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Murder On The Orient Express - by Agatha Christie  

Murder On The Orient Express - by Agatha Christie

Murder On The Orient Express is a fascinating story which intrigues your brain cells. Fabulously written and honed by Agatha Christie, it is certainly one-of-it's-kind book.

It is the story of a man who dies on the orient Express. To resolve the American's murder is present on the train, the famous yet eccentric Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. The clues are few, but Poirot tickles and squeezes our brains in an extraordinary way to bring out a transfixing result.

With the few clues, he assimilates the murder. The murder was of a renowned child kidnapper/killer. Thus, he begins to wonder about connections between the passengers and the victim. A misplaced button, overheard conversations, a monogrammed handkerchief, and an elusive figure clad in a scarlet kimono all become clues as Hercule Poirot interrogates the snow-trapped travelers and comes to his own conclusions.

The train has 16 occupant including Poirot and one..or maybe no….is the culprit. Who is it? Why did he do it? To know this it would be prudent of you to read the book as it tickles your brain and gives and never-before feel!

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Improve Your Writing By Keeping A Rotten Apple!!  

Goethe and the Rotten Apple

“It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the basket!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe would certainly disagree with this saying. I suppose he adheres to the saying, “Old is Gold”.

Goethe was so addicted to the saying that he could not write if he had no rotten apple in his desk. He says thoughts emerged in his mind only after he looked at the rotten apple!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the renowned writer, is a German poet and novelist. Some of the renowned works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe include Faust; The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. To read more about him you can visit this great article. Reading some famous quotes by Goethe at John Petrie's Collection is a must. For more information about this great author, visit Wikipedia.

Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Maybe it was just a hallucination by the writer to think that keeping a rotten apple in his desk helped in improving his writing; but why not give it a try?

Goethe has revealed this astounding secret of his success of the rotten apple, now it’s time to share yours! I would love to know what you do to bear sweet fruits!

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A Corner For Your Creative Writing!  

­Creative Writing Corner

'Creative Writing Corner' is one of the blogs that is­ about writing and enjoyable to read too. It is a fabulous place where you can read from books to movies! It contains all the posts which help you in writing a good piece of work. The blog is owned by Blair Hurley who is a creative writer herself.

This blog also helps you in learning the correct usage of substances in your post. One of her recent posts, How To Use Weather In Your Writing, is a good example. The blog is also for amateur writers who can get valuable tips. In one of her recent posts, School Is Near The End! What Are Your Creative Writing Plans?, Blair gives good ideas to spend our ongoing summer vacations! One of her posts, The Three P's is a good example about the elements in a story.

The blog also has a post on how reading can help you improve your writing prowess. This blog is a good read in it­self, and written by a college undergraduate herself, has a spunk of immense creativity.

To sum it up, The Creative Writing Corner is a great place for all writers and wannabe authors!


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David Copperfield - by Charles Dickens  

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield is a classic novel written by the beloved author, Charles Dickens.

The book unfurls an exuberant rendition of the adventures of David as we face interesting characters and a well developed plot. The story continues with a well balanced blend of comedy, tragedy, treachery, love, honesty and brimming with energy.

The Plot

This is another beautiful rendition of the adventures of a juvenile soul. Deserted by a helpless mother and compelled by an imperious father, David finally decides it is time…time he lived his own life!

It takes you on a a ride through the life of young David, his hatred for his step-father and Aunt, Mr. Edward Murdstone and Jane. They torment him and finally send him to a boarding school where David becomes friends with Tommy Traddles and James Steerforth.

Then the novel returns again with a more matured David, after his mother’s and new-born half brother’s death. He takes work at a factory and the book describes the harsh cruelty of life. When his landlord, Wilkins Micawber goes to prison after bankruptcy, David flees from London as he has nobody.

David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens

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My Thoughts

Turning the last page, this book gave me a satisfied smile and a naive sadness that it was over. This is a wonderful recipe of life with all you can ask for. A trifle bit sour but magically unfolds an indelible taste of sweetness and exquisite happiness. I am you all will enjoy it so why not pick a copy now?


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An Entire Novel Without The Letter 'e'  

Gadsby Novel without letter "e"

Okay, so all those who have got that sharp memory might remember that I had earlier told you all about An Entire Novel With No Verbs. But here comes another amazing feat that has been achieved by Earnst Wright..

"Gadsby" is a novel by Earnst Wincent Wright written around 1939. It is famous for NOT containing the letter 'e', the most common letter in the English language! To top it all, let me tell you that the novel is more than 50,000 words long and has 267 pages!!

If you don't believe me, let me clarify what Wikipedia says about this novel:

  • The novel is about 50,100 words long.
  • The lack of the letter 'e' makes Gadsby a lipogram, or an example of constrained writing.
  • The use of odd punctuation, contrived language, and disjointed air carry on throughout the book.
  • As well as having to avoid common words such as 'the', 'he', and 'she', Wright made the task particularly hard for himself by setting Gadsby in the past tense, while avoiding the verb ending '-ed'.
  • He also made valiant attempts to include objects that ordinarily require the letter E, such as a horse-drawn fire engine; he achieved this by describing the object without quite naming it.
  • Wright never saw his work in print - he died at the age of 66 on the day it was published.

You can read here the Introduction of the novel by the author, in which he even states that:

THE ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT of this story was written with the E type-bar of the typewriter tied down; thus making it impossible for that letter to be printed. This was done so that none of that vowel might slip in, accidentally.

Now, wasn't that interesting?

Now, if you infer that 'e' is one of the letters we may not be using in our writings much, let me further point out to the fact that you are mistaken here too!

The letter 'e' is the most commonly used letter in English language (frequency being 12.70 %), followed by the letter 't' which has a frequency of usage of only 9.05 %. The letter frequency chart shows letters in this order:

e t a o i n s r h l d c u m f p g w y b v k x j q z

If you think it's sheer madness or it is very difficult to write such a lengthy novel, let me tell you that this is not the only one such book.

La Disparition ("The Disappearance") is another 300 page French lipogrammatic novel, written in 1969 by Georges Perec, " without the letter "e". The English translation Gilbert Adair is named "A Void".

But if you still think that it is easy, try writing a single meaningful paragraph in the comment box without the letter 'e' :D

Meghna, the Author

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