New additions to my Agatha Chrisitie Collection:
For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.
But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.
Perhaps there was something more sinister behind the old gypsy’s warning…
Michael Rogers dreamed of a rich, beautiful wife and a perfectly designed house.
He found the girl and they built the house – but the site was at Gypsy’s Acre, a place with a curse where sudden death had already stuck more than once…and was about to strike again.
A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman! Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his ‘counting house’ when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple’s suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme!
A russian classic novel:
Ivan Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons” is considered to be one of the author’s greatest literary achievements. It is novel about the clash of ideologies of two generations. The older generation, or the fathers, represents an aristocracy whose power and influence is fading and giving way to the younger generation, or the sons, who represent to middle class nihilistic ideology. “Fathers and Sons” is a brilliant work that captures the tension that existed among generations and class in the pre-revolutionary era in Russia.
One Hardy novel for a level 5 examination:
Hardy’s first masterpiece, this 1874 novel received wide acclaim upon publication and remains among the author’s best-loved works. The tale of a passionate, independent woman and her three suitors, it explores Hardy’s trademark themes: thwarted love, the inevitability of fate, and the encroachment of industrial society on rural life.