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Madame Bovary (Version 2)

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Gustave Flaubert


Written over a century and a half ago, Madame Bovary is still an extraordinarily fresh, exciting and shockingly frank novel, at once an acut…

Nostromo (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


In Nostromo, Joseph Conrad has transformed an apocryphal anecdote about a sailor who got away with stealing a boat loaded with silver into a…

The Good Soldier (Version 2)

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Ford Madox Ford


First published in 1915, The Good Soldier might be characterised as a melodrama of English upper class infidelities, cut into little pieces,…

The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes

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Joseph Conrad


In the 1870s, supporters of the pretender to the throne of Spain take advantage of a young man's attraction to the sea to persuade him to ru…

The End Of The Tether

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Joseph Conrad


At an age when he should, by rights, be embarking on a well-deserved and comfortable retirement, Captain Whalley, a sailor of the old school…

The French Revolution: A History. Volume 2: The Constitution (Version 2)

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Thomas Carlyle


The second volume of this famous and idiosyncratic history covers events from October 1789, after Louis XVI has been 'persuaded' to leave Ve…

Youth (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


This short tale was first published in book form alongside 'Heart of Darkness' and 'The End of the Tether', the three tales representing you…

The Secret Agent (Version 3)

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Joseph Conrad


Taking as his inspiration the historical accidental death by explosion of an anarchist outside the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, Lond…

Tales of Unrest (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


A brave Malay chieftain suffers from a surprising vulnerability. After giving birth to a series of unfortunate children, a farmer's wife is …

The French Revolution: A History. Volume 3: The Guillotine

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Thomas Carlyle


Of this third, and final, phase of the French Revolution, including that period known as The Terror, Carlyle comments "It is unfortunat…

Under Western Eyes (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


"But it is a vain enterprise for sophisticated Europe to try and understand these doings." Set in St Petersburg and Geneva, this a…

A Man Could Stand Up

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Ford Madox Ford


'A Man Could Stand Up' is the third, and culminating, part of Ford Madox Ford's 'Parade's End' tetralogy of novels, which begins with 'Some …

Heart of Darkness (version 4)

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Joseph Conrad


In this powerful novella based on Joseph Conrad's own experiences in the Belgian Congo, Charles Marlow, an experienced seaman, tells a small…

No More Parades

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Ford Madox Ford


When No More Parades was first published in 1925, a critic in The Observer wrote of the first 100 pages that they "easily surpass in tr…

The French Revolution: A History. Volume 1: The Bastille (Version 2)

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Thomas Carlyle


Subtitled "The Bastille", Volume 1 of Thomas Carlyle's three volume "The French Revolution: A History" was first publish…

Lord Jim (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


While it's not often described as such, "Lord Jim" can be viewed as a kind of love story whose real theme is the close bond which …

Chance (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


"You are the expert in the psychological wilderness," the nominal narrator of this engaging tale says at one point to Marlow, who …

Almayer's Folly (Version 3)

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Joseph Conrad


Joseph Conrad was born in former Poland, spent part of his childhood exiled in Russia because of his father's Polish nationalist political a…

The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


Today, we're likely to react to the title of this novella, on whose 'sincerity of expression' Conrad was willing to stake his artisitic repu…

A Personal Record

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Joseph Conrad


Conrad began dictating the series of loose autobiographical sketches that would become 'A Personal Record' in 1911, when he was half way thr…

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