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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

At the center of Martin Chuzzlewit -- the novel Angus Wilson called "one of the most sheerly exciting of all Dickens stories"--Is Martin himself, very old, very rich, very much on his guard. What he suspects (with good reason) is that every one of his close and distant relations, now converging in droves on the country inn where they believe he is dying, will stop at nothing to become the inheritor of his great fortune. Having unjustly disinherited his grandson, young Martin, the old fellow now trusts no one but Mary Graham, the pretty girl hired as his companion. Though she has been made to understand she will not inherit a penny, she remains old Chuzzlewit's only ally. As the viperish relations and hangers-on close in on him, we meet some of Dickens's most marvelous characters -- among them Mr. Pecksniff (whose name has entered the language as a synonym for ultimate hypocrisy and self-importance); the fabulously evil Jonas Chuzzlewit; the strutting reptile Tigg Montague; and the ridiculous, terrible, comical Sairey Gamp. Reluctantly heading for America in search of opportunity, the penniless young Martin goes west, rides a riverboat, and is overtaken by bad company and mortal danger -- while the battle for his grandfather's gold reveals new depths of family treachery, cunning, and ruthlessness. And in scene after wonderful scene of conflict and suspense, of high excitement and fierce and hilarious satire, Dickens's huge saga of greed versus decency comes to its magnificent climax.

Editions:826  Date:1800 - 2017  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satire, Bildungsromans

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The casual vacancy

by:Rowling, J. K.

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils, Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Editions:107  Date:2012 - 2015  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Black humor, Black humor



by:Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935

One the eve of WWI, three American male explorers stumble onto an all-female society somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth. Unable to believe their eyes, they promptly set out to find some men, convinced that since this is a civilized country--there must be men. So begins this sparkling utopian novel, a romp through a whole world "masculine" and "feminine", as on target today as when it was written 65 years ago.

Editions:133  Date:1915 - 2018  Genre(s):Utopian fiction, Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor, Utopian fiction

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Naked lunch : the restored text

by:Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997

Bill Lee, an addict and hustler, travels to Mexico and then Tangier in order to find easy access to drugs, and ends up in the Interzone, a bizarre fantasy world, in a commemorative edition that features restored text, archival material, Burroughs's own later introduction to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs.

Editions:426  Date:1959 - 2017  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Satire, Black humor (Literature), Science fiction


Amerika : the man who disappeared

by:Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924

A new translation of Kafka's unfinished 1927 novel in which young Karl Rossman, banished to America, embarks on a series of misadventures during which he sees the nation from a range of perspectives before landing at the Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Editions:732  Date:1927 - 2017  Genre(s):Humorous fiction, Black humor (Literature)


Martin Chuzzlewit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Martin Chuzzlewit's wealthy grandfather forces him to emigrate to America after the selfish Martin falls in love with the wrong girl. Upon his return, Martin seems to prove his worth.

Editions:529  Date:1800 - 2016  Genre(s):Adventure fiction, Bildungsromans, Black humor (Literature), Satire, Satirical literature

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by:Franzen, Jonathan

"A huge-canvased novel about identity, the internet, sexual politics, and love from the author of Freedom and The Corrections"-- Provided by publisher.

Editions:88  Date:2015 - 2017  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Black humor, Black humor


Mother night

by:Vonnegut, Kurt

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.

Editions:256  Date:1920 - 2016  Genre(s):Science fiction, Science fiction, Science fiction, Black humor (Literature), Black humor


The evening star : a novel

by:McMurtry, Larry

Aurora Greenway must come to grips with old age while those around her try to cope with their own problems, including an unwanted pregnancy and time spent in prison.

Editions:40  Date:1992 - 1997  Genre(s):Black humor (Literature), Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Black humor, Black humor


The tortilla curtain

by:Boyle, T. Coraghessan

The story of illegal aliens in California, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives. By the author of East Is East.

Editions:120  Date:1995 - 2018  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Black humor (Literature)


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