Great works of literature include many novels such as David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Paradise Lost by John Milton, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Odyssey by Homer, Dubliners by James Joyce, The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner, The Brother’s Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, The Divine Comedy by Alighieri, The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James, TristramShandy by Laurence Sterne, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Trial by Franz Kafka, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad—this kickass list just does not end here…
There are more than many important literary novels out there to begin with if you are new to this. These handpicked books below are not the only books that are worth reading, but many of the books mentioned above and not mentioned are the literary figures are worth reading.
These books will change your perception towards life, people, and the universe. Given below are some of my favorite literary books:
1. The Great Gatsby:
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.
2. Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Bronte. It was published in 1847. Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester.
3. Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
Published by the Russian author Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of RodionRaskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash.
4. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
Popular for its magic realist style and thematic substance, it is an epic 1967 novel by Colombian author Gabriel GarcíaMárquez. It narrates the story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José ArcadioBuendía, found the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia.
5. Ulysses by James Joyce:
It is a modernist novel divided in eighteen episodes. It talks about the encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature
6. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes:
The novel is about the adventures of a hidalgo named Mr. Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it is regarded as one of the greatest works of fiction ever published.
7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
This novel was published in 1851 ie during the period of the American Renaissance. In the story sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee.
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. It was published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger.
9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens:
Set in London in the 19th century, this was the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens. The story paints a picture of the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip.
10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare:
Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play, and is ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature. It tells a tragic story set in Denmark. The play dramatises the revenge of Prince Hamlet against his uncle Claudius.
Most of the literary books mentioned on the list and above are truly an amazing piece of work.
By: Sahana Bhandari
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