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The Rough Guide to Classic Novels

Mason, Simon, 1962-

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 2 stars out of 5.
The Rough Guide to Classic Novels
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Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written. Over 230 of the world’s greatest novels are covered, from Quixote (1614) to Orhan Pamuk’s Snow (2002), with fascinating information about their plots and their authors – and suggestions for what to read next. The guide comes complete with recommendations of the best editions and translations for every genre from the most enticing crime and punishment to love, sex, heroes and anti-heroes, not to mention all the classics of comedy and satire, horror and mystery and many other literary genres. With feature boxes on experimental novels, female novelists, short reviews of interesting film and TV adaptations, and information on how the novel began, this guide will point you to all the classic literature you’ll ever need.



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Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written. Over 230 of the world’s greatest novels are covered, from Quixote (1614) to Orhan Pamuk’s Snow (2002), with fascinating information about their plots and their authors – and suggestions for what to read next. The guide comes complete with recommendations of the best editions and translations for every genre from the most enticing crime and punishment to love, sex, heroes and anti-heroes, not to mention all the classics of comedy and satire, horror and mystery and many other literary genres. With feature boxes on experimental novels, female novelists, short reviews of interesting film and TV adaptations, and information on how the novel began, this guide will point you to all the classic literature you’ll ever need.



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Publisher: London, UK ; New York : Rough Guides : Distributed by the Penguin Group, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1843535165
9781843535164
Branch Call Number: 809.3 M
Characteristics: viii, 370 p. : ill. ; 17 cm.
Alternate Title: Classic novels

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Jun 05, 2013
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This compilation, as the title suggests, is a guide to the "classic" novels. Many people will find that they've been to that shelf, read that! However each entry ends with a "Where to go next" section. There are undoubtedly some hidden gems in these notes.

This compilation is organized by themes such as romance, adventure, mystery, crime, and others. Each entry offers a brief outline of the plot and often some comments about the author's life and writing career. For foreign language books, a recommended translation is suggested. For novels that have made it onto the Silver Screen, a suggestion is made about the adaptation. The book has an index.

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