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Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

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Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

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East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to Write a Novel: Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Reading Agatha Christie over againImage by FL4Y via Flickr

Christie, Agatha (1890-1976) a British mystery writers dominated the genre for most of the 20th century, a domination that was accomplished by the creation of two major detectives: Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Marple.
With the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie was crowned by her reading public as the ‘Queen of Crime.’ In this novel of detection, the author showcases the foppish Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The combination of a strong, deductive-method detective, a challenging plot, and the rural setting of a small English village, make the novel not only entertaining but also complex; a real treat for detection-oriented fans.
But not everyone was happy with the novel, and we shall see why not in a moment.
Since his side-kick Captain Hastings was not by side, the freshly retired Poirot engages the local doctor in the detection of what seems an insoluble mystery. Roger Ackroyd —a wealthy industrialist— is found murdered in his own study; the problem for Hercule Poirot and the fine doctor —Dr. Sheppard, the Captain Hastings substitute— is that everyone in the house is a suspect, but no particular one had an edge over another: Ackroyd's niece, Flora; Major Blunt, a big-game hunter romantically interested in Flora; Geoffrey Raymond, Ackroyd's secretary; Ursula Bourne, a parlor-maid; and Ralph Paton, an adopted son with gambling debts.
Or at least this is what readers are told by the narrator, Dr. Sheppard. Take this as a clue. If you are a student writing an essay, take Dr. Sheppard’s narrative as a text filled with essay writing tips.
While readers got used to the obtuseness and dullness of Captain Hastings’ intellect, years will go by and probably will never accept Dr. Sheppard in the same manner as they did with the captain. If you are familiar with Hercule Poirot, you can immediately picture the little man, his fastidious attention to his waxed handle-bar mustachios, spats, and heavy Belgian-French accent. But all these details will fall by the wayside once he goes into action, for he is portrayed as a giant of psychological insight. Neither technology, nor logic, much less science is needed by the tenacious detective—only his “brain cells” are!
Dame Christie obfuscated the plot and reader's expectations with a plot twist that caused some aggravation, indignation, and guffaws among fans and critics alike. The main complaint of the innovative and daring plot —and its solution— was that the author had violated the rules of the genre. This much we can tell you. Not only is the end unexpected, but also unorthodox, and it is worthwhile to read and enjoy. And despite all the remonstrations, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has become a classic and one of its kind.
For some, the novel is a trove of story writing tips, for others a sample of how to write a novel, yet for purists of the detection game— it will be nothing but a sham.
Although she wrote hundreds of novels, the ones that have escaped the dunes of oblivion are: The Man in the Brown Suit, Murder at the Vicarage, Murder on the Orient Express, and Crooked House.
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