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Waters of death
Waters of death
by Irving A. Greenfield
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction from a Master at his Peak, February 24, 2005
This review is from: Waters of death (Paperback)
If you enjoy the classic science fiction of the 60s and 70s then Irving Greenfield is a must read. In Waters of death he brings all of his numerous tools into play. While reflecting a bleak view of the future he bases it on very well known human qualities. This makes the possibilities very real. You might also try The Others and The Face of Man for alternate paths.
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)
by Laurence Sterne
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.79
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me Flat, better things out there, June 13, 2004
Having read a fair amount of 17th and 18th century European literature I looked forward to another good experience. Unfortunately Trisham Shandy did not live up to its reputation. Reading others review I saw words like Comical, Capricious and Deceptively Frivolous. I could find only a few pages out of the 500 that would justify these high praises. I found the book to start out slowly and then fizzle out altogether.
My advice to those thinking of reading this book is to make sure that you have read all of the Voltaire and Swift that you can lay your hands on and then think of this one again.


Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English
Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English
by John Bunyan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.74
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Starting Point For New Readers, June 13, 2004
For those who have longed to read Pilgrim's Progress but have put it off this is the version to start with. Many have wanted to read this Christian Classic but did not want to start with trying to understand the 17th Century English of the original. To those this book is a blessing. It is very easy to read but amazingly true to the original. It is great as a stand alone reading, but even better when used as a prelude to the original text.
I would advise reading the Moody version and then immediately reading the old text.


First Love and Other Stories (Everyman's Library)
First Love and Other Stories (Everyman's Library)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.82
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Example of a Russian Romantic, November 10, 2000
This book contains three short works that provide a wonderful example of the Russian approach to romantic literature. The form is wonderful, the characters perfectly created and the plot shores up the authors ideas with an most resonant clarity.
First love shows the blend of comedy and tragedy that is so prevalent in Russian works of the period. The events portrayed are those that could occur in daily life even to today. The emotions that are evoked are real and timeless. It surely adds proof to the argument that Russian works of this period age so much better than do those authors from other countries whose works have survived.
Spring Torrents is the longest of the works and still provides a feel that the length is exactly perfect for the tale. If the prologue does not pull you into the story you have an absences of a great concern that plagues many of us. How many of us fear reaching that point (or have reached that point)in life where we recognize all of the great loss of opportunity which has occurred in our life. From this prologue the story races along explaining how one of us has reached the position when the concern has become a reality. Wonderful feelings are evoked on the path.
This book is highly recommended for all and is a must read for the Tolstoy, Chekov, Gogol and Dostoevsky fans.


Candide and Other Stories (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
Candide and Other Stories (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
by Voltaire
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.77
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend and some new ones, July 23, 2000
This book has the title "Candide and other stories", but the exciting part is the other stories. Yes "Candide" is a great work and perhaps the best satircal work of the 18th century, but it alone does not do justice to Voltaire's genius.
Like a lot of people I had read "Candide" years ago for school and was impressed with the work. However, I soon forgot about it and never really thought about Voltaire's other works. As I was browsing Amazon one day I saw this book and thought it was time to revisit this old friend. Boy was I lucky.
Three of the "other stories" are every bit as good as "Candide". "Micromegas" is a fine SciFi work from the 1740's. It comes complete with a Saturnian and Syrian and relates their struggle to understand the Earth's philosophies. "Zadig" unfolds in a similar manner to "Candide" but may be even more biting. Finally "The Ingenu" holds special interest for Americans as it chronicles the problems encountered by a young Huron "Savage" as he relocates to "Civilized" France. The final story "The White Bull" is not in the same class as the rest of the works in this book, but still is a fun read.
It was nice to see my old friend "Candide", but even nicer to meet the new friends that are here. If you are considering buying one of the other copies which have only "Candide" the extra works here make this version so much richer.
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The Magic Barrel: Stories
The Magic Barrel: Stories
by Bernard Malamud
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.65
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stories Covering a Surprising Range of Emotions, July 22, 2000
This set of stories surprises one with breadth of understanding which it exhibits. From the first story ("The First Seven Years") which deals with a father's desire to provide the best for his daughter through the last story ("The Magic Barrel")which provides an interesting contrast to the first, all of these stories expand on the single theme of human experience.
The frustration built upon in "The Key" and "The Last Mohican" if offset nicely by the humor in "A Summer's Reading" and "The Lady of the Lake". "Take Pity" and "The Mourners" offer great insigth into growing old and dealing with lonliness. While "Angel Levine" is probably the most off beat of the set it still manages to increase hope, whereas "The Prison" causes an equal loss of faith in the human race.
The 12 stories here provide a wonderful evening's reading, however if your looking for more they are included in the books of his complete stories.


The Neon Bible
The Neon Bible
by John Kennedy Toole
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.98
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135 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work from a Master, April 24, 2000
This review is from: The Neon Bible (Paperback)
I just finished reading The Neon Bible for the second time. Having read A Confederacy of Dunces years ago (and several times) I didn't know quite what to expect. Further, since I knew this was written at age 16 and withheld from print for years, I expected something a bit unpolished and simple. (To be honest I felt this might be another fine example of 20th Century money grubbing by hangers on.) This book is surely neither unpolished or simple. The story unfolds in a fashion that makes it hard to beleive that such a young author could have had so much inate skill. The charaters are real and well detailed. The story pulls you along but allows you to enjoy your trip. I cannot think of another book that fits in this class. The southern flavor compares well with Welty, Edgerton, O'Connor and Sams. Well worth the investment of reading it twice.
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