What Are Some Good Classic Books to Read?


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Some good classic books to read include Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” and Dostoyevsky’s “The Brother Karamazov.” These books are all classics of world literature and are rated highly by critics.

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What Are Some Good Classic Books to Read?
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Homer’s epic poems “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” are a crucial part of the literary canon, exerting a considerable influence over most subsequent literature, from Dante to James Joyce. “The Iliad” narrates the Trojan War, while “The Odyssey” details hero Odysseus’ quest to return home following the war. Both books touch on universal themes, such as friendship, love and war, and Homer’s work is still widely read after nearly 3,000 years.

Miguel De Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” is generally considered the first modern novel, and the book’s windmill-battling knight errant is one of the most iconic figures in literature. Originally published in the early 17th century, the two-part novel tells the tale of a noble so obsessed with heroic novels that he attempts to live out his own chivalric tale. Revolutionary at the time of its publication, “Don Quixote” is still widely considered one of the greatest books of all time.

First published in 1880, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” is a seminal work of both Russian and world literature. The tale of three wildly different brothers brought together after the murder of their tyrannical father, the novel is a deeply philosophical meditation on morality, religious faith and free will.

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