“Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal tast
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden…”
Satan and his fellow rebel angels contemplate on corrupting God’s beloved new creation, Mankind. He volunteers and prepares to leave. His children − Sin and Death − build a bridge between Hell and Earth. And disguising himself as a cherub, he lands on Earth.
Adam and Eve, after a long day at work, are resting in their bower. And that’s when in the form of a serpent, Satan whisper’s into Eve’s ears. Tempted to eat from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, Eve commits the sin.
And hence follows the Fall of Man…
Milton’s magnum opus, Paradise Lost, threads together two stories focused on different heroes-the half-heroic, half-evil charismatic Satan and the united Adam and Eve-skilfully balancing them. The epic poem continues to remain as celebrated. as ever.
“An endless moral maze, introducing literature’s first Romantic, Satan’ – John Carey
“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.”
It’s the Sahara Desert, and a pilot has crashed his plane. When suddenly a young boy with golden hair and a lovcable laugh, and who claims to have fallen to Earth-appears before him and asks him to draw a sheep, what does he do? He draws it!
Thus begins this poetic and sublime adventure, an enchanting fable, which encloses in its heart the teachings of love, loss, loneliness, and friendship.
The fourth most translated book in the world, The Little Prince has been adapted to multiple art forms, and has managed to resonate in the hearts of its patrons every single time.
“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”
He made no motion of stepping to meet me, but stood like a statue, as though his gesture of welcome had fixed him into stone. The instant, however, that I had stepped over the threshold, he moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince, an effect which was not lessened by the fact that it seemed as cold as ice―more like the hand of a dead than a living man.
Stoker’s Dracula tells the story of Count Dracula, a Transylvanian nobleman, who is also a vampire. He attempts to move to London, in order to spread his undead curse, and to complete the transaction, he enlists the help of one of the story’s main protagonists, Jonathan Harker, a solicitor who becomes a prisoner in Dracula’s castle.
The events of the novel ultimately lead to a battle between Count Dracula and another of the main protagonists, the vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, with the latter aiming to destroy Dracula and prevent his curse from spreading.
What happens when a cultured bohemian feels stifled in a sexless marriage to her invalid husband?
She takes on a lover…
Constance Chatterley, the wife of Clifford Chatterley, finds herself trapped in a loveless and lifeless marriage. When her husband urges her to have a liaison with someone from their own class, Constance gets attracted to a man from the working class instead– an Oliver Mellors who is her husband’s gamekeeper– and takes him as her lover.
Ina society that reveres class difference, will an aristocrat woman be allowed her torrid love affair with a lowly man?
A novel notorious for being pornographic and way ahead of its time, Lady Chatterley’s Lover brewed up quite a controversy when it was first published in 1928. It was only decades later, in 1960, that its unexpurgated edition could be openly published in the UK.
This is the spiritual journey of a boy who follows his heart and goes through various lives to finally understand what it means to be enlightened. He experiences life as a pious brahmin, a Samana, a rich merchant, a lover, and an ordinary ferryman, to a father. Nether a practitioner nor a devotee, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader’s ear down to hear answers from the river…
“Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!”
In the seventeenth-century Puritan community of Boston, Hester Prynne is trapped, first into a loveless marriage and then into adultery.
With the scarlet letter ‘A’—signifying an adulteress—fixed on her bosom, she is brought out of the prison and made to stand on the scaffold with her infant.
What happens when Hester, in spite of being
publicly shamed by the crowd and repeatedly
urged by a young priest, refuses to reveal
the identity of her daughter’s father?
A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity and double standards of the society. One of the first mass-produced books in America, it became an instant bestseller on its first publication in 1850. it continues to remain Hawthorne’s masterwork.