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Download ebook: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A funny reviewer at Goodreads sums up Pride and Prejudice in a few darn good lines:

“Girls need to marry. Girls can’t get married. Girls are sad. Girls get married. Girls are happy.”

That’s an honest-to-god review of Jane Auten’s classic. The reviewer’s words are proven and undisputed as Kevin Bacon would put it (as he did in A Few Good Men). Yet there is something more to the story. Ah, actually there is a lot more.

The Usual Lovers

Pride and Prejudice is an unforgettable love story with some typical tensions and stumbling blocks found in most romantic novels. However, Elizabeth and Darcy’s love story has some deeper elements as well. Their journey is filled with irony.

Elizabeth says she is not someone who rejects a guy only to accept him later. But this is exactly what she does with Darcy. While the first line of the novel states that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”, we find that a single woman needs a man of good fortune more desperately. Darcy detests the ill-bred behaviour of the Bennet family, but his own Aunt is no better. Elizabeth takes pride in her judgement, which results in her unjustified prejudice against Darcy.

Though there is no explicit symbolism in the story, the love story serves as a tool for social commentary.

Thou Art Proletariat

The importance of reputation and class in Victorian society is emphasised time and again. Though the middle class Bennet family socializes with aristocrats like Darcy and Bingleys, they are clearly treated as inferiors. The snobbish Mr. Collins is another product of the class system.

Do you think class is still a decisive factor today when it comes to relationships? Of course, a Paris Hilton is not going to marry a loser, but then how far can someone go beyond his own league?

Comedy of Wits

Darcy’s pride and Elizabeth’s prejudice against him make an intelligent story supported by lots of quotable quotes.

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” — Elizabeth on Darcy.

Well said Liz.

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Download ebook: Macbeth by William Shakespeare (PDF)

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“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”:

How many modern plays do you believe will be bestsellers and entertaining audiences four hundred years after they were written?

It’s quite pointless to review The Tragedy of Macbeth. If you didn’t know you were reading a piece from Elizabethan literature, you could’ve thought that the plot was from a 2012 blockbuster movie. This is exactly where Shakespeare succeeds. Like all great writers, his appeal is timeless. You can very well identify with all his characters; somewhere inside you feel like they do, you yield to temptations, you make pacts with the Devil, and the master playwright knows it.

You love and hate the characters simultaneously. You curse Macbeth and his Queen to hell for their sins, yet you weep blood for their sufferings. Macduff wins at last, kills Macbeth for good, yet he never achieves the stature of his foe. In spite of knowing his destiny, being made aware of the diabolical deception of the three witches, the “usurper” fights the man “being of no woman born” with unflinching courage. Macbeth remains a grand character when he dies, as he has lived, by the sword:

“Yet I will try the last. Before my body
I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’”

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Download ebook: Don Quixote by Cervantes (PDF)

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It’s just absurd to review Don Quixote. It’ll suffice to say that Cervantes messes with your head and kicks ass bigtime.

The author maligns his protagonist, makes everyone despise him, and relentlessly passes judgment on Quixote’s failures and flaws in a cynical way. But Cervantes martyrs Quixote in such a dramatic fashion that the hero transcends to the level of a pure and noble individual. Any 500-year old book that can pull that off is worth 950 pages of difficult prose.

The book could have been a bit slimmer, but remember it’s an oldie. Marilyn Monroe might have dropped fifteen pounds to scorch the screen now, but 1950s didn’t demand it. Quixote, no matter how dumb & fat he is, should be on your bookshelf.

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Download ebook: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (PDF)

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Dracula was neither the first vampire novel, nor Bram Stoker’s first book. But it was arguably the most influential horror work of it’s time and one of the best ever written. Replete with creepy characters, intense and evocative language, and haunting atmosphere, Dracula is truly one hell of a ride, which inspired more than a dozen movies in different languages. Christopher Lee made a Hollywood career out of Count Dracula; hats off Mr. Stoker.

Here is a list of novels written by Bram Stoker:

  • The Primrose Path (1875)
  • The Snake’s Pass (1890)
  • The Watter’s Mou’ (1895)
  • The Shoulder of Shasta (1895)
  • Dracula (1897)
  • Miss Betty (1898)
  • The Mystery of the Sea (1902)
  • The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903)
  • The Man (aka: The Gates of Life) (1905)
  • Lady Athlyne (1908)
  • The Lady of the Shroud (1909)
  • The Lair of the White Worm (aka: The Garden of Evil) (1911)

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Download ebook: The Call of Cthulhu by H.P Lovecraft


Are you a horror and gothic freak? Do you admire Edgar Allen Poe and Sheridan Le Fanu? If yes, then H.P Lovecraft books should definitely find a place on your bookshelf. And if you are planning to start with Lovecraft’s best then get yourself a copy of The Call of Cthulhu.

This dark and twisted tale deals with the revival of an ancient, malevolent and monstrous creature called Cthulhu. As the worshippers of black art try to awaken this mythic horror, it becomes apparent that the living beings are facing a danger that cannot be described in words.

With a completely original story and creepy writing style, Lovecraft effortlessly turns you into a believer. He builds up a haunting atmosphere, points to a perilous and unknown future, and effectively sets the stage for the feeling of dread. Old manuscripts, mysterious cult groups, strange geometries, sea voyages — you have quite an intriguing story here.

As was his habit, Lovecraft did not describe the creature vividly and left things to the reader’s imagination. But it seems like Cthulhu is part octopus, part kraken, part dragon, and like a walking mountain with nasty talons. Does Lovecraft’s beast look like the following entity? Continue reading