The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics) by R. K. Narayan

By R. K. Narayan

For the centennial of his beginning, R. ok. Narayan's such a lot celebrated novel

Formerly India's so much corrupt vacationer advisor, Raju—just published from prison—seeks shelter in an deserted temple. flawed for a holy guy, he performs the half and succeeds so good that God himself intervenes to place Raju's newfound sanctity to the try. Narayan's so much celebrated novel, The Guide gained him the nationwide Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's optimum literary honor.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Peirre Choderlos de Laclos

By Peirre Choderlos de Laclos

Love . . . intercourse . . . seduction. Of the 3, purely the final concerns. Love is a meaningless notice, and intercourse an ephemeral excitement, yet seduction is an fun online game during which victory capability strength and the power to humiliate one’s enemies and revel with one’s neighbors.

So it truly is for the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, supremely bored aristocrats through the ultimate years sooner than the French Revolution. jointly they concoct a wildly depraved guess: If Valmont can effectively seduce the virtuous spouse of a central authority reliable, Madame de Tourvel, then Madame Merteuil will sleep with him back. yet Madame Merteuil additionally wishes Valmont to overcome the younger and blameless former convent schoolgirl, Cécile Volanges. Can he do both?

When Les Liaisons Dangereuses used to be first released in 1782, it either scandalized and titillated the aristocracy it used to be aimed opposed to, who publicly denounced it and privately wolfed it. at the present time we nonetheless realize its relevance, for what may be extra modern than its appalling picture of daily evil — small, egocentric, manipulative, and mean. 

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Cranford (and Cousin Phillis) (UK edition) by Elizabeth Gaskell

By Elizabeth Gaskell

The bold pass over Deborah Jenkyns and the kindly pass over Matty reside in a village the place ladies rule and males are more likely to get within the means. Their days revolve round card video games, tea, thriftiness, friendship and an unending urge for food for scandal (from the alarming sight of a cow in flannel pyjamas to the surprising information of the titled girl who marries a surgeon). yet, love it or no longer, swap is entering their global – if it is the recent principles of Captain Brown, a financial institution cave in, rumours of burglars or the unforeseen go back of somebody from the prior.

Includes Cousin Phillis

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The Complete Works of Zhuangzi by Zhuangzi, Burton Watson

By Zhuangzi, Burton Watson

In simple terms through inhabiting Dao (the approach of Nature) and residing in its harmony can humankind in achieving actual happiness and freedom, in either lifestyles and dying. this can be Daoist philosophy's important guiding principle, espoused through the individual -- or workforce of individuals -- referred to as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.E.) in a textual content by means of an analogous identify. To be loose, contributors needs to discard inflexible differences among stable and undesirable, correct and improper, and persist with a plan of action no longer encouraged via achieve or striving. whilst one ceases to pass judgement on occasions nearly as good or undesirable, man-made pain disappears and normal anguish is embraced as a part of life.

Zhuangzi elucidates this mystical philosophy via humor, parable, and anecdote, deploying non sequitur or even nonsense to light up a fact past the limits of standard common sense. Boldly creative and inventively worded, the Zhuangzi floats freed from its ancient interval and society, addressing the religious nourishment of every body throughout time. essentially the most justly celebrated texts of the chinese language culture, the Zhuangzi is learn by means of millions of English-language students every year, but merely within the Wade-Giles romanization. Burton Watson's pinyin romanization brings the textual content in accordance with how chinese language students, and more and more different students, learn it.

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La Celestina (Penguin Clásicos) by Fernando De Rojas

By Fernando De Rojas

The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that's thought of the 1st ecu novel -- in a lively new translation

A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina was once released in 1499 and have become Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers extremely joyful to the salty personality of Celestina and her international of prostitutes and black magic while they mourned the destiny of Calisto and Melibea, the younger enthusiasts she unites utilizing her wiles as a vendor of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mixture of highway wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an unique, explosive, genre-defying paintings that lead the way for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes.

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Les Prostituées: Onze nouvelles by Guy de Maupassant

By Guy de Maupassant

Dans ces nouvelles, choisies parmi bien d'autres, mettant en scène des "filles publiques" - leurs peines, leurs joies, leurs duties -, Maupassant décrit, avec l'ironie qu'on lui connaît, une société du libre échange dont le moteur est l'argent et où circulent les corps, les pulsions, les désirs. Au-delà du réalisme cru, ces nouvelles ont le charme particulier des histoires sombres, tendres et édifiantes.

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The Short Stories from 1907-1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery

By Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery used to be born at Clifton (now New London), Prince
Edward Island, Canada, on November 30, 1874. She completed overseas reputation in her lifetime, placing Prince Edward Island and Canada at the international literary map.

Best identified for her "Anne of eco-friendly Gables" books, she used to be additionally a prolific author of brief tales and poetry. She released a few 500 brief tales and poems and twenty novels ahead of her loss of life in 1942.

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The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1 by John Galsworthy

By John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga is the 1st a part of John Galsworthy’s tremendous, well-loved Forsyte Chronicles, which hint the altering fortunes of the rich Forsyte dynasty via fifty years of fabric triumph and emotional catastrophe. The Forsyte Saga starts off because the 19th century is drawing to an in depth, and the higher heart sessions, with their estate and propriety, have gotten a death part of society. The Forsytes are ignorant of this truth, clinging to their conventions and ‘brilliant respectability’. As dignified Soames Forsyte struggles to uphold the previous ethical code within the face of the social revolution as a result of the nice battle, his spouse Irene’s impressive good looks reasons much more disruption. The sour feud among them involves break up the Forsyte kin for 2 generations.

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Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

A satiric examine American society following the 1st global battle, Babbitt is one in all Sinclair Lewis's best-known works. actual property agent George Babbitt says the entire correct issues, has all of the correct pals, and belongs to the entire correct golf equipment. although he's a guy at the upward thrust, Babbitt reveals his days empty and yearns for love and an break out from his tightly ordered life.

A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis wrote tales seriously inspired by means of America's urbanization, industrialization and lack of frontier within the post-war period.

HarperPerennial Classics brings nice works of literature to lifestyles in electronic layout, upholding the top criteria in book construction and celebrating studying in all its kinds. search for extra titles within the HarperPerennial Classics assortment to construct your electronic library.

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