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by Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado
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The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity....
Number of pages: ~ 26 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.5/5

by Sophocles
Oedipus King of Thebes
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If I have turned aside from Euripides for a moment and attempted a translation of the great stage masterpiece of Sophocles, my excuse must be the fascination of this play, which has thrown its spell on me as on many other translators. Yet I may plead also that as a rule every diligent student of these great works can add something to the discoveries of his predecessors, and I think I have been able to bring out a few new points in the old and much-studied Oedipus, chiefly points connected with the dramatic technique and the religious atmosphere. Mythologists tell us that Oedipus was...
Number of pages: ~ 101 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
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The Unmissable Middle English Chivalric Romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an epic poem written in the late 14th century by an unknown author, often dubbed the “Gawain poet”. This book features the 1869 edition, with an introduction by editor Richard Morris. A celebrated literary classic of the chivalric romance genre. Excerpt ‘And wonder, dread and war have lingered in that land where loss and love in turn have held the upper hand.’ Synopsis The story describes how Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious "Green Knight" who...
Number of pages: ~ 147 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5

by Franz Kafka
Die Verwandlung
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Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin". He initially considers the transformation to be temporary and slowly ponders the consequences of this metamorphosis. Stuck on his back and unable to get up and leave the bed, Gregor reflects on his job as a traveling salesman and cloth merchant, which he characterizes as being full of "temporary and constantly changing human relationships, which never come from the heart". He sees his employer as a despot and would quickly quit his job if he were not his family's sole breadwinner and working off his...
Number of pages: ~ 38 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.4/5

Buddenbrooks: Verfall einer Familie
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Buddenbrooks (German: [ˈbʊdn̩ˌbʁoːks] (listen)) is a 1901 novel by Thomas Mann, chronicling the decline of a wealthy north German merchant family over the course of four generations, incidentally portraying the manner of life and mores of the Hanseatic bourgeoisie in the years from 1835 to 1877. Mann drew deeply from the history of his own family, the Mann family of Lübeck, and their milieu. It was Mann's first novel, published when he was twenty-six years old. With the publication of the second edition in 1903, Buddenbrooks became a major literary success. Its English translation by Helen...
Number of pages: ~ 734 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.3/5

by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Silverado Squatters
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  • Adventure
  • 1902
  • Autor: Robert Louis Stevenson
The couple first went to the Hot Springs Hotel in Calistoga, but unable to afford the 10 dollars a week fee, they spent an unconventional honeymoon in an abandoned three-story bunkhouse at a derelict mining camp called "Silverado" on the shoulder of Mount Saint Helena in the Mayacamas Mountains. There they squatted for two months during summer, putting up makeshift cloth windows and hauling water in by hand from a nearby stream while dodging rattlesnakes and the occasional fog banks so detrimental to Stevenson's health. The Silverado Squatters provides some views of California during the...
Number of pages: ~ 75 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 3.8/5

by W. W. Jacobs
The Monkey's Paw
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The short story involves Mr. and Mrs. White and their adult son, Herbert. Sergeant-Major Morris, a friend who served with the British Army in India, comes by for dinner and introduces them to a mummified monkey's paw. An old fakir placed a spell on the paw, so that it would grant three wishes but only with hellish consequences as punishment for tampering with fate. Morris, having had a horrible experience using the paw, throws it into the fire, but the sceptical Mr. White retrieves it. Before leaving, Morris warns Mr. White of what might happen should he use the paw. Mr. White hesitates at...
Number of pages: ~ 26 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.3/5

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
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  • Сlassic
  • 1925
  • Autor: F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City, the novel depicts first-person narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby's obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. The novel was inspired by a youthful romance Fitzgerald had with socialite Ginevra King, and the riotous parties he attended on Long Island's North Shore in 1922. Following a move to the French Riviera, Fitzgerald completed a rough draft of the novel in 1924. He submitted it to editor...
Number of pages: ~ 149 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.2/5

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote
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  • Сlassic
  • 1605
  • Autor: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray—he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants—Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together-and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years. With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote has been generally recognized as...
Number of pages: ~ 1072 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.7/5

by Hans-Peter Messmer
The Indispensable PC Hardware Book
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The definitive guide to PC hardware powers up for new platforms. This new edition continues to give programmers and design engineers a one-stop source for detailed explanations of how the different elements of a PC work individually and in concert....
Number of pages: ~ 1182 pages
Amazon Rating ~ 4.6/5