Weekly Book List: Week 35 (Published more than 100 years ago)

Northanger Abbey / Jane Austen (1817)

When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman’s daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of ‘Gothic novels’ by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction. (FIC AUSTEN)

Oliver Twist / Charles Dickens (1837-39)

Born in a workhouse, Oliver Twist, an orphan, walks to London where he gets involved with Fagin and his gang of young thieves. (FIC DICKENS)

 

Crime and Punishment / Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)

Believing he can commit the perfect crime, Roderick Raskolnikov robs and murders an elderly pawnbroker. He eventually finds himself engaged in a battle of wits with inspector Porfiry, a policeman who is determined to wring a confession from the once confident Raskolnikov, a killer whose conscience is slowly beginning to destroy him. (FIC DOSTOYEVSKY)

Howards End / E.M. Forster (1910)

Howards End, an English country house, passes to the moneyed, the cultured, and then to the lower class. (FIC FORSTER)

 

Les Miserables / Victor Hugo (1862)

Trying to forget his past and live an honest life, ex-convict Jean Valjean risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris. (FIC HUGO)

 

Dangerous Liaisons / Choderlos de Laclos (1782)

The Vicomte de Valmont and his former lover, the beautiful Marquise de Merteuil, enter into a personal competition to seduce and betray the innocent in pre-Revolutionary France. (FIC LACLOS)

 

The Jungle / Upton Sinclair (1906)

Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant lured by appealing advertisements, comes to Chicago to make money in the stockyards, but the reality is different from what he expects.(FIC SINCLAIR)

 

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court / Mark Twain (1889)

This satirical novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander, who brings to King Arthur’s Age of Chivalry the “great and beneficent” miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and Yankee ingenuity. (FIC TWAIN)

 

The War of the Worlds / H.G. Wells (1897)

The ultimate tale of Earth’s invasion, written by one of the fathers of the science fiction genre. They came from a depleted, dying planet. Their target: the riches of a moist, green Earth. With horrifyingly advanced machines of destruction, they began their inexorable conquest. The war for Earth seemed destined to be … but was it? (FIC WELLS)

The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde (1890)

An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption. (FIC WILDE)

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