The importance of being Earnest

This classic and timeless play is a gelastic comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious characters in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are (1) the interplay of triviality and social standards when confronting well regarded and serious institutions such as marriage and (2) the results of such interactions and clichés.

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The human machine

“You are the most fascinating bit of machinery that ever was. You do yourself less than justice. It is said that men are only interested in themselves. The truth is that, as a rule, men are interested in every mortal thing except themselves. They have a habit of taking themselves for granted, and that habit is responsible for nine-tenths of the boredom and despair on the face of the planet.”

In this classic and timeless work, Arnold Bennett explores the brain as a tool for making our lives easier and our interactions with others smoother. “The brain is the diplomatist which arranges relations between our instinctive self and the universe, and it fulfils its mission when it provides for the maximum of freedom to the instincts with the minimum of friction.” The Human Machine combines tremendous wisdom with accessibility to better ourselves in a way that can easily be put into practice. Very powerful.

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The mansion

In this classic and timeless story, the great Henry van Dyke sets forth the ideals of kindness, sympathy, fellowship, and self-sacrifice that permeate the human soul. In our struggle to live our lives, The Mansion presents a message about the importance of charity to remind us of the true spirit of giving and family. The Mansion is a “must read” right along with another all time favorite, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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Vathek: an Arabian tale

In this classic and timeless novel, we encounter the rise and fall of the once mighty Vathek. The story chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek (a fictionalized version of the historical Al-Wathiq), who engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. Perverse and grotesque comedy alternates with scenes of magnificence and beauty in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek’s journey to damnation. In his attempts to reach the unreachable, Vathek, instead of attaining mighty powers, descends into a hell ruled by the demon Eblis. Unable to escape from the deeps of the earth, Vathek is doomed to wander endlessly.

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The biography of Satan

Who is Satan? Where does Satan come from? Does Satan have a twin brother? Why is there a devil, a heaven, and a hell? If the devil exists, why does God allow Satan to exist? This fascinating book attempts to decipher these as well as many other questions. Our fascination of the unknown as well as our fears have shaped us throughout history. If you do not want to blindly accept the “reality” that you are experiencing, this book will take you through a quest for truths, myths, and possibilities to better help you understand Satan and the world we live in.

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Ten of the coolest women entrepreneurs in America

Have you ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur?

If you have, you are in luck, and if you have not, this is your lucky day, too. This ebook should help you better understand what it takes to be an entrepreneur as well as some of the do’s and do not’s of entrepreneurship — without any baloney. You will learn intimate details of the lives and experiences of 10 very successful, real life, women who became cool and successful entrepreneurs.

“Why should I read this ebook?” Let me give you a few reasons. First, this ebook was specifically written for normal people by normal people. Second, this ebook focuses on asking and answering questions about entrepreneurship that are both insightful and interesting. Third, this ebook is not and was never meant to be “canned” in any way, shape, or form. Finally, in this ebook, you will find very honest questions and answers from its author and the women entrepreneurs featured in it — no baloney.

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The farther adventures of Robinson Crusoe

This novel is the captivating sequel to the original adventures of the famed adventurer Robinson Crusoe. In this classic and timeless novel, Crusoe the adventurer finds himself bored with his prosperity as well as consumed by an irresistible longing to return to the island that he left many years before. Along with his trusty servant and companion, Friday, he embarks on a harrowing high-seas adventure that takes them to China, to the Russian steppes, and into the dangers of Siberia.

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The mysterious affair at styles

The mysterious affair at styles was Agatha Christie’s first published novel, introducing the one and only Hercule Poirot. Detective Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters. Alongside Poirot, we will also meet Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Lieutenant Hastings (later, Captain), as well as a few very interesting characters.

In this classic and timeless novel, the story is told in the first person by Hastings and features many of the elements that have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, largely due to Agatha Christie’s influence. The story is set in a large, isolated country manor. There are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves. The book includes maps of the house, maps of the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. As in any great mystery novel, there are a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists. Who did it? Why? When? Who knew about it? Will justice be served?

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Wieland

In this classic and timeless novel, we are immersed in a world that goes from sanity to insanity. In Wieland, we explore the realities of life on the eve of the American Revolution through religious delusions, fanaticism, and horrific violence. A family living on an estate outside Philadelphia is visited by mysterious voices, seemingly coming out of thin air. Soon thereafter, an itinerant character named Carwin will visit the family. Carwin is a mysterious stranger as well as a ventriloquist. Violence erupts when the family’s young patriarch believes that he hears God’s voice demanding a human sacrifice as a sign of faith. In the midst of all the insanity, the family will undergo a transformation involving horror, spontaneous combustion, false faith, psychological perversion, ventriloquism, and murder. Testing the limits of religious and literary authority in the new America, Brown’s novel has for more than two centuries kept readers debating questions of agency, accountability, and revolutionary politics as the story’s moral chaos unfolds.

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Typhoon

In this classic and timeless novel, we encounter the almost unforgiving nature of the seas when Captain MacWhirr and his crew battle a terrible storm. This novel is a masterful display of storytelling showcasing the completely different stances of those involved in a voyage that could have been doomed by the forces of nature.

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