Reading a book is always a good idea. Among the multitude of interesting literature of all genres, there are short literary classics that can be read in one day. Books can change many people forever. With some books people become more experienced, richer and fulfilled after reading. Books help readers find meaning in life and themselves.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: The Little Prince (16,000 words) – During World War II, a pilot’s plane crashed in the desert. The pilot meets a prince who is not from this planet. As they plan their escape from the desert, the prince describes his journey. The prince describes a desire to return to his planet and the flower he loves. This is a book for children that every adult should read.
William Shakespeare: Macbeth (17,000 words) – this is the shortest tragedy written by the famous Shakespeare. Scottish General Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that he will one day become King of Scotland.
After that, his wife advises him and the general kills King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne. The general becomes paranoid and things then get even more complicated.
Truman Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (26,000 words) – a distinctive novel just like the main character – Holly Golightly. Holly likes to shock people with her attitudes and fragments of life. Holly does this very thoughtfully. Over the course of a year Holly increasingly reveals herself to the narrator who becomes very fascinated by her lifestyle.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (27,000 words)
For this novel Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. The plot follows a fisherman who decides to sail in a boat to the open sea in the hope that he will have a successful catch. The fisherman goes much further than usual and then his fight with the sea begins.
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (28,000 words) —this is one of the best allegories about human nature and nature. Scientist Henry Jekyll decides to make a potion to mask the evil inner nature, but the process does not go according to plan. His other personality, Edward Hyde, only comes to the fore and begins to dominate him.
George Orwell: Animal Farm (30,000 words) – this is an allegory about the Russian Revolution. Animals on one farm decide to overthrow and expel human owners and oppressors. The animals take over the farm, but the equality among the animals is slowly being lost. A rift and separation is created.
Albert Camus: The Stranger (38 thousand words) – one of the most significant novels in French and world literature. He deals with the absurdity of human existence and a meaningless series of coincidences from which we cannot escape. The main character is surrounded by people who do not really understand him and a series of unfortunate circumstances, so his life becomes terribly bitter.
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