What are the best colonial and post-colonial literary works?

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    #1Orientalism

    Orientalism

    Orientalism by Edward W. Said is a modern classic that was first published in 1979. It's a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural and political perceptions of the East. 

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    Walter Allen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a pretty good telling of colonial works of the past. It has great critique, and an interesting perception."
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    #2Things 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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    Shreyas Nair
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This has been rated a number one best seller on Amazon. It is probably not a book I would read, but it has great ratings and people that love this genre love this story."
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    #3Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 
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    Evelyn Lawson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I'm a big fan of post-colonial literature and wanted to start reading a new book on the subject. I came across "Midnight's Children" and read the review which were pretty good. After reading the first chapter, I gotta say that I love it! This is exactly the type of book I was looking for. This is definitely worth the price."
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    #4A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.

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    Dorothy Flores
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "i wanted the best colonial and post colonial literary works out there. I found A Passage to India, a great book by E.M. Foster that deals with india in the 1920s. A great book, and a delight to read."
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    #5Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Half of a Yellow Sun is a historical fiction novel by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the now-defunct Republic of Biafra, it tells the story of five people as they fight to keep their nation alive.
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    Ethan Bennett
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is an interesting story about the biafrans( The igbos in Nigeria) trying to seperate from Nigeria, I strongly recommend it."
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    #6Dubliners

    Dubliners

    First published in 1914, James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the most well-known short story collections. It is comprised of 15 short stories about life in early 20th century Dublin.

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    Félix Molina
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a very well known collection of stories from famous author James Joyce. This is also very much within the general time period I am interested in. And as you would expect from this classic collection, it is quite popular and well-loved."
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    #7The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Pablo Mora
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book fits on this list and would be a great choice."
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    #8Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 

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    Ishan Pillai
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I am not much of a history buff. In fact, history was my least favorite subject at school simply because of how boring memorizing dates and facts are. I always thought "I don't dream to be a Jeopardy contestant, no need to learn useless trivia!". But sometimes, parts of history can become interesting when used in fiction. In the Heart of Darkness, this is just what happens. The boring past becomes an interesting place of adventure and an eye opener to the evils and cruelties that humans are capable of doing. I read this for a little while and it was definitely thrilling as well and it kept my attention for quite a while. This is a great book to read if you're into post-colonial stuff!"
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    #9Lotusland

    Lotusland

    Lotusland is a young adult romance novel by David Joiner about the American Nathan Monroe, who saw his Vietnamese lover leave him for a chance at a better life in America. The book depicts the lives of Westerners abroad.

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    Virginia Fisher
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, i like the story that is described on it, it has very unique characters and the situations are described very vividly. I suggest reading this book during vacations, i am sure you will have lot of fun. "
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    #10Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.
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    Jesse Franklin
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Wide Sargasso Sea is a classic novel written in the early days of america about a classic story of love crossing boundaries of culture. Some of the stuff is dated by todays standards, but it's an intriguing look at how the world used to work."
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    #11Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Helen Ramos
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Beloved is a great book about the colonial and post colonial time. This is a great historical fiction novel. This book was nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. This book is highly rated with 4 out of 5 stars."
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    #12Cry, the Beloved Country

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    Originally published in 1948, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic book by South African writer Alan Paton. It tells the story of the harrowing racism that was rampant during the apartheid in South Africa.

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    Madison Gardner
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Cry, the Beloved Country, published in 1948, chronicles the rampant racism present during apartheid in South Africa. It's a fascinating book for those interested in colonial or post-colonial writing."
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    #13Omeros

    Omeros

    Omeros is a five-part poem for young adults written by Derek Walcott. It was released in 1992. The title is Homer the Historian's Greek name. It is about two iconic racial disputes in history: the loss of lands for Amerindians and slavery of Africans.

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    Andrés Ochoa
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "On one hand, it's an epic poem. Such a thing isn't easy to create. Unfortunately, the message is blatantly anti-white. Thus, the end result is a piece of trash."
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    #14English Passengers

    English Passengers

    English Passengers is a historical fiction novel by British writer Matthew Kneale, first published in 2000. Set in the year 1857, it tells the story of an English ship which landed on the coasts of Australia.

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    Ai Long
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Stories based in the 1800s have always intrigued me so I read English Passengers by Matthew Kneale. It is one of the best colonial literary works I've read in recent time. "
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    #15Gould's Book of Fish

    Gould's Book of Fish
    Gould's Book of Fish is a historical fiction novel by Australian writer Richard Miller Flanagan. Set during the 19th century, it tells the story of British colonialism in Australia. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014. 
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    Sarah Mills
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Colonialism has been a contentious subject through the years, I've tried to understand it from the perspective of some who've lived through such things. This book, while fictional, helped give a human face to earlier colonialism. It's not the most vibrantly written book, but for it's purpose it works."
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    #16Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North is a cultural fiction novel by Tayeb Salih which follows the narrator, a young man who returns to his village along the Nile after years of study in Europe. It was published in 1970 by Heinemann.

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    Rishika Chopra
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wanted to like this book but it just fell flat for me. I thought that this book would be really exciting considering the plot but instead it just fell flat. The writing was dry and it was a bit of a slog to get through, unfortunately. I ended up putting it down halfway through and never picked it up again. I wouldn't recommend it."
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    #17Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God is a 1964 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It is his third novel and the final book in the African trilogy, succeeding Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease.

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    Miriam Palma
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Arrow of God is Chinua Achebe at his best. The book integrates Nigerian history with a engaging tale of family relationships in a post-colonial country. I found it deeply philosophical while also grounded in the reality of the relationships, which are truthful and realistic. I also really appreciate the complexity with which the novel explores religion."
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    #18No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy)

    No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy)
    No Longer At Ease is a historical fiction novel by renowned author Chinua Achebe. It is the second book in the African trilogy, following Things Fall Apart and succeeded by Arrow of God.
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    Eugene Mendoza
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "No Longer at Ease is one of my longtime personal favorites. I found it a touching story of a young African that changed the way I look at black people. Truly special."
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    #19Love and Hate in Jamestown

    Love and Hate in Jamestown

    Love and Hate in Jamestown is a non-fiction book by David A. Price. It is an account of the events surrounding the establishment of the Jamestown colony in Virginia by British colonists and their conflicts with the Powhatan Indians.

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    Kathy Russell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is enlightening and fascinating to read about interactions between the English colonists and the native Americans. It brings history to life. Absolutely one of the best on the colonial topic!"
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    #20Pocahontas

    Pocahontas
    Pocahontas is a historical fiction novel written by Joseph Bruchac. It tells a story based on real events that occurred in 1607 between English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, told from the .perspectives of Pocahontas and John Smith.
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    Kelly Marshall
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Pocahontas is one of the best examples of literature for both colonial and post-colonial time periods. It is loosely based on a supposedly true story, so take this with a grain of salt. It IS labeled fiction, after all."

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Best What are the best colonial and post-colonial literary works
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OrientalismBooks 28 Paid
2Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 26 Paid
3Midnight's ChildrenBooks 25 Paid
4A Passage to IndiaBooks 24 Paid
5Half of a Yellow SunBooks 22 Paid
6DublinersBooks 21 Paid
7The God of Small ThingsBooks 19 Paid
8Heart of DarknessBooks 18 Paid
9LotuslandBooks 17 Paid
10Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 17 Paid
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