This "Reader" contains five of Francois Mauiacs books.He won the 1952 Nobel Prize for Literature, the year I was born.After reading all of these books I can see why he received the Nobel Prize that year.I was taken most by his analogies of what is happening within a given character (some emotional challenge and what was going on outside in nature or the city....the sky, storms, flowers, tree, the sound of trains....his descriptions were amazing.The other significant theme in his stories are the psychological insecurities we often have within ourselves but do not share easily with others....here all was revealed, leaving the reader able to understand exactly what his character(s) were experiencing and often knowing we experienced those same feelings.It was the richest book in language that I've read in along time!