The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
The mysterious disappearance of Hayet, the manageress of the village bar, presents a conundrum for its owner, who cannot face a return to the days of late nights, lewd customers and greasy dishwater. A succession of would-be hosts and hostesses descend, with disastrous results, before Matthieu and Libero, childhood friends disillusioned with their philosophical studies, return to take up the reins. Initially they are successful, but as lustful, avaricious reality rudely intrudes on their idyll, they too are forced to concede, their senses befuddled by easy women and plentiful liquor, that all empires must inevitably crumble. Meanwhile, Matthieu's grandfather Marcel, who funded their enterprise, perhaps out of spite, still lingers on the island, his memories of the collapse of France's colonial empire still as fresh and bitter as the cancerous ulcers that must one day claim his life. By turns wise, comic, dramatic, tragic and absurd, Ferrari's Goncourt-winning masterpiece reads like a Corsican One Hundred Years of Solitude, covering a century of intimate history with a dazzling, skewering precision even Flaubert would be proud to applaud.
The War of the Worlds
Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. The War of the Worlds is a military science fiction novel by H. G. Wells.
Fall of Giants
Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. . . . A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution. From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . .
Winter of the World
"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak . . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific . . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism . . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
Around the World in 80 Days
Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days to win a 20,000 wager set by members of the Reform ClubNotice: This Book is published by Historical Books Limited (www.publicdomain.org.uk) as a Public Domain Book, if you have any inquiries, requests or need any help you can just send an email to [email protected]
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Brave New World
The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's legendary vision of a world of tomorrow utterly transformed. In Huxley's darkly satiric yet chillingly prescient imagining of a "utopian" future, humans are genetically designed and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as a thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment. This deluxe edition also includes the nonfiction work "Brave New World Revisited," "a thought-jabbing, terrifying book" (Chicago Tribune), first published in 1958. It is a fascinating essay in which Huxley compares the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World. He scrutinizes threats to humanity such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. With a Foreword by Christopher Hitchens
Troy Fall Of Kings
Darkness falls on the Great Green, and the Ancient World is fiercely divided. On the killing fields outside the golden city of Troy, forces loyal to the Mykene King mass. Among them is Odysseus, fabled storyteller and reluctant ally to the Mykene, who knows that he must soon face his former friends in deadly combat. Within the city, the Trojan king waits. Ailing and bitter, his hope is pinned on two heroes: his favourite son Hektor, and the dread Helikaon who will wreak terrible vengeance for the death of his wife at Mykene hands. War has been declared. As enemies, who are also kinsmen, are filled with bloodlust, they know that many of them will die, and that some will become heroes: heroes who will live for ever in a story that will echo down the centuries.
La Gr ce antique
L'auteur présente la Grèce antique de la période archaïque à la chute du monde hellénistique. Il nous montre l'évolution et l'extension d'une civilisation à travers ses crises, ses changements politiques et ses innovations. Un ouvrage concis et accessible tant pour assimiler les connaissances essentielles que pour réviser. Sommaire : 1. La Grèce archaïque (800-490 av. J.-C.) 2. Le mode grec aux Ve et IVe siècle av J.-C. 3. Alexandre le Grand et le monde hellénistique (336-31 av. J.-C.).
Le monde grec antique
Cet ouvrage situe dans leur contexte historique les multiples facettes du monde grec de 2700 à 31 av. J.-C. Il expose la politique, les guerres, la vie religieuse, l'économie, les évolutions sociales et la diversité des cités grecques. Il évoque les travaux et les jours de l'homme grec à partir des textes historiques, des pièces de théâtre, de la représentation des travaux agricoles et artisanaux. De nombreux croquis illustrent l'architecture monumentale. L'ouvrage tient compte de l'interprétation de l'histoire grecque qui a beaucoup varié au cours du XXe siècle. Il fait une large place à l'apport de l'archéologie et de l'anthropologie historique. Il s'appuie sur 22 cartes, 12 plans de cité, une chronologie, des définitions et un index. Cette nouvelle édition, dans une nouvelle présentation, propose une cartographie entièrement modernisée et en 4 couleurs, ainsi qu'une mise à jour de la bibliographie et de l'historiographie. SOMMAIRE I- Les premiers temps de la Grèce 1. L'installation des Grecs. La terre et les hommes 2. Le monde égéen à l'époque des palais crétois 3. Apogée et chute du monde mycénien II- Un nouveau monde grec 4. Les problèmes du haut-Archaïsme / Homère et Hésiode 5. La cité archaïque et l'expansion coloniale 6. Évolution politique et sociale des cités 7. La diversité des cités grecques 8. L'univers religieux de la cité III. La Grèce classique 9. L'avènement du Ve siècle 10. Le rayonnement d'Athènes 11. Vivre en Grèce au Ve siècle 12. De la guerre du Péloponnèse à la mort de Socrate 13. Les franges du monde grec 14. L'économie au IVe siècle 15. Les transformations de la cité au IVe siècle IV. Alexandre et le monde hellénistique 16. Philippe, Alexandre et les cités grecques 17. Les grandes monarchies hellénistiques (Égypte exclue), les ligues et les cités 18. Alexandrie et l'Égypte lagide 19. La société hellénistique