My selection of readings...

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Here I present my selection of readings of all time. They are listed in alphabetical order of title. Some summaries were taken from the original summary of the book and the minority of the summaries were taken from other sources of information.

1. A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen. Get the book

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One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, A Doll's House richly displays the genius with which Henrik Ibsen pioneered modern, realistic prose drama. In the central character of Nora, Ibsen epitomized the human struggle against the humiliating constraints of social conformity. Nora's ultimate rejection of a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house" shocked theatergoers of the late 1800s and opened new horizons for playwrights and their audiences.

But daring social themes are only one aspect of Ibsen's power as a dramatist. A Doll's House shows as well his gifts for creating realistic dialogue, a suspenseful flow of events and, above all, psychologically penetrating characterizations that make the struggles of his dramatic personages utterly convincing. Here is a deeply absorbing play as readable as it is eminently playable, reprinted from an authoritative translation.

2. A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. Get the collection

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An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:






3. Agatha Christie Collection, by Agatha Christie. Get the collection

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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, (1890 – 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap. Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published; but in 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Poirot. This launched her literary career. In this book: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, 1920 The Secret Adversary, 1922

4. Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Get the book

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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

5. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Get the book

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Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

6.1984, by George Orwell. Get the book

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

7. Complete Poetry, by José Martí. Spanish Edition. Get the book

Synopsis to the poetics of José Martí. Apart from being an ideological and political manifesto, José Martí was one of the most important Latin American poets of his time. He is one of the most visible figures of the transition to Modernism, which in America gave rise to the arrival of new artistic ideals. This edition contains four books: Simple Verses (1891), a too modernist book in which autobiographical extracts and the sign of the popular predominate; Free verses (1878-1882), posthumous work, where assonance poetry takes creative power; Ismaelillo (1882), a book that can be classified as a progress of modernist postulates, given the form that dominates its content; Flowers of exile, is the last book of this edition, where the transit of his poetry is evidenced, in a style that tries to break with the canons of modernism, being perhaps his most ambitious work of poetry in terms of style and avant-garde.

8. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Get the book

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