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"Wonderful, accessible read" - by Tracey Madeley (Wrexham)
Fitzgerald’s narrator is Nick Carraway who starts the book with a quote from his father to always remember that people have not had the same advantages as him and as a consequence he always reserves judgement when he meets people. Nick is from a wealthy family and went to school with Tom Buchanan, but he still feels like an outsider as he has to work for a living. He looks to go into the bond market and rents an inexpensive house in the grounds of Gatsby’s mansion.

Tom and Daisy Buchanan are from a privileged class of bright young things. When we first meet Daisy she is lounging in a room with all the curtains open doing nothing. This fanciful idea of the curtain billowing, the ladies reclined with their skirts caught in the wind, as if being carried away in a balloon, fits perfectly with Daisy’s personality. ... full review

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"A true sci-fi classic" - by Mike Alizade
The fact that this science fiction classic has hardly dated since it was written over 120 years ago, is testament to H. G. Wells' mastery of the English language and story telling prowess. This is a beautifully written novella, engaging, gripping and a real joy to read.

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"Wuthering Heights on Kindle" - by Greg Boyd
For the kindle users among you I'll start by saying that the formatting in this book is perfect. It's easy to navigate and the paragraphs are well spaced. There are one or two typos in the text but nothing that detracts too much from the reading of the book. Considering it's free, I see no reason not to download this excellent book.

Wuthering Heights is a strange book. Being as old as it is, and having been labelled a classic, it's easy to brush it off as a silly and (dare I say it?) girly book about handsome young men and women who marry their cousins. Well, that is actually what happens but the book is so much more than that! Emily Brontë beautifully explores the lengths to which a man, driven mad by love, will go to be reunited with the object of his affection and seek revenge ... full review

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"Classic story" - by Matt W
I've seen various films and series on the story but never read it before so thought I'd give it a go. Pleased I did. Yes, the writing and language is a little hard going now (or was for me) but I got more insight into the characters and author's ideas for them in reading it than I ever have in watching other people's interpretations of it. Probably should be on everyone's "read once" list.

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"Lovely edition. Nice gift" - by Katie
Really nice edition of this classic novel. Brought as an anniversary gift for my husband. He thought it was lovely.

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"Great read ..." - by Kindle Customer
I should have read this year's ago but the sheer volume put me off. Also I remember trying to read a very old translation of Anna Karenina and the archness of the translation made understanding very difficult. But with the advent of the TV adaptation I thought the time had come for me embark on this epic read and I am not disappointed. The translation is very good - shame about some of the typos, - but the feeling of life in Russia in the early 18th century is very well captured. There is more war in the book than on TV but again the emotions this provokes amongst the civilians and those engaged in military action are very well expressed. The additional notes are also extremely useful in setting the scene and preparing the reader for what is to come and should not be ... full review

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"The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde" - by iandliz (Dubai, UAE)
We first meet Dorian Gray as a young man, precociously handsome and with a charming nature. He is having his portrait painted by the unassuming Basil Hallward when he first meets the cynical thinker, Lord Henry Wotton. Hallward adores Gray and is concerned by Wotton's influence over him but Gray himself hangs onto Wotton's every word and cannot help falling under his spell. Wotton manages to convince Gray that his looks are his most important asset and should be maintained and exploited as long as they last. This leads Gray to ponder the portrait and declare that he wishes his looks would remain and the portrait would age instead of him.

As time goes on Dorian Gray loses his pleasant nature and becomes a vain young man, succombing to vices of drink, drugs and women. His youthful looks remain and, to his horror, the handsome charmer in the portrait ... full review

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"fantastic" - by Donna Young (Buxton, Derbyshire)
Fantastic what more can i say, i love period drama books and this is one of the ones i'd read over and over again.

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"Simply splendid" - by Didier (Ghent, Belgium)
As I pride myself on being an avid reader of English literature and am now close on 50, I felt it simply could not do anymore that I hadn't yet read a single novel by Jane Austen. So I recently resolved to read all of them, in the order that they were published 200 odd years ago (as I did last year with Dickens and the year before with Trollope, yes I like to think I am nothing if not methodical).

Is it any wonder I now blame myself heartily for having waited so long? 'Sense and Sensibility' is of course deservedly a classic, and, as millions before me I guess, I was captivated from page one by the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, Willoughby, Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon.

The action may be set 200 years ago, but the story is ultimately about that inexhaustible and ... full review

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"A true sci-fi classic" - by Mike Alizade
The fact that this science fiction classic has hardly dated since it was written over 120 years ago, is testament to H. G. Wells' mastery of the English language and story telling prowess. This is a beautifully written novella, engaging, gripping and a real joy to read.

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"A good read .Like all classics a little slow by modern standards.Many spelling errors and misuse of the correct English." - by anthony r bold
Review as above comments . A good English classic by a master author. Lots of spelling errors, however. As well as incorrect words, which seems typical with digital transfers from the original.

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"Unexpectedly brilliant" - by Cynthia
I can't say I particularly like stories about animals, there's always some form of death that makes me sad - no exceptions here - but the story of Buck is so well told from his civilised life to that of primordial being. Plus, it's not a long book stop very easy to digest.

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"The movie is better than the book" - by Contemplative Chinook (London, United Kingdom)
3.5/5 stars

This is the first e-book I obtained for free after deciding revisit children's classics which I never got around to read when young. It's about a young girl going on an adventure in a magical land after following a rabbit down a hole. I saw the 1985 TV movie of Alice in Wonderland in the late 1980s, and I remember enjoying the movie more than the book. I didn't seem to connect with Alice while reading. This version of the book includes John Tenniel's original illustrations, which are lovely. Overall, recommended for children.