Tag Archives: English literature

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is the second volume of Joanne K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series and has been estimated to have sold around 60 million copies. The book was published on July 2, 1998 by Bloomsbury publishing house with an initial circulation of 10,500 copies. 12-year-old sorcerer’s apprentice Harry Potter has to spend the summer vacation with his only living relatives, the common Dursleys. To Harry’s grief, not a single message from his best school friends Ron and Hermione reached him all summer. Therefore, he can hardly wait for the early start of his second school year at the Hogwarts School of Magic. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“The Lord of the Rings” is a novel by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It is one of the most commercially successful novels of the 20th century, is a classic of fantasy literature and is considered a fundamental work of high fantasy. Published in the English original in three volumes of two books plus appendices each in 1954/1955, the first German translation appeared in 1969/1970. The novel was sold about 150 million copies worldwide. The novel stands against the background of a fantasy world developed by Tolkien throughout his life (Tolkien’s World). It tells the story of a ring, the destruction of which destroys evil power in the form of the dark ruler Sauron. The main characters are four hobbits who are involuntarily drawn into a heroic adventure. In addition to these, representatives of the Good Elf, people of the West and North, dwarves and magicians play important roles. Their opponents…

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“The Da Vinci Code” is a thriller by Dan Brown, published in 2003.The novel is largely based on the pseudo-scientific book “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail ” (1982). It combines entertainment with conspiracy theories and an alternative view of all church and French history; in addition there are interspersed false factual allegations that are said to support history. The book has been translated into 44 languages. A film version starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou was released on May 18, 2006 under the title „The Da Vinci Code“. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“She: A History of Adventure” is a novel by the British writer Sir Henry Rider Haggard. The book was first published in 1886 under the title She – A History of Adventure and, with over 83 million copies in over 44 languages, is one of the best-selling books of all time. The book has been filmed many times since 1908, the best-known canvas versions are “She” from 1935 with Helen Gahagan in the title role and from 1965 with Peter Cushing and Ursula Andress. The novel’s first-person narrator, Ludwig Horace Holly, is a private scholar in Cambridge. In order to fulfill the last will of his only friend Vincey, he takes in his underage son Leo. At the same time, Holly is instructed to open a specific suitcase on Leo’s 25th birthday and to travel to Africa if Leo wants to do so after opening the suitcase and viewing the…

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“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is a fantasy Novel for children by the Irish writer CS Lewis. The book was published in 1950, followed by six more volumes in the series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. In the chronological order, the King of Narnia is the second volume after “The Magician’s Nephew” published in 1956. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” describes the story of the four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who were sent to an old professor in the countryside in the face of the air strikes on London during World War II. In the mysterious big house, the four children get into the fantastic world of Narnia through a wardrobe, which is inhabited by mythical creatures such as centaurs, faunas and nymphs, fairytale characters such as dwarfs and giants as well as by talking animals. The youngest, Lucy, is the first to go to…

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“And Then There Were None” is the 26th crime novel by Agatha Christie. It appeared in the United Kingdom on November 6, 1939 in the Collins Crime Club under the title “Ten Little N***”. In this novel, ten people die one after the other who have been involved in unexplained deaths in their lives, as in the popular counting rhymes from 1868. With over 100 million copies sold, this novel is Christie’s best-selling work. Among the best-selling books of all time, it occupies one of the top spots and is the best-selling crime novel of all time. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“The Hobbit” or “There and Back Again” is a fantasy novel for children by JRR Tolkien, which he wrote between 1930 (or 1931) and 1936 and was first published on September 21, 1937 by George Allen & Unwin appeared. It was later supplemented by the novel “The Lord of the Rings”. The background for these two fantastic works is the mythology devised by Tolkien. “The Hobbit” was originally conceived as a story for Tolkien’s own children. After the publication of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien made changes to the “Hobbit”, primarily to resolve factual contradictions with the other works. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“Alice in Wonderland” (original English title “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”) is a children’s book by the British author Lewis Carroll, first published in 1865. “Alice in Wonderland” is considered one of the outstanding works from the genre of literary nonsense. Together with the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”, published in 1871, this children’s book is one of the classics of world literature. For example, the narrative is now part of the “ZEIT” library of 100 books. The British newspaper “The Guardian” in 2009 included both “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” in the list of 1000 novels that everyone must have read. The narrative style and structure, the characters and the metaphor still have great cultural influence. “Alice in Wonderland” was adapted for the stage and in the film. Characters in the narrative, such as the Cheshire Cat, the Jabberwocky, the March Bunny and the…

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“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the United States as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) is the first volume in Joanne K. Rowling’s seven-part Harry Potter novel series. The book was published on June 26, 1997 by the British Bloomsbury publishing house with a first edition of 500 copies The book sold over 100 million copies in the first ten years, making it one of the most successful books ever. In 2001, the story was filmed by director Chris Columbus with great success. On the night of November 1st to 2nd, a strange looking old man named Albus Dumbledore appears, a cat who is actually the transformed Minerva McGonagall and the semi-giant Hagrid who brings a small bundle on a flying motorcycle. Together they put a baby in a bundle of linen in front of the Dursley family home at Privet Drive 4 in Little Whinging, Surrey…

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“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” is the third volume in the Harry Potter book series by Joanne K. Rowling. It was released in the UK in July 1999 with a print run of 240,000 copies. The third volume sold an estimated 55 million copies and was filmed in 2004 by the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. The sorcerer’s apprentice Harry Potter spends his summer vacation as every year with his only relatives, the Muggles of the Dursley family, who treat him badly. In the coming school year at the Hogwarts School of Magic, Harry’s grade is allowed to visit the nearby wizarding village of Hogsmeade for the first time. To do this, Harry has to have the permission letter signed by his guardian, nasty Uncle Vernon Dursley, who makes this dependent on Harry’s behavior during the summer holidays. During the visit of Aunt Magda, Vernon’s sister, she criticizes Harry…

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