New PDF release: 100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide

By David C. Major, John S. Major

ISBN-10: 0307480895

ISBN-13: 9780307480897

Readers all over the place comprehend that not anything soothes the spirit like sinking right into a outstanding publication. If you're one among that chuffed band, you'll fast realize the authors of this encouraged examining consultant as kindred spirits. the following David and John significant have selected 100 books which may each one be delightfully fed on in a single quiet night. protecting different types from delusion to fiction, heritage to humor, secret to memoir, this addictive quantity beneficial properties books to compare your whole moods—by either celebrated writers and talented unknowns, including:

•  Russell Baker  •  Willa Cather  • Raymond Chandler  •  F. Scott Fitzgerald  • Graham Greene  •  Edith Hamilton  •  Dashiell Hammett  •  Helene Hanff  •  Ernest Hemingway  •  Patricia Highsmith  • Shirley Jackson  •  Henry James  •  W. Somerset Maugham  •  Mary McCarthy  •  Walter Mosley  •  Vladimir Nabokov  •  Patrick O'Brian  •  Barbara Pym  •  Phillip Roth  •  Vikram Seth  •  Isaac Bashevis Singer  •  C. P. Snow  •  Dylan Thomas  •  Evelyn Waugh  •  Edith Wharton  •  Laura Ingalls Wilder  •  Virginia Woolf

Each choice comprises an interesting dialogue of what makes the publication distinct, from an adventurous writing variety to a special humorousness. The Majors additionally percentage insights in regards to the authors and literary anecdotes, in addition to suggest different gem stones on the same topic or via an identical author.

A literary better half to enjoy and consult with many times, a hundred One-Night Reads is a masterpiece in its personal correct!

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Others reinterpreted traditional mythological themes, such as the existence of an underworld below the surface of the earth, in a scientific style (Voyage au centre de la Terre [Journey to the Center of the Earth], 1864). Around the World in Eighty Days (1872–73), on the other hand, was drawn from journalistic promotion that such a journey, unthinkable in Verne’s youth, had become possible because the world had been linked together by a network of steamships and railways. Far from being a prediction of future achievement, it was a celebration of the technological progress that the nineteenth century had already witnessed.

A more reasonable block element is the opposite one, too much information. There is a sense in which all ‘‘red herrings’’ are too much information, extraneous facts that lead the reader astray. With writers like Chandler and Hammett, as Jameson points out, entire subplots filled with gangland murders are too much information, which is irrelevant to the enigma of the central murder. Agatha N o v e l s f o r S t u d e n t s , V o l u m e 3 0 A . B . C . M u r d e r s Christie, too, uses many ‘‘red herrings’’—the embezzling lawyer in Death on the Nile, or the imposter archaeologist in Murder at the Vicarage are examples—but they are usually introduced late in the text, and are easily identifiable by the attentive reader.

Plot summaries and character lists are also provided. 2 1 Around the World in Eighty Days JULES VERNE 1872–1873 Titled Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours in the original French, Around the World in Eighty Days is perhaps the best known of Jules Verne’s novels, especially through its film adaptations. Verne authored one of the first literary ‘‘franchises,’’ with his works marketed to maximum profit through the use of the new mass media, and Around the World in Eighty Days first appeared in serial form in the French newspaper (owned by Verne’s book publisher) Le Temps (The Times).

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