- Series: Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide S.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: A&C Black (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713675837
- ISBN-13: 978-0713675832
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 14.6 x 147.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Must-read Classic Novels (Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide S.)
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This book is a handy pocket-size guide to 100 'classic' novels - by which is meant masterpieces of form of universal appeal - written by one of Britain's finest non-fiction writers. Nick Rennison is author of the bestselling 'Bloosmbury Good Reading Guide' and the linchpin of the '100 Must Reads' series, expert on all forms of literature (I know, as I;ve worked in bookselling and reviewing for 23 years and he has the most wide-ranging and deep knowledge of books I've encountered) and reviewer for London's 'Sunday Times'.
The book includes a terse, witty, irreverent but thoughtful introduction that discusses what a classic is, followed by descriptions of 100 famous books, detailing plot, characters and thier authors' place in the world of literature. Each mini-essay is followed by 'read on' suggestions recommending several hundred other titles.
Simply, one of the best (and best value) books you could wish to buy on classic fiction, by a man who really knows his stuff.
If, however, you are foolish enough to prefer a thoughtful review of each novel, explaining why it is an important literary work -- without giving away the whole plot including the climax -- I would suggest you stay away from this book.
If anyone can recommend a very good guide to classic novels, or to fiction in general - a book that has helpful listings but does not give endings away - please let me know. Thanks.