Aimée Dubuc de Rivery, reared in a convent, a concubine at fourteen. She rose to hold sway over the cruel and terrifying Turkey of the 1800’s.
A novel of tenderness and cruelty, innocence and barbarism. Set in an era which worshipped the art of love and exalted the demands of passion. Aimée’s days are crowded with affairs of state. Her nights with the kind of love which only a few women of destiny can ever know.
By Dai Sijie
The two friends re-education starts when they discover a comrade’s hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature — Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy, and others, in Chinese translation. They need all their ingenuity to get their hands on the forbidden books, but when they do their lives are turned upside down. And not only their lives: after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, the Little Seamstress will never be the same again.
Without betraying the truth of what happened, Dai Sijie transforms the bleak events of China’s Cultural Revolution into an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and the magical power of great storytelling. This
Aldous Huxley’s tour de force, Brace New Wold is a darkly satiric vision of a “utopian” future — where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passicely serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.
Bursting with energy and an immense love of nature, Heidi proves to have remarkable, transforming powers over those people closest to her, including Clara, a handicapped young lady from a wealthy German family, Peter, a goatherd, and his blind grandmother. Even Heidi’s pessimistic grandfather eventually accepts and enjoys the healing effects of Heidi’s innocence, sensitivity, and love.
The scene is Australia, in the 1920s. The central figure is a writer, Richard Lovat Somers, seeking horizons of more width and promise than those of moribund Europe — and so, with his wife, Harriet, he has come to discover for himself the people and the way of life of this vast land of opportunity.
By Ken Kesey
Spanning three and a half centuries of boisterous, exuberant adventure in England, in Constantinople, with aristocrats and gypsies–first as a man and then as a woman — Orlando’s story is a wild farce, a humorous history, a gay romance filled with the delightful experiences of one of the most fascinating and fantastic characters ever to rule the realm of fiction. It is “a book for those who are young in a big way.”