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Madame Chrysantheme

Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti

Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti was for many years an officer in the French Navy, giving him the opportunity to sample and analyze different national and cultural milieux, in which he deeply immersed himself. The present book, said to have formed the basis for the famous “Madame Butterfly” story, is presented as an autobiographical account of his marriage to a young Japanese woman while his ship was stationed in Nagasaki. His style is surprisingly modern for the period, perhaps anticipating Camus. His descriptions of summer in Nagasaki have a detail which is at the same time personal and detached, while his observations of the people are less than sympathetic. A sense of ennui and lack of conventional morality pervades.

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Dawn of the Morning

Dawn of the Morning by Grace Livingston Hill

Dawn of the Morning by Grace Livingston Hill

Fresh from school, mistreated and neglected by her father and stepmother, sixteen-year-old Dawn consents to marry a friend of her father’s whom she has only met, but the wedding does not go as planned. Scared and confused, she runs away after the ceremony. Many adventures follow lovely and resourceful Dawn on her journey to becoming an independent woman.

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Cousin Betty

Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac

Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac

Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a “poor relation.” As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money.

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A Day of Fate

A Day of Fate by Edward Payson Roe

A Day of Fate by Edward Payson Roe

A night editor at a New York paper escapes to the country to avoid a nervous breakdown. Providence lands him in the middle of a loving Quaker family in time to save them from being roasted by a lightning strike. Then what could be more natural than falling in love with a girl already engaged to someone else? Truly, it was a Day of Fate for him. “Some shallow story of deep love.”

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Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress – Volume 1

Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress - Volume 1 by Fanny Burney

Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress – Volume 1 by Fanny Burney

The plot of Cecilia revolves around the heroine, Cecilia Beverley, whose inheritance from her uncle comes with the stipulation that she find a husband who will accept her name.

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The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne

The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne  by Dorothy Osborne

The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne by Dorothy Osborne

After refusing a long string of suitors put forth by her family, including her cousin Thomas Osborne, Henry Cromwell (son of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell) and Sir Justinian Isham, in 1655 Dorothy Osborne married Sir William Temple, a man with whom she had carried on a lengthy clandestine courtship that was largely epistolary in nature. It is for her letters to Temple, which were witty, progressive and socially illuminating, that Osborne is remembered. Only Osborne’s side of the correspondence survived and comprises a collection of seventy-seven letters held in the British Library. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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The Last Chronicle of Barset

The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

Both Trollope and some of his later critics have considered The Last Chronicle to be his greatest novel. Many of its characters are familiar from the earlier Barsetshire novels, including the Rev. Josiah Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, whose alleged theft of £20, together with the efforts of many to clear up the mystery, lie here at the center. Central also is the trying courtship between Major Grantly and Grace Crawley, the clergyman’s daughter, over the objections of the Major’s parents, Archeacon Grantly and his wife; and the adventures of Johnny Eames, a protagonist of the Small House at Allington. Finally, it is in The Last Chronicle that Bishop Proudie of Barsetshire and his domineering wife, introduced in Barchester Towers, achieve their fullest and most dramatic portrayal.

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The Golden Lion of Granpere

The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Set in a village in the Vosges mountains in north-eastern France, this short and very entertaining novel concerns the events in the lives of an innkeeper’s family; the relationship between George Voss, the landlord’s son, and his beloved Marie, the rivalry between Voss and another suitor for Marie’s hand in marriage, and the results of a betrothal based on mutual misunderstandings.

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The Trail of the Hawk

The Trail of the Hawk by Sinclair Lewis

The Trail of the Hawk by Sinclair Lewis

Trail of the Hawk, is Sinclair Lewis’ second novel published under his own name. It was not at the time of release a smashing success as his later works, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, and others, but his style and immense talent are certainly evident.

We travel with The Hawk, or Carl Ericson, son of Norwegian immigrants, born at the end of the 19th century through the first three adventurous periods of the young man’s life. We see him as an adventurous boy, running away with Gertie Cowels, the girl that lives in the big house in the better part of town, only to be rescued by Bone Stillman, a backwoods philosopher and influence on Carl.

We travel with him as he leaves his childhood, Gertie and Joralemon behind, for a short attempt at higher education, then to pursue the hobo life, a Bowery bartender, an engineer in Panama and an aviator. It is during the aviator phase that he becomes Hawk Ericson barnstorming his way across America, an exciting but dangerous lifestyle. Leaving aviation after too many close calls, and the loss of his best friend, he becomes an automobile man, and moves into phase three.

It is in phase three, love adventure, that we find The Hawk in New York, mingling with polite society quite by accident. He is smitten by Ruth Winslow, while riding on a streetcar after a fight with Gertie, and follows Ruth to a party which he crashes.

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Run to Earth

Run to Earth by M. E. Braddon

Run to Earth by M. E. Braddon

A captivating Victorian “sensation” novel by the author of Lady Audley’s Secret, Run to Earth has it all: scoundrels and mercenaries, love and lust, jealousy, intrigue, and suspense.

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