15 Best Novels in 2020
Losing your self in a good book is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences ever. It can teleport you to a different dimension with unforgettable characters that shape our personalities.
So are you looking for the Best Novels to read? Most of us have a different point of view on which novel is truly the best. The following novels were selected after multiple rounds of voting by our team and GoodReads members. Enjoy!
One of the most famous prose writers of the USA of the 20th century, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, announced to the world about the beginning of a new century – the “jazz century,” one of the first to speak on behalf of the “lost generation.” He wrote about the “American dream,” personified it with himself, but reality turned into a tragedy, and early life darling killed life. The hero of the novel “The Great Gatsby” made a fortune for himself, achieved power, but neither money nor power made him happy.
A story of loneliness, commitment, expectation, and defeat, OF MICE AND MEN, use to be a powerful and moving portrayal of two. Drifters in explore for the work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except for other – and a dream. A dream that they have some land of their own. Eventually, they do not know what they are doing.
Why a 1939 novel about the family of migrants looking for a job during the Great Depression still correspond to the directors of the 21st century? The answer is simple: look around. After the 2008 recession. This story matters, especially among students whose parents have lost their job and career as a result of the 2008 crash. Grapes of Wrath were considered one of the most definitive novels of American literature by John Steinbeck.
A philosophical novel parable by William Golding “Lord of the Flies” was first seen in 1954. Initially, many publishers refused to take the manuscript of an unknown author, but when the work was printed, it immediately gained the attention of both readers and critics. The plot of the novel comes at the time of the acquaintance of Ralph and Piggy: the boys who met after the plane crash try to realize what happened to them and outline ways to solve the problem.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry” use to be a novel written by the famous American writer Mark Twain, a persistence of the book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” published in 1876. Twain worked on the work for about ten years. The story is on behalf of Huckleberry Finn – a poorly educated lad who speaks a southwest dialect. The novel is written in a colorful folk language, and it uses Negro dialectisms, colloquial expressions, slang. Mark Twain decided on a bold update of the literary language.
An abbreviated version of “Alice in Wonderland” is often used) is a children’s fantasy book written in 1865. The plot makes a kind of circle: it all starts with how Alice falls asleep and ends when she wakes up, so we can say that all of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland are just a dream. As for the genre, this novel is a model of children’s fiction, filled with fantastic elements and following the rules of the fantastic genre of the whole book.
Jane Austen is one of the most popular writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Most are known for their novel Pride and Prejudice, but this is not its only successful work. The idea of the novel is that all our human prejudices do not matter when it comes to love. Man desperately clogs his head with these viruses, poisoning all sorts of feelings. If you understand all this, then there are only emotions.
The Tale of Two Cities” use to differ from the usual Dickens set-up in that dull names and humor repel each other to focus on a more serious analysis of one of the most turbulent periods in world history. However, Charles Dickens does support his social criticism of the European world, just like his other popular novels. The French Revolution provides Dickens with ideal conditions for analyzing the limits of justice and what happens when the ruling class continues to suppress the will of the people.
The novel “Moby Dick, or the White Whale” (1851) is at the center of the writer’s work. It is a Melville masterpiece; moreover, it is a synthesis of all the ideological and artistic experience of American romantic prose. “Moby Dick,” being a whaling novel, used to be exclusive in the thoroughness and completeness of the descriptions of whaling. It examines the anatomy of a whale, gives a classification of its species, and reveals the peculiarities of its behavior.
William Shakespeare is, perhaps, the most important place in world literature, this brilliant playwright and poet have no equal to this day. The main idea of the play is to assert new moral values inherent in the man of the Renaissance. Guided by passion in their feelings, the heroes go out of the common framework of tradition: Romeo decides to marry in secret, Juliet does not play a shy lady out of herself, and both are ready to go against the will of their parents and society to be together. Love Romeo and Juliet, no obstacles: they are not afraid of any life with her sensual side, or death.
Ernest Hemingway’s first novel “Fiesta” (“And the sun rises”) was released in 1926, bringing the author international fame. Hemingway’s complex relationship with the “lost generation” is hidden behind a seemingly uncomplicated plot. At first, it seems that the whole “Fiesta” was written this way, reading that the bottom seemed to be constantly visible, a shallow bottom.
The Stranger by Albert Camus is a story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” Published first time in English in the year of 1946, available in a new translation by Matthew Ward now. “The Stranger” happens to dramatize the topics at the center of existentialism. The same issues are probably at the heart of life, whether or not you believe in a god.
Beloved which is delegated verifiable fiction, gothic loathsomeness story, and bildungsroman (transitioning novel), exhibits Toni Morrison’s expertise in penetrating the unconstrained, unapologetic psyches of various characters who bear the horrendous weight of subjugation’s concealed sins. Since the violations at the heart of the novel spurn a few readers, a little vocal clique of critics has attacked Morrison’s work as soap opera, a “blackface holocaust novel,” and a redid Heart of Darkness.
Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” is not a story about the adventures of Uncle Tom in Harlem, no! The book has anti-racist fame, but it will not satisfy the expectations of those who would like a heart-rending story about how this terrible WASP stings and sucks blood from the oppressed colorful ones. We are dealing here with real literature, ambiguous, erudite, and above all remarkably approached to the topic of mutual prejudices and stereotypes that divide people not only according to a simple key of skin color.
Joseph Conrad (real name – Yuzef Kozhenevsky, 1857–1924), a classic of English literature of the twentieth century, born in the Russian Empire into a family of Polish patriots who participated in anti-government speeches. During the twentieth century, his reputation grew with each decade, because his role as one of the creators of modernism became increasingly clear. Conrad’s highest accomplishment is a small story, “The Heart of Darkness.” It’s amazing how some works of literature do not lose relevance over time, while others are forgotten during the life of the author.