The Catcher in the Rye

The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure.

. Anyone who has read J. D. Little Brown and Company. Salinger's new yorker stories, and for esme--with love and squalor, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, The Laughing Man, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices--but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all.

It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. The hero-narrator of the catcher in the rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

However, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, himself.

To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition

A gripping, heart-wrenching, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Harper. Voted america's best-loved novel in pbs's the great american readharper lee's pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatredOne of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.

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Lord of the Flies

Completely convincing and often very frightening. Like a fragment of nightmare. Its progress is magnificient. Everbind books. When "lord of the flies" appeared in 1954 it received unprecedented reviews for a first novel. Time and tide" touched upon perhaps the most important facet of this book when it said, "It is not only a first-rate adventure but a parable of our times, " and articles on this and subsequent Golding novels have stressed these twin aspects of Golding: a consummate control of the novel form, and a superb all-encompassing vision of reality which communicates itself with a power reminiscent of Conrad.

Critics used such phrases as "beautifully writeen, tragic and provocative. This beautiful and desperate book. The terrible spell of this book. E. M.


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1984

Houghton mifflin harcourt. William golding. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Lord of the flies. Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party.

A pbs great american read top 100 pick with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition. Lionel trilling said of orwell’s masterpiece “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. Everbind books. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.

Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power. Harper. Winston smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power. The new yorker   in 1984, london is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind.




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The Grapes of Wrath: 75th Anniversary Edition

Harper. School edition. Viking Books. As don delillo has claimed, steinbeck “shaped a geography of conscience” with this novel where “there is something at stake in every sentence. Beyond that—for emotional urgency, prophetic reach, evocative power, sustained impact, and continued controversy—The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics.

To commemorate the book's 75th anniversary, this volume is modeled on the first edition, featuring the original cover illustration by Elmer Hader and specially designed endpapers by Michael Schwab. April 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the first viking hardcover publication of steinbeck’s crowning literary achievementFirst published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize–winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, and of one woman’s stoical strength, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Lord of the flies. Everbind books. William golding.


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Lord of the flies. School edition. While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, jealousy, misunderstanding, he narrowed his focus when composing "Of Mice and Men" 1937, creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, and callousness.

. William golding. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual's existence meaningful. Everbind books. Viking Books. Houghton mifflin harcourt. Harper.


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Everbind books. Harper. William golding. The story of the mysteriously wealthy jay gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, ” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Scott fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. Scribner Book Company. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. Lord of the flies. Houghton mifflin harcourt. Viking Books. School edition. A true classic of twentieth-century literature—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

The great Gatsby, F.


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Fahrenheit 451

Everbind books. Ray bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Viking Books. Lord of the flies. Scribner Book Company. 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. Guy montag is a fireman. William golding. Simon Schuster. Ray bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.




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Houghton mifflin harcourt. Scribner Book Company. Lord of the flies. Viking Books. Joseph heller's masterpiece about a bomber squadron in the Second World War's Italian theater features a gallery of magnificently strange characters seething with comic energy. The malingering hero, yossarian, is endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war, and his story is studded with incidents and devices including the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade and the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that gives the book its title that propel the narrative in a headlong satiric rush.

But the reason catch-22's satire never weakens and its jokes never date stems not from the comedy itself but from the savage, unerring, Swiftian indignation out of which that comedy springs. Everyman s Library. Simon Schuster. It is printed on acid-free paper, with sewn bindings, foil stamping, full-cloth covers, and a silk ribbon marker.

Harper. This fractured anti-epic, with all its aggrieved humanity, has given us the most enduring image we have of modern warfare. This hardcover everyman's library edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, a chronology of the author's life and times, and a select bibliography. William golding. Nominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read and soon to be adapted into a Hulu series directed by and starring George Clooney.




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William golding. The great gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Harper. Houghton mifflin harcourt. His editor, maxwell perkins, felt the book was vague and persuaded the author to revise over the next winter. Lord of the flies. School edition. Today, the great gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title "Great American Novel.

In 1998, the modern library editorial board voted it the 20th century's best American novel and second best English-language novel of the same time period. In its first year, the book sold only 20, 000 copies. Simon Schuster. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades.

The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Fitzgerald was repeatedly ambivalent about the book's title and he considered a variety of alternatives, White, including titles that referenced the Roman character Trimalchio; the title he was last documented to have desired was Under the Red, and Blue.

Considered to be fitzgerald's magnum opus, idealism, and excess, social upheaval, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, resistance to change, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. Fitzgerald-inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore-began planning the novel in 1923, desiring to produce, in his words, "something new-something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.

Progress was slow, with fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera in 1924.


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