Which one of the novels listed should I do a project about? Its a long project so I want the most interesting book from the selsction.I would like to know which books you recommend, I don't want to...

Which one of the novels listed should I do a project about? Its a long project so I want the most interesting book from the selsction.

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

Lucky Jim

Serafina's Stories

The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, Surfacing

Go Tell It on the Mountains

The Adventures of Augie March

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

Invisable Cities, The Baron in the Trees

In Cold Blood

The House on Mango Street

The Wapshot Scandal

The Awakening

The Red Badge of Courage

Corelli's Mandolin

Libra

Clear Light of Day

A Tale of Two Cities

Ragtime

Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, The Idiot

Middlemarch

The Invisible Man

Antelope Wife

As I lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury

Tom Jones

The Great Gatsby, Babylon Revisited

The Good Soldier

A Passage to India

The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Magus

Bee Season

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

Siddhartha

Their Eyes are Watching God

Remains of the Day

The Aspern Papers, The American

Dubliners

The Metamorphosis

The Woman Warrior

Obasan

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Stone Angel

Sons and Lovers

The Fixer, the Natural

One Hundred Years of Solitude

In Country

Blood Meridian

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Moby Dick, Billy Budd

Beloved

Lolita

Wise Blood

Ship of Fools

Voyage in the Dark

No Exit

Guilliver's Travels

Cane

Fathers and Sons

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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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.

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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.

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kaitbird | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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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!

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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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.   

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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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.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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sconey | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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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 ;)

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hanooch | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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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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