Saturday, August 20, 2011

Must Read Classic Books

Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
Don Quixote is one of the greatest fictions ever published. This novel by a Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes is a story of a Moorish chronicler which was published in two editions. The first edition was published in 1605 and the second one in 1615. The novel reveals the ironic side of orthodoxy, truth, veracity and nationalism.
Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)
This particular novel brings forth totally fascinating and extremely imaginary and exotic expeditions of Gulliver. The book was written by Jonathan Swift and was published in 1726. Gulliver was introduced as a surgeon in the first few editions after which his role was changed to that of a captain for various ships. An amended version of the book was published later in 1735. 
Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
This literary work by Makepeace Thackeray is a sarcastic masterpiece on the pretentious and hypocritical upper classes in the British society. It is a story of the protagonist Becky Sharp who uses her bewitching charm along with manipulative thoughts and deceit to attract rich men in the society and extract as much wealth as possible to climb up the superficial class ladder existing in the society.
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
Oliver Twist is one of the masterpieces coming out of the creative mind of one of the most celebrated and prolific writer’s English literature has ever seen- Charles Dickens. In this classic novel Dickens brings forth the brutal realities of the existing social evils through the innocence of the character Oliver. The book revolves around the personal experiences of Oliver an orphan boy as a child labourer.
Pride And Prejudice (Jane Austen)
This book is an entertaining masterpiece and the most famous book of the author Jane Austin. The book got published first in 1813 and revolves around the life in a civilized rural society. The tale starts with misunderstandings in the society of that time. It is the lively and witty character of Elizabeth Bennet that attracted readers making the book one of the most celebrated classic work of all ages.
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
This classic masterpiece by Emily Bronte gives you a similar picture of that of any love story. It is a tale of love, passion and tragedy which gave to the literary world the powerful protagonist figure of Heathcliff who is a passionate lover in the beginning, but turns out to be an angry man wanting for revenge as the novel progresses. 
The Confessions (St. Augustine)
This autobiographical work by Saint Augustine is one of the best and most popular in the genre of autobiographies. The book was written in AD 397 and AD 398. The book is about the sinful youth times of Saint Augustine before he got converted to Christianity.

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