MY MODERN CLASSICS COLLECTION.

23.5.16


I have such a love for the modern penguin classics. I love the simple style of white spines and a simple picture for the front cover. I have quite a collection and decided to share them with you.


001. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
'Atlas shrugged envisions a world where 'men of talent' - the great innovators, producers and creators - have mysteriously disappeared. With the US economy now faltering, business-woman Dagny Taggart is struggling to get the transcontinental railroad up and running. For her, John Galt s the enemy but, as she will learn, nothing in this situation id quite as it seems'

I read this book a long time ago around 2013. I remember at first that I didn't think I would enjoy it as much due to it being centred around trains however I flew through this book and completed it on a 2 week holiday in Wales. 

002. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
'Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy - the swaggering, fun-lovingtrickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggles is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned.'

I love this book a lot as well as the movie. It really gets me the ending of this book and I think it's one that everyone should try to read. 

003. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
'On the road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, Jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.'

I actually can't remember reading this and I think I really need to give it a re-read. 

004. Animal Farm - George Orwell
'Orwell's simple tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves'

This is my all time favourite classic along with Alice In Wonderland. I have read this book roughly 4-5 times and it's still so powerful each and every time. 

005. The Man In The High Castle - Phillip K. Dick
'A horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War. In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone that divides the rival superpowers in America lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality, giving hope to the disenchanted.'

I have a review of this book here. I wasn't overly keen on it as it was confusing for nearly the first half of the book. 

006. We Have Always Lived In The Castle - Shirley Jackson
'Living in the Blackwood family home with her only sister Constance and her uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of mudering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect her remaining family'

I haven't read this book yet but I have heard nothing but great things about Shirley Jackson's work. Also I really enjoyed her short stories.


007. The Haunting Of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
'Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House; Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possible know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering it's powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make it's own.'

I can't wait to read this book! I actually don't know what I have been putting it off. 

008. The Tooth And Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
'A housewife driven mad by toothache is put on a bus to the dentist and undergoes a strange transformation, a disturbing encounter takes place on a train, a little boy tells troubling stories about his violent classmate, and villagers gather to witness a sinister lottery in this collection of short stories.'

I loved this little book and is a great introduction into the works of Jackson. 

009. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
'Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism.'

I've been wanting to read this for a long time and finally picked it up and can't wait to give this a read. 

010. Metamorphosis And Other Stories - Franz Kafka 
'Metamorphosis, the story of an ordinary man transformed into an insect, is brought together in this collection with the rest of his works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgment, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America; and a fascinating occasional piece.'

I love this book and I think that Kafka has an amazing way with words!. It's a must read for people wanting to get into classics. 

011. An Inspector Calls And Other Plays - J.B. Priestly
'The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all the member of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girls undoing. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centred or cowardly, it's good humour turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over.'

I am looking so forward to reading this play. They are something I want to read a bit more of. 




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