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Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature.
Two contemporary literary scholars discover and investigate a secret romance between two Victorian poets - brilliant, funny, fascinating.
Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman.
Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.
Frank and April Wheeler assume that greatness is just around the corner, but they mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other but also their best selves
Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning.
"Stylish noir extrapolation becomes gloriously witty social satire..,
A story of crime and punishment, of love and redemption, that is startling and timeless, by the Pulitzer Prize winning author
Two stories, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin, that showcase 1931 Berlin, the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power.
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion.
Three wonderfully rich stories weave together, gradually revealing their interplay through secrets surrounding the Chase family, a rich and influential Ontario family.
The breaking of a bridge causes the death of five people. Brother Juniper investigates their past lives to shed light on the reasons of their deaths.
Holden Caulfield, a native New Yorker, is expelled from his Pennsylvania prep school. He travels back to his family's New York apartment, but spends time underground in the city before returning there. This is a classic coming of age story of an angst-ridden youngster, misunderstood by the adults around him.
Novel about the old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibition colliding with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, and globalized greed.
Pynchon's grim version of the Holy Grail ... the work of a virtuoso with prose ... his intricate symbolic order is akin to that of James Joyce...
Hollywood of the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of artist and set designer Tod Hackett
A piercing story of innocence betrayed, as Portia, the product of a blithe itinerant childhood, meets Eddie, a brash, handsome, charming cad.
The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Perhaps the most beloved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel.
This brilliant uncompromising novel probes the nature of woman's sexuality and dares to question the value of marriage and the conventions of sex morality.
Classic tale of the Okie migration to California during the Great Depression.
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S.
With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation.
Scobie, a policeman in a West African colony, is above reproach, but he's forced to borrow money to send his wife on holiday. While she's gone, he falls in love...
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