- File Size: 30654 KB
- Print Length: 12348 pages
- Publisher: Kathartika (April 3, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2020
- Sold by: De Marque
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QGN3S9Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 1 (Kathartika™ Classics) Kindle Edition
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It isn't convenient if its large size causes a problem with the device you intend to download it to. (But it's fine on my Kindle Paperwhite.)
It isn't convenient if you have trouble locating items within it. Yes, it has an active TOC, and while it's on your device, you can easily locate each title within it. But a year from now, when this bundle is in cloud storage (because it's much too big to perpetually keep on your device), will you be able to remember that this particular collection, out of the many you likely own, contains Homer's ODYSSEY? Or is THE ILIAD in this collection and THE ODYSSEY in some other? And, when you are searching for PERSUASION by Jane Austen, is that one here?
The problem with jumbo bundles like this is that their specific content is not evident in their titles the way HOMER'S EPICS or THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN, or (better yet) the individual books themselves (THE ILIAD, THE ODYSSEY, PERSUASION) would be. There's no denying it may be convenient and time-saving to get 50 great works in one fell swoop, but thereafter, identifying and retrieving any particular one of them from among all your jumbo bundles can be a real nuisance.
And the title of this bundle should logically just be 50 MASTERPIECES YOU HAVE TO READ. There's no need to add BEFORE YOU DIE to it, because you can only read these BEFORE you die; you obviously won't be able to read any of them AFTER you die. A collection of great books deserves a more dignified title to match the stature of its content.
All that being said, the books ARE masterpieces and should be among those that anyone claiming to be educated should wish to read. The formatting is handsome, and the TOC is active.
Currently a second collection of 50 more works (reflecting the second half of the alphabetical listing of authors included) is available. If you desire to obtain and read all 100 of the works listed in the Kindle Store blurbs for these two ebook bundles, by all means go for them both (especially while they're free or only $.99). They will provide many hours of pleasurable reading.
My rating reflects the status of the included books; in most instances, each is a 5-star classic. Many of them you've probably already read and will undoubtedly wish to (someday) re-read, but some others may be new to you; those are the real treasures in this bundle. As to it being convenient or inconvenient, that's something you'll have to decide for youself.
These proofreading issues make this very hard to read in places. Too much distraction.
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Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Bleak House are all my most favs and so pleased to have them on hand again.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Emma by Jane Austen
Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Iliad by Homer
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
The Odyssey by Homer
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Portray of a Lady by Henry James
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The books are arranged alphabetically in order of author, and you can select any book and any chapter within any book - a far cry from the early Kindle collections where you had to basically start at the front and work on from there.
The big bonus for me is being able to read these old classics in a larger font - it really does make them less hard going especially if, like me, you have a visual disability.
Could not be happier.