The fictional memoir of the fifteenth-century French heroine by the author of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.Mark Twain’s final novel—and, by his own account, his best—is a fictional record of the life of Joan of Arc, as recorded by her loyal page and secretary, the Sieur Louis de Conte. In it, the celebrated satirist shows his great admiration for the Maid of Orléans. Beginning with her humble childhood in the French village of Domrémy, de Conte recounts Joan’s visions of Archangels and her divine quest to take control of the French army and liberate her country from the English at the age of seventeen.From her remarkable defeat of the English at Orléans to her Bloodless March to Rheims and the coronation of King Charles VII, the story progresses to Joan’s tragic defeat and imprisonment, the high drama of her trial, and her execution at the hands of the English.
"The writing is humorous, painful, awesome in its effect on both mind and heart…There are few modern novels to match it." -Rolling Stone
On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the Un develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union leader Arnie Kott has an ace up his sleeve, though: an autistic boy named Manfred who seems to have the ability to see the future. In the hopes of gaining an advantage on a Martian real estate deal, powerful people force Manfred to send them into the future, where they can learn about development plans. But is Manfred sending them to the real future or one colored by his own dark and paranoid filter? As the time travelers are drawn into Manfred's dark worldview in both the future and present, the cost of doing business may drive them all insane.
Yegor the huntsman, walking down a country road accidentally meets his estranged wife Pelageya whom he's been married for twelve years but visited just several times, and even then, drunk and violent. She weeps and, fawning before him, implores him to visit her more often. He tries to explain why he, the best sportsman around, 'a pampered man', enjoying good tea and 'refined conversation', could not bear to live in a village.
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812-1885) was a Norwegian writer, scholar and collector of traditional folktales.
The Giant Who Had No Heart is one of the tales he collected. It tells the story of a kind prince who sets off to rescue his brothers and their sweethearts, who have been turned to stone by a cruel giant. With the help of a raven, a salmon, a wolf and a very clever princess, he is finally able to rescue his brothers and their brides and win the princess for himself.
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist and short-story writer.When Charlie Penwin arrives home with a dog, his wife is horrified. Mrs. Penwin agrees to keep the dog only if it is looked after by Blake, the wonderful, talented chauffeur whom she dislikes intensely.Blake and the dog take to each other instantly, but the presence of the dog upsets the equilibrium of the household. Mrs. Blake and Mrs. Penwin hate the dog, as does Mopsa, the family's Sealyham terrier. Charlie and Blake are drawn closer together, almost bonding over the dog, but both of their marriages are developing dangerous rifts.Mrs. Penwin is perpetually on the lookout for any opportunity to get rid of the dog....
Stacy Aumonier's classic tale tracking a series of initially mundane events which trigger a series of ever more extraordinary happenings. A father, scolding his son for stealing apples, throws a piece of bacon rind out of the window, sparking a chain of events which bring down the government.
The Three Musketeers is a swashbuckling story of derring-do. From d’Artagnan’s first meeting with Athos, Portos and Aramis, the Musketeers he so admires, Alexandre Dumas never lets up the pace of his story. His four heroes gallop through the land, trying to foil the murderous plots of the Cardinal and Milady without a thought for their own safety. Dumas depicts the characters with a vivid colour and an energy that brings to life all the fury of their conflicting passions. He also lightens the tension of the melodrama with some entertaining touches of humour.
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