1. The god of small things (1997)
With alluring story and extremely relevant plot, Indian writer Arundhati Roy's debut novel, not at all seems to be a debut piece of writing as it contains all the features of breathtaking images and appropriate use of all the tools of prismatic literature. The setting is of kerala, India during the late 1960s whenCommunism rattled the age-old caste system.
Frankenstein is Mary Shelley’s acclaimed Gothic novel, written when she was just eighteen. The ghoulish tale of monsters, both human and inhuman, continues to captivate readers around the world, but two centuries after Shelley’s pitiably murderous monster was first brought to life, why the Novel is considered as a classic work? The answer is that the story remains strikingly relevant to a contemporary readership, through its exploration of scientific advancements and artificial intelligence.
3. To kill a mocking bird (1960)
Written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is primarily a novel about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in the 1930s in the Southern United States. The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes. The title refers to the local belief, "It is a sin to kill a Mocking bird".
4. Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Pride and Prejudice has consistently been Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennett (whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers) and the haughty Darcy. The title, "Pride And Prejudice" refersto the ways in whichElizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title first Impressions, and was probably in the form of exchange of letters.
5. Middlemarch (1871)
Middlemarch is a fine example of the author's capability of playing with the reader's imagination, it's a sample of realism. It's a beautiful work George Eliot's effort how he composed a 759 page novel out of 8 books. Throughout the story there is an alluring practice of art of puppetry.
Middlemarch is an unfolding story of the lives and loves of one Midlands town, as well as a reflection on the bigger political issues and changes in mid-19th century England. But the real pleasure of the novel lies in its skilfully drawn array of characters: from Dorothea Brooke, a young womanwho can find no acceptable outlet for her talents, Edward Casaubon, the pompous scholar, to Nicholas Bulstrode, the banker with a sleazy past, to Tertius Lydgate, the idealistic young doctor seduced by vanity. The events of the novel are the events of their relatively modest lives: courtships and marriages, ambitions, careers, deaths, bankruptcies, economies and thrifts, successes and failures. It is a long novel, full of incident and surprise.
6.The secret history (1993)
The Secret History is a thriller written by Donna Tartt a very effective psychological thriller where the tension is provided by the gradual revelation of the threads and links in the weave of relationships between the central characters
The Secret History tells the story of the classical Greek class, six students and their teacher, at a liberal arts college on the east coast of the United States, through the reminiscences of one of those students. These seven characters dominate the novel completely, standing forth with the clarity and intensity of actors in a Greek tragedy. The "normal" events of college life — the drug-dealing, the sex, the suicides —, which would have been the subject of most novels with this setting, end up being relegated to insignificance; they are simply the backdrop to the terrible drama that unfolds.
7. Beloved (1987)
Beloved is Toni Morrison's fifth novel, and another triumph. Indeed, Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds. If there were any doubts about her stature as a pre-eminent American novelist, of her own or any other generation, ''Beloved'' will put them to rest. In three words or less, it's a hair-raiser.
In this book, the other world exists and magic works, and the prose is up to it. If you can believe page one - and Ms. Morrison's verbal authority compels belief - you're hooked on the rest of the book. THE epigraph to ''Beloved'' is from the Bible, Romans 9:25: ''I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.'' Taken by itself, this might seem to favor doubt about, for instance, the extent to which Beloved was really loved, or the extent to which Sethe herself was rejected by her own community. But there is more to it than that. The passage is from a chapter in which the Apostle Paul ponders, Job-like, the ways of God toward humanity, in particular the evils and inequities visible everywhere on the earth. Paul goes on to talk about the fact that the Gentiles, hitherto despised and outcast, have now been redefined as acceptable. The passage proclaims, not rejection, but reconciliation and hope. It continues: ''And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.''
8. Jane Eyre (1847)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of the best books I have ever read. With a rural 19th century England setting, Bronte has created a fictional account of the early life of Jane Eyre which every reader can not help but enjoy.
The plot of the novel follows essentially five stages: one, Jane's childhood at Gateshead; two, the girl's education at Lowood School; three, Jane's work as the governess at Thornfield Hall; four, time spent with the Rivers' family at Moor House; and five, an unexpected conclusion.
9. Things Falls Apart (1958)
Things Fall Apartis a classic Novel written by the Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe. Itis considered the alpha of English African literature. It is the book that brought the story from the ‘Dark Continent’ through the voice of an educated African through which he showed the conflict between African values and the advent of Christianity in Nigeria.
10. The Lord of Fries (1999)
A collection of short stories by Tim Wynn Jones. This wonderfully wise and witty new collection is full of surprises as ordinary kids in offbeat situations uncover the unexpected -- about themselves and others.
In the title story, Carrie and Sam discover that while the Lord of the Fries, a legendary short -- very short! -- order cook at the Burger Barn, talks tough, he is anything but. In "Ick" Garnet and Brody find a clever way to use ick, the strange disease that killed Brody's goldfish, to protect a friend from the advances of a teacher. In "The Bermuda Triangle, " a story full of missing things -- buried treasure, a father, and even a young boy's voice -- Billy Bones, an odd old man, and Jim Hawkins, a grieving young boy, find the unexpected gift of friendship. These stories, seven in all, shine with unforgettable characters, wry humor, and, best of all, a sense of the possible.