Jude L Oscuro

Autor: Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
ISBN: 885413855X
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A cura di Erberto G. PetoiaEdizione integralePubblicato inizialmente a puntate e poi in volume nel 1895, Jude l’oscuro fu l’ultimo romanzo di Hardy e fu stroncato senza riserve dalla critica e dal pubblico vittoriano del tempo, a tal punto che Hardy ritenne conclusa la propria carriera di romanziere. Il libro, ribattezzato dalla critica «Jude the Obscene» (Jude l’Indecente), venne inoltre bruciato pubblicamente dal vescovo di Exeter lo stesso anno. Il protagonista della storia è Jude Fawley, un giovane uomo appartenente alla classe più umile della società, il cui sogno nella vita è divenire letterato. Altri due personaggi cruciali del racconto sono la volgare prima moglie di Jude, Arabella, e Sue, la cugina di cui si innamora perdutamente. Opera cupa e pessimista, ha avuto un’efficace trasposizione cinematografica nel 1996, per la regia di Michael Winterbottom, con Christopher Eccleston e Kate Winslet nei panni di Jude e Sue.«Parlarono per un po’ di tempo, guardandosi e appoggiandosi al parapetto del piccolo ponte. Il richiamo muto della donna, pronunciato chiaramente dalla personalità di Arabella, teneva Jude incollato a quel posto contro la sua intenzione, quasi contro il suo volere, con un sentimento del tutto nuovo per lui.» Thomas Hardynacque nel 1840 in un’umile famiglia del Dorset, compì studi di architettura ma presto abbandonò l’idea di praticare quella professione per dedicarsi alla letteratura. Stabilitosi con la moglie, Emma Gifford, in una casa di campagna presso Dorchester, vi trascorse l’intera vita senza alcun evento degno di rilievo. Romanziere di grande successo, dopo la condanna moralistica di Jude l’oscuro smise di scrivere in prosa e divenne autore di poesie. Morì nel 1928 e fu sepolto nell’Abbazia di Westminster. Tra le altre sue opere vanno ricordate almeno Via dalla pazza folla (1874) e Tess dei D’Urbervilles (1891).

The Paris Secret

Autor: Karen Swan
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062672835
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In this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one woman’s journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered. When high-powered fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d’art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first—until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad…and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. Despite a shocking announcement that has left her own family reeling, Flora finds herself thrown into the glamorous world of the Vermeils. But she soon realizes there is more to this project than first appears. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting—and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. The fallout will place Flora in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to Vienna to the glittering coast of Provence. Xavier Vermeil, the brusque scion of the family, is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. Just what are the secrets he is desperately trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the devastating truth…? “The Paris Secret had me from the moment I started reading. Filled with a smart and sympathetic protagonist, a touch of romance, a smidgen of history, plenty of intrigue and suspense galore.”—Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife's Confession

In Search Of Mary Shelley The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Autor: Fiona Sampson
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681778211
File Size: 18,69 MB
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Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein in 1818, a prize-winning poet delivers a major new biography of Mary Shelley—as she has never been seen before. We know the facts of Mary Shelley’s life in some detail—the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, within days of her birth; the upbringing in the house of her father, William Godwin, in a house full of radical thinkers, poets, philosophers, and writers; her elopement, at the age of seventeen, with Percy Shelley; the years of peripatetic travel across Europe that followed. But there has been no literary biography written this century, and previous books have ignored the real person—what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did—despite the fact that Mary and her group of second-generation Romantics were extremely interested in the psychological aspect of life. In this probing narrative, Fiona Sampson pursues Mary Shelley through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a nineteen-year-old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later. No previous biographer has ever truly considered this question, let alone answered it.

Far From The Madding Crowd The Wild And Wanton Edition

Autor: Pan Zador
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440568332
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An earthy tale of country loving in 1870s England; Bathsheba Everdene is that unusual combination - a beautiful young woman who is also mistress of her own farm. Proposals of marriage are not long in coming, but with her lack of experience in judging men, how can she possibly choose between the solid young shepherd Gabriel Oak, the dignified squire Farmer Boldwood, or the dashing sergeant of Hussars, Francis Troy? Now with added explicit scenes of seduction, shameless pursuit, and solitary frustration - as we follow Bathsheba’s initiation into physical love. Sensuality Level: Sensual

Little Girl Lost

Autor: Brian McGilloway
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062336584
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This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Tana French and Dennis Lehane. Midwinter. A child is found wandering through the snowy woods, her hands covered in someone else's blood. And she cannot—or will not—speak, not even to share her name. Who is this little girl lost? The only adult she seems to trust is the young officer who found her, Detective Lucy Black. Before long, Lucy manages to connect her case to that of a missing teenager, the kidnapped daughter of a local real estate tycoon. As the investigation twists and turns, Lucy is forced to question not only a range of dangerous suspects, but also everything she thought she knew about her own past.

Shadow Magic

Autor: Joshua Khan
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
ISBN: 148473789X
File Size: 30,60 MB
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Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire. Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her? Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky

Crimson Peak The Official Movie Novelization

Autor: Nancy Holder
Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)
ISBN: 1783296305
File Size: 52,22 MB
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When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.

Keeper Of The Bees

Autor: Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
ISBN: 1640634061
File Size: 54,15 MB
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"Beauty and the beast like you've never imagined!" —New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways. Dresden is cursed. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries—since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people. He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden. Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden’s solitary life and Essie’s tormented one. Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse. Each book in the Black Bird of the Gallows series is STANDALONE: * Black Bird of the Gallows * Keeper of the Bees