BBC - The Big Read - Top BooksActually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results. The purpose was not to build a fixed library but to take a blurry selfie of a cultural moment. Any project like this is arbitrary, and ours is no exception.
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A reflective and nostalgic novel about class, the book also provides us with a glimpse of a vanished rural world. Buried gold is the name and pirates are the game in this story by Robert Louis Stevenson, which became the definitive adventure book for many generations of readers. With themes of religion, family and homecomings.Tlp Woman in White Wilkie Collins Gripping mystery novel of concealed identity, Facebook, abduction. The Outsiders S. But also of the brightest ones… Luca C. Hartley Buy the book.
It could concern the intensely personal, but telescope out to the historic and the political. A modern-day story. And funny. Books they tried to ban.
Books, books, books. They will give you fuller, thicker hair. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. They simultaneously speak to the heart and mind. They teach you about the history of our world, the possibilities of our future and the fabric of our souls. So where do you start? The power structures at play for centuries have meant that a very narrow band of people have been given the opportunity to say something universal about the human condition.
View bookx newsletter. Based on a survey of Librarians conducted by Brodart Co! Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne? Intricate plotting and brilliant command of English prose.
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