Ray Bradburys classic 1953 novel of censorship and rebellion portrays a horrifying future where books are not just banned but burned
Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Wellington leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates she will, like all dissenters, be hanged or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
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 pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress-Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place.' George and his large, simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters, following wherever work leads them. Arriving in California's Salinas Valley, they get work on a ranch. If they can just stay out of trouble, George promises Lennie, then one day they might be able to get some land of their own and settle down some place. But kind-hearted, childlike Lennie is a victim of his own strength. Seen by others as a threat, he finds it impossible to control his emotions. And one day not even George will be able to save him from trouble. Of Mice and Men is a tragic and moving story of friendship, loneliness and the dispossessed, with a stunning new cover by renowned artist Bijou Karman.
A train journey from Turkey to France is dalayed by thick snow. So when a passenger on the train is found murdered in his bed, it is the perfect opportunity for Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to prove his ability and solve the crime using the power of his brain.
The established three-act version, with excised portions of the once four-act play included in the appendix. Annotations and preface by Michael Patrick Gillespie. Background materials on London in the 1890s, Wilde and his idea of theater, and creating an audience. Contemporary reviews by George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, and others along with seven wide-ranging critical essays. A Bibliography and a Chronology of Wilde's life and work.
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival.
«Un relato en el que Martín Gaite ha conseguido una ficción muy amena gracias a sus dotes de hábil narradora.» Santos Sanz Villanueva Caperucita es un clásico de la literatura sobre la iniciación a la vida adulta, sobre los peligros a los que tenemos que hacer frente y la exigencia de hacerlo en libertad y soledad. Carmen Martín Gaite nos recrea magistralmente esta historia y la adapta a la sociedad en la que vivimos, con una Caperucita que es una niña de hoy y que se mueve en un bosque muy diferente (Manhattan), aunque también se encontrará con los personajes del famoso cuento, aquí completamente diferentes: miss Lunatic, mister Wolf, etc. Al leer Caperucita en Manhattan Siruela, 1990), uno de los grandes éxitos de la literatura juvenil, se nos proporciona la ocasión de reflexionar sobre nuestro propio mundo, sobre la manera en que nosotros intentamos cada día ser diferentes y sobre cómo ser nosotros mismos en la sociedad en que nos ha tocado vivir.
Un viajante, vendedor de lencería, espera ansioso al volante la reaparición del hijo huido y recibe la milagrosa ayuda de un héroe del rock. El misterio de la luz de un cuadro, La lechera de Vermeer, devuelve a un escritor al regazo de la madre. Un joven cuenta su historia de amor después de fallecer en un atraco frustrado. Un músico de saxo encuentra el don de la música en la mirada de una muchacha. Una amistad fraternal entre un escolar y un maestro anarquista, que nace de la mutua curiosidad por la vida de los animales, es destrozada por la brutalidad de 1936.
Performed variously as escapist fantasy, celebratory fiction, and political allegory, The Tempest is one of the plays in which William Shakespeare's genius as a poetic dramatist found its fullest expression. This Penguin Shakespeare edition is edited with an introduction by Martin Butler. 'How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!' A storm rages. Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his monstrous servant Caliban watch from their desert island as a ship carrying the royal family is wrecked. Miraculously, all on board survive. Plotting, mistaken identities, bewitching love and drunkenness follow as the travellers explore the strange place of spirits and monsters on which they have landed. They soon begin to realize all is not as it seems, in a play whose magical setting and classical unity of time and place have inspired films as varied as Forbidden Planet , Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books , and Julie Taymor's The Tempest , starring Helen Mirren as 'Prospera'. This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to The Tempest , a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary. If you enjoyed The Tempest , you might like The Merchant of Venice , also available in Penguin Shakespeare. 'Shakespeare, coming upon me unawares, struck me like a thunderbolt' Hector Berlioz
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One of Voltaire's earliest tales, Zadig is set in the exotic East and is told in the comic spirit of Candide; L'Ingenu, written after Candide, is a darker tale in which an American Indian records his impressions of France
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Presents the tales of whales and cats and kangaroos and crabs. This book includes stories ranging from how the camel got in a humph (and got his hump!) to how the alphabet was invented.