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Widely seen as Eliot's greatest work, it is almost unanimously acclaimed as one of the great Victorian era novels. George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans) interweaves the diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community to create a richly nuanced and moving drama. Hailed by Virginia Woolf in The Times Literary Supplement, 1919 as 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems of Homer. The action takes place after Homer's Iliad and details the journey home of the Greek hero Odysseus (Ulysses). The journey takes years, in part due to the Gods' disagreements over his eventual fate, and it is only when he is finally home that his troubles really begin.
A fictionalised 'autobiography' of the true story of a dog named 'Beautiful Joe'.
Joe's abusive original owner savagely mistreated him.
The book became very popular and greatly contributed to the worldwide awareness of animal cruelty.
One of the most influential anti-war stories ever written The Red Badge of Courage was adapted as a film in 1951 by John Huston.
Crane wanted to show what war was like and achieved a ground breaking 'psychological portrayal of fear'.
The story follows an archetypical 19 year old recruit in the American Civil War.
Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Price in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer".
The novel follows the developing love between a Christian woman and a Roman Patrician in the time of Nero.
The romantic story arc is set against the conflict of the moral systems of the long established Roman Empire and the developing Christianity.
Sienkiewicz uses this setting to explore morality and power, and his observations remain relevant today.
The novel is based on extensive historical research and gives a good view of life in those times.
A short time before the outbreak of WWI the Desnoyers family move from Argentina to France. The family includes both French and German elements and the war only amplifies existing tensions.
Argentine son Julio must choose between his current dissolute lifestyle and stepping up to the responsibilities the war brings, and then live with the consequences...
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