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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In 1958 Chinua Ahebe wrote “ Things Fall Apart” and it was one of the few African novels written in English language originally. During his childhood, Chinua was exposed to both Christian and native African values and culture, which allowed the author to relay the story of this nation in a manner that is particularly interesting and easy to understand for the western world.  The...

Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll wrote a continuation for his “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” six years after the original book was published. “Through the Looking-Glass” picks up the story of a curious and fearless young girl six months after the previous book has left it. And this time the adventures are even more crazy and fascinating than before! This time Alice steps through...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There are just few books that are absolutely obligatory to read at any high school throughout the US and one of them is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The book is a multifaceted story of three kids who manage to lead a fun teenager life together while discovering very grown up concepts. Morality, rape, racial injustice, friendship, unfairness, fear, differences. Life is fickle...

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

“To the Lighthouse” is the fifth novel of the legendary author Virginia Woolf. The text offers a pleasurable journey to the magnificent Scottish land site called the Isle of Skye. Great focus on the philosophy and analysis in this book makes it a wonderful text where every reader will find something for himself. “To the Lighthouse” is a complex book, which doesn't...

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “Treasure Island” in 1881. Once named a “boy’s book”, it received wide appraisal among general public as a great adventure novel. If you love pirates, gold hunt quests, secret maps, abundance of alcohol or crazy parties, tropical nature and exotic animals, then you will surely fall in love with the story. Prepare to set on a colorful sea...

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

“Tuesdays with Morrie” belongs to the authorship of Mitch Albom. The book talks about the experience of author’s teacher Morrie Schwartz who was dying from ALS. The memoir found its place among many bestseller lists and was made into a movie in 1999. Morrie Schwartz was Albom’s favorite professor at the university. Despite the great connection between them, Mitch kept on...

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

“The Twelfth Night” was written by William Shakespeare and is one of the few comical plays of his authorship. It is light and musical, beautiful and ambitious, funny and very worldly. The play is one of the most popular both for reading and staging.   Sometimes it seems that all comedy shows use “The Twelfth Night” as something to strive towards. It has a rich...

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir he tried to write as precisely as possible. This book contains no morals like in “Uncle Toms Cabin” and no epiphany. The goal of Northup was to describe the institute of slavery in all its ugliness. Born a free black person and being a skilled carpenter and musician, Solomon was once offered a short-term job in the travelling circus...

Ulysses by James Joyce

“Ulysses” is a legendary masterpiece of the Irish father of contemporary drama James Joyce. Published as a complete piece in 1922, today the book is considered to be the greatest work of modern literary genres. The author wrote a text that has not two layers, but dozens and hundreds of them.  “Ulysses”, which was given the name that derives from the ancient Odysseus...

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Anti-slavery movement is present in many aspects of American cultural life. Literature and journalism are ones of the most important of them. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is a well-known novel Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote as a manifest to the importance of the issue.  What is the depth of the meaning to be free? And if today you might get lost in the variations of self-discovery and...

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray is a piece of literature about the rigid social order, impossible expectations and the characters of different initial statuses who all try to live up to these expectations. Both men and women are obsessed with their social image and reputation: they are ready to do anything to achieve something more than they have now. Almost every single act shows the...

Volpone by Ben Jonson

Volpone is a satirical comedy by Ben Jonson that laughs off human greed and immorality. Even the names of the characters that can be translated as “sly fox” and “fly” hint us that they aren’t the people, but more of an embodiment of the vices the author wants to show. Volpone is a skilled and rich con artist who uses his looks and manners to lure rich people and...

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett is the father of the famous theatrical movement called Theatre of the Absurd. He managed to stage the elements of everyday life in a way that they became uncommon and brought revelation into people’s brains. The text couldn’t even provoke criticism upon its appearance and thus immediately established a new art niche. “Waiting for Godot” was written in 1949...

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

“Walden” was written by Henry Thoreau in 1954. It is a recollection and a kind of social experiment about a man living in simple conditions far away from civilization. The book opens with a story about author’s real experience living near Walden Pond for a couple of years. “Walden” can have many possible interpretations. For some, it’s a spiritual voyage down...

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy wrote the major work of the world’s literary heritage entitled “War and Peace” in 1869. It consists of 15 books topped with the philosophical discussions of the epilog that go hand in hand with the narration and plot and make it unique and non-conformant to any typical literature genre. The novel features the French-Russian war of the beginning of 19th century and...

Watership Down by Richard Adams

“Watership Down” is a 1972 fantasy novel by Richard Adams. It is positioned to be a children book, but it’s read and loved by adults all over the world. It’s common for literature works to use anthropomorphized animals as characters. They walk, talk, do human things, live in houses with large windows and wear brand clothes. But the “Watership Down” used a...

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Wilson Rawls wrote “Where the Red Fern Grows” in 1961. Wilson wasn't a typical representative of the writing class: as a young boy he didn't receive a good education, started reading only in high school and had poor command of grammar. It was his wife who motivated him to keep expressing his ideas in the writing and she herself edited the books. “Where the Red Fern...

White Fang by Jack London

White Fang is one of the most famous novels by Jack London and definitely his most famous novel about the wildlife. It tells us the story of a wolf cub, who was raised in the wild but then tamed by the people. White Fang lived a harsh life of a service dog and then a fighting one, until a kind-hearted man bought him and tried to rehabilitate the stressed and injured wolf and adjust him to the...

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys wrote “Wide Sargasso Sea” in 1966. It demonstrates the inequality in the society on the grounds of ethical origins, as well as depicts the racial conflict from a standpoint of white slave owners. The novel is about Antoinette Cosway who lives in Jamaica, and who the reader might have heard about in the “Jane Eyre” book. Antoinette finds herself on the other side...

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Winesburg, Ohio is quite a difficult work to read, because, at first glance, its short stories are connected to each other only through some random characters. But the broader picture shows that the story can become whole even without the single plotline going through every short story. They are the pieces of human lives, sad, funny, tragic or romantic. Any story is deliberately taken out of the...

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