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This e-book is a wealthy choice of writing that has prompted the 20th century and past. With 100 of the simplest titles absolutely reviewed and another advised, you’ll quick set out on a trip of discovery. The publication additionally enables you to browse by means of subject and comprises “a reader’s fast-guide to the classics,” earlier award-winners, and booklet membership recommendations.

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Yet the power of Cervantes’s narrative lies in the gradual transformation of Don Quixote, during the course of the novel, from a bumbling buffoon into a noble idealist, lost amid the brutal practicalities of the real world. Misguided and deluded though he is, Quixote comes to represent all that is best and honourable in human nature. His defeats are the defeats of our better selves. When Cervantes published Don Quixote, chivalric romances to inspire the would-be knight belonged to the past; the 21 02 100 MR CLASSIC NOVELS 16/10/06 8:04 pm Page 22 100 MUST-READ CLASSIC NOVELS future belonged to the kind of narrative that Cervantes himself created.

His most famous books are those which feature the Three Musketeers (Athos, Porthos and Aramis) and their Gascon friend D’Artagnan in breathtaking sword fights and swashbuckling exploits in 17th-century France. However, his best novel may well be The Count of Monte Cristo, both high adventure and a penetrating study of justice and vengeance. The book opens as the hero Edmond Dantès returns to Marseille from a sea voyage. Life seems good. He is about to win promotion to ship’s captain and he is set to marry the beautiful Mercédès – but Dantès does not realize that he has enemies plotting his downfall.

Not everybody was impressed by Tom Jones when it was first published. ‘I am shocked to hear you quote from so vicious a novel,’ Dr Johnson said to a friend and there were some who attributed the two earthquake shocks that hit 50 02 100 MR CLASSIC NOVELS 16/10/06 8:04 pm Page 51 F. SCOTT FITZGERALD London in 1749 to the malign influence of Fielding’s book. However, it has long survived Johnson’s strictures to become one of the best-loved and most influential of all English novels. Film version: Tom Jones (directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney as Tom, 1963) Read on Joseph Andrews Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random F.

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