What are the best books from the Crash Course literature reading list?

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    #1Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.


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    Benito Saldaña
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Tragic story, and rather inevitable ending in my opinion. The story is beautifully written, but this kind of book just isn't to my taste. "
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "this is a must read for all involved in reading"
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    Macbeth is a play by the famous playwright William Shakespeare that tells the story about the titular Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, and how their murderous greed for power and the crown ultimately led to their own demise.

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    Annie Zhang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There are no spaces in the text, and the modern English is not in a column next to the old English. The printed version has the modern English on the page next to the old English. I don't see anyplace where I can "return" the e-book."
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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Ethan Smith
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Someone saw me reading this asked me if I was getting my Shakespeare on. I guess so. I never read a word of Shakespeare and thought that in my old age I might want to try it."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Ruth Reynolds
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Voltaire brought up many events which took place during his lifetime. There is quite a bit of back and forth of optimism v. pessimism.Candide asks, "But for what purpose was the earth formed?" And Martin replies, "To drive us mad." "Candide" is also a way for Voltaire to lash out against the clergy, as he was against the Church's abuses of power at that time. "
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    #6Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Alan Marshall
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Lord of the flies is a great book that is not only a cult classic but it is entertaining memorable and overall fun to read, this books seems like a a good choice to read from teh crash course list. its also a pretty easy read "
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    #7The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.


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    Wayne Bishop
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It solved the problem very well."
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    #8Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Donald Franklin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "a classic read about fate verses free will"
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    #10The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Michael Weber
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I came on here looking for the best books from the Crash Course literature reading list because I am a huge fan. I was told to try The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I love this book, it's a classic. "
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    #11Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    Richard Bates
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The solution solves the problem of a person who wants to read the book. It takes them directly to the area where they can purchase several versions of the book. At the Amazon area you can also read a good bit more or the book to decide if you really want to purchase it or not."
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    #12The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    #13Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)
    Parable of the Sower, the 1st book in the Parable series, is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Octavia Butler, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. It tells the story of Lauren Olamina, who is trying to survive and bring order back to a chaotic world.

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    Keith Alexander
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A post apocalyptic story, joining others in its warnings and depictions of the raw aspects of human nature. Sustains its (push on and survive) mood throughout with well constructed situations and a variety of characters whose basic human needs are met within a civilization that has been reduced to being primitive, full of hostile forces, and dangers. The situation has arisen from an unspecified cause. Very well written; well above the many pumped out yarns similarly inspired."
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    #14Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Rebecca Bennett
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is one of the best books that is on the Crash Course literature reading list. I admit I only read this book recently. I was not sure I would like the old fashioned writing style. It is not a problem at all. This is so much better than the writing style of other classic books."
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Larry Russell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Hit or miss but usually hits. If you don't know the original story and have only heard of Frankenstein, you really should read this classic. My only complaint is that it can be a bit lengthy in it's telling of the story."


Best What are the best books from the Crash Course literature reading list
1Romeo and JulietBooks 20 Paid
21984Books 17 Paid
3MacbethBooks 16 Paid
4HamletBooks 15 Paid
5CandideBooks 13 Paid
6Lord of the FliesBooks 12 Paid
7The Handmaid's TaleBooks 11 Paid
8Invisible ManBooks 10 Paid
9Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 9 Paid
10The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 8 Free

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