Monday, May 16, 2016

School’s Out! Top 5 Summer Classics

As we wrap up yet another semester here at LIM College, we hope you find some time to catch up on summer reading. Whether at the beach or cozied up under a blanket, consider these classic fiction novels as new additions to your literature repertoire. Covering various topics from romance and feminism to tragedy and death, these reads will have you flipping pages into the fall.

Virginia Woolf
Woolf has been invited to lecture on the topic of Women and Fiction. She advances the thesis that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Her essay is constructed as a partly-fictionalized narrative of the thinking that led her to adopt this thesis. She dramatizes that mental process in the character of an imaginary narrator who is in her same position, wrestling with the same topic.
Albert Camus

Meursault, an indifferent French Algerian who, after attending his mother's funeral, apathetically kills an Arab man whom he recognizes in French Algiers. The story is divided into two parts, presenting Meursault's first-person narrative view before and after the murder, respectively.
Ernest Hemingway
A 1926 novel about a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights. the characters are based on real people of Hemingway's circle, and the action is based on real events. In the novel, Hemingway presents his notion that the "Lost Generation", considered to have been decadent, dissolute and damaged by World War I, was resilient and strong.
J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium.
John Steinbeck
This is a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers, who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles the farmer's wife. This is a tragic tale of a retarded man and the friend who loves and tries to protect him.

All of these books and more can be found in the 813 Fiction section of the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.

Posted on May 16, 2016 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)