100 Must-Read Classic Novels by Whitaker's

By Whitaker's

This booklet is a wealthy choice of writing that has stimulated the 20th century and past. With 100 of the easiest titles totally reviewed and an extra advised, you’ll speedy set out on a trip of discovery. The booklet additionally helps you to browse by means of subject matter and contains “a reader’s fast-guide to the classics,” prior award-winners, and publication membership recommendations.

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As the interlocking narratives unfold, readers witness the disintegration of the Compson family in a welter of alcohol, mutual hatreds, greed and despair. Faulkner made much use in his fiction of modernist techniques (stream of consciousness, multiple and unreliable narrators) pioneered by European writers such as >> Virginia Woolf and >> James Joyce. However, he combined these with a particularly American tradition of writing about the Deep South to produce novels which chart moral decline with merciless precision.

She meets with a baby that metamorphoses into a pig, animals that are more human than most humans and playing cards that come to life and play croquet. Surreal before the word was invented, these fantasies of a shy Oxford mathematics don have become classics of children’s literature. Alice’s encounters with the Cheshire Cat and the March Hare, her experiences at the Mad Hatter’s tea party and her attendance at the trial of the knave of hearts for stealing some tarts liberate the reader’s imagination in a way few other works can do.

Her finest and, in many ways, 19 02 100 MR CLASSIC NOVELS 16/10/06 8:04 pm Page 20 100 MUST-READ CLASSIC NOVELS most characteristic novel, My Ántonia, has a similar setting. Through the eyes of the narrator Jim Burden, the book tells the life story of Ántonia Shimerda, the eldest daughter of a family of immigrant farmers in Nebraska. Ántonia is a powerful personality – she ‘had always been one to leave images in the mind that did not fade’, according to Burden – and, in the course of the novel, her strength and determination to survive are severely tested.

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