Auteur: Leo Tolstoy
Titel: Anna Karenina
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker
Aantal pagina’s: 848
Gelezen: Januari 2022
Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density.
Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels – of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life’s many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.
Auteur: Patrick Süskind
Titel: Het Parfum
Aantal pagina’s: 255
Gelezen: November 2021
Achter een walmende viskraam in Parijs wordt op 17 juli 1738 Jean-Baptiste Grenouille geboren. De voedsters die het ventje aan de borst krijgen houden het niet lang met hem uit: hij is te gulzig en je ruikt hem niet. De geur, de onmiskenbare geur van zuigelingen, ontbreekt. Hij moet van de duivel bezeten zijn.
Jean-Baptiste overleeft de mazelen, dysenterie, waterpokken en cholera. Hij heeft geen behoefte aan moederliefde of de aandacht van een vader. We volgen hem op gepaste afstand op zijn tocht door de donkerste stegen van Parijs, en zijn er getuige van hoe hij de parfumeur Baldini om zijn vinger windt. Gaandeweg krijgen we een vermoeden van wat er met Grenouille aan de hand kan zijn…
Auteur: Robert Louis Stevenson
Titel: The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Aantal pagina’s: 90
Gelezen: April 2017
Henry “Harry” Jekyll is a well respected member of London society. In his personal life, he is pre-engaged to Muriel Carew, the daughter of a brigadier general. In his professional life, he is a medical doctor, scientist and academician. He theorizes that in each man is a good side and an evil side which can be separated into two. In doing so, the evil side can be controlled and the good side can live without worry, in combination leading to the betterment of society. In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject to test his hypothesis. His evil side, who he coins Mr. Hyde, escapes into London, and terrorizes party-girl Ivy Pierson. Jekyll, aware of Hyde’s goings-on, decides to stop his experiments because of the suffering he has caused Ivy. What Jekyll is unaware of is how ingrained Hyde is in Jekyll’s life.
Auteur: Bram Stoker
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker, horror
Aantal pagina’s: 384
Gelezen: November 2017
This new edition of Dracula, offering the complete text of the original book with more than 50 original illustrations in the form of horizontal and vertical panels, spot illustrations, and ornate borders by Becky Cloonan, will delight Dracula fans. This is a Dracula we’ve never seen before—contemporary, edgy, stylishly macabre with Victorian overtones, and an unusual color palette.
Auteur: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA, adaptatie van een klassieker, horror, fantasy
Aantal pagina’s: 432
Gelezen: December 2017
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
Auteur: Gaston Leroux
Titel: The phantom of the opera
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker, horror
Aantal pagina’s: 360
Gelezen: September 2017
First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.
Leroux’s work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik’s past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.
Auteur: Carlo Collodi
Titel: The adventures of Pinocchio
Genre: Classic, sprookje, jeugd
Aantal pagina’s: 255
Gelezen: juli 2016
This edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio has been reproduced from the 1901 version with the late Victorian pen and ink illustrations of Carlo Chiostri. Some of the pages have been redesigned, some drawings enlarged, yet Chiostri’s spirit still pervades the book. Everything is there as before, the familiar profile of Pinocchio, his paper clothes, his bread hat and his friends — good and bad — Gepetto, Master Cherry, the Cat and the Fox, the Carabineers, the Green Fisherman, Fire Eater, the Blue Fairy and many others. This early edition is written and illustrated for older children, and would be of interest to adults.
Auteur: Rudyard Kipling
Titel: The Jungle Book
Genre: Classics, jeugdclassics
Aantal pagina’s: 277
Gelezen: Juli 2016
Run with them. Or fear them–
Bagheera the Panther: A silken shadow of boldness and cunning.
Kaa the Python: A thirty foot battering ram driven by a cool, hungry mind.
Baloo the Bear: who keeps the lore and the Law, and teaches the Secret Words.
Rikki the Mongoose: The young protector who sings as he slays.
Akela and Raksha the Wolves: Demon warriors of the Free People.
Shere Khan the Tiger: The dreaded enemy of all.
And Mowgli the Man-cub: The orphan baby raised by the wolves, taught by Baloo, trained by Bagheera and Kaa. The sorcerer who knows the ways of the jungle and speaks the language of the wild…