Classic novels are those which have not lost their charm even in today’s computer age although books have in most part lost all of that. The new generation prefers to read as less as is possible and it is a sad thing that prose has become more popular through films rather than on their own. That, however, does not seem to deter writers and a few who take up reading seriously and read up on what they can. In many ways reading is an endless journey that has really no limits. Reading fiction has been a great part of what people read for a long time. Reading a good classic novel takes a person on a journey that is almost as good as the real thing if not better. Let us look at some of the top 10 classic novels that any person who is into reading must read in their lifetime.
10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville:
Moby Dick was written by Herman Melville in 1851 and is considered as one of the finest pieces of American fiction that has ever been written. The story follows a wandering sailor who finds himself on a whale-ship that is commanded by a captain who only wants to get revenge for his lost leg and his old boat by hunting down the elusive whale known as Moby Dick. The journey takes the reader into an exploration of the world as it existed then and humans trying to find a purpose in this world. A timeless tale of the ages, this book is a must read classic novel.
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9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:
Written by Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights was not well received when it was first published in 1847, the book has been named as a timeless classic in the years after. The book has inspired many an adaptation and is one of the most well known stories of all time. The book has some unforgettable characters and is a little hard to deal with initially because of the authors’ descriptive following of the cruelty of the body and of the mind but becomes an absorbing read as it further enfolds.
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8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:
The Count of Monte Cristo is a wonderful tale of adventure and was written by French author Alexandre Dumas in 1844. The story is well balanced with history and it is perhaps its most attractive element. The story follows a man, Edmond Dantes, who is deceived and imprisoned. He sets out to get his revenge after escaping imprisonment. A wonderful classic novel that must be read to be experienced Count of Monte Cristo has also often found its way into films.
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7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly:
Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is one of the best known horror stories with the character gaining immortality in literary history. This horror themed classic novel has elements of romance and is also influenced largely by the Goth movement that was prevalent in the time when it was written. The first edition that was published did not carry the author’s name and was released in 1818 in London. Subsequent editions however bear Shelly’s name on it. Many literary critics also claim that Frankenstein began science fiction as a genre of writing.
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6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice was published for the first time in 1813 in the United Kingdom by author Jane Austen. The story is revolves around a woman and how she deals with the issues that existed in English society in those times. It is one of the most loved pieces of English literature and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
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5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift:
The story of Gulliver is well known to people around the world. Its shorter versions have regularly appeared in children’s books and elsewhere. The book was written by Jonathan Swift, who was an Irish writer, in 1726. The main character of the book Lemuel Gulliver narrates tales of his adventures in the story where he describes his magical and intriguing journeys on the open seas and the world of Lilliput.
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4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:
Alice in Wonderland is one of the best known classic novels. Written by English Author Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) in the year 1865, the book has been influential in establishing fantasy as a popular genre. The stories of Alice have been read by countless people around the world in many shortened versions.
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3. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde:
The Picture of Dorian Grey or the Portrait of Dorian Grey is Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. It was first published in 1890 and has since then become a much loved literary classic all around the world. The story follows a young man Dorian Grey who has his portrait painted by an artist who becomes entranced with his looks. Grey does not want his beauty to fade so he decides to sell his soul and have the painting age instead. This follows Grey getting involved in several acts of debauchery until his horrific end.
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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
Little Women was first published in 1868 in the United States. Written by Louisa May Alcott the book was published in two different volumes and follows the story of four sisters as they come of age and come to terms with life. This crossover novel manages to merge two very contrasting genres of fiction successfully into one. The book became an instant success and has since then been considered as one of the best written classic novels of all time.
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1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Bronte and was first published in 1847 in London. The book is centered on Jane Eyre, a young woman and her journey into womanhood. Jane Eyre is considered a work that was ahead of its time and became an instant hit. The author explores the concept of feminism through the character and the first person narration is no less excellent.
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