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Librivox: In the Desert by Crane, StephenJoin Now to Follow
LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of In the Desert by Stephen Crane. This was the weekly poetry project for December 7th, 2008.
Librivox: Short Poetry Collection 073 by VariousJoin Now to Follow
This is an open collection of poems for the month of November 2008.
Librivox: Leviathan (Books III and IV) by Hobbes, ThomasJoin Now to Follow
In Books 3 and 4 of Leviathan , Thomas Hobbes elaborates on the political philosophy set forth in the first two books, by considering the nature of a Christian commonwealth. Book 3 begins with a wealth of biblical scholarship, directed at establishing the authority of Scripture while at the same time undermining modern claims to supernatural revelation that would subvert civil law. Hobbes concludes that we cannot be sure of anyone else's divine revelation, and that religious authority is therefore subordinate to civil power. Book 4, titled “Of the Kingdom of Darkness,” sets forth the various ways in which Scripture has been misinterpreted by the church, according to Hobbes, in mixing pagan elements with Christianity. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Leon Mire)
Librivox: In Search of the Castaways by Verne, JulesJoin Now to Follow
The book tells the story of the quest for Captain Grant of the Britannia. After finding a bottle cast into the ocean by the captain himself after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland decide to launch a rescue expedition. The main difficulty is that the coordinates of the wreckage are mostly erased, and only the latitude (37 degrees) is known. Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Grant's children and the crew of his yacht the Duncan they set off for South America. An unexpected passenger in the form of French geographer Jacques Paganel joins the search. They explore Patagonia, Tristan da Cunha Island, Amsterdam Island, Australia and new Zeland and find Captain Grant at last. (summary from Wikipedia).
Librivox: Santa Claus's Partner by Page, Thomas NelsonJoin Now to Follow
A child teaches a man that money isn’t everything at Christmas time and changes his life. (Summary by Carolyn Frances) **This summary will be fleshed out later.
Librivox: Старопланински легенди (Staroplaninski legendi) by Yovkov, YordanJoin Now to Follow
Цикълът разкази "Старопланински легенди" съдържа десет творби, в чийто сюжетен център стоят любовта, истината, добротата, нравствеността и красотата. Легендите ни пренасят в стари, хайдушки времена, под величествените върхари на Стара Планина. Ten classical short stories about love, truth, goodness, morality and beauty, taking us back to the days of yore in the bosom of the Old Mountain Balkan, written in 1926-1927 by the Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov. (Summary by Euthymius)
Librivox: Popular History of Ireland, Book 08, A by McGee, Thomas D'ArcyJoin Now to Follow
Thomas D’Arcy McGee was an Irish refugee and a father of the Canadian confederation. His work on Irish history is comprehensive, encompassing twelve books; Book 8, subtitled “The Era of the Reformation”, addresses the late Tudor period, particularly the reigns of the children of Henry VIII, and ends with the end of the reign of Elizabeth I. (Summary by Sibella Denton)
Librivox: Brazilian Tales by VariousJoin Now to Follow
"Brazilian Tales" is a collection of six short stories selected by Isaac Goldberg as best representative of the Brazilian Literature of his period - the end of the 19th century. His comprehensive preface aims at familiarizing the reader with a literature that was - and still is - virtually unknown outside the boundaries of its own land, and the pieces chosen by Goldberg to be translated belong to writers that reached popularity and appreciation while still alive. This "pioneer volume", as the translator himself puts it, still keeps its charm and interest as a way of offering to the English speaking public some "sample cases" of Brazilian Literature. (Summary by Leni)
Librivox: Alexander's Bridge (version 2) by Cather, Willa SibertJoin Now to Follow
Bartley Alexander is a construction engineer and world-renowned builder of bridges going through what's known today (but not in 1912) as a mid-life crisis. Although married to his wife Winifred, Bartley resumes his acquaintance with a former lover, Hilda Burgoyne, in London. The affair proves to gnaw at Bartley's sense of propriety and honor. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Librivox: Jerusalem by Blake, WilliamJoin Now to Follow
LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of Jerusalem by William Blake. This was the fortnightly poetry project for November 30th, 2008.