Top 10 Works Published Posthumously

 

Posthumous is an example of folk etymology. A folk etymology involves respelling or changing of unfamiliar words to make it resemble an unrelated but better-known word. The word published posthumously means published after the death of the author.

Writers believe death to be a big business. Death sells; hence there is a number of books that are published posthumously.

 

The Trial

The Trial is the terrifying tale of Joseph K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly arrested and he will have to defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information.

Read it For:
You should read it if you are looking for an existential tale.
Don't Read it For:
If legality and drama are not your cups of tea.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book follows the unique style of literary writing which the reader will experience since the very beginning.

You Can’t Go Home Again

This book is about George Webber’s family and hometown. When he returns to his town, he is shaken by outrage and hatred that greets him. Family and friends felt naked and exposed to the truth they have seen in his book, and the fury of his friends and family drives him away from his home. He begins a search for his own identity that takes him around the world.

Read it For:
If you are curious to know about the things that inspire authors to write and the impact their writing creates
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want to know the reality of the author’s innovation.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has some exceptionally beautiful and affecting passages that make the reader crave for more and not to close until the end.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance and about Lisbeth Salander, a 24 year old pierced and tattooed genius hacker who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This \team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption and an unexpected connection between themselves.

Read it For:
If you are in for an adventurous suspenseful ride
Don't Read it For:
If you want a story that is fast paced then don’t go for it as it unveils slowly.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters

The Pale King

This book grapples directly with the ultimate questions, questions of life’s meaning and of the value of work in life, through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity.

Read it For:
You can relate this book to your life.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not willing to learn the worst side of society.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for the most daring writers.
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Pirate Latitudes

For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that a galleon is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbour.

Read it For:
To experience a classic story of treasure and betrayal
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in treasure hunting.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.

Gather Yourself Together

It tells the story of 3 American workers left behind in China by their employer. As they pass their days, both the young and naïve Carl Fitter and the older Verne Tildon vie for affections of Barbara Mahler, women who may not be as tough-as-nails as she acts. But the way both men act might drive her away.

Read it For:
For the intense romance that takes place overseas.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not into typical love stories
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel takes place in 1949 in post-revolutionary China and has a mixed concept of politics and romance.

The Love of the Last Tycoon

The story revolves around Monroe Stahr, a fictional 30s Hollywood producer, modelled on real-life Irving Thalberg, the “boy genius” who headed MGM.

Read it For:
If you want to wander behind the scenes in the film industry.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in behind the scenes.
What makes this book stand out?:
An unfinished manuscript becomes a kind of parting gift and a glimpse at what might have been.

Maurice

This book is set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life. This book introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is 14. The story follows him through public school and Cambridge, and then into his father’s firm. Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way except that he is homosexual.

Read it For:
If you are interested to know the problems faced by a homosexual person.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is one of the few ones that tell us the story of a homosexual person and him being at the top of everything.

Three Days Before the Shooting

The story is a gripping saga centred on the assassination of a controversial and racist senator who is saved by an elderly black jazz musician.

Read it For:
If you are against racism, then this book should be read by you. It will completely change your perspective of black people.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t find such books interesting enough to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is presented in their provisional state; the narrative is brimmed with humour and tension.

Diary of a Young Girl

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a family fled their home and went into hiding. For the next couple of years, they lived in an abandoned office building. In her diary, Anne Frank recorded vivid details of her experience during this period.

Read it For:
If you want in-depth knowledge of World War II from the point of view of a girl who experienced it
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in knowing the past and the worst situations people faced during the war
What makes this book stand out?:
Her account offers a fascinating view on human courage and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short

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