Kon-Tiki

Author: Thor Heyerdahl Country (language): Norway (Norwegian) Published: 1948 Summary The book Kon-Tiki is Thor Heyerdahl's account of his extraordinary 1947 voyage, with 5 colleagues, on a primitive wooden raft from South America to the Polynesian islands in the South Pacific. The journey was Heyerdahl's effort to show that it…
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Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Country (language): UK (English) Published: 1818 Summary An exploration team at the North Pole find a half-frozen man, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who tells the story of his terrible creation: A keen scientist, Frankenstein discovers a way to reanimate body parts (bringing them back to life) and so…
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The Divine Comedy

Author: Dante Alighieri Country (language): Italy (Italian) Published: 1321 Summary The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1321, when Dante died. The story concerns the poet Virgil leading Dante through on a spiritual journey through the worlds of Hell (Inferno), Purgatory, and then into Paradise. It was written in…
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The Metamorphosis

Author: Franz Kafka Country (language): Austria-Hungary (German) Published: 1915 Summary 'The Metamorphosis' (originally 'Die Verwandlung') is a novella (a short novel) describing the life of Gregor Samsa after he wakes up one day and finds he is 'vermin' (some for of insect). The book is often viewed in several different…
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle Country (language): UK (English) Published: 1892 Summary The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. The 12 stories had originally appeared (one-by-one) in the Strand Magazine. Before this, Sherlock Holmes had already appeared in two full-length books: 'A Study in Scarlet',…
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Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell Country (language): UK (English) Published: 1945 Summary Animal Farm is an allegoric novel, meaning that its story represents a different story or idea. In the case of Animal Farm, the story is meant to resemble to problems and ideas that overtook Russia in the early 20th century.…
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee Country (language): USA (English) Published: 1960 Summary The book is told through the eyes of the 6 year old white girl Scout Finch as she lives in the America's Deep South (Alabama). Despite Scout's own adventures, the heart of the story is her viewing of the lives…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Country (language): Ireland (English) Published: 1890 Summary 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is a look at the corruption of a human soul. The story tells the story of young, good-looking rich man named Dorian Gray who, at the beginning of the book, has his picture painted by…
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Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker Country (language): Ireland (English) Published: 1897 Summary The first part of the story is told through the eyes of Jonathan Harker, a young solicitor who is sent to Transylvania, Romania to work on some papers for a mysterious Count Dracula. Whilst staying at the Count's castle Harker…
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