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Fool

By Christopher Moore
  • ISBN Code: : 0061974773
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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“Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students.” —Dallas Morning News Fool—the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore—is a hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege’s clownish jester, Pocket. A rousing tale of “gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity,” Fool joins Moore’s own Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, and You Suck! as modern masterworks of satiric wit and sublimely twisted genius, prompting Carl Hiassen to declare Christopher Moore “a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.”

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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061801828
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061801984
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062101242
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: sacre-bleu.pdf

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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061983780
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally—well, to be accurate, artificially—business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks. Suddenly, morose Pine Cove turns libidinous and is hit by a mysterious crime wave, and a beleaguered constable has to fight off his own gonzo appetites to find out what's wrong and what, if anything, to do about it.

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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 006198616X
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: bite-me.pdf

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  • Book Code : 0307270556
  • Total of Pages : 320
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  • Members : 381
  • Pdf File: a-stopover-in-venice.pdf

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  • Total of Pages : 320
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  • Pdf File: gun-island.pdf

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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1588365379
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Zondervan
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  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Total of Pages : 107
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  • Pdf File: pinocchio.pdf

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  • Book Code : 0748112979
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  • Publisher : Constable
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  • Total of Pages : 400
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1480441244
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : History
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  • Pdf File: the-stones-of-florence.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : J. Robert Kennedy
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 364
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 189
  • Pdf File: the-circle-of-eight.pdf

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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061800325
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Breakaway Books
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 877
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“A modern day Mark Twain on two wheels.” —USA Today “Joe Kurmaskie rolls with a keen sense of humor and a big heart.” —Christopher Moore, author of Lamb, Fool, and The Serpent of Venice The fifth book in the Metal Cowboy series of bicycle-touring tales hits the open road in high gear and never looks back. Whether he’s outsprinting African elephants in Zimbabwe; reliving dangerous old cycling routes of his youth; debating the merits of living strong or living wrong or living without a rubber bracelet at all; riding up Mount Hood in a July snowstorm; savoring roadside treasures found along the way; extolling the wonder of boys on bikes; detailing a few skirmishes in the war between cars and bikes, debating the perils and delights of riding at night; and diagnosing whether the glorious addiction called cycling has taken over your life, he consistently rides down awful truths and celebrates beautiful wrecks—himself included. Joe Kurmaskie has mastered the painful art of falling down and the flat-out rush of getting back up again. This collection is a kaleidoscope of exuberant cycling adventure stories spanning four decades and thirty countries. It embraces the absurdity of living at any speed, the fragility in each of us the world over, and simple wonders waiting just up the road.

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By John Ruskin
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1031
  • Category : Architecture
  • Members : 494
  • Pdf File: the-stones-of-venice.pdf

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The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin. Ruskin examines Venetian architecture in detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city. As well as being an art historian, Ruskin was a social reformer. He set out to prove how Venetian architecture exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier works.

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  • Publisher : Brolga Publishing
  • Book Code : 0648564630
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 108
  • Pdf File: serpent-sting.pdf

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At first sight, Francesca Salucci has it all: a beautiful house in Fiji, a loving family and a promising new job. Yet, her life is not as tranquil as it seems. Her former career might be a thing of the past, but her affair with the son of a dangerous mafioso is anything but forgotten. The world she worked hard to build is turning on its head, and her son is in danger. But how can she protect him when she can’t tell her allies from her enemies? From an Afghanistan war zone to the stunning Fijian coastline, from the pomp of award ceremonies to secretive Venice, Serpent Sting unravels one family’s desire for revenge and another’s quest for peace. Serpent Sting is the second book in the Serpent series.

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  • Publisher : BHC Press
  • Book Code : 1643971352
  • Total of Pages : 292
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 313
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The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in this exciting second installment of The Magicians of Venice series. Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing on the horizon and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around this new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies. When Penelope’s friend and fellow archaeologist uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis must travel to Israel to find them before Abaddon and Kreios get there first. To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they’ll need to find a weapon capable of ending him for good. As her old life collides with her new, Penelope will soon discover the price of keeping the magicians’ secrets safe.

Daisy Miller

By Henry James
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  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Book Code : 1770482938
  • Total of Pages : 275
  • Category : Fiction
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Henry James’s Daisy Miller was an immediate sensation when it was first published in 1878 and has remained popular ever since. In this novella, the charming but inscrutable young American of the title shocks European society with her casual indifference to its social mores. The novella was popular in part because of the debates it sparked about foreign travel, the behaviour of women, and cultural clashes between people of different nationalities and social classes. This Broadview edition presents an early version of James’s best-known novella within the cultural contexts of its day. In addition to primary materials about nineteenth-century womanhood, foreign travel, medicine, philosophy, theatre, and art—some of the topics that interested James as he was writing the story—this volume includes James’s ruminations on fiction, theatre, and writing, and presents excerpts of Daisy Miller as he rewrote it for the theatre and for a much later and heavily revised edition.

Blood on the Stage, 1600 to 1800

By Amnon Kabatchnik
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1538106167
  • Total of Pages : 828
  • Category : Performing Arts
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This volume examines the key representations of transgression drama produced between 1600 and 1800. Arranged in chronological order, the entries consist of plot summary (often including significant dialogue), performance data (if available), opinions by critics and scholars, and other features.

Stones of Venice [introductions]

By John Ruskin
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 245
  • Category : Architecture
  • Members : 754
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"Stones of Venice [introductions]" by John Ruskin. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Lost Venetian Church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi

By Allison Sherman (1979-2017)
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  • Publisher : Independent Publishing Network
  • Book Code : 1838538895
  • Total of Pages : 484
  • Category : Art
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Version: 1.1.2 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4284460 Original Repository (Zenodo): https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4094821 This book investigates the history and decoration of one of the most important churches of Venice in the 16th century: Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi. Painters and sculptors of the stature of Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Palma il Giovane, Vittoria and Campagna all contributed major works of art, many of which survive in the present-day church of the Gesuiti. But as a result of the suppression of the order of the Crociferi (Crosiers, or Crutched Friars) in 1656, and of the subsequent demolition of their church, the art-historical significance of this ensemble had become largely overlooked. Serious study of the church was further impeded by the loss of the church’s archive. Nevertheless, readers are here presented with a surprisingly wide range of alternative archival and early printed sources that document the history of the church, and integrate it with the surviving works of art. We are taken on a journey of discovery of leading members of the order, of lay patrons who supported the church's renovation, and of the productive relationships that led to important artistic commissions. Originally submitted by the late Allison Sherman to the University of St Andrews in 2010, the present doctoral thesis was edited for publication by Carlo Corsato and provided with a full set of illustrations. Two further additional essays by Allison Sherman are also included: ‘Titian’s Martyrdom of St. Lawrence and its Original Location in the Lost Venetian Church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi’. This was the opening chapter of the volume La Notte di san Lorenzo (2013), edited by Letizia Lonzi and the late Lionello Puppi. Presented here is the unpublished original English version, which summarises many of the discoveries included in the doctoral dissertation. ‘Murder and Martyrdom: Titian’s Gesuiti St. Lawrence as a Family Peace Offering’. This appeared in Artibus et Historiae (2015), and offers the most significant investigation of the patronage of a masterpiece by Titian: The Martyrdom of St Lawrence (Church of the Gesuiti, Venice).

The Veils of Venice

By Edward Sklepowich
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504001370
  • Total of Pages : 209
  • Category : Fiction
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Investigating a killing, Macintyre finds it to be a family affair As snow falls on Venice, turning the city into an elaborate gothic confection, Gaby Pindar fears for her life. Crippled by intense agoraphobia, she hasn’t left her family home in two decades, instead dedicating herself to tending to the small collection of historical trinkets that make up the family museum. When she begins receiving death threats, she begs for help from her cousin, the Contessa da Capo-Zendrini, whose friend Urbino Macintyre is something of an amateur sleuth. But the search takes a gruesome turn when Gaby’s sister, Olimpia, turns up dead. The contessa finds Olimpia murdered in her home, the maid kneeling above her with a bloody pair of scissors. Convinced of the maid’s innocence, Macintyre digs into the Pindar family history, discovering centuries’ worth of intrigue that have finally erupted in blood.

The Ungrateful Man

By Unknown
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  • Publisher : Philaletheians UK
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 6
  • Category : Religion
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The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

By Anatole France
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  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Book Code : 1776670574
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 217
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In 1881, French novelist Anatole France burst onto the European literary landscape with his first novel, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard. Protagonist Bonnard is a refined academic who has long lived at a remove from the tumult and tribulation of the real world. But when a chance encounter plunges him into the midst of a dramatic domestic dispute, he springs into action.

Sketches from the Subject and Neighbour Lands of Venice

By Edward A. Freeman
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1236
  • Category : Architecture
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"Sketches from the Subject and Neighbour Lands of Venice" by Edward A. Freeman. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Worth of Women

By Moderata Fonte
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 0226256839
  • Total of Pages : 318
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 272
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Gender equality and the responsibility of husbands and fathers: issues that loom large today had currency in Renaissance Venice as well, as evidenced by the publication in 1600 of The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte. Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberated from prevailing codes of decorum as a courtesan might be, Pozzo was a respectable, married mother who produced literature in genres that were commonly considered "masculine"—the chivalric romance and the literary dialogue. This work takes the form of the latter, with Fonte creating a conversation among seven Venetian noblewomen. The dialogue explores nearly every aspect of women's experience in both theoretical and practical terms. These women, who differ in age and experience, take as their broad theme men's curious hostility toward women and possible cures for it. Through this witty and ambitious work, Fonte seeks to elevate women's status to that of men, arguing that women have the same innate abilities as men and, when similarly educated, prove their equals. Through this dialogue, Fonte provides a picture of the private and public lives of Renaissance women, ruminating on their roles in the home, in society, and in the arts. A fine example of Renaissance vernacular literature, this book is also a testament to the enduring issues that women face, including the attempt to reconcile femininity with ambition.

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 195
  • Category : Drama
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The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play written by William Shakespeare. A trader in Venice known as Antonio fails to pay off a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. How will Antonio make amends?