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.
By Roald Dahl
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 Dr. Seuss
Mr. Brown sure can make a lot of sounds. He moos, he buzzes, he pops, and he klopp-klopps. Follow through to see what other sounds he can do, and try along. (Tips: it’s even funner if you can get a bunch of friends to do it along too!)
By Ken Kesey
By J.M. Barrie
By Henry James
Hyacinth Robinson, ‘a little presumptuous adventurer, with his combination of intrinsic fineness and fortuitous adversity’ was conceived by James while he was walking the streets of London.
Even with his poor upbringing, Hyacinth developed aesthetic tastes that heighten his awareness of the misery that surrounds him. He is then drawn into the secret world of revolutionary politics, and make a vow to assassinate a major political figure. It was not long after that he met the beautiful Princess Casamassima, whose world of wealthe and nobility, art and beauty, made him lose the faith in radicalism.
By C.S. Lewis
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy found a wardrobe that brought them to the secret country where adventure begins. Lucy found it first at Professor’s mysterious old house, but no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon after, Edmund, Peter, and Susan discovered the magic and met Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves; and their lives were changed forever.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is the second volume of The Chronicles of Narnia series.
First published in 1846, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double is a classic doppelganger and the second major work published by the author. It is the story of Yajov Petrovich Golyadkin, a government clerk who believes that a fellow clerk has taken over his identity and is determinded to bring about his ruin.
Considered the most Gogolesque of Dostoyevsky’s works, the novella brilliantly depicts Golyadkin’s descent into madness in a way that is hauntingly poetic. The Double illustrates Dostoyevsky’s uncanny ability at capturing the complexity of human emotion especially the darker side of the human psyche.