The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Exploring more than 100 of the world's most important literary works and the literary geniuses that created them, this book is the perfect introduction to the subject of literature and writing.
The Literature Book features some of the world's most celebrated books, plays, and poetry, including Latin American and African fiction, and best-selling masterpieces from the most renowned authors ever to have lived.
Filled with inspirational quotes, detailed plot summaries and feature boxes bringing the timeless works of literature to life and setting them into their wider social and cultural context. The audiobook also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning.
From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, The Literature Book, narrated by Katherine Press, is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 21 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 17, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #217,802 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#939 in Biographies of Authors
#1,050 in Literary History & Criticism
#1,955 in General Books & Reading
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By Peggy on March 7, 2019
So far about other DK-books, all deserving full five stars as my assessment. But what about Literature? I am, after all, an eager reader - and a foolish statistician - having made a list of all over thousand books I have read during the past 55 years, almost 1000 paper books with assessment 1-3 stars, and now more than 200 ebooks with the scale of 1 to 5 stars and more than 130 reviews in pursuit of learning languages, made so easy and pleasant with ebooks. Again, no difficulty of matter-of-fact understanding. The first part, first 500 pages, all known classics spiced with many known by titles, arising desire of acquiring and reading, ok, introducing some principles of division to genre classification. But then, the last part, history since 1900, approximately, in general, of course with many exceptions, did and does not inspire me, dropping my stars to four instead of five. Modernism and post-modernism have not acquired my consent. I have tried some, but have experienced bitter disappointments, even in cases of events of general admiration. Here I find a suitable context of expressing my wide disagreement with the Nobel committee. Starting from Joyce, Gárcia, Llora and others not having at school learned subject-predicate sentences and punctuation. I am also fiercely accusing the Nobel committee for not giving the price to our Mika Waltari for his Sinuhe or the Estonian master Jaan Kross. My favorites are books with a documentary approach to a wide variety of human life, history, science, romance, everyday life. Instead, no scifi, neither war nor violence.
These Big Ideas of Literature history, four stars.
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It is divided into chapters covering time periods and focussing on central texts: Heroes and Legends, Renaissance to Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Rise of the Novel, Depicting REal Life, Breaking with Tradition, Post-War Writing, Contemporary Literature.
Each book has an “In Context” - Focus - the main theme, Before - books prior to the publication date of the main book, After - books published just after. The rest of the double page spread contains the important facts about the book and its author.
She was actually plesantly surprised at how thoughtful a secret santa gift could be. Perfect for anyone who likes books, it's hard back and bursting will all sorts of information.