Nobody could predict the consequences when ravishing Zuleika Dobson arrives at Oxford, to visit her grandfather, the college warden. Formerly a governess, she has landed on the occupation of prestidigitator, and thanks to her overwhelming beauty - and to a lesser extent her professional talents - she takes the town by storm, gaining admittance to her grandfather's college. It is there, at the institution inspired by Beerbohm's own alma mater, that she falls in love with the Duke of Dorset.
A level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library graded readers. Retold for Learners of English by Jennifer Bassett. A woman and a man… words of love whispered on a summer night. Later, there is a child, but no wedding-ring. And then the man leaves the first woman, finds a younger woman, marries her… It's an old story. Yes, it's an old, old story. It happens all the time – today, tomorrow, a hundred years ago. People don't change. But this story, set among the green hills of southern England, has something different about it. Perhaps it is only a dream, or perhaps it is magic – a kind of strange dark magic that begins in the world of dreams and phantoms…
This brand new edition Berlitz Handbook is designed to teach the rudiments of French verb function and structure. It features clear explanations along with practical examples, making it an outstanding reference tool. It is ideal for students of all levels and will complement any Berlitz self-teach course.
The hero suddenly receives a message from the past and goes to an unheard of adventure, to revive the deceased. What is it, somebody’s joke, a rally or really invented the Elixir of Eternal Life? But real life puts everything in its place. The adventure turns into a deadly danger, and love is an official necessity. The story is quickly read, it is really interesting. There are here also characteristic characters, there is a twisted plot and an unexpected ending.
A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Written for Learners of English by William Shakespeare. There are broken hearts and kisses and then weddings, so this is a story about love. There are actors who are funny because they cannot act, so it is also a story that makes people laugh. And there are fairies, spirits of the night, so it is a story about mischief and magic too. What happens when love and laughter come together with magic in an Athenian forest? A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in about 1596 and is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It has been retold for Bookworms, not as a play, but as a story.
A Jewish mother's true story of tragedy and triumph, Blame it on Anna was written by Clarice Tilchen, along with her children Mark and Sharon, who explore the meaning of life through their mother as they ponder whether a person’s life story can truly be summed up in a few chapters of a book. The story mixes dreams with realities as this simple Jewish woman dances with famous Hollywood personalities as she travels the world. Is it real or fantasy? True or not, Clarice’s life is tied to numerous stars of the 1940's and 1950's. Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Tony Curtis, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, and many others are among those who play a role in this true tale of one person's search for life's joy and happiness. This book is a love story between two sisters on a journey of often unimaginable events. What greater accomplishment than having given everything you have within yourself, never expecting anything in return? Not a thank you, a kiss or even a hug, but rather simply the knowledge you have given with love. A Russian immigrant family comes to America in 1905, and amid much success, tragedy follows the failure of an arranged marriage. An attempted murder, suicide, fire, orphans, cancer... can things get any worse... or is there a story of overcoming adversity somewhere in this tangled mess.
A level 2 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Written for Learners of English by Peter Dainty. All he wanted to do was to marry the woman he loved. But his country said 'No!' He was Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, King of India, King of Australia, and King of thirty-nine other countries. And he loved the wrong woman. She was beautiful and she loved him – but she was already married to another man. It was a love story that shook the world. The King had to choose: to be King, or to have love… and leave his country, never to return.
Then came the evening. The wind ceased at sunset. The familiar streets gained a sort of twilight mystery, while your soul felt an easy anxiety, as the heart was visited by sweet pain that accompanies the first act of falling in love, when you don't know what will be the upshot of it all. Please postpone your engagements, dear reader. I suggest you recollect how it happens. In the story called The Queen of the Night, you will fall in love with a young astrologer and will save an enchanted maiden soul from immortality. I'll take you along the invisible boundary between worlds and you'll see which of them the heroine of the second story would choose. Next, you manage to penetrate into the castle of an old witch; before your very eyes, Lorinde, wearing a live cloak, will fly from trembling birds…, ah, why I'm I telling you the story - pour yourself a cup of tea, light up the old family table lamp - what have you got? A green glass or with lacy old shade, and may be you have such with a lamp in the form of a candle fame and crystal icy suspensions? Sit comfortably on the chair, open the book and enjoy the vague mist of my stories.
Darling, this is Younes. Yesterday he was my nephew, today he is our son'. Younes' life is changed forever when his poverty-stricken parents surrender him to the care of his more affluent uncle. Re-named Jonas, he grows up in a colourful colonial Algerian town, and forges a unique friendship with a group of boys, an enduring bond that nothing - not even the Algerian Revolt - will shake. He meets Emilie - a beautiful, beguiling girl who captures the hearts of all who see her - and an epic love story is set in motion. Time and again Jonas is forced to to choose between two worlds: Algerian or European; past or present; love or loyalty, and finally decide if he will surrender to fate or take control of his own destiny at last. AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER.
After more than 189 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list for The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood.