Well folks, it’s time for our last book discovery. This week, we’re showcasing
Love and Freindship and other early works, by Jane Austen!
(Yes, “friendship” is misspelled, but that’s apparently intentional.)
In “Love and Freindship” and “Lesley Castle,” Austen parodies the sentimental and Gothic novels of love at first sight, clandestine elopements, long-lost relatives, fainting, fatal riding accidents, adultery, and castles. In “The History of England,” Austen confirms that the only thing children learn in their classrooms are a few dates and some inconsequential, but usually scandalous, details about the personal lives of monarchs. Fundamentally, though, the stories demonstrate the lively mind and ready wit of a teenage girl living in the late eighteenth century.
For anyone who loves Austen’s works, this book is a must have!
So if you must have it, get it here!
Tumblr friends, it’s been a great book discovery month! Thanks for joining us, and we hope to give you more book discoveries same time next year!
Stayed tuned for your regularly scheduled programming.
This week’s classic book discovery is The Professor, by Charlottle Bronte:
In The Professor, Charlotte Brontë defiantly created an externally unprepossessing protagonist in William Crimsworth, whose unglamorous appearance and station belie an internal power. He is conscious of banked energies and emotions that must find an outlet in a hostile world.
The Professor also happens to be Charlotte’s first novel!
If you wanna get your Bronte on, The Professor can be found here!
Come back next week for our final installment during
BOOK DISCOVERY MONTH!
(Last chance to share your book discoveries with your friends- upload book covers and synopses to Tumblr and tag the post with #Book Discovery Month)
This week’s classic book is The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Betrayed by the guardian who raised him, young Richard Shelton relies on his cunning to survive the Wars of the Roses. Though history records two sides fighting for control of England, The Black Arrow presents a third side: the exploited commoners joined together by their black arrow weaponry. Through adventures in castles, villages, forests, and aboard a ship, Richard outfoxes captors, bargains his way out of crises, and after many mistakes ultimately proves himself worthy of knighthood.
Whoa, totally Medieval!
If you’re in the mood for this knightly story, you can get The Black Arrow here!
Tune in next week for our another classic discovery during
BOOK DISCOVERY MONTH!
(And you can join the fun by posting your own book discoveries on Tumblr with the tag #Book Discovery Month)
This week’s featured book is A Tramp Abroad, by Mark Twain.
This book is actually a sequel to his book Innocents Abroad, though Tramp is often praised as a better work.
In A Tramp Abroad (1880), written eleven years after the best-selling Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain claims to be mad for adventure. Instead, he is more likely to scale a mountain by telescope or launch a fantasy expedition to conquer a mountain hotel. In the end, Twain weaves observation, folk tales, tall tales, and imagination into a narrative that both celebrates travel and
satirizes the traveler.
If this book sounds as good to you as it does to us, you can find it here!
Come back next week for another classic showcase during
BOOK DISCOVERY MONTH!
(Don’t forget, if you have a book you want to share with your friends (and us!), upload it’s cover and synopsis to tumblr and tag it with #Book Discovery Month)
Each November, thousands of people undertake the challenge that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month,) where they try to write 50,000+ words in a single month (in other words, a whole book.) Many people will “win” this contest, and even though these stories may not be the best works in the world (yet, but there’ll be time to fix that in the National Novel Editing Month), we still want to salute these brave participants!
So, in celebration (and as inspiration to the few of our followers who are competing,) we have decided that November will be our Book Discovery Month! Each week, we will showcase a different book that you may not have heard of by some well-known classic authors.
This week, we’re featuring Bartleby the Scrivener and The Confidence Man, by Herman Melville. Though Melville is popular for his serious and simplistic writing style, these two stories show that Melville actually had a sense of humor. Surprise!
If you want to read a full synopsis, or purchase the book, click here!
And if you have a book that you think people will love, but might not have heard of, post it and tag with #Book Discovery Month.
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