Monthly Archives: February 2015

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over, to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages now seem like an unnecessary distraction to the essentially comic novel. One of the most praised things about Three Men in a Boat is how undated it appears to modern readers. The jokes seem fresh and witty even today.

The three men were based on Jerome himself and two real-life friends, George, and Harris. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome had remarked, “had much of me in it.”

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Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by E.M. Berens

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by E.M. Berens

This is a comprehensive collection of all the major and minor gods of Rome and Greece, with descriptions of festivals and re-telling of major mythological stories.

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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

This classic children’s book by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves: his escapades and adventures with his dear friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, his capture by the Monkey-People, his attempt at reintegration into human society, and his ultimate triumph over the lame tiger Shere Khan. The account of Mowgli’s adventures is followed by several short stories, including the tales of the brave white seal, Kotick, and the tenacious mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Packed with adventure and Jungle Law wisdom, this book has pervaded popular culture as the basis of many film and stage adaptations, including the popular Disney movie, and through its adoption as a motivational book by the Cub Scouts.

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King Solomon’s Mines

King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines was a best-selling novel by the Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. It relates a journey into the heart of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain in search of the legendary wealth said to be concealed in the mines of the novel’s title. It is significant as the first fictional adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

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Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the Apes is Burroughs’ exciting story of an English lord, left by the death of his stranded parents in the hands of a motherly African ape who raises him as her own. Although he is aware that he is different from the apes of his tribe, who are neither white nor hairless, he nevertheless regards them as his “people.” When older, larger, stronger apes decide that he an undesirable to be killed or expelled from the tribe, it is fortunate that Tarzan has learned the use of primitive weapons.

Although small and weak by ape standards, Tarzan is a human of god-like strength and agility to men who discover him. By studying these people, he gradually decides he is not an ape at all, but human.

And when he meets Jane, a beautiful American girl marooned with her father and friends on the hostile coast of Africa, Tarzan conceives love for her. When they are unexpectedly rescued before Tarzan can find a way to reveal his feelings to Jane, he determines to become civilized and follow her into the world of people – to find her and wed her, though he must cross continents and oceans, and compete with two other suitors for her hand.

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An Antarctic Mystery

An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne

An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne

An Antarctic Mystery is a two-volume novel by Jules Verne. It follows the adventures of the narrator and his journey from the Kerguelen Islands aboard Halbrane.

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