Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Publisher: Modern Library
Year Published: 2001 (Book), 1811 (first published)
Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility has delighted generations of readers with its masterfully crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Forced to leave their home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne must rely on making good marriages as their means of support. But unscrupulous cads, meddlesome matriarchs, and various guileless and artful women impinge on their chances for love and happiness. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen wrote, "The technique of [Jane Austen's novels] is beyond praise....Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates, in addition to new explanatory notes.
Interest in supernatural phenomena was high during Charles Dickens' lifetime. He had always loved a good ghost story himself, particularly at Christmas time, and was open-minded, willing to accept, and indeed put to the test, the existence of spirits.
His natural inclinations toward drama and the macabre made him a brilliant teller of ghost tales, and in the twenty stories presented here, which include his celebrated A Christmas Carol, the full range of his gothic talents can be seen.
Chilling as some of these stories are, Dickens has managed to inject characteristically grotesque comedy as he writes of revenge, insanity, pre-cognition and dream visions, he indulges also in some debunking of contemporary credulity.
What a joyful and mildly scary collection of short stories this book was.. ;)
This book contains 20 short ghost stories by Charles Dickens, including "Christmas Carol". I have to say that this book is a really awesome seasonal book to read in December. If the Christmas or December hasn't yet (almost) over, I would recommend people to read this during the month or just buy it as a christmas present. It's really a great book to have.
There are five stories that I really like (a lot). They are "A Madman's Manuscript", "A Christmas Carol", "To be read at Dusk", "Four Ghost Stories", and "The Portrait Painter's Story". These five stories are my absolute favorites! Very rereadable! and great stories to read whether in Halloween or Christmas time.. or just anytime we wish for short and quick bedtime stories..
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2012 (Book), 1953 (First Published)
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.