Some of Classic Books of all time Favourite:-
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.
The Shu King:-
THE SHU KING OR THE CHINESE HISTORICAL CLASSIC.
The Book of Documents (Shujing, earlier Shu-king) or Classic of History, also known as the Shangshu, is one of the Five Classics of ancient Chinese literature. The Book of Documents was the subject of one of China’s oldest literary controversies, between proponents of different versions of the text.
Tao Te Ching:-
The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing , also simply referred to as the Laozi is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around 6th century BC by the sage Laozi, a record-keeper at the Zhou dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text’s true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC.
The book, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism, and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. The book is a collection of 81 short poems.
The Portrait of a Lady:-
The Portrait of a Lady was first published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan’s Magazine in 1880-1881 and then as a book in 1881. It chronicles the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer who is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett and is expected to enter wedlock soon. But Isabel resolved to determine her own destiny does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors who offer her their wealth and devotion. She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his facade of charm and sophistication, is the very embodiment of cruelty. In spite of her tragic choice she survives as she begins to realize that true freedom means living with one’s choices despite the consequences. Generally regarded as a masterpiece of James’s early phase of writing, this novel deftly portrays the clash between the innocence and exuberance of the New World and the corruption and wisdom of the Old. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.
James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish expatriate writer, widely considered to be one of the most 1 I influential writers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its highly controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short-story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). Ulysses takes place in a single day, 16 June 1904, also known as Bloomsday. It places the characters and incidents of Homer’s Odyssey in modern Dublin and represents Odysseus (Ulysses), Penelope and Telemachus in the characters of Leopold Bloom, his wife Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, and contrasts them with their lofty models. As his characters stroll, eat, contemplate and argue through the streets of Dublin, Joyce’s stream of consciousness narrative artfully weaves events, emotions, and memories in a free flow of imagery and associations. I Full of literary allusions, parody, puns and uncensored vulgarity, Ulysses has been considered controversial and 15r, challenging, but always brilliant and rewarding.
Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories. The manuscript was sent to the English publisher, Grant Richards in late 1905. After initial enthusiasm for the book, Richards became uncomfortable about sexual explicitness and possible legal implications which could result from this. In 1909 Joyce stopped persuading Grant Richards for publication of the book and sent it to the Irish publisher, Maunsel & Company. There the book was printed, but the stock was destroyed before its release fearing libel action. Ultimately the book was printed and released by Grant Richards in 1914.
In Dubliners, Joyce portrays the denizens of the city of his birth, from the young boy facing death in the first story, “The Sisters”, to the middle-aged Gabriel of the haunting final story, “The Dead”. He rebels against social and literary conventions, against Catholicism, and against Dublin—the city at the centre of this excellent collection of stories. Dubliners, like most of Joyce’s writings, is of an autobiographical nature, for example, “A Mother” and “An Encounter”. “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” is based on Joyce’s first-hand experience of Irish politics in the early years of the twentieth century. His brother Stanislaus serves as a model for Mr. Duffy in “A Painful Case”. His great-aunts are used as models for the Misses Morkan in “The Dead”. Dubliners is one of the most magnificent short story collections in the English language.