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Profile #67: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Profile by Helen Albert.
In post-apocalypse Canada, a young boy witnesses his friend being chased out of their strictly religious community because she has six toes. As he comes to realize that he too is “abnormal”, David Strorm starts to question the Puritanical, intolerant society in which he has always lived.
Profile #68: Dracula by Bram Stoker. Profile by Victoria Hooper.
A young Englishman journeys to Transylvania to help a mysterious Count with a property transaction. In England, after a bizarre shipwreck, a beautiful woman falls ill with puncture wounds to the neck. Horror, sexuality and intrigue abound in this iconic story of the most famous vampire of all time.
Profile #69: Beauty by Robin McKinley. Profile by Gricel Dominguez.
Plain, intelligent Honour hates her nickname, Beauty. When misfortune strikes and the family moves to the wild north, Beauty must learn to work hard to help her loving family. But Beauty is curious and begins to wonder about the forbidden woods that border their quaint cottage, and the tales of the monster within.
Profile #70: The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. Profile by Tim Kelleher.
Sigmund Freud argues that although dreams have been interpreted for millennia they have never been properly understood, their very purpose being to evade understanding. Their distorted reproductions from memory represent the ongoing war between conscious and unconscious forces which characterises his vision of the mind.
Profile #71: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
James Joyce’s semi-autobiographical bildungsroman follows Stephen Dedalus from childhood and a harsh Jesuit school, via lustful discovery and Catholic guilt in the brothels of Dublin, to self-imposed exile as the artist frees himself to pursue his true calling.
Profile #72: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Profile by Eloise Pare.
Mrs Bennet has five daughters, all of whom need husbands if their futures are to be secured. The rich and charming Mr Bingley seems perfect for sweet-natured Jane. But will Elizabeth, who has resolved to marry only for love, find anything to like in proud, haughty Mr Darcy?