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The Millionaire's Wife: a twisty suspense thriller
by Shalini Boland

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English

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236

Publication Date

April 27, 2017

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<b><span>Can you ever really know the ones you love?</span></b><span><br /><br />Anna Blackwell lives a charmed life with her husband. But things haven't always been this way. When a woman is killed on the other side of the world, Anna knows that her past has caught up with her. That her greatest fear is about to come true. That it's <b>her turn next.</b></span><span></span><br /><span><br /><b>Uncover a web of lies and deceit in this brand new chilling twisty suspense thriller.</b></span><br /><br /><span>"Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland's newest novel, The Millionaire's Wife." ~Red Adept</span><br /><b><span><br />***LIMITED-TIME LAUNCH PRICE***</span></b><span></span>
Longbourn: Dragon Entail: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane A...
by Maria Grace

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English

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Publication Date

April 21, 2017

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Darcy thought his problems were over when Pemberley hatched and successfully imprinted on humans. But baby dragons prove far more difficult than any dragon lore prepared him for. Only Elizabeth Bennet's notes offer him any help. When his imperious Aunt Catherine takes matters into her own hands, things take a turn for the worse and Pemberley’s life hangs in the balance. He desperately needs more of Elizabeth’s help, but she ignores all of his requests.<br /><br />Elizabeth, though, has problems of her own. After the Bennet family dragon sent Pemberley away, life at Longbourn was supposed to return to normal and Elizabeth get on with the all-important business of marrying the heir to her father’s estate. Except that he is the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry—a bumbling, addle-pated dragon-hater who demands she gives up the dragons she lives for.<br /><br />Can she, with the help of her dragon friends, find her way back to Pemberley before they both suffer their fate from the Dragon Entail?<br /><br />Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. A Must read for Pern fans.
Darcy's Impossible Assistant (A Modern Pride and Prejudice Variat...
by , A Lady

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English

Pages

66

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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Lizzy Bennet loved working as PA to the CEO of Meryton Enterprises until venture capitalist Fitzwilliam Darcy bought the company. Now she’s stuck working for an arrogant billionaire who thinks she’s his inferior!<br /><br />To make matters worse—and despite his unpleasantness—Lizzy realizes to her horror that she’s falling hard for Darcy. Nothing can switch off the daydreams that plague her every waking hour. <br /><br />But Lizzy well knows those daydreams will have to remain a fantasy. Lizzy is aware that she doesn’t get to have a happy ever after; not with a man of Darcy’s high profile. At least, not if she wants to prevent the secret she’s kept for years from blowing her life apart.<br /><br />Darcy’s Impossible Assistant is a modern variation novella featuring our dear couple. Mature readers only due to intimate scenes. <br />
Bleak House: Novel
by Charles Dickens

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English

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788

Publication Date

April 20, 2017

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Bleak House is one of Charles Dickens's major novels, first published in 1853. The novel has many characters and several sub-plots, and the story is told partly by the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson, and partly by an omniscient narrator. At the centre of Bleak House is the long-running legal case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which came about because someone wrote several conflicting wills. This legal case is used by Dickens to satirise the English judicial system, and he makes use of his earlier experiences as a law clerk, and as a litigant seeking to enforce copyright on his earlier books. Though the legal profession criticised Dickens's satire as exaggerated, this novel helped support a judicial reform movement, which culminated in the enactment of legal reform in the 1870s.<br /><br />Summary : Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife Lady Honoria live on his estate at Chesney Wold. Unknown to Sir Leicester, Lady Dedlock had a lover, Captain Hawdon, before she married – and had a daughter by him. Lady Dedlock believes her daughter is dead. <br /><br />The daughter, Esther, is in fact alive, and being raised by Miss Barbary, Lady Dedlock's sister. Esther does not know Miss Barbary is her aunt. After Miss Barbary dies, John Jarndyce becomes Esther's guardian and assigns the Chancery lawyer "Conversation" Kenge to take charge of her future. After attending school for six years, Esther moves in with him at Bleak House.<br /><br />Biography : Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 –1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.<br /><br />Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.<br /><br />Extrait : A Chancery judge once had the kindness to inform me, as one of a company of some hundred and fifty men and women not labouring under any suspicions of lunacy, that the Court of Chancery, though the shining subject of much popular prejudice (at which point I thought the judge’s eye had a cast in my direction), was almost immaculate. There had been, he admitted, a trivial blemish or so in its rate of progress, but this was exaggerated and had been entirely owing to the ‘parsimony of the public,’ which guilty public, it appeared, had been until lately bent in the most determined manner on by no means enlarging the number of Chancery judges appointed—I believe by Richard the Second, but any other king will do as well.<br />This seemed to me too profound a joke to be inserted in the body of this book or I should have restored it to Conversation Kenge or to Mr. Vholes, with one or other of whom I think it must have originated. In such mouths I might have coupled it with an apt quotation from one of Shakespeare’s sonnets :<br /><br />"My nature is subdued<br />To what it works in, like the dyer’s hand:<br />Pity me, then, and wish I were renewed!’<br /><br />But as it is wholesome that the parsimonious public should know what has been doing, and still is doing, in this connexion, I mention here that everything set forth in these pages concerning the Court of Chancery is substantially true, and within the truth.
Great Expectations: Novel
by Charles Dickens

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English

Pages

498

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens published in 1861. <br /><br />The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens' most memorable scenes, including the opening in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is full of extreme imagery—poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death —and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, the beautiful but cold Estella, and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations (popular both with readers and literary critics) has been translated into many languages and adapted numerous times into various media...<br /><br />Plot Summary : On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings. Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file. Early on Christmas morning Pip returns with the file, a pie and brandy. During Christmas dinner, at the moment Pip's theft is about to be discovered, soldiers arrive and ask Joe to repair some shackles. Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict who is fighting with another escaped convict. The first convict confesses to stealing food from the smithy...<br /><br />Extrait : Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.<br /><br />‘Hold your noise!’ cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. ‘Keep still, you little devil, or I’ll cut your throat!’<br /><br />A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones...<br /><br />Biography : Charles Dickens (1812 –1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity...<br /><br />Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February 1812, at 1 Mile End Terrace (now 393 Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island (Portsmouth), the second of eight children of John Dickens (1785–1851) and Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; 1789–1863). His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. He asked Christopher Huffam,
For the Term of His Natural Life: Novel
by Marcus Clarke

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English

Pages

436

Publication Date

April 19, 2017

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For the Term of His Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in 1872 as his Natural Life. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. At times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder that he did not commit. The book clearly conveys the harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, and graphically describes the conditions the convicts experienced. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania.<br /><br />Summary : The story starts with a prologue, telling the tale of young British aristocrat, Richard Devine, who is the son of a shipbuilding magnate, Sir Richard Devine. In an incidence of domestic violence, Richard's mother reveals to Sir Richard that his son was fathered by another man, Lord Bellasis. Sir Richard proceeds to threaten the mother's reputation if Richard does not leave and never come back. He leaves him to pack for a while, claiming that he will fetch his lawyer to alter his will so that Richard receives no inheritance. When Richard leaves, he comes across a murder scene: his biological father, Lord Bellasis has been murdered, and Richard witnesses Sir Richard walking away from the scene of the crime. <br /><br />Author : Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke FRSA (1846 –1881) was an English-born Australian novelist and poet, best known for his novel For the Term of His Natural Life.<br /><br />Marcus Clarke was born in London on 24 April 1846, the only child of William Hislop Clarke and Amelia Elizabeth née Mathews. In 1862 William was sent to Northumberland House because of a mental breakdown and died there a year later.<br /><br />Marcus Clarke was educated at Highgate School, where his classmates included Gerard Manley Hopkins. At age 17 he emigrated to Australia, where his uncle, James Langton Clarke, was a county court judge. He was at first a clerk in the Bank of Australia, but showed no business ability, and soon proceeded to learn farming at a station on the Wimmera River, Victoria.<br /><br />He was already writing stories for the Australian Magazine, when in 1867 he joined the staff of The Argus in Melbourne through the introduction of Dr. Robert Lewins. He briefly visited Tasmania in 1870 at the request of The Argus to experience at first hand the settings of articles he was writing on the convict period. Old Stories Retold began to appear in The Australasian from February. The following month his great novel His Natural Life (later called For the Term of His Natural Life) commenced serialisation in the Australasian Journal. He also became secretary (1872) to the trustees of the Melbourne Athenauem and later (1876) Sub (assistant) Librarian. In 1868 he founded the Yorick Club, which soon numbered among its members the chief Australian men of letters.<br /><br />Extrait : Sir Richard Devine, knight, shipbuilder, naval contractor, and millionaire, was the son of a Harwich boat carpenter. Early left an orphan with a sister to support, he soon reduced his sole aim in life to the accumulation of money. In the Harwich boat-shed, nearly fifty years before, he had contracted—in defiance of prophesied failure—to build the Hastings sloop of war for His Majesty King George the Third’s Lords of the Admiralty. This contract was the thin end of that wedge which eventually split the mighty oak block of Government patronage into three-deckers and ships of the line; which did good service under Pellew, Parker, Nelson, Hood; which exfoliated and ramified into huge dockyards at Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Sheerness, and bore, as its buds and flowers, countless barrels of measly pork and maggoty biscuit. The sole aim of the coarse, pushing and hard-headed son of Dick Devine was to make money.
La princesse Flora: Roman (French Edition)
by Alexandre Dumas

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French

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Publication Date

April 23, 2017

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La princesse Flora est un roman écrit par Alexandre Dumas paru en 1862.<br /><br />Résumé : Èlie-Petrovitch Pravdine, capitaine-lieutenant sur la frégate russe l'Espérance, a une passion exclusive pour la mer, son bateau et ses hommes. Il fait la connaissance d'une très belle femme, la princesse Flora qui va faire naître chez lui un amour irraisonné. Dans le cercle des jeunes mauvais sujets et des ci-devant jeunes gens de Saint-Pétersbourg, celui qui plut davantage ou déplut le moins à Pravdine fut le capitaine de cavalerie Granitzine, qui avait été son témoin dans le duel.<br /><br />Extrait : Je suis furieuse contre Moscou, ma chère, parce que tu n'es pas avec moi. Je dois te raconter une foule de choses… mais comment te les écrire ? J'ai tant vu et tant vécu depuis une semaine ! D'abord, j'ai été mortellement triste : rien n'est plus ennuyeux qu'un continuel étonnement. La cour impériale et le grand monde me donnent le vertige, et j'en suis arrivé à entendre sans m'émerveiller la plus énorme sottise, comme à contempler sans sourire le plus curieux tableau ; mais la fête de Peterhoff, Peterhoff lui-même, c'est une exception, la perle des exceptions jusqu'à présent… J'ai tout vu ; j'ai été partout ; j'ai les oreilles assourdies du bruit du canon, des cris du peuple, du murmure des fontaines, du rebondissement des cascades… Nous avons lu avec attention, nous avons dévoré avec gourmandise ensemble, tu te le rappelles, la description des miracles de Peterhoff ; mais, quand j'ai vu de mes propres yeux toutes ces merveilles, elles m'ont littéralement dévorée, et j'ai tout oublié, même toi, mon bel ange ; j'ai rebondi dans les airs avec la cascade ; j'ai monté jusqu'au ciel avec sa poussière ; je suis redescendue sur la terre, légère comme la goutte de rosée ; j'ai jeté mon ombre céleste et odoriférante, sur les allées pleines de souvenirs ; j'ai joué avec les rayons du soleil et avec les vagues de la mer ; et tout cela, c'était le jour ; et quelle nuit a couronné ce jour ! Il fallait s'étonner en voyant comme peu à peu s'allumait l'illumination ; il semblait qu'un doigt de feu dessinât de merveilleux dessins sur le voile noir de la nuit ; elle s'épanouissant en fleurs, s'arrondissait en roue, rampait en serpent, et, tout à coup, voilà que tout le jardin fut en feu. Tu eusses dit, ma chère, que le soleil était tombé du ciel sur la terre et s'y était éparpillé en étincelles ; les flammes avaient entouré les arbres, mais des couronnes d'étoiles aux pièces d'eau ; les fontaines étaient des volcans et les montagnes des mines d'or ; les canaux et les bassins s'en imbibaient avidement, reproduisaient les dessins et les doublaient ; et arbres, pièces d'eau, fontaines, montagnes, canaux et bassins semblaient rouler un immense incendie. <br /><br />Biographie : Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) est un écrivain français <br /><br />Il est le fils de Thomas Alexandre Dumas (né à Saint-Domingue, actuelle Haïti) dit le général Dumas, et le père des écrivains Henry Bauër et Alexandre Dumas (1824-1895) dit « Dumas fils », auteur de La Dame aux camélias. Proche des romantiques et tourné vers le théâtre, Alexandre Dumas écrit d'abord un vaudeville à succès et des drames historiques comme Henri III et sa cour (1829), La Tour de Nesle (1832), Kean (1836). Auteur prolifique, il s'oriente ensuite vers le roman historique telles que la trilogie Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844), Vingt ans après (1845) et Le Vicomte de Bragelonne (1847), ou encore Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (1844-1846) et La Reine Margot (1845). La paternité de certaines de ses œuvres lui est contestée. Dumas fut ainsi soupçonné par plusieurs critiques de son époque d'avoir eu recours à des nègres littéraires, notamment Auguste Maquet. Toutefois les recherches contemporaines ont montré que Dumas avait mis en place une coopération avec ce dernier : Dumas s'occupait de choisir le thème général et modifiait les ébauches de Maquet pour les rendre plus dynamiques.
Les Misérables - Tome I - Fantine (French Edition)
by Victor Hugo

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French

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Publication Date

April 23, 2017

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Tant qu'il existera, par le fait des lois et des moeurs, une damnation sociale créant artificiellement, en pleine civilisation, des enfers, et compliquant d'une fatalité humaine la destinée qui est divine; tant que les trois problèmes du siècle, la dégradation de l'homme par le prolétariat, la déchéance de la femme par la faim, l'atrophie de l'enfant par la nuit, ne seront pas résolus ; tant que, dans de certaines régions, l'asphyxie sociale sera possible ; en d'autres termes, et à un point de vue plus étendu encore, tant qu'il y aura sur la terre ignorance et misère, des livres de la nature de celui-ci pourront ne pas être inutiles. Hauteville-House, 1er janvier 1862. Victor Hugo .
Os Escravos: Livros des Poemas (Portuguese Edition)
by Castro Alves

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Portuguese

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Publication Date

April 21, 2017

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Os Escravos é o título de um dos livros de poemas do escritor brasileiro Castro Alves, com temática centrada no drama da exploração dos escravos publicada e 1883<br /><br />Afrânio Peixoto registra que esta obra deu a Castro Alves, então o maior poeta lírico e épico do Brasil pelos livros Espumas Flutuantes e Hinos do Equador, o "renome de nosso único poeta social", e também como "poeta dos escravos" e "poeta republicano", no dizer de Joaquim Nabuco, e ainda o "poeta nacional, se não mais, nacionalista, poeta social, humano e humanitario", no dizer de José Veríssimo.<br /><br />Peixoto ressalta que a obra propaga a causa abolicionista. Registra que seus primeiros versos pela libertação dos cativos datam de 1863, quando contava somente dezesseis anos de idade; a maioria deles, contudo, é de dois anos mais tarde, 1865, quando são publicados, declamados e divulgados em todo o país, antecedendo autores como Tavares Bastos e dando o prenúncio da geração que traria a luta pela causa anti-escravidão como um dos ideais a ser perseguido e somente alcançado duas décadas depois...<br /><br />Ruy Barbosa, no seu "Elogio de Castro Alves", de 1881, diz que o poeta nestes versos "...escreveu o poema da nossa grande questão social e da profunda aspiração nacional que a tem de resolver." E, mais, que reunia os "fragmentos admiráveis da grande obra de que seu escopro talhou apenas membros dispersos, mas que, não obstante, ficará sendo no Brasil 'o poema dos escravos'" (...) "o poema do desespero do escravo deve ser esse. Ali a cólera troveja imprecações de uma grandeza bíblica; a ironia chispa como o aço de um estilete; cada frase traspassa os algozes como a ponta ervada de uma seta. Aquela fronte elevadamente humana fez-se de fera, para sacudir o vilipêndio imerecido; e aos lábios, contrariados por um amargor incomparável, crer-se-ia ver assomarem-lhe a cada palavra laivos de sangue do coração, mortalmente retalhado".<br /><br />Foi, no dizer de Euclides da Cunha, o "batedor avantajado dos pensamentos de seu tempo"...<br /><br />Estratto : Caminheiro! do escravo desgraçado<br />O sono agora mesmo começou!<br />Não lhe toques no leito de noivado,<br />Há pouco a liberdade o desposou.<br />A mãe do cativo<br />Le Christ à Nazareth, atix jours de son enfance<br />Jouait avec Ia croix, symbole de sa mort;<br />Mère du Polonais! qu'il apprene d'avance<br />A combattre et braver les outrages du Sort.<br />Qu'il couve dans son sein sa colère et sa joie<br />Qu’il ses discours prudents distillent le venin,<br />Comme un aime obscur que son coeur se reploie<br />À terre, à deux genoux, qu'il rampe comme un nain...<br /><br />Biografia : Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves (1847-1871) foi um poeta brasileiro.<br /><br />Nasceu na fazenda Cabaceiras, a sete léguas (42 km) da vila de Nossa Senhora da Conceição de "Curralinho", hoje Castro Alves, no estado da Bahia.<br /><br />Suas poesias mais conhecidas são marcadas pelo combate à escravidão, motivo pelo qual é conhecido como "Poeta dos Escravos". Foi o nosso mais inspirado poeta condoreiro...<br /><br />Era filho de Antônio José Alves e Clélia Brasília Castro. Sua mãe faleceu em 1859. No colégio, no lar por seu pai, iria encontrar uma atmosfera literária, produzida pelos oiteiros, ou saraus, festas de arte, música, poesia, declamação de versos. Aos 17 anos fez as primeiras poesias.<br /><br />O pai se casou pela segunda vez em 24 de janeiro de 1862 com a viúva Maria Rosário Guimarães.[1] Temendo que seu filho fosse acometido pelo Mal do Século, Antônio José Alves embarca, no dia seguinte ao do seu casamento, o poeta e seu irmão Antônio José para o Recife...<br /><br />José de Alencar, então, registrara, no artigo "Um Poeta" publicado em 22 de fevereiro de 1868, no Correio Mercantil: "Palpita em sua obra o poderoso sentimento de nacionalidade, essa alma que faz os grandes poetas, como os grandes cidadãos".
Dubliners - Illustrated Edition
by James Joyce

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English

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Publication Date

April 23, 2017

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Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.<br />The stories were written at the time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.<br />

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