Showing posts with label Classic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Classic. Show all posts

The Comedy of Errors / William Shakespeare

Title: The Comedy of Errors 
Author: William Shakespeare
Subjects: Classic; Drama; Play

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. A series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Anne of Green Gables / Lucy Maud Montgomery

Title: Anne of Green Gables 
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Subjects: Classic; Children; Fiction

It is about adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

Brave New World / Aldous Leonard Huxley

Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Leonard Huxley
Subjects: Classic; Science Fiction 

The Modern Library ranked Brave New World as #5. novels of the 20th century. It is about futuristic world state where people were genetically modified and society is mainly intelligence based hierarchy. And this utopian society is challenged by a single individual. The novel is often compared to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

A Farewell to Arms / Ernest Hemingway

Title: A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Historical Fiction

A American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The book is about a love affair between Henry and Catherine Barkley during World War-1. One of the best novel from hemingway and can be read. 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man / James Joyce

Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 
Author: James Joyce
Subjects: Classic; Fiction

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to fully come into themselves. it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. 

The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth / H. G. Wells

Title: The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth 
Author: H.G. Wells
Subjects: Classic; Science Fiction

The novel is about a group of scientists who invent a food that accelerates the growth of children and turns them into giants when they become adults. The gripping, newly relevant tale combines fast-paced entertainment with social commentary as it considers the ethics involved in genetic engineering. 

When the Sleeper Wakes / H. G. Wells

Title: When the Sleeper Wakes 
Author: Herbert George Wells 
Subjects: Classic; Science Fiction

The book is about a man who sleeps for 203 years from 1897 to 2100, and suddenly waking up in a completely transformed London. Now he has become the richest man in the world. And not just the richest man but master of the world. The future revealed to him is horror to him. Then he escaped.

The War in the Air / H. G. Wells

Title: The War in the Air 
Author: H. G. Wells
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Science Fiction 

Wells's this works is notable for the use of the aircraft for the purpose of warfare and the coming of World War I. Actually there was no such planes in the world when this book had been written. the visions conjured by Wells were prophetic of the Second World War rather than the First one.

The Island of Doctor Moreau / H. G. Wells

Title: The Island of Doctor Moreau 
Author: H. G. Wells 
Subjects: Classic; Science Fiction 

A mad scientist creates human-like hybrid beings from animals. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. This book is a great masterpiece of science fiction of its own kind. It is inspiration for several movies.

Apology / Plato

Title: Apology (The Death of Socrates) 
Author: Plato 
Translator: Benjamin Jowett
Subjects: Classic; Philosophy

Apology of Socrates is the dialogue that depicts the trial, and is one of four Socratic dialogues, along with Euthyphro, Phaedo, and Crito, through which Plato details the final days of the philosopher Socrates. Socrates defence against the charges of "corrupting the youth" and "not believing in the gods in whom the city believes.

The Jungle / Upton Sinclair

Title: The Jungle 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Political 

The novel portray the life of immigrants in the United States in Chicago when it is published in 1906. The book depicts working-class poverty, harsh and unpleasant conditions, and a hopelessness among workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. A review by the writer Jack London called it "the Uncle Tom's Cabin of wage slavery.

Utopia / Thomas More

Title: Utopia 
Author: Thomas More
Subjects: Classic; Non-Fiction; Political Science; Philosophy

The book is about a fictional island society and its religious, social, and political customs. Many aspects of More's description of Utopia are reminiscent of life in monasteries. Utopia was the book that invented a new genre of fiction and made up world, a “Utopia” in its framing. More wrote this story to make a point about collectivism, whether in defense or as a criticism. Must read for every Political Science student. 

The Moonstone / Wilkie Collins

Title: The Moonstone 
Author: Wilkie Collins
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Mystery

The Moonstone and The Woman in White are widely considered to be Collins's best novels. The Moonstone of the title is a diamond. It is protected by three hereditary guardians on the orders of Vishnu, and waxes and wanes in brilliance along with the light of the moon. The moonstone considered to be the first detective novel, and it established many of the ground rules of the modern detective novel. Very interesting read. 

The First Men In The Moon / H. G. Wells

Title: The First Men In The Moon 
Author: H. G. Wells
Subjects: Classic; Science Fiction; Fiction

It is the story of a journey to the Moon of two men, a businessman narrator, Mr. Bedford, and an eccentric scientist, Mr. Cavor. Bedford and Cavor discover that the Moon is inhabited by a sophisticated extraterrestrial civilization of insect-like creatures they call "Selenites". Like other books from Wells, this book also inspire a lot of people. 

Master and Man / Leo Tolstoy

Title: Master and Man 
Author: Leo Tolstoy 
Translator: Louise and Aylmer Maude 
Subjects: Classic; Short Story

A land owner with peasants find themselves losing the road and getting lost due to snow. They Nikita, soon finds himself about to die from hypothermia. Vasily Andreyevich decides to leave Nikita to die and sets out on his own on the horse. He wanders through the snow in circles and eventually falls off the horse, finding himself back by Nikita and the sleigh. The master then lies on top of the peasant to keep him warm through the cold night. In the morning, peasants dig out the sleigh, which was only half a mile from town. They find Vasily Andreyevich and the horse dead but Nikita is still alive.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles / Agatha Christie

Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles 
Author: Agatha Christie
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Detective; Mystery

In this novel introduced Hercule Poirot. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.

The Murder on the Links / Agatha Christie

Title: The Murder on the Links 
Author: Agatha Christie 
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Detective; Mystery

It is a detective fiction. The story takes place in northern France, where Renauld had been stabbed and left in a newly dug grave adjacent to a local golf course. His wife, Eloise Renauld, claims masked men broke into the villa and took her husband away with them. Monsieur Giraud of the Sûreté leads the police investigation, and Poirot's involves.

The Grand Inquisitor / Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title: The Grand Inquisitor 
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky 
Translator: H. P. Blavatsky 
Subjects: Classic; Fiction

The following is an extract from M. Dostoevsky's celebrated novel, The Brothers Karamazov, the last publication from the pen of the great Russian novelist, who died a few months ago, just as the concluding chapters appeared in print. Dostoevsky is beginning to be recognized as one of the ablest and profoundest among Russian writers. His characters are invariably typical portraits drawn from various classes of Russian society, strikingly life-like and realistic to the highest degree. The following extract is a cutting satire on modern theology generally and the Roman Catholic religion in particular. The idea is that Christ revisits earth, coming to Spain at the period of the Inquisition, and is at once arrested as a heretic by the Grand Inquisitor. One of the three brothers of the story, Ivan, a rank materialist and an atheist of the new school, is supposed to throw this conception into the form of a poem, which he describes to Alyosha—the youngest of the brothers, a young Christian mystic brought up by a "saint" in a monastery—as follows: (—Ed. Theosophist, Nov., 1881)]

The Devils / Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title: The Devils (The Possessed)  
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky 
Translator: Constance Garnett
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Nihilism

It is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy. According to Ronald Hingley, it is Dostoevsky's "greatest onslaught on Nihilism", and "one of humanity's most impressive achievements." One of the great classic from Dostoevsky. Even it is not in my must read list but you can't ignore it. 

Notes from the Underground / Fyodor Dostoevsky

Title: Notes from the Underground 
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Subjects: Classic; Fiction; Political

Notes is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done? The second part of the book is called "Apropos of the Wet Snow" and describes certain events that appear to be destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator and anti-hero.

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