Book reading is said to be the best way to gain knowledge. Even with the walk of advanced technology (Audio/Video/Animated and many more) book reading is still considered an important source of information as well as of entertainment. Most of the people consider books as their best friend believing the tag line “No Complains No Demands!!”General observation concluded that people love to read books even online so for all that here we mentioned the top ten books of all times. Although the English literature is so vast to be categorized in a list but there are few of the writers who had written such masterpieces that needs to be remembered day or another. The forever best books are a real asset to the literature and any one interested in literature needs to read them. So for the interested ones we have got the plan ready underline that will help you out in choosing the book from the best ones listed and providing you with the general information along with summary of that book as an introduction. We selected them by considering them in every aspect like fiction, nonfiction, ancient, modern, poetry etc; we went through the big-names in the world- Franzen, Mailer, Wallace, Wolfe, Chabon, Lethem, King, 125 of them-and with highly fair means we got the results.
So just go for it …. Read it and enjoy it!!
|1||Anna Karenina||Leo Tolstoy|
|2||Madame Bovary||Gustave Flaubert|
|3||War and Peace||Leo Tolstoy|
|5||The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Mark Twain|
|7||The Great Gatsby||F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|8||In Search of Lost Time||Marcel Proust|
|9||The Stories of Anton Chekhov||Anton Chekhov|
Middlemarch is said to be in the list for the top ten best books of all times for the wondering and amazing part that resides within it. It is based on the study of provincial novel written by George Eliot, pen name of Anne Evans. This novel begun back in the year 1869 and was her 7th novel. This appeared in serial too in the year 1871-72 although the first edition was seen in 1874. It is also subtitled as “Study of Provincial life” is written in midlands (fictitious one) a town of Middlemarch, where Middlemarch is a work of realism. His novel involves the bulk of characters with various plots and thought to be based as Coventry. The novel involves the comically named characters like Mr. Brooke, Mrs. Dollop and The “tiny aunt” Miss Nobel. The famous novel Middlemarch retained its popularity and value as one of the masterpiece of English literature and Fiction. This is the novel known for the best novel written specifically for the grown-up people. Middlemarch is a magnificent book, even with certain imperfections but sill leading as the greatest novel in English language. So due to these amazing features that it holds, the Middlemarch is included in the Top ten books of all times.
9. The story of Anton Chekhov
The story of Anton Chekhov as the book is named so has been written by Anton Chekhov. This is also considered as the one of the best book known to the world or as a number book forever. The major theme includes Death and disease that has been observed in Anton Chekhov stories, and his protagonists often suffers tragic deaths. Since Anton Chekhov died at the age of 44as he was plagued by tuberculosis for most of his adult life so it seems not a great surprise to observe author being haunted by the notion of imperfection. Chekhov thus focuses on disease to notion individual deficiency along with progressing conflicts within society.
The Breakdown of Aristocratic Society was the next story headed in the novel. It explains the time when Tsar Alexander II liberated Russian serfs when Chekhov was only one year old. Due to this publication many other authors start to discuss the ideas on liberty and about the rights of social classes to land along with education. Most of his stories when observed were considered as an effect of the change on an existing social hierarchy. Others include My Life, In the Ravine, Ward No. six and The Black Monk was the greatest success to his work and as a result to the Literature. In all his stories he keep in mind how to embed the sense of communication and non-communication among the people, focusing on beauty of the lands describing the natural world and finally the cosmos that intends to have a symbolic significance in most of Chekhov stories.
8. In Search of Lost Time
The novel In Search Of Lost Time is a novel that has been published in seven volumes and written by Marcel Proust (1871-1922). The theme of the novel is involuntary memory. Due to its theme and length it is considered his most prominent work. For such effectiveness in writing as well as an amazing story. The novel began to take a proper shape and value in 1902 and despite of his illness he continued to work diligently but then the autumn of 1922 forced him to take a break. All of the volumes are well written as the author continues to edit it one after another but on being observed the last three volumes are the ones containing oversights and unpolished passages. These still needed to work on and they exists as draft form on the death of the author. After the author’s death publication of these volumes were observed or looked by his brother Robert.
In France, the novel was published during 1913-1927.All in all this novel appeared as the best book of the world and an exclusive addition to the English Literature. This novel had great influence on 20th century literature. Many other writers have tried to mimic it and others to skit. This is considered to be the best book ever known to the world ever as well as an exciting edition to the English Literature.
7. The Great Gatsby
In 1925 an American author F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote a novel named The Great Gatsby. This includes greatest to the English literature in terms of story, writing style and amazing interest it inculcates. The novel’s story approaches a cast of characters that lived in a fictional town of West Egg back in the summer of 1922 on an affluent Long Island. This story is about Jay Gatsby, who was a curious millionaire, and about his passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. In this story the writer has explored well the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and resistance to change.
The book well known to be one of the best books of world was first published by Scribner’s in 1925 in April. Although sold poorly in first publication but after the death of Fitzgerald who considered this a failure, his work was acknowledged well by his book the great Gatsby during World War II. This novel was made a part of American high School Curricula. This book is still ranked among the greatest works of American Literature all in all it’s an asset to the Literature.
The famous known tragedy ever written by William Shakespeare is The Tragedy of Hamlet, Price of Denmark. That was set in the kingdom of Denmark; the story focuses on dramatizing the revenge Prince Hamlet imposed on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet. The story beautifully characterized the true and feigned madness.
Hamlet is said to be the Shakespeare’s longest written play among the most dominant tragedies ever in English Literature. This novel grasps the reader’s attention towards it for it is capable of “seemingly endless retelling along with adaptation by others.” This play is the best written and famous work done by William Shakespeare during his lifetime, undoubtedly still the best book of the world to worth to read it. There exist three different versions of the play First Quarto, Second Quarto and Third Quarto. Each involves lines, sentences o even the whole scenes. There was a prolonged debate about Hamlet hesitation to kill his uncle, which has been dramatization of the complex philosophical and ethical issues, revenge calculations as well as foil desire. With passage of time, some of the readers after reading the master piece highlighted the unconscious desires and feminist critics of Hamlet. All in all first it was famous for its vivid way of dramatizing. Hamlet has been a part of Film and TV performances too. Hamlet is acknowledged well as a perfect and classic addition to English literature which is why it is placed in the list for top ten best novels known to the world ever.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain is the writer for the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and was published in England for the first time back in 1884 while in the year 1885 it was published in United States. As far as the American literature in considered this novel is said to stood first in writing throughout in vernacular English being characterized by local color regionalism. This novel is said to be the best novel forever because it is having the beautiful way of describing people and their places, which lived across Mississippi river. This novel sets in a Southern antebellum society that has said to break off to exist about twenty years back before the publication of this work.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an irony on entrenched attitudes specifically racism. It had faced a critical go through from the day it was published because of its coarse language. This novel is adopted in Film (Many times), Literature, Music, theater and stage. This well written novel is said to grasp the reader’s attention and interest and overall a perfect book ever written. This is the reason it has been placed in the category for the best book of world and number book forever resulting in an amazing addition to the English Literature.
This novel is written by Vladimir Nabokov in English published in the year 1955 in Paris while the year if its publication is 1958 in New York. The novel is famous for its written style as well as for its pinching theme that says, “Protagonist and unreliable narrator,” The story is about the literature professor Hebephile Humbert who was middle-aged, said to be obsessed with 12-tear-old Dolores Haze. Furthermore as per as the story says after becoming step farther he becomes sexually involved with. Lolita is basically his private nick name for Dolores. This amazing story has been translated in Russian by its Russian-native author.
After publication Lolita acquired a remarkable class of status. For 20th century’s literature this was said to be one of the best and most controversial examples. So is why this has been placed in the list for the best book of the world that is worth to read. Lolita is known to be the best book forever as it was written well, having classy style and perfect sense of bounding his reader. This well known story was adopted to film as well as for the stage and TV shows too. So just go for it to have a classy addition to your reading.
3. War and Peace
A Russian Author Leo Tolstoy published War and Peace in 1869. The amazing work of the novel is acknowledged and said to be the most important works in literature world. The novel is said to be Author’s finest creation beautifully written along with his pose work Anna Karenina. This novel actually focuses the events that surround French Invasion of Russia. War and Peace tells the story of five aristocratic families like Bolkonskys. The Bolkonskys were said to be an old established and wealthy family based at Bald Hills. The writer beautifully takes off with the story involving the Russian troop’s mobilization along with the activities that surround the Russian war. Although to the level of accuracy this is not set to be the novel but a poem or a historical chronicle. This novel has been translated into many languages. The novel stays a part of the film, television, Opera, theater, radio and music. This novel is placed in the category for top ten books of all times and are said to be worth reading it. The writer fully explored the story and at the end confined it beautifully. The story is even longest of the few longest stories but well written in terms of plotting and interest too.
2. Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary is a novel written by a French writer Gustave Flaubert, which is said to be her first published novel in 1856.The story revolves around the doctor’s wife, characterized to have adulterous affairs with a mind set of living beyond her means. The true art of novel resides in its details and patterns implemented. It was also serialized in La Revue De Paris from1 October 1856 to15 December 1856 but this novel was attacked by the public prosecutors for obscenity, which made the story more famous. Going through all that, at the end Gustave Flaubert’s work was considered worth reading and a masterpiece in literature. This novel is said to be one of the most influential, impressive and very well written novels known. The structure of Madame Bovary consists of three parts with the highlighted characters of Emma Bovary, Charles Bovary, Rudolph Boulanger, Leon Dupuis, Monsieur Lheureux, Monsieur Homais and Justin. Each character beautifully elaborated in accordance with the sense of story. The story appears to have a mild basis on school friend of the writer who then becomes a doctor. As per as the story says that author’s friend was unsuccessfully in struggle to cure Falubert of his deep-eyed Romanticism. This cure was processed by assigning him the dreariest subject as a challenge to make it more interesting without permitting anything out-of-the-way to happen. Over all it’s an amazing novel to add at your side.
1. Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina is a famous Russian novel written by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy which is number one book of all time. The novel appears in a complete from to the world as a book although few of its parts were published in serial but due to author’s political issues with editor Mikhail Katkov it wasn’t succeeded.
Writer himself thinks of it as his first true novel having real fiction. It was called “flawless as a work of art by Fyodor Dostoyevsky” and Vladimir Nabokov, while Willaim Faulkner described it as “The best written novel ever”.
This novel is cranking up its popularity for being observed at the top ten in Time for recent poll conducted…
The main characters of the book includes Anna Karenina, Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, Prince Stepan, Princess Darya “Dolly” Alexandrovna Oblonskaya, Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin, Konstantin “Kostya” Dmitrievich Levin, Sergius Ivanovich Koznyshev, Princess Ekaterina “Kitty”, Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya, Princess Elizaveta “Betsy”, Countess Lidia Ivanovna, Countess Vronskaya, Anna “Annie” and Varenka.
It’s a story carried away around Anna Karenina a socilate when got married and her affair with Count Vronsky. Along with it, there exists a parallel story of a country landowner Konstantin Levin too. The whole novel is divided into 8 parts and all of them emphasis on the quote that “no one may build their happiness on another’s pain.” As the result of liberal reforms by Emperor Alexander II the events in the novel take place against the backdrop of sudden transformations. The novel overall is amazing in real sense capturing the interest. So just go for it.