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A gamble on trading ships at sea, a penalty of a pound of flesh, a contest to win the hand of a rich heiress, and the final rescue in a court of law - The Merchant of Venice has everything to make it one of the most dramatic romantic comedies of Shakespeare. Antonio is the merchant of Venice who borrrows money to help his friend Bassanio win Portia in marriage. He borrows the money from Shylock, a shrewd moneylender who devises a retribution unprecedented in the annals of law... ...till a young lawyer defeats him in his own game. Who is the young lawyer? What is the clinching argument? The Merchant of Venice is memorable as much for its dramatic scenes as for its strong characters, all of which remain etched in the mind long after the story has been read.
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Ancient Egypt... In the time of pyramids and pharoahs... A beautiful young princess has travelled to the grand capital of Memphis - home to the legendary pharoah Rhampsinitus. She has journeyed from the Western lands in search of a husband. But while meeting with the local men, the princess becomes privy to a secret tale. It is a story of desperation, thievery, and murder. But it is also a story of family, sacrifice, and love. As this tale is laid bare before her, the princes learns of three feats of impossible brotherhood, ingenuity, and boldness on the part of a man who would thwart the will of a king.
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When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moors, a heart attack seems to be the likely cause. However, a certain Dr. Mortimer thinks there is more to it than that. Although it seems impossible, he believes that a supernatural hound haunts the moors. His theory suggest that this beast has been on the rampage for years, killing generations of male Baskervilles. With the heir to the Baskerville estate returning home from Canada, and the mystery still unsolved, Dr Mortimer turns to SHerlock Holmes for help. He is worried that the deaths will continue until all the Baskerville men are dead - or someone discovers the truth. The unparalleled detective, Sherlock Holmes; his sidekick, Dr Watson; and an intriguing and mysterious plot make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles a compelling reading.
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Lemuel Gulliver always dreamed of traveling the world. But when a violent storm claims his ship and casts him adrift among uncharted lands, he is taken to places that he could not even dream of. Traveling to the nation of Lilliput, where the inhabitants measure just centimeters tall, and to Brobdingnag, where they tower into the sky like giants, Gulliver voyages to an island floating above the clouds, visits a race of immortals, and finds himself stranded in a land ruled by horses. Face to face with warring armies and power-hungry kings, each new journey makes Gulliver more desperate to find a way back home. But once he discovers the truth about his own land and himself.. returning home becomes the last thing he desires. Written by world-renowned satirist, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels is one of the most gripping and poignant adventures ever told.
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Don Quixote. The name is universally known for the idealistic, possibly insane, wannabe knight as much as a masterpiece of literature. Don Quixote, the book, is widely regarded as the first modern novel while Don Quixote, the character, is among the most recognizable and beloved ever created. The misadventures of Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, are comical and entertaining to readers of all ages.
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When Professor Von Hardwigg and his nephew Henry discover a mysterious parchment, little do they know that it will change their lives forever. After many hours of studying the manuscript, and a great deal of painstaking research, they finally decipher the hidden code. It dates back to the sixteenth century, and is written by an Icelandic philosopher, who claims to have found a passage to the centre of the Earth. Is it a hoax? Or is it the greatest scientific discovery of the day? There is only one way for them to find out. And so begins an adventure where the two men, accompanied by their guide Hans Bjelke, set out to climb Mount Sneffels. On reaching the top of the mountain, they search for the crater that will supposedly take them to the centre of the Earth. The promise of finding a subterranean fantasy world, filled with prehistoric life forms and mythical monsters, drives them on. Will they really reach the centre of the Earth, or is it all a myth?
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