Almost all readers from literary critics to historians, avid readers, and even casual readers will have different schools of thought about which novel really is the greatest book ever written. It is a novel with wonderful captivating figurative language or one with great realism. Here is a list of novels that for various reasons have been considered the greatest books ever written.
Anna Karenina would instantly be placed at the peak of the “greatest novels” if we talk about any fan of stories who are involved in juicy subjects like adultery, gambling, marriage plots, and, well, Russian feudalism. And Time magazine has given the novel exactly the ranking that publications since it was published in its entirety in 1878. This novel was written by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. The fictional story of the novel tells the story of two major characters: a tragic, disappointed mistress of the house, the titular Anna, who departed secretly with her young lover, and a besotted proprietor named Konstantin Levin, who scuffled in faith and philosophy. Tolstoy has written this to explain thoughtful discussions on love, pain, and family in Russian society. The novel particularly gives themes about the treatment of women, depicting prejudices and social hardships of the time with real emotion.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee is considered one of the most influential authors to have ever existed. To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. This novel became a classic of literature quickly after its publications. Racism in the American South is examined in this novel by the innocent wide eyes of a clever young girl named Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch. Atticus Finch and the most sympathetic just lawyer served as role models in changing the perspective in the United States at a time when tensions regarding race were high. This novel earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. An Academy Award-winning film was also made on this novel in 1962, giving the story and its characters further life and influence over the American social sphere.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the most distinguished and greatest texts for introducing students to the art of reading literature critically. In this novel, a character whose name was Nick Carraway moved to new york city recently. Here became a friend with mysterious origins, Jay Gatsby who lived in his neighborhood.
This novel provides a view of a look into the Jazz Age of the 1920s in the history of the United States. Simultaneously, this novel criticized the idea of the “American Dream.” Its cover art is perhaps the most famous aspect of the novel: a piercing face projected onto a dark blue night sky and lights from a cityscape—an image that is also found, in a slightly different configuration, within the text itself as a key symbol.
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