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The Librarian's Choice: Valentine Day







Naïve Marianne Madison, bored with her routine life, starts a flirt with dashing Valentine Corliss, who has come to her small town looking for fresh marks to swindle.

He soon charms her into faking her wealthy and prominent father's name on a letter of endorsement, which he presents to the other local merchants, who willingly give him merchandise.

He prepares his escape, but not before conning Marianne into becoming his wife.

1931's adaptation of The Flirt starring young Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

The story concerns a young married woman, Lady Constance Chatterley, whose upper class husband, Clifford Chatterley, described as a handsome, well-built man, has been paralyzed from the waist down due to a Great War injury. In addition to Clifford's physical limitations, his emotional neglect of Constance forces distance between the couple.

Her sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The class difference between the couple highlights a major motif of the novel which is the unfair dominance of intellectuals over the working class. The novel is about Constance's realization that she cannot live with the mind alone; she must also be alive physically.

Also, Lady Chaterley's lover  represents an the endangered world of nature by a more and more industrialized and rootless modern world.

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Bruno's Dream's author  -Iris Murdoch- is best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. 

Set in London, the novel tells the story of a dying man called Bruno and his family. Narrated in the third person that allows for multiple character perspectives it follows Bruno, Bruno's son Miles, Miles' wife Diana and her sister Lisa, Bruno's son-in-law Danby, Bruno's nurse Adelaide, Nigel and Nigel's twin brother, Will.

Intertwined with eroticism and psychology, the novel ends with all the different people coupling up in ways you would not expect


1978's The sea, the sea won the Booker Prize.