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FREE READ ✓ The Rough Guide to Classic Novels 1 (Rough Guide Reference) ↠ Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written Over 230 of the world's greatest novels are covered from uixote 1614 to Orhan Pamuk's Snow 2002 with fascinating information about their plots and their authors and suggestions for whRe 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 needLibrarian's Note alternate cover edition ISSBN 1843535165. Using as a reading reference

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Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written Over 230 of the world's greatest novels are covered from uixote 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 comple. Here on my fourth venture into the Rough Guides I'm coming up against matters of taste versus accepted norms prevailing wisdom Let's take an example some distance away from the topic of novelsIt's the accepted dichotomy of Elvis The King that there are two Elvises; the Skinny Elvis the lithe natural born ladykiller that sang That's Alright Mama at Sun Studios in '54 and then the thick sweaty heaving Fat Elvis who packed himself into those campy white jumpsuits like a sausage monster in a kid's book The truth is there were Elvises and it goes a little like this Skinny sun studios Elvis became Technicolor Elvis and morphed into a completely fraudulent send up of his rockabilly Skinny Elvis self starring in films like Clambake Girl Happy Charro and Change Of Habit this last with nuns in place of the girls Bloated soggy songs recorded in deep echo chambers accompanied each cookie cutter outing But the tragic change that came with Technicolor Elvis was that he never again recorded another record that mattered nearly After he became completely alienated and outmoded he spent his kingly time in Graceland studying pharmacology and contemplating his next move He wasn't uite fat yet and pharmaceuticals had advanced to the point of allowing him to return to the stage and the radio waves In a stunning coup the soft pastel Technicolor Elvis swallowed pride and pills strapped on black leather and morphed again into Last Stand Elvis the man who stood between the legend and the long slope to the exit door marked Fat Elvis In a madman's gambit the former Southern Gentleman took on the current Stax Motown sovereignty and recorded the Otis Redding like Suspicious Minds a knockout soul music radio track This was only the opening punch In what would later be immortalized as the '68 Comeback the King took up the timely uestion of Racial Injustice and recorded the gritty Chicago realism of In The Ghetto a last greek tragic nixon goes to china moment in Pop Culture only just slightly skewed by the King's white southern identity and fan base But all tragedy needs a tragic flaw and maybe it was just that the reverse hubris of the millionaire white icon singing Well the world turns And a hungry little boy with a runny nose Plays in the street as the cold wind blows In the ghetto in his deepest southern boy in viva las vegas baritone warble Maybe it was that poison pill that brought him blinking and wheezing to the doorway that swallowed him up for eternity the one that says Fat Elvis Well then Do any of the Elvises get into the Classic Guide With no room to differentiate or expand can a small concise entry do justice to the disjunction in the material at hand Which Henry James goes into the Novels guide The pointillist anatomy of character author of The Portrait Of The Lady or the gossipy one of Wings Of The Dove Which of the crazies goes in Proust Joyce surely but Genet Robbe Grillet Durrell Celine Did Camus or Sartre ever write a great novel or were the novels the flagposts of an era's sensibility For that matter novelists like Émile Zola and Harriet Beecher Stowe changed their worlds with their fiction but do those books stand up today Without getting to incidentals for myself and my tastes Simon Mason does ver

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The Rough Guide to Classic Novels 1 Rough Guide ReferenceTe 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 featu. First off I wanna say how much I love the cover of this book ie Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses as it showcases a rare look at someone who was considered a dumb blonde than a smart woman all her life so kudos to thatNow the book itself it's a really good list for anyone looking for a start into the classics It doesn't just stop at English Literature but also diversifies itself with literature from Japanese Russian etc It's also categorized into different genres but what really takes the cake is the mention of Screen Adaptations at the end of the summaries for comparison What I didn't like though was there is a severe lack of South Asian and Middle Eastern literature I think I only saw 1 of each in this book There also some authorsbooks that I feel shouldn't have been mentioned but that's just probably meAnyhow highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their bookshelves reading and movie knowledge