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By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Robert Baldick

A wildly unique fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature follows its sole personality, Des Esseintes, a decadent, in poor health aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place he indulges his flavor for luxurious and extra. Veering among frightened excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and paintings, unique jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), wealthy perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual reviews. the unique guide of decadence, Against Nature exploded “like a grenade” (in the phrases of its writer) and has loved a cult readership from its ebook to the current day.

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Wilson Turbot, the rascal! He's trying to balk me at the last minute, I believe. " and with this, the excited Mr. Period rushed down the gangplank, toward the man at whom he had pointed−−one of the men who had tried to buy Tom's picture taking camera. A moment later the steamer's whistle blew, the last belated passenger rushed up the gangplank, it was drawn in, and the vessel began to move away from the dock. Tom and his friends were on their way to India, and the last glimpse they had of Mr. Period was as he was chasing along the pier, after Mr.

The airship was plunging and swaying about in the awful gale. " cried Mr. Nestor.

The small lion had, by a sudden spring, landed on the back of his rival. There was a terrific struggle, and the older beast went down, the younger one clawing him terribly. Then, so quickly did it happen that the boys could not take in all the details, the older lion rolled over and over, and rid himself of his antagonist. Quickly he got to his feet, while the smaller lion did the same. They stood for a moment eyeing each other, their tails twitching, the hair on their backs bristling, and all the while they uttered frightful, roars.

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