Concise classics you can read in one day

In celebration of National Read A Book Day (6 Sep) we take a look at some classic short reads that you can easily breeze through in 24 hours or less.

Overly ambitious purchases of War and Peace and Atlas Shrugged can be left on the bookshelf and swapped – temporarily – for one of these equally fulfilling, compact literary gems.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

When the animals of Manor Farm mutiny against head farmer, Mr Jones, a dream of subsequent equality and freedom is quickly dashed by a tyrannical gang of pigs within their ranks. Orwell’s allegorical tale (based on the Russian revolution and the Stalisnim era that followed) is essential reading.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find that he has been transformed into a giant, beetle-like creature. He quickly becomes alienated from those dearest to him in Kafka’s harrowing, yet comic tale of isolation and inadequacy.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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Unlucky Cuban fisherman Santiago looks to bring an end to an 85 day fishing drought by sailing out into the rich waters of the Gulf Stream. An epic duel between man and fish ensues, in what was to be the last book published by Hemingway before his death in 1961.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Two migrant workers – Lennie and George – seek work and the unattainable american dream in the Salinas Valley during the Great Depression. The odd pair constantly struggle as they look to find their place in an unforgiving and hopeless world.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson’s classic story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde studies man’s duality and the internal struggle of good and evil. The plot both moves and terrifies readers over a century on from its original release.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Narrator Marlow ventures up the river Congo in search of the enigmatic Mr Kurtz who rules over the local population. Conrad’s divisive book dives deep into the human psyche and raises questions about racism and imperialism.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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A dog named Buck has led a life of relative luxury in California all his life, until he is kidnapped and trained as a sled dog in the Alaskan wilderness. Buck relies on primordial instinct in order to survive the unforgiving environment.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Ivan Ilyich spends his life without giving death a second thought – that is until he is diagnosed with a terminal and painful illness. At first Ilyich struggles against the illness, determined that he isn’t deserving of his fate, before accepting the inevitability of his death.

The Fall by Albert Camus

Camus' The Fall is a masterpiece. So brilliant, burning with wit, and full of elegant humour. The hero is a true baseline of selfishness ))) "I used to go to a sordid night club to meet a quick-change dancer who honored me with her favors and for whose reputation I even fought one evening with a bearded braggart. Every night I would strut at the bar, in the red light and dust of that earthly paradise, lying fantastically and drinking at length. I would wait for dawn and at last end up in the always unmade bed of my princess, who would indulge mechanically in sex and then sleep without transition. Day would come softly to throw lift on this disaster and I would get up and stand motionless in a dawn of glory" #albertcamus #reading #bookaholic

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Set in Amsterdam, a supposedly model citizen regales how he glimpsed the hollowness of humanity and, as a result, lost his innocence and inhibition. Camus’s philosophical novel looks closely at the absurdity and tragedy of the human condition.

The Dead by James Joyce

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Regarded by many as the greatest example of short fiction ever written, The Dead revolves around a New Years party and a shocking revelation made by the protagonist’s wife. Despite it’s length, The Dead is able to deliver a truly moving tale about passion and disappointed love.

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx's #brokebackmountain is a novella and not a full length novel, but her writing swells the story with much within its pages. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are two ranch hands in the late 1960s, who meet as hired herders on a sheep herding venture. As they both surprise themselves and fall in love, they leave each other determined that it was a one off affair. Both move on with wives and children, but when they encounter each other once again, both must try to find a balance between their passion for one another and the world around them that does not permit Ennis to love Jack publicly. It is a story of two men in an era, a life, and a part of America that is brutally unforgiving to anything but stereotypical cowboy living, and it is a sharp reminder to the reader of how far we have come as a society and as people who are now far freer to love openly. Verdict: If you've seen the movie, read this short novella to get a glimpse of Proulx's genius. #bookreview #bookgirltravels #carolinereads2016 #book #annieproulx #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #bookish #booknerd #booklover #booklove #bookme #bookworm #booknerdigans #readinglately #currentlyreading #summerreading #novella #booktofilm #bibliophile #bookblogger #bookshelf #bookreviewer

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Better known for its acclaimed feature film adaptation, Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx tells the story of a friendship that turns into a forbidden love between two cowboys.

The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

Gogol’s short story follows hard-working clerk Akaky Akakievich as he saves for, purchases and loses an overcoat, after being bullied by younger colleagues. The Overcoat is a fascinatingly honest study of loneliness that subsequently inspired many of the Russian greats.

The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling

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Two Brits try to carve out a kingdom in a remote and near uninhabitable part of Afghanistan in one of Kipling’s earliest efforts. The novel skillfully dissects colonialism’s ‘noble’ and ‘heroic’ intentions.

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli

Now that schools out I'm getting so much more time to read! I'm actually re reading this book and I think to fully understand it you should have some prior knowledge about the author. . The Prince was written by Nicolo Machiavelli an Italian diplomat and published in 1535. He sent 14 years as a diplomat in Florence while the infamous Medici family were out of power. However once they returned to power, Machiavelli tried, unsuccessfully to raise a militia against them. For this he was jailed, tortured and banished from politics. It was in this time that he wrote the Prince ( as some think a way to get back on the Medici's good side). In the book, Machiavelli outlines his idea of a perfect ruler and what they must do to remain in power. It's an interesting book especially since so much of it is relevant to this day . { #theprince #nicolomachiavelli #cesareborgia #italy #florence #history #classicliterature #books #bookstagram }

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Michiavelli offers a brutally direct guide on how to gain political power and manipulate yourself into a position of power. Disturbingly relevant to today, The Prince makes for an intriguing read.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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Dating back to the fifth century BC, The Art of War meticulously outlines various aspects of warfare. Despite its age the book is often thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and has also had an influence on business and legal strategy.

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