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  • Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, volume 1 and volume 2.  Laugh at Don Quixote’s ridiculous adventures as he wanders the Spanish countryside mistaking himself for a storybook knight-errant.  Then pause and ask yourself whether it’s better to be realistic, or to live in a happier world of your own imagining.  Hmm.
  • One Hundred Merrie and Delightsome Stories, by Leon Lebeque and Robert B. Douglas.  Not, as I hoped it might be, the ‘Hundred Merry Tales’ that is name-checked in Much Ado About Nothing.  This one is from 1899 France.  Besides being merrie and delightsome, the tales also look like they’re fairly naughty.
  • Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant.  Mark Twain admired President Grant immensely, and when Grant was ill and bankrupt, it was Twain who published the book, which they both hoped would help him return to solvency.  Unfortunately, Grant died just days after the writing was finished, and the profits went to his heirs instead.

Written by Contented Reader

October 24, 2012 at 5:21 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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