A Bibliophile's Pride: Part 2

Here's a remedy for the incurable hunger of the voracious reader. Bite onto the words, chew on these thoughts and digest these stories.
Love in the Time of Cholera
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Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel GarcÍA MÁRquez

About the book:  AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

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Wide Sargasso Sea
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Wide Sargasso Sea

by Jean Rhys

About the book:  Jean Rhys astonished readers with her passionate and heartbreaking work. In it, she reimagines one of fiction s most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman, is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. Rhys portrays her amid a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind."

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Pale Fire
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Pale Fire

by Vladimir Nabokov

About the book:  A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the lengthy, and increasingly eccentric, notes by his posthumous editor.

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

by Louis de Bernieres

About the book:  It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. Ostracised at first, he proves in time to be peace-loving, humorous - and a consummate musician. A burgeoning love with the local doctor's daughter, whose letters to her fiance - and members of the underground - go unanswered, seems inevitable. But can it survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?

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Howards End
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Howards End

by E. M. Forster

About the book:  Most complacently did Mrs. Munt rehearse her mission. Her nieces were independent young women, and it was not often that she was able to help them. Emily's daughters had never been quite like other girls. They had been left motherless when Tibby was born, when Helen was five and Margaret herself but thirteen. It was before the passing of the Deceased Wife's Sister Bill, so Mrs. Munt could without impropriety offer to go and keep house at Wickham Place. But her brother-in-law, who was peculiar and a German, had referred the question to Margaret, who with the crudity of youth had answered, "No, they could manage much better alone." Five years later Mr. Schlegel had died too, and Mrs. Munt had repeated her offer. Margaret, crude no longer, had been grateful and extremely nice, but the substance of her answer had been the same. "I must not interfere a third time," thought Mrs. Munt. However, of course she did. She learnt, to her horror, that Margaret, now of age, was taking her money out of the old safe investments and putting it into Foreign Things, which always smash. Silence would have been criminal. Her own fortune was invested in Home Rails, and most ardently did she beg her niece to imitate her. "Then we should be together, dear." Margaret, out of politeness, invested a few hundreds in the Nottingham and Derby Railway, and though the Foreign Things did admirably and the Nottingham and Derby declined with the steady dignity of which only Home Rails are capable, Mrs. Munt never ceased to rejoice, and to say, "I did manage that, at all events. When the smash comes poor Margaret will have a nest-egg to fall back upon." This year Helen came of age, and exactly the same thing happened in Helen's case; she also would shift her money out of Consols, but she, too, almost without being pressed, consecrated a fraction of it to the Nottingham and Derby Railway. So far so good, but in social matters their aunt had accomplished nothing. Sooner or later the girls would enter on the process known as throwing themselves away, and if they had delayed hitherto, it was only that they might throw themselves more vehemently in the future. They saw too many people at Wickham Place--unshaven musicians, an actress even, German cousins (one knows what foreigners are), acquaintances picked up at Continental hotels (one knows what they are too). It was interesting, and down at Swanage no one appreciated culture more than Mrs. Munt; but it was dangerous, and disaster was bound to come. How right she was, and how lucky to be on the spot when the disaster came!

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

About the book:  With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the NEW YORK TIMES. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

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Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray

About the book:  No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.

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The Divina Commedia of Dante
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The Divina Commedia of Dante

by Dante Alighieri

About the book:  This electronic edition includes the original italian version and the line by line translation by H.W. Longfellow.You can move quickly back and forth by simply clicking a link in the Table of Contents.The Logical TOC (NCX) allows you to jump back and forth between topics with a simple press of the Kindle 5-way toggle (this option may not work in the free sample).Language: English and ItalianSome of the editions have a synopsis at the start of each "Canto"Separate chapters: yesSuperior Kindle Formatting: yesYou will find a single language edition in italian:- LA DIVINA COMMEDIA (italian edition)It includes also a parallel edition, with a line by line translation:- LA DIVINA COMMEDIA italian - english (Longfellow)These are some samples of the easy to read single and dual language format Dante wrote The Divine Comedy in 3 line stanzas with triple rime and this format has been maintained.LA DIVINA COMMEDIA italianNel mezzo del cammin di nostra vitami ritrovai per una selva oscura,ché la diritta via era smarrita.Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa duraesta selva selvaggia e aspra e forteche nel pensier rinova la paura!LA DIVINA COMMEDIA italian - english (Longfellow)1 Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita1 Midway upon the journey of our life2 mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,2 I found myself within a forest dark,3 ché la diritta via era smarrita.3 For the straightforward pathway had been lost.Dante Alighieri (May/June c.1265 – September 14, 1321), was the major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

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The Count of Monte Cristo
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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexander Dumas

About the book:  The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. The story takes place in France, Italy and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815-1838. It begins from just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile) and spans through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal and selfishness, shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature. The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood."

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

by Theodore Dreiser

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