Interesting characters, great world building, Lyra Shanti creates a credible religious doctrine. Her universe is fraught with issues, much like any other, from politics, to religion, to the dwindling resources that supply the population. All that aside, the young prince has a unique problem of his own, and it weighs down his confidence to rule. Brill Shiva XIV is a well thought out coming of age story of a young prince who is chosen to be the God of his people, his destiny is being their savior.

Brilliantly told, this is a rich tapestry of a place that becomes as believable as any civilization that could have existed anywhere in time. Oct 29, E. A fascinating science fantasy tale about Ayn, a young intersex person this book follows him from birth to adolescence who is believed to be the second incarnation of his society's great leader, and has been raised accordingly.

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His sheltered life is thrown into chaos by a terrorist attack, and Ayn has to flee for his life to another planet, where he struggles with his new situation and his growing powers. Science fantasy isn't my absolute favorite subgenre, but the societies in this book are int A fascinating science fantasy tale about Ayn, a young intersex person this book follows him from birth to adolescence who is believed to be the second incarnation of his society's great leader, and has been raised accordingly. Making Ayn intersex is also a bold choice, and makes this book stand out from the crowd.

Overall, an engaging beginning to a science fantasy series with a unique society and main character. Feb 26, Julian Green rated it really liked it. This book is an intriguing and challenging read. The conflict between science and religion is highlighted by the opposition of the societies which espouse the different approaches. I expected a fairly black and white distinction between them but the author has not fallen for the easy rout and instead has woven cultures with links to past and future.

She has brought out both the good and bad aspects of unswerving belief and adherence to unfettered advance. There are a lot of characters and social factors to cope with and life deals unfairly with them so it reflects the confusion of coming of age. I am looking forward to the next instalment and the chance to get to know these worlds and people better.

Apr 05, Fiona Cooke Hogan rated it it was amazing. Ayn is different. He is different in every way - the supposed re-incarnation of the Great Adin, the next Bodanya, he has been brought up in isolation and kept from his mother, the Queen. Adored and cosseted he is groomed for the crown. Without peers, Ayn is lonely, with only his beloved Medhi-Lan to turn to. He is unsure of his future, his potential and even his sex. A horrific terror attack causes him to flee with the aid of an unusual soul-mate and he loses everything that he held dear.

Alone Ayn is different. Alone and heartbroken, Ayn must overcome his self doubt and fear to save his planet from war. Superb world building, Lyra Shanti creates a fascinating universe filled with believable characters and conflicts. Looking forward to Book 2. Feb 15, Jessica Jesinghaus rated it it was amazing. Intricate religions and mythologies? Political intrigue, assassinations, and threat of war? Check check check! Shiva XIV sets the stage for a very promising fantasy saga.

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Author Lyra Shanti weaves a complex story, interspersed with close to a dozen major characters, each with their own worries, fears and motivations. This is no small feat! I didn't feel like any of the characters were left 'unfinished,' either. There is just so much to this story!

The history and mythology was introduced in a way so as to not overwhelm the reader. The various cultures and planets were intriguing. And, as I said before, the large number of important characters felt real. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite character! But if you're going to force me, I might pick Reese.

She's tough, pragmatic, determined, and indispensable to her King. I appreciated that the ending of book one was not a crazy, nail-biting cliffhanger. There is definitely unfinished business, important wheels left spinning, but the sense of hope I felt reading the final sentences was refreshing. This is high fantasy mixed with sci-fi and a dash of YA just for good measure and I absolutely loved it!

This is a wonderful science fiction book that somehow managed to transport me into both the past and the future at the same time. I love the differences between the worlds in this universe and how they mirror our own cultures and histories in so many ways. The story is complex and exciting, leaving enough intrigue to pull you into the next book whilst still leaving you with the feeling of a compelte book. The POV was strange for me at first, with it constantly shifting from one to the other at the This is a wonderful science fiction book that somehow managed to transport me into both the past and the future at the same time.

The POV was strange for me at first, with it constantly shifting from one to the other at the drop of a hat, but Lyra somehow managed to do it without losing me or confusing me; it worked! Overall, I love the worlds and their cultures, the characters and their individual stories, and I will be looking to read the rest of the series. The reason this book didn't get a full five stars is twofold.

I know that it is a new universe and there is a lot that I need to know to understand what is happening, but I think it could have been spread out a little more through the book. I recommend this book, and I stress that if you do feel a bit overwhelmed with chapter 1, then please push on! It is so worth it! Jan 22, Kimberly Cummons rated it it was amazing. Shiva XIV Book 1 is the story of a child raised to be both a king and a god who will bring balance to the Un.

Set in a a universe where plasma is the source of energy but also kills many, there is an insurmountable division between science and religion. Raised in seclusion by priests, Ayn, the future god-king, wants nothing more than to be normal. Shiva XIV takes Ayn and his friends from the destruction of the temple that was his home and drops them on a planet where religion and the priests are hated.

Together Ayn, Zin, and Axis must learn to live away from the worlds they grew up in. Shanti does a wonderful job of making you feel at home with both her universe and her characters. Oct 19, S. Great unique characters and setting. Apr 19, Cameron Kobes rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in The series is set in what seems to be a distant future, where humans have established civilizations on several different planets throughout the universe.

The protagonist of the novel is Ayn, the son of the queen of the planet Deius. As the Bodanya, Ayn is expected to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead his people into a new age by solving the Great Paradox, a sort of theological issue for the people of Deius. Ayn also happens to be born intersex, with both male and female genitalia. The story follows him from his time as an infant to his early adolescence. In this future universe, there are ideological divisions among the planets between those who follow religious doctrines and those who strictly follow science.

The planets Kri and Ohr are two planets whose people follow science, and as such they are sometime rivals and sometime allies of Deius. Ayn escapes with the help of the Ohrian prince, Zin, and adventures and conflict ensue. The beginning of the novel, in my opinion, was its strongest point. Later on though, I thought the novel weakened in some ways. The friendship between Ayn and Zin also stretched credibility for me. Some aspects of the prose irked as well, specifically use of exclamation points from a third-person omniscient narrator. But, the novel had its strengths as well.

With that in mind, I think I will most likely continue with the series and read its second book, The Veil of Truth. Nov 14, Alan Vandervoort rated it it was amazing. The reader is led by the hand through a labyrinth of imagination - never feeling lost in understanding — but experiencing the pleasure of being lost in wonder. The young man, Ayn, is a reluctant savior for a society run by priests obsessed by ancient traditions and questionable mythology.

His sheltered upbringing creates difficult situations in dealing with a world outside the temple. There are factions determined to derail his rise to power. A dramatic change in location and situation turns the narrative from a peaceful, spiritual celebration to survival on the brink of war. It leads to inter-planetary intrigue with page-turning maneuvers, betrayals, and daring escapes.

His perspective of the universe and his own destiny takes a wild ride as the adventure evolves. Understanding another universe brings insights into our own world. Our struggles are illuminated by the story of conflicts involving spiritual life, biological diversity, political power, reliance on science, and uncompromising cultures in Shiva XIV.


If a person is really involved in a religion and really building his life on it, he better stay with the software that he has got. James also cites passages from Augustine's Confessions [21] that he says are "an account of the trouble of having a divided self which has never been surpassed. Being a fan of both the fantasy, Science Fiction and regular fiction genres, I have read a lot of very original stories in my time. Man doesn't enter life except by woman, and so it is woman who brings us into this world of pairs of opposites and suffering. This is the bald eagle, the American eagle.

Shanti dares to explore areas of controversy such as gender identity, complex sexuality, military aggression, and religious zealots. Lurking behind the story is the universal question - can the beauty of spiritual life exist without the brutality of physical power to protect it?

The ability to relate these concepts to the reader comes from a deep understanding of world religions and spiritual matters.