By Jane Austen
Elinor is as prudent as her sister Marianne is impetuous. Each must learn from the other after they are they are forced by their father’s death to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their paths to success are thwart with disappointment but together they attempt to find a way to happiness.
By William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio “tames” her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride.
By Daphne du Maurier
The coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mother’s dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn’s dark power. But never did Mary dream that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls — or that a handsome, mysterious stranger would so incite her passions … tempting her to love a man whom she dares not trust.
By L. Frank Baum
Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
By Arthur Conan Doyle
A man like Sherlock Holmes has many enemies. Violent murderers, deviant villains, ghosts of old loves, blackmailers and poisonous scribes, to to name but a few. But none are so deadly, so powerful, as Professor Moriarty. Moriarty – the only man who can compete with Holmes’ genius. The only man who can, perhaps, ultimately defeat the great detective…
By Karl reMarks
Online sensation Karl reMarks disagreed with the idea that reality had become too strange to satirise. Then he read that bin Laden was radicalised by Shakespeare. Since then, Karl has been bringing the best of the Middle East news and views to his followers around the world.
By Franz Kafka
“I have only one request,” Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. “‘The Stoker,’ ‘The Metamorphosis,’ and ‘The Judgment’ belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego the chance of having them published together in a book, which might be called The Sons.”
لـ نجيب محفوظ
يعنى بتصوير البيئة الاجتماعية في إطارها التاريخي في رواية واقعية تصور حياة الطبقة المتوسطة والشعبية، ويجعل بعض أحياء القاهرة وشوارعها القديمة مجال العمل القصصي ويرسم لهذه الأحياء صوراً مفصلة ويجعلها الإطار المكيف والمؤثر في حياة الأبطال الرافضين الاحتلال والمطالبين بالاستقلال. وهذا الرواية تحمل في ثناياها قصص عن أسرة لكل فرد فيها قصة تجعل منه رواية في حد ذاتهفي بين القصرين يقع منزل السيد أحمد عبد الجواد المكون من حرمه أمينة وابنه الأكبر ياسين وخديجة وفهمى وعائشة وآخر العنقود كمال. يمثل السيد أحمد عبد الجواد السلطة المطلقة في البيت فلا رأى فوق رأيه ولا قول يضاهي قوله، يطيعه أولاده طاعه عمياء حتى أنهم يفضلون الموت ألف مرة عند مواجهة أبيهم.
By George R.R. Martin
‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground’. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. From the fertile south, where heat breeds conspiracy, to the vast and savage eastern lands, all the way to the frozen north, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.
By William Shakespeare
Set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. One day she learns of a secret garden in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key…
By Alexandre Dumas
In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.
By James Baldwin
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope.
By William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.
By Albert Camus
Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a successful Parisian barrister, has come to recognize the deep-seated hypocrisy of his existence. His epigrammatic and, above all, discomforting monologue gradually saps, then undermines, the reader’s own complacency.
لـ أحمد سلامة
عندما يسيطر الحزن العميق على الجميع، فيسعى كل طرف للبحث عن لحظة للوصول تهدأ فيها روحه ولو قليلاً. إلا أن نور تتضاعف أزمته رغماً عنه كلما سعى إلى السكينة، ويتعرض منير لاتهام خطير يهرب بسببه فترة طويلة حتى يصل به الشك والترقب حد الجنون فيعود إلى سابق عهده القديم أو أشد سوءاً، وتبقى زُهرة تعاني مرارة الوحدة والخيانة وأمنيات الثأر والانتظار. لكن الخيوط كلها ترفض ان تتضح، فتبقى الجريمة غير كاملة والقتل لم يحدث. تظل الحقيقة مستترة حتى اليوم المرتقب، يوم سفر حبيبة، ذلك اليوم الذي تنكشف معه أغلب الحقائق، ليسيطر الحزن من جديد.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating.
لـ عبده خال
هذه القصص لا تدعي البحث عن إجابات جاهرة سلفا بل تكتفي بطرح الاسئلة لكنها أسئلة تضرب بجذورها في أعماق النفس الإنسانية بحثا عن الجوهر النفيس المختبئ فى القاع ، والمطمور بفعل واقع يومي شرس. أنها كتابة تبحث عن هويتنا الضائعة وسط واقع مكرس للرداءة.
By William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a history play and tragedy written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. Although the play is named Julius Caesar, Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character; and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus’ struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism, and friendship.
By Charles Dickens
With A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens created a modern fairy tale and shaped our ideas of Christmas. The tale of the solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of the season by a series of ghostly visitors and given a second chance, was conjured up by Dickens during one of his London night walks, who “wept and laughed” as he composed it.