By Jules Verne
On Wednesday, the 2nd of October, 1872, an English gentleman made an incredible wager. Phileas Fogg declared he would travel around the world in only eight days or forfeit his life savings.
With little hesitation his fellow Club members accepted the bet. In his precise calculations of time and distance, Fogg was obviously failing to allow for the accidents avoidable and unavoidable that befall travellers. A missed train or a storm at sea might well ruin his schedule.
Scotland Yard was making other calculations. A man answering Phileas Fogg’s description had just stolen 55,000 pounds from the Bank of England and would undoubtedly attempt to leave the country.
The adventures of Fogg, his indispensable valet Passepartout, and the detective sent off to apprehend them have delighted readers of all ages for more than a century.
This copy is printed in 1974.
This book is a compilation of two Salinger’s novella which was originally published in The New Yorker in 1955 and 1959. It’s two parts that follows the Glass family narratives. Raise High is narrated by Buddy Glass, the second of the Glass brothers, describing Buddy’s visit on Army leave (during World War II, in 1942) to attend the wedding of his brother Seymour to Muriel and tells of the aftermath when Seymour fails to show.
While Seymour: An Introduction is Buddy’s attempt to introduce the reader to his brother Seymour, who had committed suicide in 1948. The story is told in a stream of consciousness narrative as Buddy reminisces in his secluded home. Like others concerning the Glass family, touches upon Zen Buddhism, haiku, and the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.
By Herman Hesse
To read Herman Hesse’s fairy tales is to enter a fabulous world of dreams and visions, philosophy and passion. This landmark collection contains twenty two of Hesse’s finest stories in this genre, most translated into English here for the first time. Full of visionaries and seekers, princesses and wandering poets, his fairy tales speak to the place in our psyche that inspires us with deep spiritual longing; that compels us to leave home and inevitably to return; and that harbours the greatest joys and most devastating wounds of our heart.
Containing all the themes common in Hesse’s great novels–Siddharta, Steppenwolf, and Demian–and mirroring events in his own life, these exquisite short pieve exhibit the same mystical and romantic impulses that contribute to the haunting brilliance of his major works. Several stories, including “The Poet,” “The Fairy Tale About the Wicker Chair,” and “The Painter”, examine the dilemma of the artist, torn between the drive for perfection and the temptations of pleasure and social success. Other tales reflect changes and struggles within society: in “Faldum,” a city is irrevocably transformed when each resident is granted his or her fondest wish; in “Strange News from Another Planet,” “If the War Continues,” and “The European,” nightmarish landscapes convey Hesse’s devastating critiques of nationalism, barbarism, and war.