The Female Quixote (Penguin Classics)

Novel

The Female Quixote (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Lennox
So Much Blue: A Novel by Percival Everett
Hans Magnus Enzensberger – Parli sempre di soldi!
The Quiet Man – James Carol
Peace and War – Joe Haldeman

The Female Quixote (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Lennox

English | June 26, 2007 | ISBN: 0140439870 | EPUB | 528 pages | 2.1 MB

A young woman is caught up in her ideas about romance and valor in this celebrated eighteenth-century parody of Don Quixote
Beautiful and independent, Arabella has been brought up in rural seclusion by her widowed father. Devoted to reading French romances, the sheltered young woman imagines all sorts of misadventures that can befall a heroine such as herself. As she makes forays into fashionable society in Bath and London, many scrapes and mortifications ensue – all men seem like predators wishing to ravish her, she mistakes a cross-dressing prostitute for a distressed gentlewoman, and she risks her life by throwing herself into the Thames to avoid a potential seducer. Can Arabella be cured of her romantic delusions? An immediate success when it first appeared in 1752, The Female Quixote is a wonderfully high-spirited parody of the style of Cervantes, and a telling and comic depiction of eighteenth-century English society.

So Much Blue: A Novel by Percival Everett

English | June 13, 2017 | ISBN: 1555977820 | EPUB | 236 pages | 1.9 MB

A new high point for a master novelist, an emotionally charged reckoning with art, marriage, and the past
Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won’t allow anyone to see: not his children; not his best friend, Richard; not even his wife, Linda. The painting is a canvas of twelve feet by twenty-one feet (and three inches) that is covered entirely in shades of blue. It may be his masterpiece or it may not; he doesn’t know or, more accurately, doesn’t care.
What Kevin does care about are the events of the past. Ten years ago he had an affair with a young watercolorist in Paris. Kevin relates this event with a dispassionate air, even a bit of puzzlement. It’s not clear to him why he had the affair, but he can’t let it go. In the more distant past of the late seventies, Kevin and Richard traveled to El Salvador on the verge of war to retrieve Richard’s drug-dealing brother, who had gone missing without explanation. As the events of the past intersect with the present, Kevin struggles to justify the sacrifices he’s made for his art and the secrets he’s kept from his wife.
So Much Blue features Percival Everett at his best, and his deadpan humor and insightful commentary about the artistic life culminate in a brilliantly readable new novel.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger – Parli sempre di soldi!

Italian | 2017 | 181 pages | ISBN: 8806229303 | EPUB | 44 MB

Enzensberger possiede il raro dono di saper spiegare in modo semplice anche argomenti complicati. Il suo Mago dei numeri ha fatto amare la matematica persino a chi l’ha sempre detestata. E in questo nuovo romanzo, impreziosito dalle illustrazioni di Riccardo Guasco, ci mostra l’economia sotto una nuova luce: raccontando storie che non vorremmo mai smettere di leggere.

The Quiet Man – James Carol

English | 2017 | 433 Pages | ISBN: 057132228X | EPUB | 468.22 KB

What scares you?
Ex-FBI profiler, Jefferson Winter is in Berlin, hunting down a serial killer who terrorizes his victims by bringing them face to face with their greatest fears. So far, three women have been abducted and murdered. Physically they are unharmed, but psychologically it’s a different story.
A DVD that shows the women being tortured has been left at each of the crime scenes, a detail that echoes a killer who operated in Berlin five years earlier, one the media nicknamed Warhol because of the 15 minute long films he left with his victims.
Warhol was never caught.
He killed five young women then suddenly stopped. But Winter knows that serial killers don’t just stop. The police think they are dealing with a copycat killer, but what if the real Warhol is behind the latest killings?

Peace and War – Joe Haldeman

Peace and War – Joe Haldeman
English | 2006 | 400 Pages | ISBN: 0575079193 | EPUB | 894.56 KB

The Forever War: The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic– Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi The Earth’s leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand–despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But “home” may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries… A multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Joe Haldeman is an ultimate household name in science fiction. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, since the original publication of The Forever War, Joe has maintained a continuous string of SF classics, and as a long-time Professor of Creative Writing at M.I.T., is widely acknowledged as a key mentor figure to many of this generation’s top SF stars. Winner of the Hugo Award Winner of the Nebula Award
Forever Peace: Julian Class is a full-time professor and part-time combat veteran who spends a third of each month virtually wired to a robotic “soldierboy.” The soldierboys, along with flyboys and other advanced constructs, allow the U.S. to wage a remotely controlled war against constant uprisings in the Third World. The conflicts are largely driven by the so-called First World countries’ access to nanoforges–devices that can almost instantly manufacture any product imaginable, given the proper raw materials–and the Third World countries’ lack of access to these devices. But even as Julian learns that the consensual reality shared by soldierboy operators can lead to universal peace, the nanoforges create a way for humanity to utterly destroy itself, and it will be a race against time to see which will happen first.
Forever Free: In this long-awaited sequel to The Forever War, Haldeman describes the postwar life of retired soldiers William and Marygay Mandella on the half-frozen planet Middle Finger, where they and other humans have been secluded by the newly evolved, superhuman race of Man. The long war with the Taurans is over and William and company are little more than relics, kept around to provide archaic genes should the Man ever wish to alter their own, cloned near-perfection. Dissatisfied with their stagnant lives, William and his fellow vets steal a starship. They plan to travel so far and fast that time dilation will allow them to return only a decade older but millennia in their world’s future. Disaster strikes just days into their voyage, however, when their antimatter engines mysteriously malfunction in direct violation of the laws of physics. Returning home in escape craft, Mandella and his mates discover that everyone on the planet has disappeared, leaving only their clothes behind. Further, all communication with the outside universe has been cut off. Despite a slow start, Haldeman builds considerable tension with the mystery that confronts his human survivors of what appears to be the complete disappearance of not only humanity, but also of Man and the Taurans. Some truly weird events have occurred and Haldeman gives them a genuinely spooky feel. Mandella’s laconic narrative, so effective in getting across The Forever War’s antiwar message, proves just as effective in this sequel. The novel is weakened, however, by what feels like an overly hasty conclusion, burdened by Haldeman’s decision to invoke not one but two deus ex machinae in the book’s final chapters. Still, this is a well-written and worthy sequel to one of SF’s enduring classics.

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