Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pride and Prejudice

No, I am not going to quote the famous first line.  You will just have to download a free Kindle edition and read it yourself.  But of course I expect you will be re-reading this wonderful novel by Jane Austen (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

I do not know how many times I have read this favorite of mine, first published in 1813.  It is always wonderful to realize how much we have in common with those who lived 200 years ago.  If we can laugh at the same things, how different can we be?  

There are few characters in literature as funny as Mr. Collins who fancies himself a skilled flatterer - adept at correcting any misstep. 
"The dinner too in its turn was highly admired; and [Mr. Collins] begged to know to which of his fair cousins the excellence of its cookery was owing. But here he was set right by Mrs. Bennet, who assured him with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook, and that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen. He begged pardon for having displeased her. In a softened tone she declared herself not at all offended; but he continued to apologise for about a quarter of an hour."
Mr. Collins brings me as much pleasure as he does Mr. Bennet!

So immerse yourself once again in the society of the Bennet girls with their interest in balls and the activities of the regiment.  And if you are reading this book for the first time, I envy you the pleasure of discovering one of the world's great novels.  Great because it is funny, surprising, romantic and up-to-date, all at the same time.

A reader in 1813 said:
I have finished the novel called Pride and Prejudice, which I think a very superior work. It depends not on any of the common resources of novel writers, no drownings, no conflagrations, nor runaway horses, nor lap-dogs and parrots, nor chambermaids and milliners, nor rencontres and disguises. I really think it is the most probable I have ever read.
Still probable after all these years . . . 

It is increasingly difficult to do this blog.  It is very hard to find a free classic book and when I do, it is usually not available in the UK, so I have to start over.  Take a look at this listmania list of free classic books.  I don't know when the list was created, but every one of these 27 books is no longer available.  


It is my belief that people who have created inexpensive versions of the classics are tagging the free versions for copyright violations.  The tag is bogus, but it serves to remove a free edition and creates a market for the cheapest edition.  Amazon does not have time to review all of these tagged books and we are paying for that.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne

Free US/UK Kindle Classic
The 1873 novel, Around the World in 80 Days, by French author Jules Verne has been made into a couple of big budget films.  They are quite entertaining, but perhaps eclipse the book.  This is a neat little band box of a book.  It is an entertaining story that would make good vacation reading.  (US Edition)  (UK Edition

It is hard to argue that a book whose title everyone knows is forgotten, but this is a superior work of fiction that still entertains and was famous  long before there were movies.
A US Amazon Reader Reviewer agrees with me! 
"I can't believe that a 130+ year old book translated to English was good enough to keep me up half the night but this brilliant old gem did."
The protagonist (Phileas Fogg) hires a new manservant (Passepartout):
Hearing that Mr. Phileas Fogg was looking for a servant, and that his life was one of unbroken regularity, that he neither travelled nor stayed from home overnight, he felt sure that this would be the place he was after.
 Yes, a rude awakening is coming - as foreshadowed by the title!
"Passepartout!" repeated Mr. Fogg, without raising his voice. 
Passepartout made his appearance. 
"I've called you twice," observed his master.
"But it is not midnight," responded the other, showing his watch. 
"I know it; I don't blame you. We start for Dover and Calais in ten minutes." 
A puzzled grin overspread Passepartout's round face; clearly he had not comprehended his master. 
"Monsieur is going to leave home?" 
"Yes," returned Phileas Fogg. "We are going round the world." 
Passepartout opened wide his eyes, raised his eyebrows, held up his hands, and seemed about to collapse, so overcome was he with stupefied astonishment.
The reviewer is right, this book is a gem and I do not say that lightly.



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UK readers may go to this Amazon link to subscribe.  (Slightly more than half my readers are from the UK)

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Here is a video of my mother, at 97, a new convert to the Kindle! (She is now 98 and appreciates how the large print helps her read despite macular degeneration.)

Thank to all my readers, whether you subscribe on your Kindle or whether you read it online.  I love to get good reviews!  Who wouldn't?  Should you care to leave a review, follow these links for UK readers or US readers. You may e-mail me at marilyn@marilynlitt.com