Melbourne Masterclass 10 Great Books 2020

American Pastoral

American Pastoral

Philip Roth

Seymour Levov, a devoted family man and inheritor of his father's factory, comes of age in thriving post-war America. His daughter Merry is the apple of his eye until America begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s, and Merry...

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Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

William Trevor

Shortly after the First World War, an informer's body is found on the estate of the Quintons, a wealthy Irish family. The British Black and Tans, led by a zealous sergeant, torch the family home, killing Mr Quinton and his two...

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The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Constance Farrington

Provides inspiration for anti-colonial movements ever since, analysing the role of class, race, national culture and violence in the struggle for freedom. In this book, the author makes clear the economic and psychological...

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Hamlet

Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Paul Prescott, Alan Sinfield

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. When young prince Hamlet is confronted by his fathers ghost on the battlements of Castle Elsinore, he is burdened with a terrible task: slay King Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, who the ghost...

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A Tale of Two Cities (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

A Tale of Two Cities (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)

Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Finally reunited, the Manettes' fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay and the dissolute lawyer Carton.Also in the...

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The Tyranny of Distance

The Tyranny of Distance

Geoffrey Blainey

'One of the most illuminating books ever written on Australian history.

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The Trial

The Trial

Franz Kafka

Josef K's thirtieth birthday begins with a knock on his door from two sinister agents. They're from an unidentified agency, here to arrest him for unidentified crimes. But this is no birthday prank - this is life or death. So...

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The Nicomachean Ethics

The Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle, David Ross, Lesley Brown (Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Somerville College Oxford)

In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle examines the nature of happiness, which he defines as a specially good kind of life. He considers the nature of practical reasoning, friendship, and the role and importance of the moral virtues...

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Oryx And Crake

Oryx And Crake

Margaret Atwood

The outrageous imagination of Margaret Atwood has never been better. Dark, witty, scary and very credible, this is a mystery, an adventure story, a page-turner and a brilliant novel. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the...

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This Earth of Mankind

This Earth of Mankind

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that...

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