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The old man and the sea

by:Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961

Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks.

Editions:2590  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Allegories, Allegories, Allegories, Bildungsromans

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The trial

by:Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924

Someone must have been telling tales about Josef K. for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.'A successful professional man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. The mysterious court which conducts his trial is outwardly co-operative, but capable of horrific violence. Faced with this ambiguous authority, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure. He consults various advisers without escaping his fate. Was there some way out that he failed to see? Kafka's unfinished novel has been read as a study of.

Editions:2377  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Allegories, Allegories, Allegories

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The sea wolf

by:London, Jack, 1876-1916

A deranged and abusive sea captain perpetrates a shipboard atmosphere of increasing violence that ultimately boils over into mutiny in this 1904 maritime classic.

Editions:898  Date:1838 - 2017  Genre(s):Sea stories, Allegories, Allegories, Allegories, Adventure fiction

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The Decameron

by:Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375

Revised for the seven hundredth anniversary of the author's birth, this tale of medieval Italian life details how ten young Florentines retreat to the countryside to escape the plague-infested city and entertain themselves by telling stories.

Editions:2769  Date:1353 - 2017  Genre(s):History, Allegories, Frame stories, Frame stories

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One flew over the cuckoo's nest : a novel

by:Kesey, Ken

The struggle for power between a head nurse and a male patient in a mental institution leads to a climax of hate, violence and death.

Editions:654  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Medical novels, Allegories, Satire


Eugénie Grandet

by:Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850

The classic novel which follows the money and relationships of Eugénie Grandet, her family, and the French bourgeois.

Editions:1735  Date:1830 - 2017  Genre(s):Allegories

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The castle

by:Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924

Surrealistic novel whose shadowy characters and obscure events are said to reflect the condition of man in modern society.

Editions:1447  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Allegories, Detective and mystery fiction

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Cousin Bette

by:Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850

Set in mid-19th century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family.

Editions:911  Date:0001 - 2017  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Allegories

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Their eyes were watching God : a novel

by:Hurston, Zora Neale

A novel about black Americans in Florida that centers on the life of Janie and her 3 marriages.

Editions:275  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Epic fiction, Allegories

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The black tulip

by:Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870

Overview: Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.

Editions:1027  Date:1000 - 2017  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Allegories, Biographical fiction

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