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Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner

The story follows the ambition of William Sutpen to forge a dynasty in pre-Civil War Mississippi. Initially he is successful in all of his aims - acquiring land, a house, a wife and children - but the eventual undoing of his wo...

Catcher in the Rye – J.D.Salinger

A classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion, Salinger's Cather in the Rye, is a story about sixteen-year native of New York who has to leave school in Pennsylvania forced by his circumstances and to go underground for three ...


The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon

A classic novella by Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 is a story of a woman, Oedipa Maas and her attempt to unearth a centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Tristero.

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Set in post-war Europe, the narrative focuses on the design and dispatch of V2 rockets by the German military. It follows several characters and their quest to uncover a mysterious device installed in a particular rocket.


The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

This half of the book is largely focused on the experience of being an educated woman coming-of-age in the ’50s. Relaying Esther's descent into madness, Plath's novel shows the struggles of the protagonist on how to decide betw...

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece, Lolita is the story of middle-aged Humbert Humbert and his tragic love affair with his 12-year-old stepdaughter Dolores "Lolita" Haze. A post-war novel, the journey of a European man and an Ameri...


Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov's Professor Pnin is a comic character who is employed at an American college in the 1950's. The protagonist struggles to maintain his dignity throughout the narrative when surrounded by academic conspiracies that threat...

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's...


Moby Dick – Herman Melville

The novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville is an epic tale of the voyage of the whaling ship the Pequod and its captain, Ahab, who relentlessly pursues the great Sperm Whale or the Moby Dick, during a journey around the world.

Spoon River Anthology – E.L. Masters

Edgar Lee Masters creates a compelling free-verse monologue in which former citizens of a mythical Midwestern town speak from the grave of the hopes and dreams of their lives.