Penguin modern classics

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Hour of the Star The Hour Of The Star, Animal Farm George Orwell, Penguin Modern Classics, The Slums, Penguin Classics, A Boyfriend, Chernobyl, Penguin Books, Love Movie

Hour of the Star

Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly and unloved. Yet telling her story is the narrator Rodrigo S.M., who tries to direct Macabéa's fate but comes to realize that, for all her outward misery, she is inwardly free. Slyly subverting ideas of poverty, identity, love and the art of writing itself, Clarice Lispector's audacious last novel is…

Fifi Fiorente
Philosophy Books, Animal Farm George Orwell, Penguin Modern Classics, Books Tbr, Tropic Of Capricorn, Nineteen Eighty Four, Norman Mailer, Malala Yousafzai, Henry Miller


Sexus is the first volume of the scandalous trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, Henry Miller's major life work Henry Miller called the end of his life in America and the start of a new, bohemian existence in 1930s Paris his 'rosy crucifixion'. His searing fictionalized autobiography of this time of liberation was banned for nearly twenty years. Sexus, the first volume in The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, looks back to his early sexual escapades in Brooklyn, and his growing infatuation with the…

Gareth West
Good Morning Midnight, Jean Rhys, Animal Farm George Orwell, Cheap Hotel Room, Penguin Modern Classics, Nineteen Eighty Four, Tbr List, Shirley Jackson, Modern Portraits

Good Morning, Midnight

Jean Rhys's Good Morning Midnight is an unforgettable portrait of a woman bravely confronting loneliness and despair in her quest for self-determination In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young woman is teaching herself indifference. She has escaped personal tragedy and has come to France to find courage and seek independence. She tells herself to expect nothing, especially not kindness, least of all from men. Tomorrow, she resolves, she will dye her hair…

Kriti Srivastava
Tiffany's Aesthetic, Breakfast At Tiffany's Book, Croissants Breakfast, Penguin Modern Classics, Blake Edwards, Norman Mailer, Romantic Fiction, Holly Golightly, Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Immortalised by Audrey Hepburn's sparkling performance in the 1961 film of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany's is Truman Capote's timeless portrait of tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly, published in Penguin Modern Classics. It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes sideways and once in a while - down…

Shan Middleton

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