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Download E-books Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel, Part 1 PDF

Three Kingdoms tells the tale of the fateful final reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), while the chinese language empire used to be divided into 3 warring kingdoms. This decisive interval in chinese language background turned a topic of severe and carrying on with curiosity to historians, poets, and dramatists. Writing a few 1,200 years later, the Ming writer Luo Guanzhong drew in this wealthy literary background to model a worldly, compelling narrative that has develop into the chinese language nationwide epic. Luo's novel bargains a startling and unsparing view of ways energy is wielded, how international relations is carried out, and the way wars are deliberate and fought; it has stimulated the methods the chinese language take into consideration energy, international relations, and warfare even to this present day. As very important for chinese language tradition because the Homeric epics were for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece is still largely influential in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and continues to be a superb paintings of worldwide literature. The college of California Press is happy to make the entire and unabridged translation on hand again.

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Download E-books Codex PDF

By Lev Grossman

About to go away on his first holiday in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot younger funding banker, is distributed to aid considered one of his firm's most crucial and mysterious consumers. His activity is to go looking their library stacks for a invaluable medieval codex, a treasure stored sealed away for a few years and for plenty of purposes. Enlisting the aid of passionate medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is set to resolve the secret of the codex-to comprehend its value to his filthy rich consumers, and to decipher the seeming parallels among the legend of the codex and an obsessive role-playing laptop video game that has absorbed him at midnight hours of the evening.

The chilling answer brings jointly the medieval and the fashionable features of the plot in a twist precious of incomes comparisons to novels through William Gibson and Dan Brown, let alone these by way of A. S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. Lev Grossman's Codex is a mystery of the top order.

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Download E-books The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.) PDF

By Helene Wecker

In The Golem and the Jinni, a likelihood assembly among legendary beings takes readers on a stunning trip via cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made from clay, delivered to lifestyles to by way of a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in darkish Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea at the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift because the send arrives in manhattan harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fireside born within the historical Syrian barren region, trapped in an previous copper flask, and published in ny urban, although nonetheless now not totally free

Ahmad and Chava develop into not likely associates and soul buddies with a paranormal connection. really good and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and center jap literature, historic fiction and magical delusion, right into a wondrously creative and unforgettable tale.

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Download E-books The Old Curiosity Shop: A Tale (2nd Edition) PDF

By Charles Dickens, Norman Page, Hablot K. Browne, George Cattermole, Daniel Maclise, Samuel Williams

With unique illustrations by way of George Cattermole, Hablot ok. Browne (Phiz), Daniel Maclise and Samuel Williams

Penguin Classics e-books provide the absolute best variations of Charles Dickens's novels, together with all of the unique illustrations, invaluable and informative introductions, the definitive, actual textual content because it was once intended to be released, a chronology of Dickens's existence and notes that fill within the historical past to the ebook. The previous interest store and the story of Little Nell gripped the country while it first seemed in 1841. defined as a 'tragedy of sorrows', it exhibits Nell uprooted from a safe and blameless youth and solid right into a international the place evil takes many shapes, the main interesting of that's the stunted, lecherous and demonic Quilp. mixing realism with non-realistic genres corresponding to fairy-tale, allegory and pastoral, The previous interest store comprises a few of Dickens such a lot memorable comedian and gruesome creations, together with the dwarf Daniel Quilp, Dick Swiveller and gear Nubbles.

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Download E-books The Road Home PDF

By Michael Thomas Ford

Whilst a vehicle coincidence leaves photographer Burke Crenshaw wanting transitority full-time care, he unearths himself again within the one position no forty-year-old chooses to be--his youth bed room. There, within the Vermont domestic the place he grew up, Burke starts the lengthy means of recovery, and watches as his widowed father reveals happiness in a brand new courting that is a continuing reminder of every little thing Burke desires and lacks.

Exploring neighborhood heritage, Burke discovers an exciting sequence of letters from a Civil battle soldier to his fiancé. With the aid of librarian Sam Guffrey, he starts off to investigate a 125-year-old secret that appears to be like attaining into the current day. The extra Burke delves into the prior, the extra he is compelled to confront the individual he has turn into: the alternatives he made and people he refrained from, his rules of what it takes to be a profitable homosexual guy, his emotions approximately his mother's demise, and the suppressed stress that simmers among himself and his father.

Compelling, frankly humorous, and infrequently clever, The highway Home is the tale of 1 man's coming to phrases with who he's, what he desires out of existence, and the place he belongs--and the advanced, stunning direction that at last takes him there.

"Piercingly actual and sweetly hopeful." --Booklist

"An related to. . .narrative in regards to the value of being real to one's self." --Publishers Weekly

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Download E-books A Christmas Passage PDF

By David Saperstein, George Samerjan

It's the main superb time of the yr for some--and the worst for others. yet in the center of each Christmas, lies a distinct shock for everyone...

Christmas Eve morning at a crowded airport threatens to turn into Christmas Day whilst a heavy snow fall waylays 5 strangers on their method to Asheville, North Carolina. Marta's touring with little ones and the burden of a sour divorce on her shoulders...Andy, a widower and Vietnam vet, reminisces on the airport bar while he notices the presence of a feminine soldier...Specialist Ilena is on depart from Iraq, fraught with guilt approximately leaving her comrades...Reggie, a laid-off meeting employee, contemplates his doubtful future...and filthy rich businessman John is afflicted through the premature demise of his high-powered, workaholic father.

As the tourists give some thought to their lives, a brand new problem quickly arises: their airplane is grounded. yet within the spirit of the season, an exceptional samaritan bargains to force them to Asheville. Then her van will get caught on a snowy road--and the true trip starts for an not going workforce who've extra in universal than meets the attention as they embark on a paranormal passage that would exhibit them the real which means of Christmas...

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Download E-books Christmas at the Beach (Novella) (Ten Beach Road Novella) PDF

By Wendy Wax

A TEN seashore highway NOVELLA

Wendy Wax entranced audiences with Ten seashore Road and Ocean Beach. Now, the women of Bella plant life are again in an all-new vacation novella.

while Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford, and Nicole furnish first received possession of Ten seashore street, they didn’t discover that transforming the home wouldn't merely bind their fates jointly yet supply them a moment probability at rebuilding their lives.

Now they’re amassing on the newly offered Bella vegetation for one final Christmas. Kyra, Madeline’s daughter, is hoping to get a short respite from the paparazzi that continually hounds her and the son she had with well-known actor Daniel Deranian. but if a string of undesirable information threatens to disrupt her chuffed vacation trips, Bella Flora’s sanctuary will be threatened for all the ladies who name it home…

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Download E-books The Valley of Bones (Dance to the Music of Time, Book 7) PDF

By Anthony Powell

A Dance to the song of Time – Powell's wonderful 12-novel series, which chronicles the lives of over 300 characters, is a special evocation of lifestyles in twentieth-century England.

Early in 1940 Jenkins joins his regiment in Wales as a moment Lieutenant. we're brought to his commanding officer Captain Gwatkin and the alcoholic Lieutenant Bithel. The battalion is moved to Northern eire the place Gwatkin disastrously muddles directions in the course of an workout and there's a snap inspection via basic Liddament.

On path to a coaching path at Aldershot Nick makes buddies with David Pennistone. At Aldershot Jenkins meets Odo Stevens and in addition Jimmy Brent who offers an account of his affair with Jean. Stevens provides Nick a boost to spend weekend go away at Frederica Budd's condominium, the place Isobel, Robert Tolland and Priscilla are staying. Robert Tolland's go away is unexpectedly cancelled. in the meantime Stevens has made a success with Priscilla.

On rejoining his regiment at Castlemallock Nick unearths Gwatkin in unrequited ardour for a barmaid, and having a operating conflict with Bithel. Jenkins is prompt to report back to the DAAG at Divisional HQ, who seems to be Widmerpool.

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Download E-books Borges PDF

Basada en fuentes ineditas, esta biografia desvela los misterios que aun rodean l. a. vida de Jorge Luis Borges. Borges aparece aqui como un hombre de emociones turbulentas, apasionadamente enamoradao. Williamson descubre los episodios que lo condujeron al borde del suicidio y lo cambiaron como escritor, y analiza sus rules politicas: su radicalismo de juventud, su antifascismo, el apoyo a las juntas militares argentinas y el pacifismo del ultimate de su vida.

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Download E-books Bodily Harm PDF

By Margaret Atwood

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the tale of Rennie Wilford, a tender journalist whose existence has all started to shatter round the edges.  Rennie flies to the Caribbean to get well, and at the tiny island of St.  Antoine she is faced via an international the place her ideas for survival not apply.  By turns comedian, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is finally an exploration of the lust for energy, either sexual and political, and the necessity for compassion that is going past what we more often than not suggest by way of love.

Margaret Atwood is the writer of over twenty-five books, together with fiction, poetry, and essays.  Among her most up-to-date works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and easy Murders.  She lives in Toronto.

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