It's no surprise when Holden Caulfield flunks out of yet another school. Instead of going straight home to inform his parents, Holden spends a few whirlwind days around New York City calling up old friends, drinking in bars (illegally, of course), and crashing in sleazy places. Rather than face his parents, he chooses loneliness and misery, and . . .
The Blackwoods have lived in the house upon the hill for generations. There used to be more Blackwoods, but now there's only three: Mary Katherine (who goes by Merricat), her sister Constance, and their Uncle Julian. The other Blackwoods were killed years ago by poison, a crime Constance was accused of and then acquitted. But the people in the . . .
Mr. Jones runs---in the loosest sense---Manor Farm. Too bad he's a drunk who mistreats his animals. One night, Jones gets so drunk he forgets to feed the animals that day, and is so hungover the next he neglects them again. This is the final straw. The animals start an uprising and overthrow Jones, running him off his . . .
In his late twenties, Nick Carroway moves to West Egg in New York and winds up neighbors with Jay Gatsby. When Gatsby discovers Nick is the cousin of Daisy Buchanan, Nick's boring summer quickly turns into a wild, dramatic ordeal of which Nick becomes stuck in the middle. Though the narrator, Nick isn’t ...
Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party—the Party being the governing body of the fictional super state of Oceania. Under the supposed leadership of Big Brother, the Party monitors all inner and outer party members at all times. In this world, the party members have no will but to perpetuate the greatness of Big . . .
During an emergency evacuation, a plane crashes onto a deserted island. Many die and are swept out to sea, but a group of young, British boys have somehow survived the accident and are now stranded, alone, without grownups. The group ... Continue Reading
Scout and Jem Finch are the children of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama. They're well-off compared to some folks in town, but Atticus doesn't let that privilege go to his children's heads. With his wife long dead, he teaches them right from ... Continue reading
Like most bookworms, I found myself up late last night, saying to myself, "Just one more chapter, just one more chapter..." even though I was obviously lying to myself. How does one put down a book in the midst of reading it? I'm always reminded of a quote from Edgar Allan Poe on the importance…
The Details Title: Anthem Author: Ayn Rand Series: n/a Format: Paperback Page Count: 105 Publisher: Signet Original Publication Date: 1938 Genre(s): Classics, Philosophy, Dystopian The Cover I own the mass market paperback version of Anthem and I enjoy the cover a lot. Sometimes, simplicity is best. The Synopsis Equality 7-2521 had been different since they were…
Thirteen-year-old Jim Hawkins works at an inn that his parents own. When a shady seaman takes up residence in the inn, bad things start to happen, and Jim soon finds himself in the middle of a sticky situation. With a treasure map in hand ... Continue Reading