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Classics (selected, as are all books on this page)
The Odyssey of Homer
The adventures of Odysseus, with a fantastic array of monsters, temptresses, gods, and goddesses.
Gilgamesh the Hero
One of the oldest stories in the world, about friendship, fame, courage, happiness.
The Journey to the West
Written in the sixteenth century. Tells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China's most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures.
Ethnicity, Women, and Gender
Things Fall Apart
The classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent, told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One of the most influential literary works of our time. Tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.
The Painted Bird
Through sparse prose and vivid imagery, Kosinski's novel is a story of mythic proportion, even more relevant to today's society than it was upon its original publication.