The question intrigued us and we immediately launched into a heated debate. She: A History of Adventure — H. It left its treadmarks on me even then, but this time his experienced heart spoke to me differently. Le Guin Not only is The Left Hand of Darkness a masterpiece of ideas, invention, and language, but it takes conventional assumptions about gender and grinds them into a fine, powdery dust. Hempel is one of the best story writers in America today, hands-down — her incredible, sharp-edged prose, her precise minimalist style, her devastating and often absurd humor and poignancy have made her a touchstone and influence for other contemporary writers.
If I understood a previous comment correctly, I disagree with her premise that Penguin chose books according to the gender of the author. Lists like this one have two purposes. Dorian is a strikingly beautiful and vain young man who wishes he'd never grow old. Monsieur Monde Vanishes — Georges Simenon 71. Each son represents a different side to the Russian character: Dimitri the spoiled lout or the prodigal son , Ivan the tortured intellect, and Alyosha the spiritual searcher.
We were all there once. But freedom is at the heart of this tiny Czech novel, Too Loud a Solitude. A very fine collection of classics and a great buy for the money. Within the book search the last name of the author on your device, voila the book appears. Instead it became a bestseller and its clean, crisp style has influenced countless writers since.
Since the scope of all these books is too broad to go into, they presentation and index seem complete and easy to use. Alternatively, read Frederick Douglass's firsthand account of slavery, which is equal parts shocking and heartbreaking. Of course it's about Maurice Sendak's whimsy, his spare poetry, his imagination. And as modern as his style is, his work draws upon the country's past while delving deep into the Japanese psyche. The Communist Manifesto — Karl Marx 55.
And while the way we read may have changed dramatically over the years, thanks to Kindles, iPads and smartphones, the fact is reading is still one of our very favourite things to do. But with the publication of her a few years ago, there's now no excuse for not reading her. While Dickens was certainly the writer with the wider scope and bigger heart, Thackeray was crueller, cooler and completely unsentimental. The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the most influential adventures of the early twentieth century and a landmark of young adult literature. With a book as wide-ranging as this, it's no wonder so many other writers have compared Tolstoy to Shakespeare although, ironically, Tolstoy himself never liked Shakespeare that much. And he does so entirely in verse! Set in the 1930s Deep South, this Pulitzer-winning novel is a coming-of age story told through the eyes of young tomboy, Scout Finch.
So portable, so readable, so inexpensive for the quality and quantity of the works you receive. Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad 13. The protagonist is a young girl named Scout and except for her father, all the main characters in the book are marginalized by the power structure of their town — a structure that still exists nearly everywhere — where wealthy white men control the lives of everyone else, and even the members of that group who want to use their status for something honorable, like Scout's father Atticus, cannot win against the flattening wave of that power. If you want to read a truly terrifying literary gem, try Johnson's Angels. You say Breakfast at Tiffanys. This is escapism at its most beguiling.
It's a great read but, if nothing else, you should give it a go if only to arm yourself with some killer one-liners to deploy at your next dinner party! Yet the irony is that choosing the right path for the right reasons is exactly what leads her into all kinds of trouble. Don Juan — Lord George Gordon Byron 19. All of Tartt's novels — each a decade in the making — involve eccentric characters who find themselves in increasingly outlandish, dangerous situations. We then see the devastating effects of European colonization on the region and on Okonkwo himself, whose rise and fall become intertwined with the changing power dynamics. Her novels and short stories are of bittersweet memories and quick, violent societal injustices. Set in modern South Africa, the book explores what it's like to personally confront deep prejudices.
The Holocaust is a widely used trope in Jewish American writing and although Spiegelman treats the subject with the compassion and historical sensitivity it merits, Maus avoids the themes of victimization and historical exceptionalism that render much Holocaust literature precious and insulated from the present. A compelling read told from various perspectives - making you side with different characters at every turn. In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, Wilkerson gives the epic scale of the Great Migration a human angle by focusing on three individuals to represent each of the three main migratory routes. The subtlety and cruelty of this story is like that famous sword stroke from below the boat that plunged upward through the bowels, the lungs, and the throat and into the brain of the rower. One day, his wish was granted. Published in 1969, the book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and went on to become one of the keystones of science fiction. Then Amy goes missing and Nick doesn't seem to be behaving like a distraught husband should.
Several revisions later, it remains a seminal work, in stark contrast to the whitewashed pun intended American history most of us learned by rote in school. What follows is a thoughtful, nuanced, and often uproariously funny meditation on war in the 21st century. Melville had previously been a successful writer of maritime adventure stories, but then he penned this ambitious tale of a maddened sea captain, obsessed with hunting down a white whale, and it proved a little too much for readers at the time. It was a re-reading effort. Shandy begins with his parents in bed, conceiving him, and goes off on so many wild tangents that he's not even born until hundreds of pages in. Gaitskill understands how you can sense a loved one's mood radiating from the next room as clearly as rain out the window.