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Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow

Henderson visits Africa on a spiritual safari. His strength, his passion for life, and his inadvertent success in bringing rain have made him a god-like figure among the tribes.

Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

Set in the fictional town of Winesburg, the story follows the life of a protagonist from the time he was a child to his growing independence and ultimate abandonment of Winesburg as a young man.


The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – Mordecai Richler

There's no doubt Duddy was destined to make it in life, since he got the will and the drive to work hard, and he's smart as hell. But he misses every chance to be happy and by the end the result is a disaster.

The Hidden Force – Louis Couperus

The Hidden Force is a 1900 novel by the Dutch writer Louis Couperus. The narrative is set on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies.


The War of the End of the World – Mario Vargas Llosa

Most of the people in Canudos are either outcasts or extremely poor. They have nothing to lose. The Counselor for the first time in their lives gives them the feeling that they are human, that they matter, that their lives can ...

Black Dogs – Ian McEwan

Black Dogs is a 1992 novel by the British author Ian McEwan. It concerns the aftermath of the Nazi era in Europe, and how the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s affected those who once saw Communism as a way forward for ...


A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul

The futility of Mr. Biswas to find even the most humble home of his own renders him intensely human and endearing. It is easy to identify with him and laugh at him and understand that one has so much in common with him. But Mr....

Blindness – José Saramago

The horrors are described very vividly and sometimes make you positively sick. But what Saramago shows us is not only the black, egoistic and violent side of people that shows up the moment you remove the thin layer of cultural...


A Very Long Engagement – Sébastien Japrisot

A very Long Engagement is a mystery and a moving portrait of life in France during and after the First World War, and a love story of transforming power and beauty.

Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

Carol Milford, an enlightened, beautiful, and young woman gets married. She thinks she is marrying Dr. Kennicott, she doesn't know that she is also marrying his town, Gopher Prairie. She tries to love the town and tries hard. ...