Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But as they embark on an intense and tortured affair, Ellenore
St. Ronans Well is not so much my favourite as certain of its predecessors, Lady Louisa Stuart wrote to Scott on March 26, 1824. Yet still I see the authors hand in it, et cest tout dire. Meg Dods, the meeting (vol. i. chap. ix.), and the last scene between Clara and her brother, are marked with the true stamp, not to be matched or mistaken. Is the Siege of Ptole
First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the D
Pubblicato nel 1942, Lo straniero, un classico della letteratura contemporanea, sembra tradurre in immagini quel concetto dellassurdo che Albert Camus andava allora delineando e che trovera teorizzazione nel coevo Il mito di Sisifo. Protagonista e Meursault, un modesto impiegato che vive ad Algeri in uno stato di indifferenza, di estraneita a se stesso e al mondo. Un
An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s. A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. M
�An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.��The New York Times Book ReviewA classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shockwaves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York Citys underbelly.The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns o
The Coral Island, published in 1858 and one of his earliest books, is his best memorial today. It is a retelling of the potent myth of the castaway. Three young sailors, sole survivors of a wreck, discover the enchanting beauty of the South Pacific and learn to hunt and fish, and to build a shelter.