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100 Classic Books Of All Time
Book awards: The Telegraph's 100 novels everyone should read
Everyone has a reading lane. There are a lot of classic novels out there, so it's OK if you don't know where to start. These five classics are not only great books, but they also laid the groundwork for current bestsellers and remain some of the most celebrated works of literature ever produced. And, yes, there is a lot of talk about 19th-century whaling that leaves even the most thoughtful reader sometimes wondering when, exactly, Melville plans to get to the fireworks and make something happen. Add to this the immense vocabulary that Melville utilizes—over 17, unique words in the book, some of which are specialized whaling lingo—and "Moby-Dick" is one of the densest novels ever written.
Prepare yourself for some frightening news: you have, according to LitHub , only a finite amount of time left in your life to read. The average American, for instance, reads 12 books a year. Are you suddenly feeling the tightening coil of mortality? Here are books to read before you die. Set in , Winston Smith must overcome a frightening enemy: an omniscient government with an agenda.
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift's vision. Tom Jones Henry Fielding The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage. Clarissa Samuel Richardson One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy. Wrongly overlooked. Sybil Benjamin Disraeli Apart from Churchill, no other British political figure shows literary genius.