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This visionary satire explores the darkness at the core of modern society. The estranged narrator is drawn into the enigmatic world of secret after-hours boxing matches hosted by Tyler Durden. With an original premise and raw energy, this book will leave you thinking long after you turn the final page.
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This book explores the complex relationship between two teachers: Barbara and Sheba. When Sheba embarks on an affair with an underage student, Barbara decides to write in defense of her friend, but ends up revealing secrets of her own. The novel delves into the themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of intimate relationships.
This classic novel follows a group aboard a yawl traveling down the Thames river towards the mysterious and dangerous Heart of Darkness. The captain is the personification of trustworthiness and his leadership is tested as they encounter the darkness within themselves and the world around them. Joseph Conrad's masterful prose weaves a haunting tale of colonialism, morality, and the human psyche that leaves a lasting impression.
A bored and beautiful woman named Emma Bovary longs for passion and escapes her mundane life through romantic fantasies, excessive spending, and eventually, adultery. But her affairs only bring disappointment and devastating consequences. Flaubert's portrayal of Emma caused moral outcry in 1857, with many claiming to be the model for his heroine. A classic tale of unfulfilled desires and the consequences that come with them.
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Step into the glamour and intrigue of 1940s New York City with a heart-breaking, perplexing, and irrepressible heroine named Holly Golightly. Chased by dangerous men and wealthy bachelors alike, she is the subject of Truman Capote's iconic novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's. This edition also includes three additional stories that offer new insights into Capote's incredible talent for captivating prose.
This modern classic by Arundhati Roy is a powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama rolled into one. It follows an affluent Indian family forever changed by a fateful day in 1969 - an event that leads to illicit liaisons, accidents, and tragedies. With lush, lyrical prose and an unnerving tone, The God of Small Things is a thought-provoking read that delves into big topics left unsaid.
Wall Street, psychopathy, and America's dark side collide in this biting black comedy. Follow Patrick Bateman, a charming and intelligent young man who also happens to be a psychopath, as he navigates his life in the world of finance. American Psycho is a sharp commentary on the American dream and the nightmare it can become.
A dystopian nightmare where teenage criminals rule the night. With vivid and inventive language, the leader of a violent gang takes us on a journey of rebellion against society. A Clockwork Orange challenges our understanding of good and evil and the limits of human freedom. This edition includes the previously unpublished final chapter and an introduction by the author.
A young girl tries to find a cure for her mother's loneliness by searching for the author of an old book. Meanwhile, an old man in New York dreams of his lost love in Poland who inspired him to write the book. Little do they know, the book has crossed oceans and generations, changing lives along the way.
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