Top Ten Classics You Can’t Put Down!
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde: A n incredibly handsome young man in Victorian England retains his youthful appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.
9. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little man from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life.
8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte: In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
7. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath: Beautiful and gifted, with a bright future, Esther Greenwood descends into depression, suicidal thoughts, and madness while interning at a New York City magazine.
6. A Brave New World, by Aldus Huxley: Huxley's terrifying vision of a controlled and emotionless future "Utopian" society is truly startling in its prediction of modern scientific and cultural phenomena, including test-tube babies and rampant drug abuse.
5. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger: Holden Caulfield runs away from his boarding school to New York City, where he struggles to find himself.
4. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut: After being imprisoned in Dresden, Germany during World War II, Billy Pilgrim visits the planet Tralfamador, where he is confined to a zoo.
3. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein: The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish.
2. Dune, by Frank Herbert: Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee: Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.
What do you think of our top picks? Did we miss any?
All titles are available at the Coventry Public Library!
*All summaries from the OSL online catalog
Blog post by Stephanie Barta