Top 10 Books on Literature

 

Literary fiction explores the subtleties and complexities of language, theme and symbolism, and tends to be driven by character rather than guided by the plot. Examples of literary fiction include the book by the modernist author Virginia Woolf to the Lighthouse and the novels by Nobel Prize-winning authors such as Toni Morrison and J.M. Coetzee
Often, literary fiction makes more demands on its readers than on genre fiction. This is because it deserves a higher level of intellectual commitment. The themes and themes of the text and its social, political and / or historical context are important for the way of reading literary fiction. This is particularly true in the sense that many books considered literary have been written in past centuries and the taboos and beliefs of society are not static.

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most wonderful event of my entire life"; Ernest Hemingway stated that "all modern American literature comes from this book", while TS Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy of taking a seat with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Giovanni, Hamlet." " The pre-eminence of the novel derives from the wonderfully imaginative recreation of childhood adventures along the Mississippi River, from its inspired characterization, from the author's remarkable ear for dialogue and from the discreet development of the serious fundamental themes of the book: "natural" man against "civilized" society. the evils of slavery, the innate courage and dignity of human beings, and other issues. Above all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, full of adventures and unforgettable characters

Read it For:
Hemingway said that American fiction begins and ends with Huckleberry Finn. It digs between topics like racism, friendship, war, religion and freedom with a mysterious combination of lightness and seriousness. There are several moments in the book which hilarious. The book forces the reader to think about important matters.
Don't Read it For:
The message in this book has been very controversial over time, due to the historical context associated with the main message of slavery.
What makes this book stand out?:
There is a reason why many consider that THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN are one of the great American novels, if not the greatest. He broke many of the literary rules of his time and therefore established the pattern of much of American literature ever since.

Of Mice and Men

The compelling story of two strangers struggling to find their place in an unstoppable world. Drifters looking for work, George and his naive friend Lennie have nothing in the world, except each other and a dream: a dream that one day will have their land. They eventually find work on a ranch in the Salinas Valley in California, but their hopes are condemned while Lennie, fighting extreme cruelty, incomprehension and jealousy, becomes a victim of her own strength.

Read it For:
"Of Mice and Men" is a comforting story with a chilling conclusion. A history of marginalized men and women living on the edge of an impassive society and navigating in the turbulent waters of human dignity and animation, of reason and instinct, of courage and fatigue, of narcotic dreams and hopeful illusions.
Don't Read it For:
The language, violence and sexual content of this book do not elevate or improve the vocabulary of any student.
What makes this book stand out?:
Facing universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision and giving voice to the solitary and ousted of the United States, Of Mice and Men proved to be one of Steinbeck's most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway comedy and three films acclaimed.

The Brothers Karamazov

"The Brothers Karamazov" is an exciting philosophical novel set in nineteenth-century Russia, which enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will and morality. Comprised of a spiritual drama of moral struggles linked to faith, doubt and reason, against a Russia, this is one of the best reads in the process of modernization.

Read it For:
The book is full of drama, humour and suspense
Don't Read it For:
It is a very long book around 800+ pages which seems difficult to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
As a story, Brothers Karamazov is quite good, but as a penetrating catalogue of religious, political, psychological and ethical thinking, it is even better

A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, Elder Dr Manette is finally released and reunites with his daughter in England. There live two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, an English lawyer of ill-fated but brilliant, are entangled in his love for Lucie Manette. From the quiet streets of London, they are dragged against their will into the vindictive and bloody streets of Paris at the height of the Kingdom of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of The Guillotine.

Read it For:
This is one of Charles Dickens's most beloved novels, with good reason. The plot is suspended, the purpose is powerful, and the characters are as rich and emotional as they can be. No love was sweeter than Lucie and Charles, no father or daughter was more deeply tied to the Handcuffs, and no character in English literature had a greater purpose or better lines than Sydney Carton.
Don't Read it For:
It was absolutely too detailed, and "clean" would be a euphemism.
What makes this book stand out?:
This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication of 1859 to convey the entire scope of Dickens' vision, and includes original illustrations by H. K. Browne ('Phiz'). The introduction by Richard Maxwell discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.
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Slaughterhouse-Five

The classic and absurd Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut presents Billy Pilgrim, a man who takes off in time after being kidnapped by the aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In an exhibition of virtuosity that weaves the plot, we follow the Pilgrim simultaneously in all phases of his life, focusing on his harrowing experience (and that of Vonnegut) as a US prisoner of war who witnesses the bombing of the Dresden bomb.

Read it For:
Mr Vonnegut's writing style is captivating and makes his point creatively.
Don't Read it For:
this book includes some inappropriate words for kids
What makes this book stand out?:
Slaughterhouse-Five has become one of the great cult classics of all time. The main character belongs to the same class as Forrest Gump or Huck Finn; He is an innocent witness to history. The novel was originally written for adults and, although not particularly graphic, has sexual, violent and explicit content. That said, it's no different from today's average novel and is a great introduction to the work of Kurt Vonnegut for mature adolescent readers.

Catch-22

The novel is set during the Second World War, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a B-25 bomber of the US Army air forces. UU. Most of the events in the book occur while the 256th Fictitious Squadron is located on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, in western Italy.

Read it For:
This book includes Satire, farce, gallows humour and irreverence.
Don't Read it For:
This book includes war sequences and violent content.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel analyses the experiences of Yossarian and other aviators in the field, who try to maintain their sanity while meeting the service requirements to be able to return home.

The Old Man and the Sea

After 84 days of not capturing anything, Santiago, a former Cuban fisherman, leaves alone in his small boat up to the Gulf Stream in search of a better fortune and soon hooks what turns out to be the fish of his life. While spending the next three days at sea being towed by the marlin colossus, sleeping and waking up, he reflects on his strategy, fights with powerful fish and reflects on his life.

Read it For:
The old and the sea are an elegant work of a legendary author. The reader follows the fishing trip to Santiago, an old man who has not caught a fish in many months.
Don't Read it For:
The moral of the story is very difficult to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme trial: a relentless and harrowing battle with a giant marlin far in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple and powerful language of a fairytale, Hemingway takes timeless themes of bravery in the face of defeat, and the personal triumph gained from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

War and Peace

War and Peace focuses extensively on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known figures in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count fighting for his legacy and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

Read it For:
Fans of historical fiction will find it clever and timeless.
Don't Read it For:
It contains some moments of sexuality, which include an incestuous relationship and short nudity.

Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Thus began the masterpiece of Herman Melville, one of the best works of imagination in the history of literature. When Ishmael is attracted by Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to kill the white whale Moby-Dick, he becomes involved in a metaphysical struggle between good and evil. More than an adventure novel, more than a hymn to the legacy of the whaling legend, Moby-Dick is a disturbing social commentary, populated by some of the most enduring characters in literature; the crew of the Pequod, from the stern, Quaker First Mate Starbuck, to the Polynesian tattooed harpy Queequeg , is a worldview in microcosm, the apex of the meditative meditation of Melville in America

Read it For:
Written in wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is a deep and poetic investigation of character, faith and the nature of perception.
Don't Read it For:
This seems less interesting for a modern reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
Herman Melville is now considered one of the best novelists in the United States. Much of the material for his novels stems from his experience as a sailor on board the whaling ships. He wrote his masterpiece Moby-Dick in 1851 and died in 1891

The Sound and the Fury

"Backgrounds" begins with the appendix that Faulkner wrote in 1945 and which is sometimes called The Sound and the Fury and includes a selection of Faulkner's letters, extracted from two Faulkner interviews, a biography of Faulkner's friend Ben Wasson and both versions of Faulkner's introduction in 1933 to the novel. "Cultural and historical contexts" presents four different perspectives, two of which are new in the second edition, on the role of the southern United States in history. Together, these works, by C. Vann Woodward, Richard H. King, Carolyn Porter and Robert Penn Warren, provide the reader with valuable contexts for understanding the novel.

Read it For:
Incest, castration, suicide, racism, misogyny it has everything.
Don't Read it For:
The provocative writing and baffling style of Faulkner's novel found little acceptance by the general reading public when it was published in 1929, the film adaptation of Franco is likely to attract a very small audience. Not recommended, even for mature teenagers.
What makes this book stand out?:
In 1931, however, when Faulkner's sixth novel, Sanctuary, a sensationalist story that Faulkner later claimed was written for money only, The Sound and the Fury also achieved commercial success, and Faulkner began to receive critical attention.

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