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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.

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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.



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Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
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Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
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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
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Voltaire's Zadig or Destiny

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Brief Biography

Voltaire (1694 – 1778), originally known as François-Marie Arouet, was born to an upper middle class family, in Paris, France. Orphaned at an early age, he was cared for by his free-thinking godfather.
He attended the Collége Louis-le-Grand, a Jesuit secondary school in Paris, where he received a thorough education in the classics.
When his Letters on the English Nation (1733) appeared, the book angered the French church and government, forcing Voltaire to flee to Lorraine. He remained there for the next 15 years with his mistress, Emile de Breteuil, at the Château de Cirey, visiting Paris occasionally. By 1778, he enjoyed widespread fame as a literary genius, and he returned to Paris a hero.

Major Works

Voltaire wrote poetry, plays, historical works, and philosophical works.
The earliest of Voltaire’s best-known plays is the tragedy Oedipus, which was first performed in 1718. Other dramatic tragedies followed, including Mariamne (1724), Zaïre (1732), Mahomet (1736), and Nanine(1739).
Voltaire's body of writing also includes the notable historical works The Age of Louis XIV (1751), and Essay on the Customs and the Spirit of the Nations (1756). This latter work traced the progression of world civilization by focusing on social history and the arts.
Voltaire's popular philosophic works took the form of the short stories Micromégas (1752) and Plato’s Dream (1756), along with his famed satirical novella Candide (1759). In 1764, he published another of his most important philosophical works, Dictionnaire philosophique
An ailing Voltaire bid farewell to his public at a production of his play Irene: “I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.”
Two months later he died in his sleep on May 30, 1778, in Paris, France.

About Zadig or Destiny


This story is a philosophical, romantic satire, attacking religious mania, the foibles of people in general, the burdens of being virtuous and happiness. Voltaire uses ancient Babylon as his setting, which provides a great contrast to France of the Enlightenment; Babylonians though scientifically and technologically advanced, had a closed culture ruled by an absolute monarch.
In brief the story chronicles the adventures of Zadig, a benevolent and charismatic figure who reveres the good and the beautiful. Despite incidental amorous detours, Zadig’s love for Queen Astarte glows a paragon of sublime fidelity to woman.
To depict the astuteness and depth of intelligence of the eponymous protagonist, Voltaire contrives passages of logical deduction never found in earlier literature. In one instance, in accounting for the Queen’s lost dog, though he had never seen it, Zadig says:
“She’s a very small spaniel,” added Zadig. “She has recently had a litter, and she limps with her left front paw, and she has very long ears.”
Condemned for lying, in his defense he states:
“I was out walking near the little wood where I met the venerable eunuch and the most illustrious Master of the Hunt. Seeing some animal tracks in the sand, and I could easily tell that they were those of a small dog. Long, shallow grooves drawn across tiny heaps of sand between the paw-marks told me that it was a bitch whose teats were hanging down, which meant that she had had had a litter a few days previously. Other traces going in a different direction, and apparently made by something brushing constantly over the surface of the sand beside the front paws, told me that she had very long ears. And as I noticed that the sand was always less indented by one paw than by the other three, I realized that the bitch belonging to our most august Queen had, if I may dare say so, a slight limp.”
Edgar Allan Poe may have been inspired by Voltaire’s Zadig when he created C. Auguste Dupin in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," which Poe called a tale of ratiocination and which established the modern detective fiction genre. Arthur Conan Doyle was perhaps also influenced by Zadig. And not without reason, many critics and scholars identify Zadig as the first systematic detective and original source of the genre.

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