What are some books generally considered examples of excellent fiction?


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Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," Mark Twain's "the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Herman Mellville's "Moby-Dick" are generally considered to be excellent works of fiction. All three writers are American.

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"Frankenstein" takes the reader to 19th-century Europe. Victor Frankenstein, a highly-talented scientist, creates a monster with the intention of creating a beautiful being. The monster, despite having benevolent intentions at first, becomes an outcast due to his abhorrent appearance and causes great harm to people. The book tries to discover how a man can pervert his own destiny by manipulating forces of nature through science.

The story of a rebel boy and a runaway slave, Mark Twain's "the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the building blocks of American literature. Ernest Hemingway calls it the book from which all American writing comes. The book analyzes a critical issue in American history: race. In fact, the book's openness about the issue caused people to misunderstand it and call for a ban on it.

"Moby-Dick" has Ishmael, Queepeg and Ahab hunting whales on a ship by the name of Queequeg. They encounter Moby-Dick during their worldwide venture and chase it for three days. Moby-Dick proves to be a greater challenge than they can handle, and only Ishmael lives to tell the tale. The Oxford Companion to English Literature defines the fiction novel as the United States' closest work of art to a national epic.

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