Shirley Schreidell’s Top Ten

By Book Beat

By Book Beat

The Three Musketeers: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

$21.00 $19.32

Alexander Dumas, the greatest adventure tale of all time!

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

$8.00 $7.36

Charles Dickens, the first paragraph and the final page are two of the most famous passages in all of literature. The plot in between ain’t bad either!

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens and Coralie Bickford-Smith

$24.00 $22.08

Charles Dickens, the first paragraph and the final page are two of the most famous passages in all of literature. The plot in between ain’t bad either!

Great Expectations (Revised)

Charles Dickens

$11.00 $10.12

Also by Dickens with his usual array of unforgettable characters (e.g. Miss Haversham in her bridal finery, sitting at the table with the mice-infested cake, and the clock on the wall, stopped at the hour she was jilted long ago!) Like Shakespeare and Tolstoy, Dickens creates great characters!

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens and Coralie Bickford-Smith

$25.00 $23.00

Cousin Bette (Revised)

Honoré de Balzac

$16.00

My favorite Balzac novel of a poor cousin’s revenge against her wealthy relatives.

Cheri and the Last of Cheri

Colette

$18.00 $16.56

Two novellas by Colette, sensuous writing! A middle-aged courtesan trains a 19 year old boy about life and love, ah me, what an opera this would have made with a score by, say, Massenet or Puccini!

McTeague

Frank Norris

$7.95

Naturalistic style, bare bones dialogue, one of the gloomiest endings ever!

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Tennessee Williams

$15.95

Tennessee Williams’ lone novel, with his usual sad, neurotic females this one adrift in Rome.

The Last Hurrah

Edwin O'Connor

$18.00

This is an election year. Why not a political novel? This one is excellent and I laughed for 427 pages!

The Leopard

Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

$16.95 $15.59

Published posthumously in 1958, this novel is a throw-back to the great 19th century tradition in style. Beautifully written, it is the story of a 19th century Sicilian prince who watches, powerlessly, as his island country slides into what Sicily would become and from which it has still not recovered.

The Death of Napoleon

Simon Leys

$14.00

What if the real Napoleon had escaped from St. Helena leaving a double in his place? This could be read as a fable or the nature of greatness or identity or just for fun. A Delight!

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

$9.95 $9.15

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

$30.00 $27.60

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

$16.00 $14.72

The Norton Shakespeare

$150.00 $138.00

A Passage to India

E. M. Forster

$15.99 $14.71