100 Must-Read Classic Novels by Whitaker's

By Whitaker's

This ebook is a wealthy collection of writing that has prompted the 20 th century and past. With 100 of the simplest titles totally reviewed and one other urged, you’ll fast set out on a trip of discovery. The booklet additionally permits you to browse via topic and comprises “a reader’s fast-guide to the classics,” earlier award-winners, and e-book membership recommendations.

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It was influenced by Döblin’s reading of Joyce (although he later became irritated by endless comparisons of his novel with Joyce’s, Döblin admitted that ‘his work was wind for my sails’). Döblin was a Berliner by birth and studied medicine and psychiatry before turning to literature. During the Nazi years he fled Germany (he was Jewish) and lived in France and then America, where he was an unlikely recipient of MGM’s munificence, living in Los Angeles and earning money as a scriptwriter. He returned 39 02 100 MR CLASSIC NOVELS 16/10/06 8:04 pm Page 40 100 MUST-READ CLASSIC NOVELS to Europe after the war and died in 1957.

His cowardice has gone unseen and, in the fighting next day, he appears a model of military courage, picking up and carrying the regimental colours when their original bearer is shot. He even has his ‘red badge of courage’, the wound of one who has fought, although he knows that he received it in less than heroic circumstances. And, deep in his heart, haunted by the images of death and destruction he has seen, Henry knows that the hero of today can just as easily be the coward of tomorrow. H. Mottram, The Spanish Farm Trilogy Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun Gore Vidal, Williwaw Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier Arnold Zweig, The Case of Sergeant Grischa DANIEL DEFOE (1660–1731) UK ROBINSON CRUSOE (1719) Born into a Nonconformist family named Foe (he did not add the extra letters to his name until he was in his early forties), Daniel Defoe led an extraordinarily chequered career.

During a summer vacation, her flirtation with the young and romantic Robert Lebrun awakens her to the idea that there may be more to life than social conventions suggest. On her return from vacation to New Orleans she determines to act upon her newly aroused feelings. Working as a painter and selling her paintings gives her a greater sense of independence and she asserts this further by moving out of the family home and engaging in a brief affair with a charming but egotistical womanizer. However, as Chopin’s short narrative unfolds, Edna finds that the forces of conformity and convention are stronger than she believed and that the kind of self-fulfilment she seeks is beyond her.

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