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The Thin Red Line. The Constant Gardener (2005) The Discoverers. In "A Personal Note to the Reader" Boorstin writes, "My hero is Man, the Discoverer.

The Discoverers

The world we now view from the literate West...had to be opened by countless Columbuses. In the deep recesses of the past, they remain anonymous. " Heart of Darkness. Central to Conrad's work is the idea that there is little difference between so-called civilised people and those described as savages; Heart of Darkness raises questions about imperialism and racism.[3] Originally published as a three-part serial story in Blackwood's Magazine, Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages.

Heart of Darkness

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as the sixty-seventh of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.[4] Composition and publication[edit] Heart of Darkness. Modern Library 100 Best Novels. Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is a list of the best English-language novels[1] of the 20th century as selected by the Modern Library, an American publishing company owned by Random House.

Modern Library 100 Best Novels

Editors' list (20th Century Great Novels)[edit] Some criticise its focus on North America and Europe.[2] In addition, some contend it was a "sales gimmick," since most of the titles in the list are also sold by Modern Library.[3] Others[who?] Note that both Modern Library and Random House USA, the parent company, are US companies. Critics have argued that this is responsible for a very American view of the greatest novels.

British, Canadian and Australian academics, and even Random House UK, have differing lists of "greatest novels. " Modern Library 100 Best Novels. The Big Read. The Big Read was a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2003, where over three quarters of a million votes were received from the British public to find the nation's best-loved novel of all time.[1][2] The year-long survey was the biggest single test of public reading taste to date,[3] and culminated with several programmes hosted by celebrities, advocating their favourite books.[4] Purpose[edit] The BBC started the Big Read with the goal of finding the "Nation's Best-loved Novel" by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS, and telephone.

The Big Read

The show attracted controversy for adopting an allegedly sensationalist approach to literature, but supporters praised it for raising the public awareness of reading.[5] The British public voted originally for any novel that they wished.[5] From this, a list of 200 was drawn up, with the highest 21 then put forward for further voting, on the provision that only one book per author was permitted in the top 21. See also[edit] Night. The Thin Red Line (1998) Kafka metamorphosis.

The Ghost Writer (2010) Trainspotting (1996) The Book of Five Rings. The Book of Five Rings (五輪書, Go Rin No Sho?)

The Book of Five Rings

Is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy. Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one's opponent.

Musashi describes and advocates a two-sword style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi, contrary to the more traditional method of wielding the katana two-handed. The Doors of Perception. The Doors of Perception is a short book by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1954, detailing his experiences when taking mescaline.

The Doors of Perception

The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon, and takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision".[1] He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion. Background[edit] Mescaline (Peyote and San Pedro Cactus)[edit] Rudyard Kipling. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[5] Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known.

Rudyard Kipling

"[5] In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient.[8] Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.[9] Early childhood life[edit] Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, to Alice Kipling (née MacDonald) and (John) Lockwood Kipling.[16] Alice (one of four remarkable Victorian sisters)[17] was a vivacious woman[18] about whom a future Viceroy of India would say, "Dullness and Mrs. Anton Chekhov. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (/ˈtʃɛkɔːf, -ɒf/;[1] Russian: Анто́н Па́влович Че́хов, pronounced [ɐnˈton ˈpavləvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860[2] – 15 July 1904)[3] was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.

Anton Chekhov

His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.[4][5] Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress. Fern green breakfast morning noon night. The sorrows of war. The Brothers Karamazov. The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Бра́тья Карама́зовы, Brat'ya Karamazovy, pronounced [ˈbratʲjə kərɐˈmazəvɨ]), sometimes also translated as The Karamazov Brothers, is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

The Brothers Karamazov

Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger and completed in November 1880. The author died less than four months after its publication. Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969) is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim.


It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work.[1] Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, as he was present during the bombing. Plot summary[edit] The story is told in a nonlinear order and events become clear through various flashbacks (or time travel experiences) from the unreliable narrator who describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes himself to have been in an alien zoo and to experience time travel. Chaplain's Assistant Billy Pilgrim is a disoriented, fatalistic, and ill-trained American soldier who refuses to fight ("Billy wouldn't do anything to save himself").[2] He does not like war and is captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir by Tim Winton – review. Winton grew up on Australia's west coast, where he would fall asleep after days spent fishing, surfing, diving and swimming, with his back "a map of dried salt and crackling sunburn". He has been in love with the ocean ever since and writes about it with an almost religious reverence. Free diving as a teenager, he would "understand the Christian mystics for moments at a time", and hold his breath until "the final forgetfulness hovered at the edge of vision". An encounter with an eight-metre long whale shark is told in the second person. Book the road. Billy Joel: Fred Schruers: 9780804140195: Books. In action with the sas.

The Time Traveler's Wife. The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.

Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships. The tale's central relationship came to her suddenly and subsequently supplied the novel's title. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while also investigating deeper existential questions. Plot summary[edit] "It's hard being left behind. Clare and Henry marry, but Clare has trouble bringing a pregnancy to term because of the genetic anomaly Henry may presumably be passing on to the fetus.

Fight Club (novel) Fight Club is a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Inspired by his doctor's exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, the protagonist finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups. Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy. [note 1] Man Booker Prize: Richard Flanagan wins for wartime love story. 14 October 2014Last updated at 17:20 ET By Tim Masters Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News Richard Flanagan: ''It was a book I couldn't escape writing'' Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Gulliver's Travels. Stephen Fry: I took cocaine at Buckingham Palace and House of Lords. The Thin Red Line (novel) A Moveable Feast. Lady Chatterley's Lover. Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated edition could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960. By Myself and Then Some:Amazon:Books. Lauren Bacall: By Myself:Amazon:Books. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family:Amazon:Books. The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters. Mitford family. The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1891 philosophical novel by Irish writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. The Elegance of the Hedgehog: Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson: 9781933372600: Books. Pearl (disambiguation) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. Those opposed to Johnson's bid for the company, Henry Kravis and his cousin George R.

The Bonfire of the Vanities. Man's Search for Meaning. True Grit by Bear Grylls - Books - Random House Books New Zealand. Your Life - Train For It by Bear Grylls. To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life by Bear Grylls. A Survival Guide for Life: How to Achieve Your Goals, Thrive in Adversity, and Grow in Character by Bear Grylls. True Grit by Bear Grylls. Great american authors 21st century. The Big Read. Brave New World. The Path of a Doer: David Hieatt, Andy Smith. Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist by John H. Sibley. God Explained in a Taxi Ride: Since the bginning of mankind, more thought has gone into the understanding of God than any other subject under the sun ... this little book explains once and for all by Paul Arden.

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden. Into Thin Air. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster: Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, Daniel Rembert, Caroline Cunningham, Anita Karl: 9780385494786: Jon Kabat-Zinn: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle. You Can Heal Your Life. Waiting for Godot. A History of God. A History of God. Don Quixote. A Good Man in Africa (1994. One Hundred Years of Solitude. The Crossroad - A story of life death and the SAS - Camden Council Library Service. A Burnt-Out Case. Jared diamond. Hallucinations (book) Musicophilia. An Anthropologist on Mars. Musicophilia. Down Under (book) Down Under (book)

A Short History of Nearly Everything. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Bill Bryson. Bravo Two Zero: Andy McNab. The Cost of Bravery. Prophet (disambiguation) Wild Swans. Breakfast at Tiffany's. L'insoutenable légèreté de l'être (1988. Crossroads a story of life death and the sas. Just soldiers stories of australians doing extraordinary things. Barnes & Noble - Books, Textbooks, eBooks, Toys, Games, DVDs and More. Tender Is the Night. Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse. The Thin Red Line: A Novel:Amazon:Books. The Discoverers. The Creators. The Seekers. Heart of Darkness. Emperor dowager cixi the concubine who launched modern China. Breakfast with lucian. Bear is Now Asleep by William Verity - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists.

The Man with a Shattered World: The History of a Brain Wound: Aleksandr R. Luria, Lynn Solotaroff, Oliver Sacks: 9780674546257: The Man with a Shattered World: The History of a Brain Wound by Alexander R. Luria - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. The Big Read - Top 100 Books.