The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel

By Muriel Spark

At the staid Marcia Blaine college for women, in Edinburgh, Scotland, instructor extraordinaire omit Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her major. She is passionate within the software of her unorthodox educating tools, in her allure to the married artwork grasp, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the bachelor track grasp, Gordon Lowther, and—most important—in her commitment to "her girls," the scholars she selects to be her crème de los angeles crème. Fanatically dedicated, each one member of the Brodie set—Eunice, Jenny, Mary, Monica, Rose, and Sandy—is "famous for something," and pass over Brodie strives to carry out the easiest in each. made up our minds to instill in them independence, ardour, and ambition, pass over Brodie advises her women, "Safety doesn't come first. Goodness, fact, and sweetness come first. stick to me."

And they do. yet considered one of them will betray her.

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The Satyricon and The Apocolocyntosis of the Divine Claudius (Penguin Classics)

Maybe the strangest—and such a lot strikingly modern—work to outlive from the traditional global, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his fight to regain virility. the following Petronius brilliantly brings to lifestyles the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age - and, chiefly, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of many nice comedian characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on 'the deification of Claudius the Clod', was once designed by means of the writer to ingratiate himself with Nero, who was once Claudius' successor. jointly, the 2 offer a robust perception right into a darkly interesting interval of Roman history.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater via introductions and notes by means of distinctive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Wayne of Gotham: A Novel

By Tracy Hickman

Behind each masks is a true guy.

Two males joined by means of blood yet separated by means of homicide: Thomas, the rebellious general practitioner and inheritor to the huge Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose lifestyles is eternally altered whilst he witnesses the brutal dying of his parents.

The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous element on which Bruce turns to develop into the mysterious crusader Batman—the genesis of an easy mugging long gone horribly unsuitable. The darkish Knight's dossier at the case has lengthy been closed, the principles of Bruce Wayne's mystery lifestyles safe. yet those foundations are shaken while an unforeseen visitor invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, elevating questions on the development that ended the lives of the mum he enjoyed and the daddy he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable force to guard and avenge.

To detect his real family members heritage, Batman needs to face down previous foes, confront his in simple terms confidant, invade the evil middle of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the poor new burden of a dismal legacy.

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A Dog's Ransom

By Patricia Highsmith

Long out of print, this Highsmith vintage resurfaces with a vengeance.

the nice revival of curiosity in Patricia Highsmith keeps with the booklet of this novel that would provide puppy proprietors nightmares for future years. With an eerie simplicity of fashion, Highsmith turns our next-door buddies into sadistic psychopaths, mendacity in wait between white wooden fences and manicured lawns. In A Dog's Ransom, Highsmith blends a savage humor with remarkable social satire during this darkish story of a highminded legal who hits a filthy rich ny couple the place it hurts the main while he kidnaps their cherished poodle. This paintings attesets to Highsmith's attractiveness as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).

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Loss of Innocence

By Richard North Patterson

No 1 New York Times best-selling writer Richard North Patterson, writer of greater than twenty novels, together with Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness, returns with a sweeping family members drama of darkish secrets and techniques and person awakenings.

Loss of Innocence, the moment booklet within the Blaine trilogy, "in one lifetime of the Nineteen Sixties, symbolizes a move that retains altering all our lives" (Gloria Steinem) in "a richly-layered examine the lack of innocence not just between his characters yet that which the United States misplaced as a nation." (Martha's winery Times) "An striking novel--profound, emotionally regarding and completely addictive," stated actor and writer Stephen Fry, "this might be Richard North Patterson's top work."

In 1968 the US is in turmoil, engulfed in civil unrest and in the course of an unpopular warfare. but for Whitney Dane--spending the summer time of her twenty-first yr on Martha's winery, making plans a September marriage ceremony to her good-looking and both privileged fiance--life couldn't be more secure, nor the long run extra certain.

trained at Wheaton, quickly to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane relatives, Whitney has every thing she has ever sought after, and is every little thing her doting father, Wall road titan Charles Dane, wishes her to be: clever, brilliant, predictable. still, Whitney's nascent disquiet approximately society and her capability position in it truly is powerfully influenced by way of the forces reworking the nation.

The Vineyard's nonetheless waters are disturbed via the looks of Benjamin Blaine, an underprivileged, but fiercely formidable and charismatic determine who labored as an aide to the lately slain Bobby Kennedy. Ben's presence speeds up Whitney's starting to be highbrow independence, conjures up her to query long-held truths approximately her kinfolk, and stirs her sexual interest. It additionally brings deep-rooted tensions in the Dane extended family to a deadly head. quickly, Whitney's destiny turns out some distance much less safe, and her excellent kinfolk way more human, than she ever can have suspected.

An said grasp of the court mystery, Patterson's Blaine trilogy, a daring and impressive departure from his previous novels, is a posh relatives drama pulsing with the tumult of the time and "dripping with summer time diversions, younger ardour and beliefs, classification tensions, and familial disruptions." (Library Journal)

From the Hardcover edition.

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Autumn and Winter Sonatas (Empire of the Senses)

Fiction. the tale of a Don Juan for our instances, one that knows past Don Juan's. This novel, a part of a cycle, is equipped on moving floor -- the erotic strikes among the ugly, the attractive, the absurd -- and that's accurately what offers them their unusual, effective allure. "Valle-Inclan was once born in Galicia in 1866 and died there in 1936. He spent such a lot of his grownup lifestyles in Madrid writing [and] ... engaging vociferously within the literary circles that met in lots of of the cafes. Like his personality Bradomin he used to be (at least for a time) a Carlist, or claimed to be. notwithstanding, with regular unpredictability, he later espoused republicanism, later nonetheless, grew to become an anarchist and, on his deathbed, ... refused the final rites." (Margaret Jull Costa, "Afterword"). Translated by way of Margaret Jull Costa.

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Pollution and Crisis in Greek Tragedy

By Fabian Meinel

Pollutants is ubiquitous in Greek tragedy: matricidal Orestes seeks purification at Apollo's shrine in Delphi; carrion from Polyneices' unburied corpse fills the altars of Thebes; delirious Phaedra suffers from a 'pollution of the mind'. This booklet undertakes the 1st exact research of the $64000 position which toxins and its opposite numbers - purity and purification - play in tragedy. It argues that toxins is crucial within the negotiation of tragic crises, gratifying a various array of features via advantage of its characteristics and institutions, from making feel of adversity to configuring civic id within the stumble upon of self and different. whereas basically a literary learn delivering shut readings of a number of key performs, the e-book additionally presents very important new views on toxins. it's going to entice a extensive diversity of students and scholars not just in classics and literary reviews, but additionally within the examine of religions and anthropology.

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The History of History: A Novel of Berlin

By Ida Hattemer-Higgins

2002. a tender American lady stumbles one morning from the wooded area outdoors Berlin - fingers soiled, outfits torn. she will be able to take note not anything of the evening. She returns to the existence she as soon as knew, yet quickly an enigmatic letter arrives from an unknown health care professional claiming to be 'concerned for her fate'. almost immediately after, the town of Berlin transforms. Nazi ghosts appear as preening falcons; structures flip to flesh. this can be the tale of Margaret's descent into insanity and her race to recuperate her misplaced background - the evening within the wooded area and the chasm that opened in her lifestyles accordingly. Awash with guilt, Margaret reveals her amnesia resonating - increasingly more clamorously - with suppressed tragedies of Berlin's darkest hour. Harrowing and provocative, beguiling in its lyricism and sensuality, "The heritage of heritage" tells a story of obsessive love, kin ruptures, and a nation's grief. And it's an elegy to 'the historical past of heritage' - the function of the German previous within the psychic lifetime of the current age. With this primary novel, third-year-old Ida Hattemer-Higgins establishes herself as as daring, artistic and proficient author.

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The Town (Vintage International)

By William Faulkner

This is the second one quantity of Faulkner’s trilogy in regards to the Snopes kinfolk, his image for the greedy, harmful point within the post-bellum South. Like its predecessor, The Hamlet, and its successor, The Mansion, The Town is totally self-contained, however it profits resonance from being learn with the opposite . the tale of Flem Snopes’s ruthless fight to take over the city of Jefferson, Mississippi, the ebook is wealthy in in most cases Faulknerian episodes of humor and profundity.

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