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A pioneer in travel literature, Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his 12 day journey through Cevennes, France. He suffered from ill health for much of his life, and this was his opportunity for a long desired adventure. Accompanied by a stubborn donkey, Modestine, Stevenson takes a serious note at times and at others, regales with tales of his encounters. Very entertaining indeed.
Serverin von Kusiemski is so infatuated with Wanda von Dunajew that he asks that she treats him as a slave. He convinces her and signs agreements to that effect, but all does not turn out well. The novel draws themes and character inspiration from Sacher-Masoch's own life, and incorporates many autobiographical details. First published in 1870, Venus in Furs is possibly the best known of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's works and it's notoriety helped immortalize him with the coining of masochism.
The story follows the development of Molly Gibson and her new stepsister Cynthia into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford. It offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society disguised as a nostalgic evocation of village life.
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