A Mysterious Manuscript Found in Old Copy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

A Mysterious Manuscript Found in Old Copy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

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Do you like second-hand books? I love those used copies not only because of the book value but for some unexpected surprises hidden in the book. Literally.  A mysterious manuscript was recently found in a used copy of Alice in Wonderland in a second-hand bookshop in Warrnambool, Australia. Lorraine Smith, the owner of the bookshop, recalled that the customer came to her saying that she found this “surprise” while browsing Alice in Wonderland.   Just like going down a rabbit hole, you never know what you’re going to find! The manuscript was indeed mysterious. It’s a parchment-like material with a zig-zag top and recognizable numbers “1583” on the bottom. …

‘The English Patient’ Wins Golden Man Booker Prize

‘The English Patient’ Wins Golden Man Booker Prize

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Congratulations to Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje, whose book The English Patient won the Golden Man Booker Prize on July 8th! For any book-lover, it goes without saying that the Man Booker Prize is one of the most important awards for novels written in English. The Golden Man Booker Prize aims to re-award the most distinguished  Booker Prize-winning works in the past fifty years. Ondaatje’s The English Patient won the prize in 1992 for its great portrayal of the society and mentality during World War II. Defeating the other four works nominated, The English Patient got 9,000 votes and became the winner of The Golden Booker Prize. …

Let’s Go Adventuring: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’

Let’s Go Adventuring: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’

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Traveling is appealing, amazing, and accessible—especially in the summer time. Imagine you travelled on the road or cast yourself into the wild, what kind of landscapes you would see, what people you would meet, and what stories you would make? The vast territory of America always conjures adventurers and inspires travelers to explore its beauty. If you are planning a road trip, just go, and tell me your story later! If you are stuck in the city for any reason, you still can hit on the road and go into the wild through reading these two amazing books about adventure: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and …