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AuthorCarmen Mola
LanguageSpanish
PublisherAlfaguara
Publication Date1-Jan-18
Book DescriptionThe most revulsive crime novel in Spanish literature. «Powerful, original and addictive! A new voice with incredible potential, reminiscent of Dolores Redondo, Pierre Lemaitre and Luca D'Andrea. ", -Sander Knol, editor of The Gypsy Bride in the Netherlands" In Madrid, he kills little ", he told the young sub-inspector Ángel Zárate his mentor in the police; "But when he kills himself, he has nothing to envy to any city in the world," Inspector Elena Blanco, head of the Case Analysis Brigade, could create a department created to solve the most complicated and abject crimes. Susana Macaya, a gypsy father but educated as a paya, disappears after her bachelorette party. The corpse is found two days later in the Quinta de Vista Alegre in the Carabanchel neighborhood of Madrid. It could be another murder, if it were not for the fact that the victim was tortured following an unusual and atrocious ritual, and that her sister Lara suffered the same fate seven years ago, also on the eve of her wedding. The murderer of Lara has been condemned ever since, so there are only two possibilities: either someone has imitated his methods to kill the little sister, or there is an innocent incarcerated. That is why the commissioner Rentero has decided to remove Zarate from the case and entrust it to the veteran Blanco, a peculiar and lonely woman, lover of grappa, karaoke, collector's cars and sexual relations in off-roaders. A vulnerable police, who stays in the body to not forget that in his life there is a pending case, which has not been able to close. Investigating a person implies knowing them, discover its secrets and contradictions, its history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must look at the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to integrate themselves into society and others who do not forgive, and lift each veil to discover who could avenge with so much viciousness of both gypsy girlfriends. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION The most electrifying crime novel in Spanish literature. "Powerful, original, and addictive! A new voice with incredible strength, reminiscent of Dolores Redondo, Pierre Lemaitre, or Luca D'Andrea." -Sander Knol, editor of The Gypsy Bride in Holland "In Madrid, people do not kill each other very much," young Deputy Inspector Ángel Zárate's mentor on the police force told him; "but when they do, they are just as bad as any other city on earth," added Inspector Elena Blanco, head of the Case Analysis Brigade, a department created to solve the most complicated and heinous crimes. Susana Macaya, daughter of a gypsy but raised as a non-gypsy, disappears after her bachelorette party. Her body is found two days later in the Vista Alegre House in the Carabanchel neighborhood of Madrid. It could be just one more murder, if it was not for the fact that the victim was tortured following an unusual, atrocious ritual, and that her sister Lara suffered an identical fate seven years ago, also just before her wedding. Lara's killer has been locked up since then, so there are only two possibilities: either someone has imitated his methods for killing the younger sister, or an innocent man is in prison. Therefore, Commissioner Rentero has decided to move from the case and hand over to Blanco, the veteran: a peculiar, solitary woman, lover of grappa, karaoke, classic cars, and all-terrain sexual relations. A vulnerable policewoman, who stays on the force to remind herself that in her life there is one unsolved case that she has been unable to close. Investigating someone implies getting to know them, discovering their secrets and contradictions, their history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must immerse herself in the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to become integrated in society, and others who will not forgive them for it. She must lift every veil to discover who could take vengeance on the two gypsy brides with such cruelty. classic cars, and all-terrain sexual relations. A vulnerable policewoman, who stays on the force to remind herself that in her life there is one unsolved case that she has been unable to close. Investigating someone implies getting to know them, discovering their secrets and contradictions, their history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must immerse herself in the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to become integrated in society, and others who will not forgive them for it. She must lift every veil to discover who could take vengeance on the two gypsy brides with such cruelty. classic cars, and all-terrain sexual relations. A vulnerable policewoman, who stays on the force to remind herself that in her life there is one unsolved case that she has been unable to close. Investigating someone implies getting to know them, discovering their secrets and contradictions, their history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must immerse herself in the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to become integrated in society, and others who will not forgive them for it. She must lift every veil to discover who could take vengeance on the two gypsy brides with such cruelty. discovering their secrets and contradictions, their history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must immerse herself in the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to become integrated in society, and others who will not forgive them for it. She must lift every veil to discover who could take vengeance on the two gypsy brides with such cruelty. discovering their secrets and contradictions, their history. In the case of Lara and Susana, Elena Blanco must immerse herself in the lives of some gypsies who have renounced their customs to become integrated in society, and others who will not forgive them for it. She must lift every veil to discover who could take vengeance on the two gypsy brides with such cruelty.~~~~~~400 N25948514A~~The brilliant and scathing Dr. Kay Scarpetta has settled in Charleston, where she has established a modern forensic laboratory in which she works with her team: her niece Lucy Faranelli, Rose and Pete Marino. On this occasion, Scarpetta travels to Italy to investigate the cruel death of Drew Martin, a young and famous tennis player whose mutilated body has appeared in the venerable historic center of Rome. The murderer is nicknamed the Sandman for the macabre residue he leaves behind, one of the few clues found at the crime scene. The contradictory evidence leaves stupefied Scarpetta, Benton Wesley (forensic psychologist lover of the doctor) and the Italian carabinieri. Soon, Scarpetta and Wesley discover a disturbing connection between the death of the tennis player and the unidentified body of a young man in South Carolina. Everything indicates that they are facing a more deadly killer than usual. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION The brilliant and acerbic Dr. Kay Scarpetta has settled in Charleston, where she has established a modern forensic laboratory in which her team works with her niece Lucy Faranelli, Rose and Pete Marino. This time, Scarpetta travels to Italy to investigate the bloody death of Drew Martin, a young and famous tennis player whose body has been found mutilated in the venerable historic center of Rome. The murderer is a man nicknamed the Sandman because of the macabre residue found at the crime scene. where she has established a modern forensic laboratory in which her team works with her niece Lucy Faranelli, Rose and Pete Marino. This time, Scarpetta travels to Italy to investigate the bloody death of Drew Martin, a young and famous tennis player whose body has been found mutilated in the venerable historic center of Rome. The murderer is a man nicknamed the Sandman because of the macabre residue found at the crime scene. where she has established a modern forensic laboratory in which her team works with her niece Lucy Faranelli, Rose and Pete Marino. This time, Scarpetta travels to Italy to investigate the bloody death of Drew Martin, a young and famous tennis player whose body has been found mutilated in the venerable historic center of Rome. The murderer is a man nicknamed the Sandman because of the macabre residue found at the crime scene.~~~~Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, NC, and now lives and works in Boston. Find out more at PatriciaCornwell.com, at Facebook.com/Patricia.Cornwell, on Twitter: @1pcornwell, and on Instagram: @1pcornwell.~~448 N25948515A~~The sixteenth installment of the saga starring Dr. Scarpetta. Kay Scarpetta accepts a mission in New York, where the police have requested her presence in the psychiatric penal hospital to examine a wounded man. The patient, Oscar Bane, suffering from dwarfism, refuses to be recognized by any other doctor. When Kay begins to examine him, Bane tells him an absolutely bizarre story. Is Bane a stalker obsessed with Scarpetta? Or maybe his paranoid story is true, and is he whom they spy, persecute and harass?The only thing Scarpetta knows for sure is that a woman has been tortured and murdered # and that this violent death will be followed by others. Little by little, an inexplicable and horrible certainty emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows at all times where their prey is. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION From Americaas # 1 bestselling crime writers comes to the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man in Bellevue Hospitalas psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has just asked for her, and when she literally has her hands on him, I've started to talkand the story I've been told to turn out to be one of the most bizarre she's ever heard.The injuries, he said, was still in the course of a murder. . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the current killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murderedaand more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer research firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the cityaan odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew , and much, much too close to home. Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she has her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.~~~~Patricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the Creasey, the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Prix du Roman d’Aventure. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Cornwell has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography, and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, NC, and now lives and works in Boston. Find out more at PatriciaCornwell.com, at Facebook.com/Patricia.Cornwell, on Twitter: @1pcornwell, and on Instagram: @1pcornwell.~~488 N25946738A~~A practically perfect alphabet board book full of fantastic words from the whimsical world of Mary Poppins! Based on the 1962 classic edition. The ideal introduction to the magical nanny for the very youngest readers. Mary Poppins, the beloved English nanny from page, stage, and silver screen, comes alive for the youngest readers in this full-color, fanciful alphabet board book. Each letter offers the opportunity for a poetic romp through the adventures from the novels. So fly in on the East wind for Exciting Escapades (with the letter E), and share this truly unique book with Mary Poppins fans old and new.~~~~P. L. Travers (1899–1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and novelist. She wrote several other books for children and adults, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered.~~26 N25946739A~~A 75th Anniversary edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's world-famous classic featuring a new cover and the history and making of this beloved story. Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. This special edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's world-famous classic marks its seventy-fifth anniversary in print. Featuring a beautiful new cover and a special look at its history and making--including a biography of Saint-Exupéry, sketches, photos, and reviews from the first edition--this new anniversary edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of both devoted and new readers alike.~~~~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pioneer of aviation, he flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince;Wind, Sand and Stars; Night Flight; Southern Mail; and Airman's Odyssey. In 1944, while flying a mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.~~224 N25948516A~~Based on the original 1934 novel by P. L. Travers with beautiful illustrations by Genevieve Godbout, this collectable picture book is sure to become a favorite of Mary Poppins fans old and new. When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins over Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of the Banks children, nothing is ever the same! This picture book adaptation of the original novel is full of Mary's unique brand of whimsical adventure: There's a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to a mysterious shop that sells stars. Told in a lyrical text with fresh yet timeless art by Genevieve Godbout, this version of Mary Poppins is perfect for reading aloud. Young and old, longtime friends of Mary, and those meeting her for the first time, will revel in this colorfully illustrated version of the story that inspired the image of the beloved nanny of page, stage, and screen.~~~~P. L. Travers (1899–1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and novelist. She wrote several other books for children and adults, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered.~~32 N25948517A~~A stunning, full-color illustrated edition of the classic novel about the magical nanny who has delighted children and adults the world over. Experience the fantastical adventures of the magical nanny who inspired the classic film, stage show, and young imaginations the world over in a whole new way. This illustrated gift edition features silver foil on the cover and beautiful artwork by Júlia Sardà that re-imagines Mary's London in rich, full color. Ideal for the lifelong Mary Poppins fan or serious collector, this edition also makes for a lovely family read-aloud.~~~~P. L. Travers (1899–1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and novelist. She wrote several other books for children and adults, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered.~~248 N25946740A~~The book was an instant success and has since sold millions of copies in dozens of languages all over the world. To celebrate the 25th birthday of this modern classic, Annick presents the familiar story of The Paper Bag Princess along with more than 30 pages of never-before published behind-the-scenes features all presented in a new bigger format. Jump into The Paper Bag Princess 25th Anniversary Edition and learn the story behind the story. Discover how Munsch--once on a path to becoming a priest--became one of the most famous children's authors of all time. Learn how an extra space on a gallery wall landed Martchenko his first, and most legendary, children's book gig ever. Meet the real Elizabeth and see what she's up to today. You'll also find never-before published sketches and paintings that take you through the process of the book's creation. Further sections explore the book's critical success, international popularity, and responses from fans old and new, including some who'll surprise you. Whether you're a long-time admirer or only just discovering The Paper Bag Princess this very special edition is sure to capture your heart more than any flashy prince ever could.~~~~~~64 N25946741A~~Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg's beloved classic and Newbery Medal--winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler--now available in a deluxe keepsake edition! Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided to run not from somewhere but to somewhere. That was how Claudia and her brother, Jamie, ended up living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art--and right in the middle of a mystery that made headlines. Celebrate the legacy of the Newbery Medal-winning classic with this special edition.~~~~~~384 N25946742A~~Experience the joy and magic of the original Clifford! This gorgeous hardcover is a reprint of the Norman Bridwell's Clifford the Big Red Dogfrom 1963. Featuring the original two-color art and landscape trim size, this special storybook feels both nostalgic and timeless.~~~~E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the Bone, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.~~176 N25946743A~~Resurrected from the dark depths of the labyrinth, this fresh, deliciously shocking, and darkly comedic novel-in-verse takes on the Theseus and Minotaur myth and shines a light on one of history's most infamous monsters. Garnering six starred reviews, this update of the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur has been called "beautifully clever," "a literary feast fit for the gods," 'powerful and engrossing,' 'irresistible, slick, and sharp,' 'a genre of its own,' and 'rude - crude, and it's a whole bunch of fun.'~~~~~~48 N25946744A~~Seventy-five years ago, Virginia Lee Burton created the Little House, and since then generations of readers have been enchanted by the story of this happy home and her journey from the pleasures of nature to the bustling city, and back again. In celebration of this beloved classic's seventy-fifth anniversary, this special edition features a beautiful set of window cling stickers--perfect for decorating your own "Little House"--and free downloadable audio (access code printed inside the book).~~~~~~224 N25946745A~~Geronimo Stilton retells famouse classic stories we know and love! Geronimo retells the classic tale of the old cranky mouse, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge has no Christmas spirit, that is until he is visited by 3 ghosts on the night of Christmas Eve.~~~~Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.~~44 N25946746A~~~~~~~~ N25946747A~~A PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickWith extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell's 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition."Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power."--The New YorkerIn 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.Lionel Trilling said of Orwell's masterpiece "1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present." Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell's novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.~~~~George Orwell (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.~~304 N25949514A~~When "Lord of the Flies" appeared in 1954 it received unprecedented reviews for a first novel. Critics used such phrases as "beautifully writeen, tragic and provocative... vivid and enthralling... this beautiful and desperate book... completely convincing and often very frightening... its progress is magnificient... like a fragment of nightmare... a dizzy climax of terror... the terrible spell of this book..." E.M. Forster chose it as the Outstanding Novel of the Year. "Time and Tide" touched upon perhaps the most important facet of this book when it said, "It is not only a first-rate adventure but a parable of our times, " and articles on this and subsequent Golding novels have stressed these twin aspects of Golding: a consummate control of the novel form, and a superb all-encompassing vision of reality which communicates itself with a power reminiscent of Conrad.~~~~William Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911 and educated at Oxford University. His first book, Poems, was published in 1935. Following a stint in the Royal Navy during World War II, Golding wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching school. It was the first of several works, including the novels Pincher Martin, Free Fall, and The Inheritors and a play, The Brass Butterfly, which led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. Lois Lowry is the two-time Newbery Award–winning author of Number the Stars, The Giver Quartet, and numerous other books for young adults. Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2015 National Medal of Arts. Jennifer Buehler is an associate professor of educational studies at Saint Louis University and President of The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English. E. M. Forster was an English writer best remembered for novels including Passage to India, Howards End, and A Room with a View. E. L. Epstein was a literary scholar and book editor who published the first American paperback edition of Lord of the Flies in 1959.See all Editorial Reviews~~268 N25949515A~~"One of the saddest, funniest, strangest, and most romantic books. . . . Brilliant!"--The Bookseller (UK)All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, Perf is hypnotized by her ex-boyfriend, Hypno, to believe Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, the Perfectionist is sure Tom has abandoned her, so she's moving away. With no idea Tom's beside her, she boards a plane. Tom has until they land to make her see him.This tenth anniversary edition adds short stories, illustrations, and a foreword to the cult classic that has been a bestseller in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden.Andrew Kaufman is the author of The Waterproof Bible and The Tiny Wife.~~~~~~140 N25949516A~~Odd appearances don't get in the way of adventure in a jubilant new edition of John Burningham's very first picture book, back by popular demand. Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster are delighted when their six eggs hatch into adorable baby goslings. But one has them worried: Borka, who was born without feathers. The doctor encourages Mrs. Plumpster to knit Borka a fuzzy sweater, but while it helps keep out the cold, it doesn't keep all the other young geese from teasing Borka -- until, come migration day, her siblings fly off without her. What is the tearful goose to do? In a brand-new edition of his debut book for children --awarded a prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1963 -- the incomparable John Burningham turns a sad beginning into a whimsical tale of pluck and serendipity, kindness and kindred spirits, as he celebrates the rare birds among us.~~~~John Burningham is one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham has written and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He is married to illustrator Helen Oxenbury. They have three children and live in North London.~~32 N25953611A~~Celebrate twenty-five years of love right up to the moon and back! A new padded board-book edition is tailor-made for the littlest of loved ones. The treasured family classic is more endearing than ever in a padded board-book edition. Very young children will love holding this touchable, clutch-able book, created in a soft and sturdy format just for them -- ready to hop from stroller to story time, from bedtime to anytime.~~~~Sam McBratney wrote GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU as the fifty-seventh book of his career. He reunited with Anita Jeram for YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES and the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks. He lives in Northern Ireland.Anita Jeram is the illustrator of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks, and YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES, as well as Amy Hest's series about Sam and Mrs. Bear and Dick King-Smith's ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL and I LOVE GUINEA PIGS. She lives in Northern Ireland.~~30 N25953612A~~Celebrate twenty-five years of love right up to the moon and back! A new board-book edition is perfect for little hands. How much does Little Nutbrown Hare love his daddy? And how much does Big Nutbrown Hare love him back? The cherished tale of boundless affection is ready for boundless sharing in a durable board-book edition for the younger set.~~~~Sam McBratney wrote GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU as the fifty-seventh book of his career. He reunited with Anita Jeram for YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES and the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks. He lives in Northern Ireland.Anita Jeram is the illustrator of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks, and YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES, as well as Amy Hest's series about Sam and Mrs. Bear and Dick King-Smith's ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL and I LOVE GUINEA PIGS. She lives in Northern Ireland.~~24 N25949517A~~The first major poem in English literature, "Beowulf" tells the story of the life and death of the legendary hero Beowolf in his three great battles with supernatural monsters. Beowulf is an example of the heroic spirit at its finest, the ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior-aristocrat. The epic poem celebrates both his magnificent courage in his battles with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the Dragon, and his leadership and loyalty in dealing with his fellow men. At the same time, the poem is a deeply felt elegy for the passing of such virtues and is permeated with a tragic sense of man's fate in an uncertain world. The complexity of the anonymous poet's vision and the power of his language make "Beowulf" a unique achievement in Old English.~~~~~~446 N25949518A~~Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels-here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.The Steppe--the most lyrical of the five--is an account of a nine-year-old boy's frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia. The Duel sets two decadent figures--a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility--on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In The Story of an Unknown Man, a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers that his own terminal illness has changed his long-held priorities in startling ways. Three Years recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor. The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)~~~~~~576 N25949519A~~Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. Maugham himself wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.~~~~~~314 N25949520A~~Mark Twain's brilliant 19th-century novel has long been recognised as one of the finest examples of American literature. Rich in authentic dialect, folksy humour and sharp social commentary, Twain's classic tale follows Huckleberry Finn and Jim the runaway slave on an exciting journey down the Mississippi. Each beautiful book is unabridged and features extraordinary art, a ribbon marker and the highest quality paper. A series of insightful questions appear at the end of each volume to encourage discussion and a deeper understanding of these enduring works.~~~~Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army. He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. John Seelye is Emeritus Professor of American Literature at the University of Florida. Lilli Carre is the author of Tales of the Woodsman Pete and The Lagoon. She lives in Chicago.~~320 N25949521A~~Another beautiful book by renowned artist Robert Ingpen in the popular Sterling Illustrated Classics series. For more than a century, The Wind in the Willows and its endearing protagonists--Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, and Ratty--have enchanted children of all ages. Whether the four friends are setting forth on an exciting adventure, engaging in a comic caper, or simply relaxing by the River Thames, their stories are among the most charming in all English literature. This keepsake edition of Kenneth Grahame's beloved novel features gorgeous art throughout, making it a must-have for every child's library.~~~~Kenneth Grahame began writing in 1879 as an escape from the drudgery of his job at the Bank of England. The Wind in the Willows started as a bedtime story for his son Alistair, and Grahame later continued the story in letters to his son. The book was published in 1908 and has never been out of print. Illustrator Robert Ingpen studied illustration and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1986 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contribution to children's literature, and he was recently honored with the Membership of the Order of Australia.~~224 N25949522A~~"Unabridged Classics" are aimed at ages 10 years upwards with more than 330,000 copies sold! The book features many of the Grimms' most popular retellings including "The Frog Prince", "Rapunzel" and many more. It is unabridged with insightful questions for discussion, fantastic artwork, a ribbon marker and high-quality paper. Based on the brothers' first volume of folk tales, "Children's and Household Stories", this collection features many of the Grimms' most popular retellings, as well as some lesser-known ones. The tales include "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel," "The Fisherman and his Wife," "Tom Thumb," and many others.~~~~~~288 N25949523A~~Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date), comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price. Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale, with its engaging heroine and evocative description of the Prince Edward Island landscape, never fails to delight youngsters. When Matthew Cuthbert goes to the train station to pick up the orphan he and his sister Marilla plan to adopt, he expects to meet a boy who can help on the family farm. Instead it's Anne--a talkative, dreamy, red-haired, freckle-faced 11-year-old little girl who transforms the Cuthberts' life forever and fills it with love and joy.~~~~~~160 N25949524A~~What Readers Are Saying: "The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best."An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter--and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels. At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams...What Readers are Saying: "This just became one of my all-time favorites! In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan!...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book! It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page!""The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best.""Absolutely hilarious (Valancy would be a Twitter superstar), and it feels so fresh, which is a testament to how timeless L.M. Montgomery's writing is. This has quickly become one of my favorite books.""I finished reading The Blue Castle with the same engrossed delight I had in meeting Anne Shirley years ago."
About the AuthorL.M. Montgomery achieved international fame in her lifetime that endures well over a century later. A prolific writer, she published some 500 short stories and poems and twenty novels. Most recognized for Anne of Green Gables, her work has been hailed by Mark Twain, Margaret Atwood, Madeleine L'Engle and Princess Kate, to name a few. Today, Montgomery's novels, journals, letters, short stories, and poems are read and studied by general readers and scholars from around the world. Her writing appeals to people who love beauty and to those who struggle against oppression.
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