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– 1984 –

by George Orwell (1949)

Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” *

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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* Donald Trump: "Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening." (July, 24, 2018)


My Ántonia

by Willa Cather (1918)

In this symphonically powerful novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose robust high spirits and calm, undemonstrative strength are emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country.

Antonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrants struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Antonia from farm to town and through hardships both natural and human, surviving everything from poverty to a failed romance--and not only surviving, but triumphing. In the end, Antonia is exactly what Burden says she is: a woman who "had that something which fires the imagination, [a woman who] could stop . . . one's breath for a moment by a look or a gesture that somehow revealed the meaning in common things."

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MORE CLASSIC AUDIOBOOKS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith  (1943)
The Street
by Ann Petryn  (1946)

CLASSIC LITERATURE CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (SOMETIMES), BUT IF YOU FEEL AMBITIOUS, PLEASE GIVE THESE BOOKS A TRY — THERE ARE GOOD REASONS THEY ARE CONSIDERED 'CLASSICS'.
THE BOOKS BELOW ARE LISTED BY THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION.

—19th Century Classics—
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen  (1813)
Emma
Jane Austen  (1815)
Frankenstein
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1831)
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (1843)
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë (1847)
Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray (1847-1848)
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens (1850)
Hard Times
by Charles Dickens (1854)
North and South
Elizabeth Gaskell  (1854)
Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens (1859)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll  (1865)
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky  (1866)
The Gambler
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1867)
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott(1868)
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy  (1869)
The Way We Live Now
by Anthony Trollope (1875)
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy  (1877)
Bel-Ami
by Guy de Maupassant  (1885)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde (1890)
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins (1889-1890)
Dracula
by Bram Stoker (1897)
The Turn of the Screw
Henry James  (1898)
The Awakening
Kate Chopin  (1899)
—20th Century Classics—
The Call of the Wild
by Jack London  (1903)
White Fang
by Jack London (1906)
Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)
A Room with a View
by E.M. Forster (1908)
Howards End
by E.M. Forster (1910)
Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton  (1911)
Demian
Hermann Hesse  (1919)
Winesburg, Ohio
by Sherwood Anderson (1919)
Main Street
by Sinclair Lewis (1920)
The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton (1920)
The Red House Mystery
by A.A. Milne (1922)
An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser (1925)
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1925)
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway  (1926)
A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley  (1932)
Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1934)
It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis  (1935)
In Dubious Battle
by John Steinbeck (1936)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway  (1940)
The Moon is Down
John Steinbeck  (1942)
Animal Farm
George Orwell  (1945)
Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh  (1945)
1984
George Orwell  (1949)
End of the Affair
Graham Greene  (1951)
My Cousin Rachel
by Daphne du Maurier  (1951)
The Catcher in The Rye
J.D. Salinger  (1951)
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison  (1952)
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
  (1952)
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury (1953)
Lord of the Flies
William Golding  (1954)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers  (1940)
The Once and Future King
T.H. White  (1938-1941; 1958)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee  (1960)
Catch-22
Joseph Heller  (1961)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  (1962)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey  (1962)
 
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