by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea
  • Fiction
  • 1952
  • Autor: Ernest Hemingway
old in language of great simplicity and power, this story of courage and personal triumph remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely...
Number of pages: ~ 40 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.7/5

by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
  • Fiction
  • 1932
  • Autor: Aldous Huxley
Marking the 75th anniversary of its original publication, Vintage Canada is proud to publish the first Canadian edition ever of the 1932 classic Brave New World with an original introduction by Margaret Atwood. Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasure of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined...
Number of pages: ~ 169 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.5/5

Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to you, my Lad
M. R. James was a prolific and hugely successful author, now credited with having redefined the ghost story for the 20th century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. Originally published in 1904, 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to you, My Lad' ranks amongst his best and most underrated tales. Many of the earliest ghost stories and tales of hauntings, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high...
Number of pages: ~ 11 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5

by Hans Christian Andersen
The Nightingale
  • Fiction
  • 1930
  • Autor: Hans Christian Andersen
“I will sing to you of those who are happy, and those who suffer; of the good and the evil, who are hidden around you. The little singing bird flies far from you and your court to the home of the fisherman and the peasant’s cot. I love your heart better than your crown; and yet something holy lingers round that also. I will come, I will sing to you.” (from The Nightingale)...
Number of pages: ~ 6 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.8/5

Till we have Faces - A Myth Retold
A retelling of Cupid and Psyche, based on its telling in a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius. This story had haunted Lewis all his life, because he realized that some of the main characters' actions were illogical. As a consequence, his retelling of the story is characterized by a highly developed character, the narrator, with the reader being drawn into her reasoning and her emotions. The first part of the book is written from the perspective of Psyche's older sister Orual, as an accusation against the gods. The story is set in the fictive kingdom of Glome, a primitive city-state whose...
Number of pages: ~ 368 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.7/5

by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind
  • Fiction
  • 1936
  • Autor: Margaret Mitchell
Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and...
Number of pages: ~ 988 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5

by William Somerset Maugham
The Painted Veil
  • Fiction
  • 1925
  • Autor: William Somerset Maugham
Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love. Maugham's masterpiece is generally agreed to be Of Human Bondage, a semiautobiographical novel that deals with the life of the main character Philip...
Number of pages: ~ 256 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.4/5

by Albert Camus
L'Étranger est le premier roman d’Albert Camus, paru en 1942. Il prend place dans la tétralogie que Camus nommera « cycle de l’absurde » qui décrit les fondements de la philosophie camusienne : l’absurde. Jugé, reconnu coupable de meurtre avec préméditation, condamné à mort et exécuté, on ne saura jamais pourquoi Meursault a tué. Il assiste à son procès comme si c'était un autre qu'on jugeait. Une profonde réflexion sur l'être et la vie. Albert Camus (7 November, 1913—4 January 1960) was a French-Algerian author, journalist, and playwright best known for his absurdist works The Stranger...
Number of pages: ~ 72 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5

Anne of The Island (Anne of Green Gables #3)
  • Fiction
  • 1921
  • Autor: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa (Phil for short) also happens to be from Anne's birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. The girls spend their first year in boardinghouses and decide to set up house...
Number of pages: ~ 132 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 5/5

by Cyril M. Kornbluth
The Marching Morons
  • Fiction
  • 1951
  • Autor: Cyril M. Kornbluth
"The Marching Morons" is a look at a far future in which the world's population consists of five billion idiots and a few million geniuses—the precarious minority of the "elite" working desperately to keep things running behind the scenes. In his introduction to The Best of C.M. Kornbluth, Pohl states that "The Marching Morons" is a direct sequel to "The Little Black Bag": it is easy to miss this, as "Bag" is set in the contemporary present while "Morons" takes place several centuries from now, and there is no character who appears in both stories. The titular black bag in the first story is...
Number of pages: ~ 24 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5