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September 10, 2022

#1 The Grapes Of Wrath

The epic history of the Great Depression won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired (and occasionally infuriated) millions of readers. The Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s is covered in Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, which was first published in 1939. The Joads, an Oklahoma farm family, are driven from their homestead and compelled to move west to the promised land of California. A story that is intimately human yet magnificent in scope and moral vision, elemental but blunt, tragic but ultimately uplifting in its human dignity, emerges from their struggles and recurrent collisions with the harsh reality of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots. The novel portrays the horrors of the Great Depression and inquires into the very nature of justice and equality in America. It is a depiction of the fight between the powerful and the downtrodden, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoic strength. Steinbeck’s enduring classic work is arguably the most American of all American Classics because it functions simultaneously as a naturalistic epic, captivity tale, read fiction, and transcendental gospel.

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#2 Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse-Five, a famous American novel and one of the greatest antiwar works ever written, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time. Billy Pilgrim’s trip through time, which is centered on the horrific firebombing of Dresden, symbolizes the epic journey of our own fragmented lives as we look for meaning in the things we fear the most.

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#3 The Stranger

French novelist Albert Camus wrote a novella in 1942 titled The Stranger, which was also released in English as The Outsider. Although Camus expressly disliked the term “existentialism,” its theme and attitude are sometimes regarded as instances of his philosophy, absurdism combined with existentialism.

Camus investigated what he called “the nudeness of man confronted with the ludicrous” through the tale of a regular man who unknowingly becomes involved in a senseless killing on a beach in Algeria. Published for the first time in English in 1946; a new translation by Matthew Ward.

#4 East Of Eden

East of Eden, which was dubbed “the first book” by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck in his journal, does certainly have mythic simplicity and primal intensity. This expansive and frequently cruel book is set in the fertile Salinas Valley of California and chronicles the connected fates of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose descendants helplessly recreate the fall of Adam and Eve and the toxic rivalry of Cain and Abel.

To cultivate and nurture his family on the new, lush land, Adam Trask migrated from the East to California. However, the birth of his twins, Cal and Aaron, drives his wife to the verge of insanity, leaving Adam to raise his boys by himself until they are men. The love of everyone surrounding one youngster helps him develop, whereas the other boy grows up alone and surrounded by enigmatic darkness.

#5 Catch 22

In spite of being published 50 years ago, Catch-22 is still regarded as a classic of American literature and one of the funniest books of all time. In recent years, Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer have all included it on their lists of “great novels.”

This is the tale of the legendary, whiny bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is enraged because thousands of people he has never seen are trying to murder him. It takes place in Italy during World War II. However, his army, which continually raises the number of sorties the troops must fly to finish their duty, is his actual issue, not the adversary.

#6 To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse, written by Virginia Woolf in 1927 and published more than a century after Pride and Prejudice, is a great book to read if you’re interested in reading other books that are similar to Pride and Prejudice and bear some similarities to that novel despite being published more than a century later.

The majority of the story takes place in the Ramsay family’s summer home on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where they spend a number of years, and is told in Virginia Woolf’s signature stream of consciousness style, which was prevalent in literature published during the 1920s.

#7 No Country For Old Men

Cormac McCarthy return to the Texas-Mexico border, the scene of his acclaimed Border Trilogy, in his fiery new book. We live in an era where drug dealers have replaced cattle rustlers and little towns are now open-fire zones. Llewellyn Moss one day discovers a pickup truck encircled by a bodyguard of dead men. Two million dollars in cash and a shipment of heroin are still in the rear. When Moss steals the money, he starts a domino effect of catastrophic brutality that neither the law, represented by the seasoned and disheartened Sheriff Bell nor Moss can stop. McCarthy concurrently strips down the American crime thriller and broadens its concerns to cover issues as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily present as this morning’s headlines as Moss seeks to elude his pursuers, including a mystery mastermind who tosses coins for human lives. A victory, No Country for Old Men.

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#8 Lonesome Dove

The third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy and Pulitzer Prize winner by Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove, is the biggest book ever written about the last resolute wilderness of America. It is a love tale, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier.

Visit the dusty, small Texas town of Lonesome Dove to encounter a memorable cast of heroes, outlaws, whores, ladies, and natives as well as settlers. A book that makes us laugh, cry, dream, and remember, Lonesome Dove is richly authentic, exquisitely written, and always dramatic.

#9 Clan Of The Cave Bear

This breathtakingly beautiful and powerful book is a heartfelt drama about individuals, relationships, and the limits of love. With the help of a young woman named Ayla, Jean M. Auel transports us back to the beginning of modern humans and the brutal yet breathtaking Ice Age planet they lived with the people who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.

A woman from the Clan, who are considerably different from her own kind, finds the young girl traveling alone in an unknown and frightening region after a natural calamity. They think Ayla, who is blonde and has blue eyes, is odd and unattractive since she is one of the Others, those who have migrated into their ancestral territory. However, Iza is unable to let the girl die and takes her with them. As Ayla learns the customs of the Clan and Iza’s method of healing, the old Mog-ur Creb and Iza grow to adore her, and the majority accept her. However, the ruthless and arrogant young man who will take over as their next leader sees her peculiarities as a threat to his power. He grows to hate the odd girl of the Others who lives among them and is resolved to exact revenge on her.