by Ina Rilke
About the book: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.
by William Faulkner
About the book: The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.
by Dan Brown
About the book: जगभरात उलथापालथ घडवणारी जबरदस्त कादंबरी पॅरिसमधील लूव्हर या सुप्रसिद्ध संग्रहालयाच्या वयस्कर व्यवस्थापकाचा संग्रहालयामध्येच खून होतो. विचित्र गोष्ट अशी की, त्यांच्या मृतदेहाभोवती जमिनीवर गोंधळून टाकणारी काही चिन्हे आणि खुणा दिसतात. या खुणांचा शोध घेण्याची कामगिरी त्याचवेळी पॅरिसमध्ये आलेल्या रॉबर्ट लँग्डन या हॉर्वर्ड विद्यापीठातील चिन्हशास्रतज्ञावर सोपवली जाते. फ्रान्समधील निष्णात गुप्तलिपीतज्ज्ञ सोफी नेव्ह्यू हिच्या मदतीने लँग्डन या चित्रविचित्र खुणांमधून खुनाला वाचा फोडणारी काही दिशा मिळते का, याचा शोध घेतो. यातूनच मग काही वेगळेच रहस्य उजेडात येते. जगप्रसिद्ध चित्रकार लिओनार्दो दा विंचीच्या अनेक चित्रांमधून अत्यंत कौशल्यपूर्ण रीतीने दडवलेले संकेत दोघांना आश्चर्यचकित करतात.खून झालेले संग्रहालय-व्यवस्थापक "प्रायरी ऑफ सायन्स' या पंथाशी संबंधित असतात. ही स्फोटक माहितीही त्यांना कळते. अत्यंत गुप्तपणे काम करणाऱ्या या पंथामध्ये सर ऐझॅक न्यूटन, व्हिक्टर ह्यूगो आणि दा विंची अशा अनेक नामवंत व्यक्ती कार्यरत असतात. संग्रहालय-व्यवस्थापकांनी मती गुंग करून टाकणारी एक ऐतिहासिक सत्य जिवापाड जपलेले असते. हा शोध घेत असताना एक अव्यक्त प्रतिगामी शक्ती सतत रॉबर्ट आणि सोफीचा पाठलाग करीत असते. प्राचीन काळापासून अस्तित्वात असलेले एक स्फोटक सत्य खुणा आणि संकेतांच्या भूलभुलौय्यातून बाहेर येते.
by Jane Austen
About the book: Northanger Abbey Jane Austen No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her. Her father was a clergyman, without being neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though his name was Richard-and he had never been handsome. He had a considerable independence besides two good livings-and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters. Her mother was a woman of useful plain sense, with a good temper, and, what is more remarkable, with a good constitution. She had three sons before Catherine was born; and instead of dying in bringing the latter into the world, as anybody might expect, she still lived on-lived to have six children more-to see them growing up around her, and to enjoy excellent health herself. A family of ten children will be always called a fine family, where there are heads and arms and legs enough for the number; but the Morlands had little other right to the word, for they were in general very plain, and Catherine, for many years of her life, as plain as any. She had a thin awkward figure, a sallow skin without colour, dark lank hair, and strong features-so much for her person; and not less unpropitious for heroism seemed her mind. She was fond of all boy's plays, and greatly preferred cricket not merely to dolls, but to the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary-bird, or watering a rose-bush. Indeed she had no taste for a garden; and if she gathered flowers at all, it was chiefly for the pleasure of mischief-at least so it was conjectured from her always preferring those which she was forbidden to take. Such were her propensities-her abilities were quite as extraordinary. She never could learn or understand anything before she was taught; and sometimes not even then, for she was often inattentive, and occasionally stupid.
by George Orwell
About the book: George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'
by Mark Twain
About the book: This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader contend with Twain's language, allusions, and deliberate misstatements and malapropisms.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain's sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, became an instant success in the year of its publication, 1884, but was seen by some as unfit for children to read because of its language, grammar, and "uncivilized hero." The book has sparked controversy ever since, but most scholars continue to praise it as a modern masterpiece, an essential read, and one of the greatest novels in all of American literature.Twain's satiric treatment of racism, religious excess, and rural simplicity and his accuracy in presenting dialects mark Huck Finn as a classic. His unswerving confidence in Huck's wisdom and maturity, along with the well-rounded and sympathetic portrayal of Jim draw readers into the book, holding them until Huck's last words rejecting all attempts to "sivilize" him.
by Lewis Carroll
About the book: In the most renowned novel by English author Lewis Carroll, restless young Alice literally stumbles into adventure when she follows the hurried, time-obsessed White Rabbit down a hole and into a fantastical realm where animals are quite verbose, logic is in short supply, and royalty tends to be exceedingly unpleasant. Each playfully engaging chapter presents absurd scenarios involving an unforgettable cast of characters, including the grinning Cheshire Cat and the short-tempered Queen of Hearts, and every stop on Alice's peculiar journey is marked by sharp social satire and wondrously witty wordplay.
by Michael Chabon
About the book: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon. A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly