A good literaure book to read for English Comp 1.?

I have to choose a book for English Comp 1.

I would like one that is interesting and easy to follow.

I love to read but would hate to pick a book that I don't like.

Any Ideas?

1. Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)

2. As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)

3. Hard Times (Charles Dickens)

5. Billy Budd, Sailor (Herman Melville)

6. Tar Baby (Toni Morrison)

7. Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

8. Black Boy (Richard Wright)

9. Puddn’h ead Wilson (Mark Twain)

10. Three Lives (Gertrude Stein)

11. Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)

12. The Secret Agent (Joseph Conrad)

13. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)

14. The Awakening (Kate Chopin)

15. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

16. Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)

17. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)

18. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs)

19. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (Mary Shelley)

20. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)

21. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)

22. The Optimist’s Daughter (Eudora Welty)

23. Utopia (Thomas More)

24. Wise Blood (Flannery O’ Connor)

25. The House of Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

26. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

27. The Sound and The Fury (William Faulkner)

28. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

29. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)

30. Gulliver’ s Travels (Jonathan Swift)

31. White Noise (Don Delillo)

32. A Gathering of Old Men (Ernest Gaines)

33. A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines)

34. The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)

35. Paradise Lost (John Milton)

36. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anonymous)

37. The Reviers (William Faulkner)

38. The Last of Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)

39. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

40. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)

41. Idylls of the King (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

42. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)


Ok come to find out books 2, 8, 9, 13, 26, and 28 have been claimed.

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Easy to follow: Grapes of Wrath #7

    The Sun Also Rises #15

    Brief, and easy to follow if you have the annotated edition: Utopia. This would imho be the best, as it's a seminal book (we get our word "utopia" from it). #23, pick me!

    Also worthwhile: Idylls of the King, if you like the styles and topic: #41,

    and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, #36.

    Apparently you'll be doing some kind of class presentation (one per student)? If so, you can do well with Utopia in terms of its plot, it's historical significance (poking fun at some politicians in an era when that wasn't always wise to do directly), and some of its concepts (see annotations :)

  • 9 years ago

    Honestly, my absolute favorite out of all of these was The Great Gatsby. To Kill A Mocking Bird was equally as amazing. I hated Atlas Shrugged. The Awakening was okay if you like feminist writing. I really didn't like On the Road. If possible, you should see if you can do The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Fantastic. Good luck!

  • 9 years ago

    I find it hard to believe you have not read Mockingbird or Gatzby. If you honestly have not I recommend one of them two. My 3rd option would be On the Road by Kerouac. The plot speaks for itself, it's about a the life of a man who goes cross country in the hope of a new beginning. He makes tons of friends and experiences everything you would expect someone to experience in the late 40s. From drugs and sex, to friends and romances.

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