This book was a New York Times Notable Book of The Year and Los Angeles Times Best Book of The Year. Jose Saramago was born in 1922 and awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1998.
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.
Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain’s new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons. As long as Jim can survive a madrigal-singin weekend at Professor Welch’s, deliver a lecture on ‘Merrie England’ and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch’s awful son Bertrand.
By Dai Sijie
A rapturous and uproarious collision of East and West, a novel about the dream of love and the love of dreams. Fresh from eleven years in Paris studying Freud, bookish Mr. Muo returns to China to spread the gospel psychoanalysis. His secret purpose is to free his college sweetheart from prison. To do so he has to get on the food side of the bloodthirsty Judge Di, and to accomplish that he must provide the judge with a virgin maiden.
This may prove difficult in a China that has embraced Western sexual mores along with capitalism — since Muo, while indisputably a romantic, is no ladies’ man. Tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and unexpectedly wise. Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch introduces a hero as endearingly inept as Inspector Clouseau and as valiant as Don Quixote.
By Ken Kesey