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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas. It is often considered, along with The Three Musketeers, as Dumas’s most popular work.

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, and is told in the style of an adventure story.

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Jimbo

Jimbo by Algernon Blackwood

Jimbo by Algernon Blackwood

A supernatural fantasy about the mystical adventures of a lonely English boy named Jimbo–who can fly! It’s really quite beautiful and can be enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike. Be warned, however: The death of a beloved character and a creepy old house haunted by the wraith-like spirits of children makes some of this story far too scary for younger kids or indeed anyone of a sensitive disposition.

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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Follows the fortunes of the son of a noble Saxon family in Norman England as he woos his lady, disobeys his father, and is loved by another. Set in late 12C England and in Palestine with Richard Lionheart at the Crusades, it’s another ripping historical yarn by Scott

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of “Huck” Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer’s sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave.

The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River, and its sober and often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.

The book has been popular with young readers since its publication, and taken as a sequel to the comparatively innocuous The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It has also been the continued object of study by serious literary critics. Although the Southern society it satirized was already a quarter-century in the past by the time of publication, the book immediately became controversial, and has remained so to this day.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was unique at the time of its publication because it is narrated by Huck himself and is written in the numerous dialects common in the area and time in which the book is set. Although the book was originally intended as a sequel to the children’s book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn it progressed into a more serious work. Twain’s views on slavery and other social issues of the time become clear through the words, thoughts, and actions of Huck Finn.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum. It has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed film version.

The timeless story of the Wizard Of Oz, follows Dorothy as she leaves Kansas for Oz on a cyclone. She meets many strange, and wonderful people and creatures along the way.

Thanks in part to the movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.

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The Wrong Box

The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The Wrong Box is a comedy about the ending of a tontine (a tontine is an arrangement whereby a number of young people subscribe to a fund which is then closed and invested until all but one of the subscribers have died. That last subscriber then receives the whole of the proceeds). The story involves the last two such survivors and their relations, a train crash, missing uncles, surplus dead bodies and innocent bystanders. A farce really.

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The Frozen Deep

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

The Frozen Deep is a story of a love triangle between Clara, Frank and Richard, spiced up with dangerous expeditions, mysterious visions and life-threatening circumstances. The end is as surprising and unexpected as we are (or are not) accustomed to in Collins’ books.

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Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

the adventures of sherlock holmesWith a recent theatrical release from Hollywood and the hit British version for BBCTV, Sherlock Holmes is hot right now. There’s even talks of making an American version for tv, based on the British version! With a newfound popularity for detective extraordinaire, it doesn’t come to a surprise that All You Can Books is featuring The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as one of the free downloadable books available for a limited time.

Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories that were originally published in the popular British magazine, Strand, over a century ago (July 1891 to June 1892). Each story is from the perspective of Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’s good friend, as he marvels at the cleverness of Holmes observations and ability to solve even the most complex of crimes.

This book is  a must-read for anyone who loves mysteries!

Interesting fact about Sherlock Holmes: The title character was named after Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, a renown American poet and physician who is best known for his “Breakfast-Table” works.

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Literary Classics

Literary Classics

So what is a classic to you? While everyone has their own opinion on what makes a great book that really moved you, there is a general definition on what a “literary classic” is. Here’s what you can look for to determine whether the book you just read can be deemed a literary classic:

1. The book has high artistic merit.

2. The story describes the complexity of life and the personalities of each character as they struggle through it.

3. The story has a profound effect on the reader, moving them.

4. It is popularly read and reread countless times, and is often recommended by one reader to another.

5. The story is relatable and can be appreciated by readers no matter when and where in time. A person from the same era as when it’s just been published may appreciate it much the same as someone who reads it a century later.

6. There is a general consensus of many people that the story can be considered a literary classic.

As you can see, there is no mention of when the book was written, or what particular time period during which the author existed. Yes, there are many books that have been deemed literary classics from centuries ago, but there are many that also deserve the title from contemporary times.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

hunchback of notre dameHeartwrenching, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a tragic tale of the hunchback Quasimodo, his master Claude Frollo, and the gypsy La Esmeralda. It has been adapted for the big screen time and time again. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a story that isn’t for the faint of heart, because although it may be considered openly as a romance, it features scenes of violence, injustice, and a heartbreaking ending that may leave you in tears. Despite its darkness, its popularity is so widespread that even Disney released an animated feature film version! But don’t be fooled by Disney’s fluffy PG version, because the real Hunchback of Notre Dame is far from a simple children’s tale.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by Victor Hugo and is considered to be his first full-length novel. Published in 1831, the novel became so popular that the City of Paris was urged to restore the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was entirely neglected at the time, by the book’s fans. Thousands of tourists visited Notre Dame to catch a glimpse of the building, and it still draws thousands of more tourists today. You can read this magnificently written book, rich in details and insight, ABSOLUTELY FREE right now, at All You Can Books.