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11 Greatest Books Ever Written In the History of Literature

11 Greatest Books Ever Written In the History of Literature

Jacob Becker , Oct 02, 2020 

Reading habit is cherished since the dawn of scripts! The human genus used various kinds of metal, leaves, and stones to give us the privilege of their invention. Early-on the options were limited. But today, the world of books has immense options. Depending upon one’s personality or taste, readers are available with a wide variety of books to choose from.  

 

While there are countless books that you can read, nobody really suggests which one to read. Since every book is written with a lot of thoughtfulness and effort, every book is good. However, there are some books that every generation should read.

The Fiction book gives you chills with its imaginary but spicy content. 

 

Therefore, there is a huge fan-base for novels or best fiction ebooks alone.

 

People love stories, and so does the writers. Writers love how they can use their imagination to create a whole another world of characters and their business.

 

However, it is also true that every day millions of books get published, and not all the debutant novel wins the Pulitzer Prize for the best novel.

 

Here is the list of 11 novels that are considered as the best books of all time for various reasons.

 

1) Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina ebook by Leo Tolstoy

 

 

If you are a fan of stories that involves flavored subjects, adultery, marriage plots, gambling, Russian feudalism, Anna Karenina should instantly hit your mind. It was a hit than in 1878 and a hit still. 

 

Novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote this famous novel. The story revolves around two main characters—a tragic, unsatisfied housewife, Anna, who runs away with her young lover and landowner named Konstantin Levin. Tolstoy, the author, molds the emotions of a family’s love and pain in Russian society. The novel revolutionized social hardships with vivid feeling.


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2) To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird ebook by Harper Lee

 

This book is written by one of the most influential authors ever existed. Harper Lee, in 1960 and became an immediate success. It is a timeless, classic writing piece examining racism in the American South through a clever young girl named Jean Louise Finch. 

 

The sympathetic portrayal of the iconic character, her father, Atticus Finch, changed many mindsets in the US when the race-related tensions were high in the states. The book won Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961, and an Academy Award-winning film was made in 1962, influencing and reforming the American social sphere. Today, you can read this novel as a free nonfiction eBooks on many websites.


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3) One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude audiobook by Gabriel García Márquez

This fiction masterpiece was Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late Columbian author’s most famous work published in 1967. The novel revolves around the story of seven generations of the Buendia family, who follows the establishment of their town Macondo until its destruction along with the last of the family’s descendants.

 

The novel highlights the genre of magic realism by stressing the extraordinary nature of mystical things. Marquez, the author emphasizes on the prevalence and power of myth and folktale in the early Latin American culture. This novel won many awards for Márquez, along with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.


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4) A Passage to India

A Passage to India ebook by E. M. Forster

 

After multiple trips to India, E.M Forster wrote this novel, A Passage to India, in the year 1924. The story in the book revolves around a Muslim Indian doctor named Aziz and his relationship with an English professor, Cyril Fielding, and another visiting English schoolteacher named Adela Quested.

 

The novel takes an exciting turn when Adela realizes that Aziz has assaulted her on their trip to Marabar caves near Chandrapore city—it tension between the Indian community and the Colonial British community increases. This novel highlights the two conflicting cultures with their imperial tensions. You can also find the colorful description of the Indian landscape with the great art of literature. You can search this online as a free romantic suspense eBooks.

 


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5) Invisible Man

Invisible Man ebook by Ralph Ellison

 

H.G. Well’s ‘Invisible Man’ is often mistaken with another Sci-Fi novella, Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man.’ This novel was a revolutionary expression of African-American male identity. The narrator of the novel is never named.

 

Hence it is called an invisible man who shares the story of his move from the South to college and then to New York. And he talks about his adversities in each location he had to face, be it his office, love affair leading to his untruly and ethereal mindset.  

 

The novel is said to have a surreal and experimental writing style that hinting the symbolism of an African American identity and culture. The novel garnered the US National Book Award for Fiction, 1953.


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6)  Don Quixote

Don Quixote ebook by Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman

 

Perhaps Don Quixote is one of the most influential works in Spanish literature by Miguel de Cervantes. It was published in the year 1615. The story revolves around a man with a name—Don Quixote de la Mancha, who becomes an idol and an archetypal character who influences much major art, music, and literature work since the publication of the novel.

 

The book’s content has been so dominant that a word, quixotic, from the Don Quixote character, was fashioned to describe someone who is “idiotically impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals in romantic ideas or generously chivalrous action.”


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7) Beloved

Beloved ebook by Toni Morrison

 

In the year 1987, the spiritual and haunting novel “Beloved” involves the story of an escaped slave—Sethe, who fled to Cincinnati, Ohio, in the early 18th century. The novel explores the disturbing trauma of slavery even after he slaved.

 

She had to kill her own child to protect her from the dreadful world of slavery. In words, the author weaves the heart-wrenching guilt and pain Sethe had to deal with killing her own child named, Beloved. The story touched many hearts, and it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.


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8) Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway ebook by Virginia Woolf

 

‘Mrs. Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf might be one of the most idiosyncratic novels on this list. The novel depicts one day in the life of a British socialite, Clarissa Dalloway.

 

The novel’s highlight is the third person’s perspective and narration and the thoughts of various characters in a conscious style. 

The character’s thoughts are a constant regret and related to her past struggles with mental illness and post traumatic stress caused to her after World War I and all the social pressure she has to face in society. The unique subject, style, and time setting make this novel the most respected and regarded works of all time.


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9) Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre - Complete Text [with Free AudioBook Links] ebook by by Charlotte Brontë

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is taught in schools for reading under the alias Currer Bell. The pseudonym is used to disguise the public to consider the writer as a woman. It was published in the year 1847, and she receives all the credit for her amazing work in the literature, including this novel, which is about women in history.

 

The eponymous woman character rises from being poor and orphan to a successful, strong, independent woman. The novel’s work is a combination of Victorian and Gothic Literature, reforming the literature’s art. You can download an ebook for this novel from online websites.


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10) The Color Purple

The Color Purple ebook by Alice Walker

 

In the 19th century, the epistolary (written in the form of letters) was very popular. ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker became a master of her style with this Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel, 1982. The novel talks about the post-Civil War American South, where a girl, Celie, in her letters writes to God and to her sister Nettie on how she faced sexual abuse by her father and her husband.

 

She chronicled her own suffering and growth, along with her family and friends. The novel’s theme can be categorized in the prejudices of sexism, racism, gender, sexual orientation faced by the damaged characters that, with time, grow to shape their own lives. The story was then tailored into an Academy Award-nominated film in 1985 and garnered all 11 awards it was nominated for.

 

11 ) Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four - 1984 ebook by George Orwell

 

This novel is a timeless piece of literature that features Orwell’s literature work of haunting and imagery of oppression and min control. The author always describes the futuristic dystopia that the people of the society are going to face. The novel is a tragic story of Winston Smith, a male who lives in England of future times where truth makes no sense and turns meaningless, and love has become an evil force.

 

He refers to ‘pop-culture’ as ‘thought police.’ In his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell doesn’t only talk about the risks of oppressive political regimes but also the deep-seated weakness within us all. The book’s impact was so great that the most vocabulary we use while discussing totalitarian states is derived from the novel itself.


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Summary                                                        

 

For an avid reader, reading is something that feeds their soul. Despite the wide variety of novels available these days, the novels mentioned above are classic literature masterpieces from all times.

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