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The Count of Monte Cristo

By: Alexandre Dumas

Marseilles?The Arrival. On the 24th of February, 1810, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d?If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island.

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The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare

By: Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, 1874-1936

It is very difficult to classify THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. It is possible to say that it is a gripping adventure story of murderous criminals and brilliant policemen; but it was to be expected that the author of the Father Brown stories should tell a detective story like no-one else. On this level, therefore, THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY succeeds superbly; if nothing else, it is a magnificent tour-de-force of suspense-writing.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain

Chapter 1: YOU don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There were things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly Tom's Aunt Polly, she is and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told...

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Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare, The

By: G. K. Chesterton

In a surreal turn-of-the-century London, Gabriel Syme, a poet, is recruited to a secret anti-anarchist taskforce at Scotland Yard. Lucian Gregory, an anarchist poet, is the only poet in Saffron Park, until he loses his temper in an argument over the purpose of poetry with Gabriel Syme, who takes the opposite view. After some time, the frustrated Gregory finds Syme and leads him to a local anarchist meeting-place to prove that he is a true anarchist. Instead of the anarch...

Adventure, Spy stories

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Sense and Sensibility

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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The Man Who Was Thursday

By: Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, 1874-1936

This is a tale of those old fears, even of those emptied hells, and none but you shall understand the true thing that it tells?Of what colossal gods of shame could cow men and yet crash, Of what huge devils hid the stars, yet fell at a pistol flash. The doubts that were so plain to chase, so dreadful to withstand?Oh, who shall understand but you; yea, who shall understand? The doubts that drove us through the night as we two talked amain, and day had broken on the street...

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The Trial

By: Franz Kafka

Excerpt: Chapter One. Arrest?Conversation with Mrs. Grubach?Then Miss Borstner Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested. Every day at eight in the morning he was brought his breakfast by Mrs. Grubach?s cook?Mrs. Grubach was his landlady?but today she didn?t come. That had never happened before. K. waited a little while, looked from his pillow at the old woman who lived opposite and who was wat...

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

By: Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, 1874-1936
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David Copperfield

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: I do not find it easy to get sufficiently far away from this Book, in the first sensations of having finished it, to refer to it with the composure which this formal heading would seem to require. My interest in it, is so recent and strong; and my mind is so divided between pleasure and regret?pleasure in the achievement of a long design, regret in the separation from many companions?that I am in danger of wearying the reader whom I love, with personal confidences, and private emotions.

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Napoleon of Notting Hill, The

By: G. K. Chesterton

While the novel is humorous (one instance has the King sitting on top of an omnibus and speaking to it as to a horse: Forward, my beauty, my Arab, he said, patting the omnibus encouragingly, fleetest of all thy bounding tribe), it is also an adventure story: Chesterton is not afraid to let blood be drawn in his battles, fought with sword and halberd in the London streets, and Wayne thinks up a few ingenious strategies; and, finally, the novel is philosophical, considerin...

Adventure, Fantasy

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Animal Farm

By: George Orwell

Excerpt: Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin...

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The Awakening

By: Kate Chopin

Excerpt: A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: ?Allez vous?en! Allez vous?en! Sapristi! That?s all right!? He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking?bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence. Mr. Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an...

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The Red Badge of Courage

By: Stephen Crane

Chapter 1 The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring ogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. t cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long roughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army’s eet; and at night, when the stream had beco...

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Awakening, The (version 2)

By: Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin's 1899 novella The Awakening is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin's novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is c...

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The Sun Also Rises

By: Hemingway, Ernest

Osmania University ; Digital Library of India

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The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

By: Kate Chopin

Excerpt: A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: ?Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That?s all right!? He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence.

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Gulliver's Travels

By: Jonathan Swift

Excerpt: My knowledge of this book foreran the sort of personal acquaintance which I made with it when I came to read it for it was one of the great books in different literatures which my father told me of and taught me to love from his own love of them.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (the Chronicles of Narnia)

By: C. S. Lewis
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The Jungle

By: Upton Sinclair

t was four o’clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began o arrive. There had been a crowd following all the way, owing to the exuberance of Marija Berczynskas. The occasion rested heavily upon Marija’s broad shoulders -- it was her task to see that all things went in due form, and after the best home traditions; and, flying wildly hither and thither, bowling every one out of the way, and scolding and exhorting all day with her tremendous voice, Marija was to...

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The Woman in White

By: Wilkie Collins

But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse; and the story is left to be told, for the first time, in this place. As the Judge might once have heard it, so the Reader shall hear it now. No circumstance of importance, from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall be related on hearsay evidence. When the writer of these introductory lines (Walter Hartright by name) happens to be more closely connected than others wi...

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