The Merchant of Venice
Autor: William Shakespeare
In this work you can see the obsession with money. vindictiveness and even nationalism. There are two Venetian merchants. Bassanio and Antonio. in an extremely difficult financial situation. Bassanio. as a way out of this situation. decides to go to woo the rich heiress Portia. but he has no money for it. Antonio also has no money. but he borrows a large amount from a Jew Shylock under „his honest name.”
Autor: L. Frank Baum
„Sky Island” was the second of three titles written by Baum featuring a spunky girl from California. Trot. and her companion. the old sailorman. Cap’n Bill. L. Frank Baum had hoped to end the Oz series and introduced Trot and Cap’n Bill in „The Sea Fairies”. In „Sky Island”. Button Bright has found a magic umbrella. which allows him to go anyplace in the world in seconds. He meets Trot and Cap’n Bill during his adventures. and the three decide to go to „Sky Island”. and small island without a name off the coast. But the umbrella instead take them up over the ocean. They land in a land of blue. where they are taken prisoner by the terrible Boolooroo. They must find a way to escape servitude. and on the way help the blue people. Will they escape? Will they ever find their way home? A charming addition to your collection of Oz books. this volume will delight long-time Oz fans as well as newcomers to L. Frank Baum’s realms of fantasy.
Louise de la Valliere
Autor: Alexandre Dumas
After „The Three Musketeers” and „Twenty Years After” the adventurous story of Athos. Porthos. Aramis and D’Artagnan continues! Against a tender love story. Dumas continues the suspense which began with „The Vicomte de Bragelonne” and will end with „The Man in the Iron Mask”. Can it be true that the King is in love with the Duchess d’Orleans? Or has his eye been caught by the sweet and gentle Louise de la Valliere? No one is more anxious to know the answer than Raoul. son of Athos. who loves Louise more than life itself. Behind the scenes. dark intrigues are afoot. Louis XIV is desperate to solidify his position as absolute ruler of France. Impending turmoil forces the Musketeers and d’Artagnan to come out of retirement. but is it for the right reasons? A fantastic continuation of Dumas’s famous saga. „Louise De La Valliere” constitutes a must-read for fans of his work. and would make for a worthy addition to any collection.
Under the Lilacs
Autor: Louisa May Alcott
„Under the Lilacs”. published in 1878. is another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott that centers around two young girls who are having a tea party with their dolls when they stumble upon a young boy and his dog who have run away from the circus. Ben and his trained dog. Sancho. run away from the circus and soon find a warm welcome in a kind community where spirited games are played. Theatricals and imaginative pageantry are all part of the fun. This book by Louisa May Alcott will delight readers young and old and remind them that kindness wins the day. The author clearly was fascinated by the moral. physical. and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. A fine example of classic children’s literature.
An Act in a Backwater
Autor: E.F. Benson
The brother and sister of the poor nobleman settle in a simple town and bring a new element to the quiet life of this place. which gives many opportunities for comedy. Ginny Avesham is an attractive heroine. but the author tries so hard to show her kindness to the reader that she overdoes her and makes her a little theatrical. A simple story. with many good characters. but also with life features. Benson gave us a small but pleasant exploration of life in a small town.
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