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Considered to be one of the first feminist novels. Originally published in 1848, it challenged the prevailing morals of the time; a critic went so far as to pronounce it "utterly unfit to be put into the hands of girls". It is concerned with the story of a woman who leaves her abusive, dissolute husband, and who must then support herself and her young son.
In Utopia (1516) Thomas More concocts a place, an island, with what he considers to be desirable religious, social and political practices - a place very unlike where he actually lived. It is a place "like Plato's Republic, only better". Utopia is often discussed for its political ideas and is seen as the seed for communist political thought, it is a great piece of work that continues to generate political discussion. Thought provoking through the ages.
Wuthering Heights tells the story of an all-consuming love between Heathcliff and Catherine but betrayal leads to hatred, bitterness and retribution that reverberates across generations. Will enduring love prevail or bitterness destroy them all? Classic literature at its enthralling best.
This story is excerpted from Kadrey's second novel Kamikaze L'Amour. The novel is described by Mac Tonnies' Cyberpunk/Postmodern Book Reviews as "mesmerizing...a surreal (and distinctly Ballardian) account of synesthesia and mutant desire set in the jungle-choked ruins of L.A."
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