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War and Peace (Complete Version,Best Navigation, Free AudioBook) (A to Z Classics)

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russkii Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels.
War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, marriage, age, and death. Though it is often called a novel today, it broke so many conventions of the form that it was not considered a novel in its time. Indeed, Tolstoy himself considered Anna Karenina (1878) to be his first attempt at a novel in the European sense.



Vienna Ã?Ã? (The Eroica Trilogy Book 1)

by Eugene K. Garber

Vienna Ã?Ã?, which I loved, is funny and dark, mythic and modern. And sexy.
Lynda Schor, Sexual Harassment Rules

Vienna Ã?Ã?, the first of Eugene K. Garber’s Eroica Trilogy, is populated by characters who closely resemble actual luminaries of fin de siècle Vienna-Mahler, Schiele, Klimt, Freud. But the book features not only a shifting cast of characters whose personalities are artfully destabilized; it also deploys a syntactically innovative style that sometimes flows, sometimes plunges into the depths of the infamous and exotic capital of empire.

But the real hero of the book is the city herself. And the inexorable movement of the book is one of disrobing, an exquisite striptease. Gorgeous garments fall away one by one fixing the eye of the reader for a great while on their swirl of gold-gilded paintings, music of lush strings and brazen horns, tales of travel to exotic lands. But soon, and more and more intensely, the reader begins to glimpse the ambiguous body beneath. Vienna is beautiful but sick. She laughs gaily and weeps secretly. She loves and fears death equally. She represses and luxuriates in the erotic. The soul of propriety, she is haunted by Doppelgangers and dybbuks.

For every story, then, readers become equilibrists, walking the razor’s edge of art and destruction, feeling beneath this glorious time of artistic triumph the splintering of the rotted timbers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. And yet in these cunningly constructed stories the reader’s engagement never flags, for nothing ever seems quite predestined. At every twist and turn hope and fear hang suspended until the last word, and often beyond.



Stand Up The Real

by David Stuart Robinson

Carrie Maynard is in the prime of her life. Threatening to disrupt her carefully-ordered world is an alluring new man. Fred is just an ordinary boy; quiet and unassuming. Despite being half her age, Carrie finds herself strongly drawn to him â?? and his brilliant blue eyes.

Tempted by forbidden desire, she is torn between the thirst for adventure and the fear of being exiled by society. Fueling Carrie’s passions is the sense that there’s something more beneath Fred’s quiet exterior. Can it be that he, too, feels their connection, or is she reading too much into his clumsy compliments?

Shaken to her core, Carrie is faced with decisions that will irrevocably shape her future. Can she bring her fractured world together and discover her true self?



Two on a Tower

by Thomas Hardy

Lady Constantine breaks all the rules of social decorum when she falls in love with the beautiful youth Swithin St Cleeve, her social inferior and ten years her junior. The tower in question is a monument converted into an astronomical observatory where together the lovers ‘sweep the heavens’. Science and romance are destined to collide, however, as work, ambition and the pressures of the outside world intrude upon the pair. In what Sally Shuttleworth calls ‘a drama of oppositions and conflicts’, Hardy’s story sets male desire against female constancy, and ‘describes an arc across the horizon of late nineteenth-century social and cultural concerns: sexuality, class, history, science and religion’.



AN ISLAND AT EVENTIDE

by CARLOS HIGGIE

Carlos Higgie explores, with wise sensitivity and extreme literary clarity, the psychological subtleties of his characters. In a context that enriches the man with knowledge of the being, for it commits us, oblige, emotionally.
(â?¦) In the use of psychological he does not degrades the characters with madness, but with his beings phenomenologically expressing their conflicts and, with special handling, the different levels of consciousness, resulting from them an excellent work.
The substance which supports Carlos Higgie’s speech is found in the natural and human environment, raised to the symbolic level of a supra-reality, where sometimes are mixed fantastic and poetic; lucidity and madness; prosaic and alogical and so many other elements that make it enjoyable and interesting the reading of these cortazariana atmosphere tales.

(â?¦) It is noticeable that the author has come a long way, an excellent learning where he could enjoy the necessary maturity for the perfect craft domain: a first-rate storyteller.
And he surprises us with his books, in which he presents a contained language without spills and exaggerated adjectives, a technical juggling devoid of meaning. He manages to convey a clear view of the consumer society, with its taboos, mystification and vices, depicting aptly suffering, struggles, hopes and dreams of the man from our time. He elaborates the sentence, in most cases, on a stripped manner, direct, just.
(â?¦) He is, therefore, a short-story writer that deserves special attention from the criticism, because he has talent and art.



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