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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

The painful theme of Vietnam War still is acute for the American society, even after all these years. But only a few authors depicted it with such degree of truth as Walter Dean Myers. The war here is shown through the eyes of a very young adult, who enlists the army to support his family, not knowing about the hell that waits for him and his fellow soldiers ahead. The war described by Myers...

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy is most known for his novel “ Far From the Madding Crowd”. It was published in 1874 and transformed to multiple awards winning film in the end of 1960s. Today it still continues to be in the top 100 reading lists of different publications, such as BBC and The Guardian. The story takes place in an imaginary country called Wessex. The style, descriptions, and behavior of...

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

This non-fiction novel is the memories of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston about her family, imprisoned and sent to the concentration camp of Manzanar. The story starts from her parents, who had their own issues even before the bombing of Pearl Harbor that caused the repressions against American Japanese people. The family of Jeanne are the immigrants of first generation, who fled from war. They are...

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

The novel that became a jewel of Russian literature tells us about the generation gap and the misunderstanding with older people and the revolutionary and sometimes harmful views of youth. The main characters are the middle-aged landlord Nikolai, his brother Paul and Nikolai’s son Arkady with his friend Bazarov. Nikolai tried his best to have a good parental relationship with Arkady and...

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Science fiction isn’t the most frequent genre of the literary creations and it can be hard to find good reads on that isle. Luckily, Daniel Keyes wrote a great representative of this genre that is admired by millions of readers since 1958.  “Flowers of Algernon” is a book about a mentally disturbed patient whose name is Charlie Gordon. The protagonist works at a bakery. He...

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s best work, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was written in 1940 and continues to be translated, adapted, filmed and admired by the new generation today.  Robert Jordan arrives in Spain in 1937. He is a young American teacher who decided to help those he felt related to. Almost immediately he is tasked with damaging the bridge to undermine the enemy’s...

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Many authors have pondered upon the future industrial revolution was going to bring to Europe and whole world. Mary Shelley was one of them. Even though she wrote her signature novel, “Frankenstein”, as a part of an informal writing competition, it later became a best-seller and a classic of all times. Some might say that the book teaches people not to be selfish about our own...

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

Ghosts was a very controversial play for its time, touching such delicate topics as venereal diseases, marital infidelity, incest and euthanasia. The audience of Ibsen’s time was shocked by the openly shown sins of the society, but still, despite being so morally dubious, the play was a great success. It touched the problems of the society everyone was aware of, but no one dared to speak...

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The story, despite taking place in the mundane and bleak Harlem district, is very Biblical by its nature. The tale of John Grimes and his search for himself, establishing his relationship with God and desperate attempts to fix at least some relationships with his family is very close to Earth. But if we look closely, we see a lot of allusions to the Biblical story of Ham, the unfortunate son of...

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“Great Expectations” is not the first novel written by Charles Dickens and many critics wouldn’t agree to call it his best. But it is definitely a magnificent work of literary art to discover. It encompasses the author’s great style, scenes from his previous works, and themes that touch so deeply into reader’s soul. An orphan named Pip lives together with his sister...

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Fierce travel lovers and curious minds, get ready to feed your imagination with some unique and exotic thoughts. Jonathan Swift created a satirical book that both makes fun and glorifies the art of traveling.  Lemuel Gulliver is a part of a ship crew who due to a series of misshapen events ends up visiting different islands and their inhabitants of various sizes and customs. From Lilliput...

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“To be or not to be?” Who hasn’t used this iconic phrase at least once in their lifetime? Not many of us have actually read the whole book. Which is a pity – the language of the greatest poet on Earth, William Shakespeare, is a must to experience. He was greatly acknowledged as well as staged already during his lifetime and even managed to please two monarchs of the...

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

“Hard Times” is the shortest novel that Charles Dickens has written. It was composed in 1854 in an attempt to boost the declining sales the author was experiencing at that time. The book is also often called the most “Victorian” of all his other creations. The original book didn’t have any illustrations, but the language of the story is full of detailed...

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

“Hatchet” is an amazing adventure novel written by American writer Gary Paulsen. This novel tells the story about Brian, a young 13-year-old boy whose parents are divorced. Brian survived a plane crash that left him alone in a desert in Canada. Through internal conflict, external forces acting against him, and with the help of his ax (a recent gift from his mother), Brian learns to...

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad is a perfectly suitable candidate to write about heroism and government relations with its subjects. Born in Ukraine to a polish nobleman, he experienced all kinds of state influence on his destiny: his father was sent to Siberia by the Russian government for treason, under the influence of French and English novel he fell in love with the sailor profession and had to make it...

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

“Hedda Gabler” is an outstanding play by the greatest Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. This play can be called one of Ibsen’s most extreme and mysterious dramas. The mystery lies in the image of Hedda - a gorgeous, beautiful woman who has destructive energy influencing her surroundings. The actions took place in 1890. Hedda Gabler is an intelligent young woman, who is able...

Henry V by William Shakespeare

“Henry V” is a play by a great English author devoted to the life and personality of a great King Henry the Fifth. It is a historical text of an author who has been close to royal families and made his career thanks to that fact. Normally historical books don’t begin with the characters. But this is a unique play both in terms of language and style. The book is devoted to life...

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Herzog by Saul Bellow is a novel that features an original narrative style - mostly it consists of the letters of the protagonist, a Jewish man in his forties named Herzog, who survives through the midlife crisis. His two marriages were unlucky ones, with the second one ending in a very humiliating and devastating fashion with his wife openly cheating on him and even making him arrange her move...

Hiroshima by John Hersey

This novel by John Hersey tells us the six stories of the rare survivors of Hiroshima bombardment. They are different people, not connected to each other by anything except the mere fact that they were the luckiest people who managed to survive the atomic explosion. They are two doctors, two priestesses and two women - a factory worker and a widowed seamstress. Despite each of them tells the...

Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo created many literary works, but “Hunchback Of Notre Dame” is surely considered to be his best one. If you or anyone shall want to read just one book in your life – then this is it! You won’t be tempted to take another book in our hands for a long time after finishing this novel. The novel saw the world in 1831. It is hard to call it a Gothic novel or a...

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