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What a great advantage we can get from reading books, many writes have make their books, and some of those we have read it. Among of those books, there are the best of the best. This is a list of the top 10 fictional books of all time – needless to say, if you have not read these books, you probably should.
10. Middlemarch George Eliot
Middlemarch is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important novels of the Victorian era. It was written by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) and was first published in 1871 to 1872. It is set in the 1830s in Middlemarch, a fictional provincial town in England, based on Coventry.
9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov was a Russian short story writer and playwright. He was born in Taganrog, southern Russia, on 29 January 1860. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of-consciousness technique, later employed by Virginia Woolf and other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure.
8. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
I appreciate the great artistic merit in Proust’s writing, but I have to be honest and say that I have never managed to get more than half way through the first book of this multiple-book novel. I found it extremely slow paced and boring. This is Proust’s most prominent work, it is popularly known for its extended length and the notion of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine” in which he describes in great (boring) detail, eating a madeleine dipped in tea.
7. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
I agree with the inclusion of this book – it is one of my favorites and one of the best examples of Fitzgerald’s writing. The Great Gatsby is a tale from the Jazz age of Gatsby – a wealthy man whose life is surrounded by mystery. A brilliant read.
6. Hamlet William Shakespeare
It is no surprise that Mr Shakespeare is on the list. I am not sure that I would have picked Hamlet as his best book, but who am I to debate 125 brilliant authors? Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, probably written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle for murdering Hamlet’s father, the King, gaining the throne through this treachery, and subsequently marrying his mother.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
It is good to see such a great book for the younger generation on the list. Huckleberry Finn is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels ever written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer (hero of three other Mark Twainbooks).
4. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita was first written in English and published in 1955 in Paris. The novel is both internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the book’s narrator and protagonist Humbert Humbert becoming sexually obsessed with a twelve-year-old girl named Dolores Haze.
3. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace was first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russkii Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels.
2. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors when it was first serialised in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, resulting in a trial in January 1857 that made it notorious. The novel focuses on a doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel’s true art lies in its details and hidden patterns.
1. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered this book his first true novel. Although most Russian critics panned the novel on its publication as a “trifling romance of high life,” Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be “flawless as a work of art.” Tolstoy’s style in Anna Karenina is considered by many critics to be transitional, forming a bridge between the realist and modernist novel.
Obviously a list of this type is very subjective and it is likely to cause discomfort to many people. We are priveleged on this site to have such a great variety of generally very smart readers. I am very interested to know what your top 10 – or even your number 1 –books are. Do you agree with this list? If not, tell us who should be here and tell us why they should be here.
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Two actors from India, "prancing" Gibreel Farishta and "buttony, pursed" Saladin Chamcha, are flying across the English Channel when the first of many implausible events occurs: the jet explodes. As the two men plummet to the earth, "like titbits of tobacco from a broken old cigar," they argue, sing and are transformed. When they are found on an English beach, the only survivors of the blast, Gibreel has sprouted a halo while Saladin has developed hooves, hairy legs and the beginnings of what seem like horns. What follows is a series of allegorical tales that challenges assumptions about both human and divine nature. Rushdie's fanciful language is as concentrated and overwhelming as a paisley pattern. Angels are demonic and demons are angelic as we are propelled through one illuminating episode after another. The narrative is somewhat burdened by self-consciousness that borders on preciosity, but for Rushdie fans this is a splendid feast. (Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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This book is definitely one of my favorite books, I've read it back when I was in high school, and I may say, this book really change the way I choose things I read now.
It is a fairy tale. In details. In Japan. If Cinderella born in Japan, she would be this little Chiyo, a fisherman's daughter who transformed into a beautiful and most respected geisha in Kyoto, Sayuri, thanks to the Fairy (not so) Godmother Mameha. There're also the Mother and 'stepsister' Pumpkin and Hatsumomo. And of course, in every fairy tale there's this Prince Charming, known as The Chairman in this book.
I love the details, as women would usually do. And this book would tell you anything about geisha, the geisha-school, how they reach the top of their status, things they really used to paint their faces as white as snow, or even the way they sleep without ruining their advanced-hair-styling. It's fun also to know how the culture and tradition taught them to kiss, or hug, or massaging...and so on.
This book is a cocktail of Japanese cultures, mixed with some romance, and intrigue between geisha in Kyoto, and historical stories. It's fun, light, but give you something to think and talk about.
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In order to conclude the month of celebrations of International Children’s Day, we would like to give special review of a classic children book that had been awarded as the Newberry Medal recipient in 1955, The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong.
This heartfelt lovely tale took place in Shora, a little fishing village in
The story began with Lina writing a composition about storks and reading it to the class. She was initially astonished by the fact that the storks went to all the villages all around but Shora. Her opus then raised the question between the children as to why the storks came and built their nest in the
They discovered that the roofs on their village's homes were pitched so steeply that the storks could not find space to nest on the sharp ridges. So they had to place a wagon wheel on each roof ridge to give storks a place to nest. The task of finding a wagon wheel in that tiny village proved to be difficult. But during their search, the children met several interesting personalities and learned valuable things from their encounters.
The Wheel on the School is a happy story, written with freshness, beauty, humor, tenderness, and understanding of children. The simple, yet compelling plot, teaches that if we think and wonder why, things will begin to happen and dreams will come true. There is also this conversation that stated “In order to figure out what stork would want, we should try to think the way a stork would think”, which is a wonderful thing to say to children.
And when the children were getting desperate because of facing a dead lock, the teacher boosted their spirit by saying “There’s where things have to start: with a dream. Of course, if you just go on dreaming, then it stays a dream and becomes stale and dead. But first to dream and then to do, isn’t that the way to make a dream come true?”. A simple logic thought also being taught here as the follow-up to the dream premise “Now we are getting to something that we can do. Now do you see? We wondered why and we reasoned it out. Now we must do”.
As you see, The Wheel on the School is more than the story of school children trying to bring storks to their village on the
The book serves intergenerational tale of love and friendship. It also suggests that you could find help and providence in the places you might least expect them.
This is a timeless story with appeal to all ages.
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It is about a dog, Ribsy, who is very much loved by his owner Henry Huggins. He climbs out of his family's car in a shopping mall parking lot and decides to do a bit of exploring. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses' new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. When he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, lots of little girls pet him and make plans to give him a bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead, he's about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.
Kids who own pets of their own will be able to relate to Henry's sadness over his missing dog, and his determination to find him no matter what.
We would be awed into suspence, wondering if poor old Ribsy would ever find his way home.
If you want your kids to love reading, we suggest that you buy this, read a chapter a night before bedtime, and soon they will want to read it themselves to find out what hapened next.
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