I would like to know which books you recommend, I don't want to choose a novel that turns out to be boring or very hard to understand or interpret and analyze.
This is the list of novels:
Things Fall Apart
In the Time of the Butterflies
The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, Surfacing
Go Tell It on the Mountains
The Adventures of Augie March
Invisable Cities, The Baron in the Trees
In Cold Blood
The House on Mango Street
The Wapshot Scandal
The Red Badge of Courage
Clear Light of Day
A Tale of Two Cities
Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, The Idiot
The Invisible Man
As I lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury
The Great Gatsby, Babylon Revisited
The Good Soldier
A Passage to India
The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Magus
The Heart of the Matter
A Map of the World, The Book of Ruth
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
The House of the Seven Gables
The Sun Also Eises, Islands in the Stream
Their Eyes are Watching God
Remains of the Day
The Aspern Papers, The American
The Woman Warrior
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Stone Angel
Sons and Lovers
The Fixer, the Natural
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Moby Dick, Billy Budd
Ship of Fools
Voyage in the Dark
Fathers and Sons
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Wow! What a list!!! I would absolutely suggest Their Eyes Were Watching God. It's a wonderful (and fairly short) novel about a strong and independent woman. It's easy to read and has a firm handle on history in regards to the formation of the town of Eatonville in Florida (that you could even go and visit if you were so inclined). There's good love, bad love, a rabid dog, a disastrous hurricane, and even a guy sweet enough to be called "Tea Cake." Definitely a "girl power" book. Zora Neale Hurston remains one of my favorite authors as a result.
I vote for A Tale of Two Cities, because it is my favorite book. It is relatively simple to analyze, but has powerful themes. Once you get past the first few chapters, it is also not hard to understand. This book made a big impression on me the first time I read it, and would be a good book for an interesting project, so it has my vote.
That is a very impressive list of options. Without a doubt, many of them would make for an interesting read and have the potential to become an interesting and thought-provoking subject for your project. Based on my own personal experiences, I would recommend either The House on Mango Street or The Handmaid's Tale. I have read both of these books in recent months and, while very different, they are both very intriguing reads. If you are looking for something more "straight-foreward," I would go with The House on Mango Street. If you want something a bit more challenging and aren't afraid of working out complicated themes about gender politics and society, I would go with The Handmaid's Tale. Best of luck with your project!
If I knew what kinds of books you found interesting, I could come closer to making a recommendation that you would like. You have quite an impressive list, and studying any of these works would be time well spent. On your particular list, I found Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to be quite suspenseful and timely. The language is rich, and there is much to analyze and discuss. The story as it weaves between past and present is not particularly difficult to follow. Set in the future, Atwood taps many of the social and politcal tensions that plague us today. I have not read McCarthy's Blood Meridian, but I thoroughly enjoyed his All the Pretty Horses, a beautifully written novel that combines coming of age, adventure, romance as two friends travel to Mexico.
Of course it depends upon your own personal preferences, but I would suggest In Cold Blood. This Truman Capote novel is based on real events, and there are so many areas you could pursue. How Capote's version differs from press accounts. How the enormity of the crime compares to major crimes in today's day and age, and etc. Good luck.
I would probably make one of two choices:
Things Fall Apart. There are so many incredible things about the history of the Ibo and the various threads of colonialism and everything else running through that period of history that there are tons of things you could do with it as a project. The book seems simple as a narrative but it isn't.
I might choose The Red Badge of Courage even though again, as a narrative it appears relatively straight forward but you can branch off into all kinds of things about the Civil War and about the representation of it in the novel.
Wow!!! You have an incredible list of literature. I personally would opt for the seminal writers, ie Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Ellison (Invisible Man), and Baldwin (Go Tell It On the Mountain). There's a lot that you can do with these books and with these authors. A lot of them paved the way for writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Since you don't want a book that may be too hard to understand, I'd say to eliminate Hurston's novel and focus on Invisible Man. It's an excellent read.
May I offer another book suggestion? Langston Hughes's "Not Without Laughter" is quite a gem. Although it lacks much of a story line, you might find the character interaction and racial analysis quite intriguing. Plus, it's a novel that a lot of people don't know about. It would impress your teacher ;)
thank you, I think I have a copy of The Red Badge of Courage so I might start reading it to see how I like it. I also have The Sun Also Rises, would that be a good option too?
I would appreaciate other opinions as well though, as everyone has their own taste.
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