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00s (or latterly) novel which talk about a boy trying to survive in the jungle after a plane crash into a lake

I read this novel like a couple years ago (probably 4-5 years already). It's kinda old I guess and my detail maybe is not very specific but I try my best. The story is talk about a young boy (Maybe ...
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Earliest example of a story where an animal or object gains the ability to talk

I'm looking for the earliest example for a story with an animal or object that gains the ability to talk. Animal/object needs to have a name of their own, and the gaining of the ability to speak is ...
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Short story about a girl pursued by a fat man in the hills

The viewpoint is from a small girl who is living near to a gas station maybe in the midwest. It's a hot summer and she hears on the radio that there is a another dead child found. She goes to the gas ...
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Why was Dagny Taggart so reluctant to call Dr. Robert Stadler about John Galt's motor?

After Dagny Taggart found John Galt's motor, she tried to find a scientist who could reconstruct it. None of the people she interviewed worked out. She had tried to find a scientist able to attempt ...
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Where did Thomas Nashe get the Latin quote he attributes to Epicharmus?

In the novel The Unfortunate Traveller, Thomas Nashe attributes a Latin quote to a certain Epicharmus (italics from the original): The onely precept that a traveller hath most use of, and shall ...
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What does “card” in the title “Gwydonius; The Card of Fancie” mean?

Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Card of Fancie was first published in 1584. The novel's main character, Gwydonius, is the only son of the the duke of Mettelyne (presumably Mytilene). He travels ...
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Children's book(s) with animal stories

I am trying to find a children's book(s) that I read as a kid. I read it around 1991-2000 so it could only be sooner than that, no later. I am saying books because they might be 2, although I think it ...
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Use of “Poke” as Victorian slang in Fingersmith

Sarah Waters' award-winning Victorian crime novel Fingersmith makes liberal use of period underworld slang. Indeed the title is such slang for a petty thief. Most of it is unfamiliar to the modern ...
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In The Martian Chronicles, why did everyone leave Mars when the war started?

I mean, one of the main reasons people wanted to leave Earth was because of the war. Then why did they go back to Earth when the war started? I understand that people cared for their families and ...
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Could you actually go around the world in 80 days?

Around the world in 80 days is a novel be Jules Verne about an Englishman who makes a bet with some fellow club members that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Nowadays with modern flight, ...
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What is the “heap of broken images” in The Waste Land?

In T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (which you can read online), T. S. Eliot claims that someone (probably either humankind or the reader) only knows "a heap of broken images". What are the roots ...
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What is the UDC number for uchronia?

What number should uchronia have in the Universal Decimal Classification? In literature section I find: 82-94 History as literary genre. Historical writing. Historiography. Chronicles. Annals. ...
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Children's book with a grandmother, a musician, and a park lake?

My memories are very fuzzy, but I read a young adult novel around 20 years ago. It featured a girl and her grandmother, and there was some climax in a park with a lake, and a musician? violinist? who ...
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Has Jasper Fforde's “Shades of Grey” world been the setting for role-playing games? [on hold]

In Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde describes a dystopia world that could very well host a role-playing game. Is there any existing or in-project RPG that uses this setup?
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Source of comment that Ah Qs are now running China (Lu Xun, 1930s)

The American journalist Edgar Snow, who is best known for his book Red Star Over China (1937), apparently managed to interview Lu Xun (1881 - 1936). According to Helmut Martin, who wrote an afterword ...
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Meaning of “d-n” in “'T is strange—the Hebrew noun which means 'I am,' the English always used to govern d—n”

From Byron's Don Juan: She liked the English and the Hebrew tongue, And said there was analogy between 'em; She proved it somehow out of sacred song, But I must leave the proofs ...
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What does “garn” mean?

In Rosemary's Baby: She asked him questions that had been unspeakable in Catholic High; he sent her to a night course in philosophy at NYU. “I’ll make a duchess ...
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Why did the Macrobes demand another head at the end of That Hideous Strength?

Towards the end of the book, following Merlin bringing about the destruction of much of the N.I.C.E., Dr. Filostrato, John Withers, and Reverend Straik go to see the Head. The Macrobes promptly demand ...
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How do Pupp's remarks connect with Krazy's in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936?

This question is about the same Krazy Kat strip (25 July 1936) as in Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936, in which Krazy is making a lot of classical references and Pupp is responding: Krazy: ...
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Why did the N.I.C.E. want Mark Studdock at Belbury?

Near the middle of That Hideous Strength, Wither says to the Fairy: If a mere arrest could have secured the — er — good will and collaboration of Mrs. Studdock, we should hardly have embarrassed ...
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Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936

The eponymous hero (or heroine) of George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons uses a very peculiar language. Most of the time, it's simply phonetical and is easy to understand, but in the strip that ...
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What is a neckenger?

In Chapter IX of Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury, I found the following sentence (emphasis and links added): Thus lay the poore Draper a long time in prison, in which space, his Wife which ...
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Example of character who vitalize arts (ideas, characters of books) into an living beings [on hold]

Could you give an example of literature character who vitalize arts (ideas, characters of books) into an living beings?
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About the role of Lizaveta in Crime and Punishment

I just finished Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and I loved it (of course). I would like to bring into analysis the role of Lizaveta, the pawnbroker's half sister who is accidentally killed by ...
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How did Pilate order Judas' death in Master and Margarita?

After several reads I am still struggling to understand the events around Judas' death in the Pilate story. On the face of it, the following things occur: Pilate has dinner with Aphranius (head of ...
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Where is Kafka's “The Trial” set?

The novel The Trial by Franz Kafka contains many deliberate omissions of information: for example, the main character's surname and the names of several other characters, the nature of his crime, and ...
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What is the effect of using “silver” to describe the “horn” in “Madman's Song” by Elinor Wylie?

Here is the poem "Madman's Song" by Elinor Wylie (from The Prose and Poetry of Elinor Wylie , by William Rose Benét): Better to see your cheek grown hollow, Better to see your temple worn, ...
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Story in which two brothers had to follow extremely detailed instructions to get their inheritance

I recall reading a short story a number of years ago where two brothers were each given extremely detailed (and sometimes rather tedious) instructions that they had to follow very precisely in order ...
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Searching for an Illustrated Children's Book with Animal Characters

I just spent the last 5 hours browsing through google, pinterest, and eBay in an attempt to find a beautifully illustrated book I loved as a child. I remember what it is generally about, but I have ...
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What is the relevance of Tennyson's 'Coming of Arthur' and 'Passing of Arthur' to Modern Life? [duplicate]

Alfred Tennyson's 'The Coming of Arthur' and 'The Passing of Arthur' are two of the most important idylls in Tennyson's Idylls of the King but how are the past and present represented in these two ...
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What is the relevance of Tennyson's 'Coming of Arthur' and 'Passing of Arthur' to Modern Life

Alfred Tennyson's 'The Coming of Arthur' and 'The Passing of Arthur' are two of the most important idylls in Tennyson's Idylls of the King but how are the past and present represented in these two ...
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What are some of the best rated fantasy books except for the ones from J.R.R Tolkien? [closed]

I was wondering what are some of the top-rated fantasy books or novels except for the ones written from J.R.R Tolkien?
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Why did the N.I.C.E. bother with Dr. Filostrato?

Dr. Filostrato believed (incorrectly, as it turns out) that he had preserved the head of François Alcasan. Towards the end of the book, it's revealed that the Macrobes didn't really need Filostrato's ...
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Book about a boy named Milo who loses his eyebrows and runs away

I read this book around 14 years ago. All I can remember about the story is that it was about a boy named Milo, who ends up losing his eyebrows and running away from home — the overall plot, from ...
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Is the cliffhanger at the end of “First among sequels” resolved?

The book "First among Sequels" ends on a cliffhanger. The protagonist, Thursday Next, has to run for her life, to escape an impending fire. The next book in the series, "One of Our Thursdays is ...
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Why does Linus say “I think you finished it” to Sally in this Sunday strip?

So in December 22nd, 1985, Charles Schulz made this following Christmas themed Sunday panel featuring Linus and Sally. Linus is reading Sally the second chapter of the Book of Luke (from the Bible), ...
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Why did Hemingway include the following in his book, the Moveable Feast?

Towards the end of his book, The Moveable Feast, about his times as an expatriate American in Paris, he quotes a conversation he overhears in an Inn, somewhere in the Swiss Alps which he is visiting ...
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Why did Andromache call the men of Sparta ‘devious plotters and the master of lies’?

Why does Euripides put the following speech into the mouth of Andromache, in his play of the same name? Andromache: (Breaking into a rage) Inhabitants of Sparta, most hated men on earth, devious ...
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Lack of Proper Ending in Stories by Old Indian Authors

I have read quite a few stories by old Indian authors who wrote in Hindi and Urdu in the early twentieth century. I noticed a trend of them not completing their stories or providing an ending and ...
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Why are letters hostile to the Childlike Empress?

When the Childlike Empress reaches the home of the Old Man of Wandering Mountain, she has to climb a ladder made out of letters, his message to her. Her wide white gown was in tatters, for it had ...
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Who is the author of the quote: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”?

I narrowed my search to two Newton: Joseph Fort Newton and Isaac Newton. I think the first one did it. I see four solutions: Joseph Fort Newton wrote it. Isaac Newton wrote it. Both wrote it (maybe ...
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A book about a recently graduated psychologist / psychiatrist who meets a redhead girl who is his first patient

First I would like to clarify that I do not know if someone can answer the question because I think that the book is from Galicia and, although it was translated into Spanish, I do not know if it was ...
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Why does Cat Stevens's Moonshadow talk about losing legs and eyes?

Cat Stevens's Moonshadow talks about losing body parts: And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land Oh if I ever lose my hands, oh if.... I won’t have to work no more And if ...
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A novel with a female teenage protagonist with Middle Eastern recipes interspersed with the prose

My wife is looking for a book that she read circa 2004. The novel was a “coming of age story” with a teenage protagonist. Embedded within the prose of the book were Middle Eastern (possibly Lebanese)...
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Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

I read Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea without ever having heard of Jane Eyre. I didn't see even it was a prequel to another work, because I try to avoid spoilers on the back of the book. What, if ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

I am trying to work out how long Bertha Mason had been locked up by the time we reach Thornfield in the story. This is part of an argument I am working for work and I haven't been able to find a ...
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What does “the gathers” mean?

In Chapter VIII of Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury, a woman schools Mrs. Winchcombe (Jack of Newbury's wife) on how to save money by being more economical with the food for her servants and ...
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An expression 'temporary absolution' from Maupassant's 'Confession'

What is 'temporary absolution' in the below phrase? It's from 'Confession' by Guy de Maupassant. She grew excited, sobbed, seemed enervated and worn out, as if she were still burning from her lover’...
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Shorter version of The Merchant of Venice for school play

İs there any short version of the The Merchant of Venice to play? We are going to play it in our class but the problem is that the story is too long and we don't have enough time for all of it. I need ...
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From which obituary of a male “New Republic” editor do these details sound familiar?

I read it many years ago, but infuriatingly cannot find it. It appeared in The New Republic roughly between 2003 and 2012 by a woman (I think a mentee of his) with a remarkably simple, crystalline ...

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