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(1925) Written and set during the glittering jazz age, this beautifully-written story of a man chasing his dreams of love and money captures the disillusion of a society obsessed with wealth and status, and remains a superb read for our era!
(1846) Constantly rebuffed from the social circles he aspires to frequent, the timid clerk Golyadkin is confronted by the sudden appearance of his double, a more brazen, confident and socially successful version of himself.
(1956) Set in 1950s Paris, full of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.
(1958) Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart.
(1963) This extraordinary work - echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer in the early 1950s - chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood.
(1969) Tokyo, 1912. The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders - rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.
(1958) Set in provincial, pre-1940s New Zealand. One of Daphne Withers' sisters dies and a crisis is provoked that leads Daphne to a mental asylum where she receives shock treatment.
(1500s) Written in the sixteenth century, this book tells the story of the fourteen year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China's most famous religious heroes, and his four supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures.
(1956) In the summer of 1947, the frontier between India and its newly-created neighbour, Pakistan, had become a river of blood.
(1862) The story of Jean Valjean, the ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor, and the fanatical police inspector Javert who dedicates his life to recapturing him.
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