Wow...It's Been Awhile + Top 3 Classic Books

Hello everyone!
Wowza. It's been years.

I've been running wild with a new school and visiting new place, such as New York for instance as I just returned last night.

I have a post for you. I've been reading some new books lately...classics...and I've enjoyed them quite a bit. So for you, here are my Top 3 classic book choices.

Number 1 - A Tale of Two Cities
What's it about? -- A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met; Lucie's marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father's imprisonment; and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. (wikipedia)

My thoughts - I'm such a fan. The language is difficult to understand but when you get a feel for what Dickens is writing WOW. His intricate plot details tie the story together in every direction and everything matches up with meaning somewhere somehow. The resources of language and symbolism are absolutely excellent.  He planned the book perfectly. If you get a chance to read such a book, I recommend 100%.

Number 2 - Lord of the Flies
What's it about? -- Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. (wikipedia)

My thoughts - Once again, I'm a fan. The story is dark and disturbing, but shows wonderfully the transformation between child to savage. We actually did the play version of this book and it was quite good. Definitely an entertaining read and will leave you wanting to read as much as possible because of the fantastic writing.

Number 3 - Animal Farm
What's it about? -- Animal Farm is an allegorical novella reflecting events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism. In the book, Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as “enemies” and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called “Beasts of England”. When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animals revolt, driving the drunken, irresponsible farmer Mr Jones, as well as Mrs Jones and the other human caretakers and employees, off the farm, renaming it “Animal Farm”. They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, “All animals are equal”.   (Amazon)

My thoughts - A short read, but a good one. The novel is strange but if you understand the historical background, it's kinda cool. It has an interesting storyline and it is easy to follow. It is the less challenging read of all three and you could (if you are dedicated) literally read it in an afternoon.



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