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Brother Jacob is the story of a confectioners apprentice who steals from his mother to emigrate to Jamaica and make his fortune. It is a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading.
The Chronicles of Canongate is a collection of three short stories; The Highland Widow, Two Drovers, and The Surgeon's Daughter. The stories follow Scots caught up in the Scottish diaspora of the second half of the eighteenth century.
The immense popularity of Common Sense contributed to fomenting the American Revolution. The work is a political pamphlet denouncing British rule written by Thomas Paine and first published in 1776. To help spread its ideas Paine donated the copyright for Common Sense and paid for the first printing himself. At the height of its popularity only the Bible outsold it.
First published in 1781 Critique of Pure Reason is widely regarded as the most influential and widely read work of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant and one of the most influential and important in the entire history of Western philosophy. Kant saw the work as an attempt to bridge the gap between rationalism and empiricism and as a counter to the radical empiricism of David Hume.
In Dialogues Hume explores the question 'What can we infer about the nature of God using reason?' using a dialogue between three characters. All believe in the existence of God but disagree on his nature and relationship with mankind. These issues and augments are still at the centre of debate and conflict today. For example, Hume explores the issue of an Intelligent Designer and the argument from design that is convulsing the US school system.
Don Quixote's imagination has been captured by tales of chivalry, to the point where he becomes quite mad and believes that he is a knight errant. Together with his sidekick Sancho Panza, and filled with misguided chivalric impulses, he embarks on travel and adventure. Don Quixote is a humorous parody of chivalric romance literature. Its characters and language have become widely entrenched in western language and literature. Groundbreaking and influential, it is considered by many to be one of the greatest books of all time.
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