Set during the bloody French revolution, this book has adventure, intrigue, a daring hero, and a beautiful heroine. Every person in France who has a drop of royal blood or is thought to be against the revolution is sent unceremoniously to the guillotine. The streets of Paris run red with the blood of the murdered Aristocrats. The elusive Scarlet Pimpernel and his band of 19 loyal followers work to help the Aristos escape to England. But the scheming Chauverin has him in his sights and will stop at nothing to send him to Madame la Guillotine! A wonderful classic!
This novel is a precursor to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. It reads very much like the others with the same theme running throughout. Rand weaves her philosophy of objectivism through all of her novels and this is no exception. The hero, Equality 7-2521, lives in an imagined future where it is a crime to be alone, to think alone, to act alone and even to say the word “I.” In fact, it’s a little disconcerting to read because the word “I” does not occur in the book until the very end. Everyone refers to themselves as “we” or “us.” Very fascinating. I recommend this book if you have never read Ayn Rand because this book is only 105 pages vs. 800+ for Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But I warn you, you will be hooked and will end up reading both!
George Orwell’s classic novel is a scathing commentary on the evils of Soviet communism. The allegory is that of the Russian revolution with Trotsky and Stalin being played by pigs and the rest of the farm animals playing the proletariat. The most famous line from the story says it all: All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” Genius
This story is beautifully written, and considered by many to be one of the finest pieces of American literature ever written. The narrator, Nick Carroway, tells the story of a man who has everything except the woman he loves. Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the married Daisy Buchanan results in tragedy for all involved.
This book is about a dog that got dog-napped, beaten, and left behind. He later learned the “way of the wolf.” When his master died, he visited the spot where he died and then howled the call – the call of the wild. I recommend this book to kids ages 9+ because there are some violent parts.