Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
It is the latter part of the eighteenth century, France and England are at war. Then the French Revolution begins and some people who were friends become enemies. But strange things happen in such turbulent times.
Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
This edition contains _Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_ and its sequel _Through the Looking-Glass_. It is illustrated throughout by Sir John Tenniel, whose drawings for the books add so much to the enjoyment of them. Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen and the White Rabbit all make their appearances, and are now familiar figures in writing, conversation and idiom. So too, are Carroll's delightful verses such as The Walrus and the Carpenter and the inspired jargon of that masterly Wordsworthian parody, The Jabberwocky.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet... As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate - and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort - and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability. This gorgeous new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone features a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPre.
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
Great Expectations charts the progress of Pip from childhood through often painful experiences to adulthood, as he moves from the Kent marshes to busy, commercial London, encountering a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. Pip must discover his true self, and his own set of values and priorities. Whether such values allow one to prosper in the complex world of early Victorian England is the major question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dickens's most fascinating, and disturbing, novels.
Fjodor Mihajlovics Dosztojevszkij - Bűn és bűnhődés
Dosztojevszkij emberbarátsága nem filantrópia, állásfoglalása nem elfordulás a küzdéstől. Dosztojevszkij egészen, ízig-vérig társadalomhoz forduló művész, ez élteti túl a maga korán, s ez viszi közel megrendítő művét, a Bűn és bűnhődést a ma emberéhez. Ez a regény a mély ellentmondásokkal küzdő s meghasonlott lelkű géniusz legzártabb, legművészibb gonddal szerkesztett alkotása. Nyilván ez a körülmény magyarázza, hogy világszerte a Bűn és bűnhődés lett életműve legismertebb darabja. A páratlan lélekábrázolás, az emberi jellemek szuggesztív erejű rajza, a magával ragadó stílus, a mesteri kompozíció, a kapitalista nagy város sikátorainak, piszkos bérkaszárnyáinak, fojtott levegőjű odúinak szorongatóan hiteles képe az írásművészet halhatatlan alkotásai közé emeli ezt a művet. A "detektívregényből" így lesz klasszikus remek, minden idők egyik legmegrázóbb lélekrajzregénye.
Fjodor Mihajlovics Dosztojevszkij - A Karamazov testvérek
Akárcsak a Bűn és bűnhődés vagy az Ördögök: Dosztojevszkij e legérettebb - s egész életművét betetőző - alkotása is egy valóságos bűntény elemeiből nőtt irodalmi remekké. Jellemeiben, történésében, filozófiájában mintegy összegeződik az író teljes élettapasztalata; a páratlan pszichológiai hitelességgel motivált bűnügyi történet kibontása során Dosztojevszkij bölcseleti és művészi nézeteinek végső szintézisét fogalmazza meg. A Karamazov család tagjai: az apa és fiai az erjedő, felbomló múlt századi orosz társadalom sorsának hordozói. "A régi, a vad, a féktelen Oroszország elpusztítja önmagát - írja a mű alapeszméjéről Sőtér István -, de felnő egy új nemzedék, mely a jóság, a szeretet, az emberiesség jegyében él majd, s begyógyítja a Karamazovok ütötte sebeket."
Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett takes on Shakespeare in this sixth installment in the long-running parodic fantasy series set on the Discworld. Rigidly honorable, nasty-tempered witch Granny Weatherwax, who first appeared in EQUAL RITES, is back, joined by two other witches: matronly, raunchy Nanny Ogg and soppy, ineffective Magrat. This coven of three, aided by the ghost of the newly murdered king, must defend the tiny realm of Lancre and protect its rightful heir from the usurping Macbeth-like couple Duke and Duchess Felmet.
Tim Powers - The Stress Of Her Regard
When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence, but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes. Told in the guise of a secret history, this long-awaited tale of passion and terror is finally back in print after more than 20 years.
Vladimir Nabokov - Ada, or Ardor
Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat.
George MacDonald - Adela Cathcart
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish minister who is widely recognized as the most influential fantasist of the nineteenth century. His many works include Phantastes, Lilith, The Princess and the Goblin, and The Gifts of the Child Christ. In Adela Cathcart, MacDonald writes about a group of friends who nurse a sick young woman back to health by meeting together to tell stories. In the vein of The Canterbury Tales, the many legends and ballads they invent include some of MacDonald’s richest and most original writing. The most famous of these stories include: The Light Princess. A child is cursed with an inability to recognize anything serious or sorrowful in life, but can only find happiness by learning to weep. The Shadows. A man is transported to the kingdom of fairies and beholds how these dark spirits work to spread happiness and consolation through the world. The Giant’s Heart. A deathless giant with no heart in his body captures six princes and their wives in his enchanted castle. The youngest brother of the princes goes on a quest to rescue them by finding the hiding place of the giant’s heart. The collection also includes The Broken Swords, The Cruel Painter, The Castle, My Uncle Peter, A Child’s Holiday, and Birth, Dreaming, Death.
Kim Newman - Anno Dracula
It is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel follows vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders. Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history. Acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. This brand-new edition of the bestselling novel contains unique bonus material, including a new afterword from Kim Newman, annotations, articles and alternate endings to the original novel.
Olga Grushin - The Concert Ticket
On any given morning, on the street corners of a Russian city, little kiosks suddenly appear. As soon as their shutters open, a queue forms, men and women lining up in the hope of a little bit of luxury: a pair of silk stockings or a box of chocolates. One morning news spreads that the exiled composer, Selinsky, will be returning to the city for one concert only, and there is one kiosk, somewhere, selling tickets to this most magical event of the year. So begins the story of a family, in which a ticket to Selinsky’s concert means everything: for Sergei, the father, it holds the promise of an affair with another woman; for his wife, Anna, it offers the hope of winning back her faithless husband; for their son, Alexander, it means the possibility of escaping to the West. The Concert Ticket is a fabulously told story of love, longing and escape, of beauty in a world of repression, and of a family at the mercy of each other and the times in which they live. About the Author: Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971. Her novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers 2006 and the LA Times Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2006. Grushin was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists 2007. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Granta and The Partisan Review. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and son.
Charlette Mikulka - Peace in the Heart and Home
Most people find it very difficult to manage the emotions that they experience in their family relationships. Instead of home being a safe haven, a place of emotional support, it is too often a source of hurt and deprivation. Loneliness, disappointment, fear, frustration and stress take a high toll on people's functioning and quality of life. As a result, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, compulsions, addictions and attention problems are practically epidemic in our society. Dealing with emotions in self-defeating ways is the norm and psychological trauma is more wide spread than most people realize. It is common for the average person to turn to medications and over-the-counter substances to manage a wide range of mind-body symptoms. Serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, sleep disorders, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue interfere with feelings of competence, self-worth and peace. Fortunately, scientific research and knowledge have been proliferating in the past few decades, helping us to understand the brain, attachment relationships and their interplay with physical and mental health. We now know how to prevent and heal the relationship trauma that is at the root of most of the above-mentioned conditions. Also, mental health and marriage and family practitioners have been learning how to help couples create secure attachment bonds with each other and their children. Peace in the Heart and Home provides a clear and thorough explanation of the dynamics that overwhelm the average person, couple and family. It takes the mystery out of their struggles. The book then provides abundant, explicit advice and a wide array of effective skills, resources and methods for managing emotions, healing trauma, cultivating awareness and fostering effective and fulfilling relationships. Peace in the Heart and Home is the manual on life and relationships that so many have been wishing they had. A multitude of memorable anecdotes, metaphors and quotations bring the material to life and will resonate with readers' most meaningful experiences. This book will also be of great benefit to helping professionals in developing a deeper understanding of the most powerful dynamics and practices that undermine or foster wellbeing. A highly readable, accessible and very practical guide to living a more emotionally fulfilling life, both with oneself and in relationships. --ALAN S. GURMAN, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Charlette Mikulka has written a deeply insightful and compassionate book...textured with heartfelt stories and ways in which we can address our own pain and suffering...a book of wisdom and immense helpfulness. An uplifting and empowering book. --PAUL GILBERT, PhD, FBPsS, Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby, United Kingdom and author of The Compassionate Mind One-stop shopping handbook for life...folksy, straight-talking...a wise and comforting hand. -- ELANA KATZ, LCSW, LMFT, Senior Faculty member, Ackerman Institute for the Family Sincerity, care and understanding about how to handle emotions and cultivate spiritual awareness..a wealth of information and resources...this is a beautiful book. --DEBORAH ROZMAN, PhD, author of Transforming Stress: The HeartMath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue and Tension A wonderful book...offers hard-won, useful lessons about inner well-being and outer harmony that drip with authenticity. --RICK HANSON, PhD, neuropsychologist and author of Buddha's Brain A profoundly important book...an inspiration to all readers...delivers much-needed healing and will likely change the lives of many. --GEORGE FALLER, LMFT, Director, New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Lev Tolsztoj - Háború és béke
Tolsztoj két (külön-külön is sok ágú) szálból szőtte hatalmas regényét. Az egyik Rosztov gróf, Bolkonszkij herceg és több más család öregjeinek és fiataljainak regénye, mely híven tükrözi az orosz nemesség életét I. Sándor cár korában. A regény másik szála az 1812-es napóleoni hadjárat leglényegesebb cselekményeinek története. Bemutatja azt az igazságos védelmi háborút, amelyet az orosz nép, hallatlan szenvedések közepette, diadalmasan vívott meg a betolakodók ellen. Valóságos eposz ez, melynek hőse maga a nép. A regény ezernyi epizódjában rengeteg ember jelenik meg előttünk, de Tolsztoj jellemábrázoló ereje valamennyit elevenné s feledhetetlenné teszi. Mindenütt meglátja és megmutatja azt, ami általános érvényű. Ezért él és hat ez a csodás regény örökké, és minden kor számára van mondanivalója.
Stendhal - Scarlet and Black
To us, as to Stendhal, Scarlet and Black is a clear reflection of the "blue of the skies and the mire of the road below". It mirrors, rather than paints, mobile and revealing glimpses of life as it was wiled away in the climate of fear and greedy drawing-room conformity that followed Waterloo. Julien Sorel, the novel's restless, ambitious hero, rebels against his circumstances and wills himself to make something of his life by adopting a code of hypocrisy. On the road to the surprising crime he commits (out of passion, principle or insanity), he turns into Stendhal's greatest and most completely human creation. Margaret Shaw's brilliant translation keeps intact the colloquial style of the writer who, in an age of Romantics, set the pattern for later realists such as Flaubert and Zola.
Anchee Min - The Last Empress
At the end of the nineteenth century China is rocked by foreign attacks and local rebellions. The only constant is the power wielded by one woman, Tzu Hsi, also known as Empress Orchid, who must face the perilous condition of her empire and devastating personel losses. In this sequel to the bestselling Empress Orchid, Anchee Min brings to life one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a very human leader who sacrifices all she has to protect both those she loves and her doomed empire.
Louisa May Alcott - A Long Fatal Love Chase
Rosamond Vivian, brought up on a remote island by an indifferent grandfather, swears she'd sell her soul to Satan for a year of freedom. When Philip Tempest enters her life, she is ripe for the plucking, but is soon caught up in a web of intrigue, cruelty and deceit stretching back far into the past. Remarkable for its portrayal of a sensual, spirited Victorian heroine, Louisa May Alcott's work, too shocking to be published during her lifetime, tells a compulsive tale of love, desire and deceit. Its publication more than a century after being written marks a new page in literary history.
Charles Dickens - Bleak House
The unabridged text of Dickens's classic tale that offers both a scathing satire on the corruption of the law and a vivid portrait of London life.
Fjodor Mihajlovics Dosztojevszkij - Fehér éjszakák
A Fehér éjszakák történetét olyan ember mondja el, aki elsősorban önmaga előtt akarja igazolni álmokba foszló életét. A Nasztyenka-történet mindennél fontosabb számára, ezért dolgozza ki részletezve, megjelenítve. Ebben a történetben eljátszhatja a nemes lelkű lovagot, megmentheti az ismeretlen leányt a tolakodótól, vállalhatja a szerelmi postás szerepét, és nagylelkűen lemondhat a megszeretett lányról. De a főhősnek be kell vallania, hogy mentsvára nincs többé, az álmok elfogytak, s már kénytelen az ábrándok évfordulóit megtartani.
Louisa May Alcott - Jack and Jill
In this reimagining of the classic nursery rhyme, best friends Jack and Jill recover from a sledding accident surrounded by family and friends in this inspiring story from Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women! Jack Minot and Janey Pecq are next-door neighbors and best friends so frequently seen together that Janey earns the nickname Jill after the rhyme "Jack and Jill." Unfortunately, the sweet moniker proves prophetic when a wintry day spent sledding ends in a terrible fall that leaves both young people seriously injured. While Jack's head wound leaves him fragile for a few weeks, Jill's damaged back keeps her bedridden for months and with limited mobility afterward. Their mothers and friends do their best to make time pass more quickly with songs, elaborately costumed tableaus, and frequent visits. Even as petty jealousy, dreams deferred, and growing pains challenge the friend group, Jack and Jill ultimately grow stronger and closer together in this charming coming-of-age tale.