good book is not synonymous with great book! To prove, we select some books that you can read in a day (or less), which are considered classics of classical, modern and contemporary literature. Check it!
1. Death in Venice
Author: Thomas Mann
This sensitive and complex work German writer Thomas Mann, the reader follows the story of platonic love of Gustav von Aschenbach, a renowned literary author, the young Tadzio, 12, during your vacation in Venice, Italy.
Many people think that homosexuality is the central theme in “Death in Venice”, which is totally wrong. This masterpiece of literature is a very deep analysis of the desires, fears and hopes of the people.
This classic, which was adapted for film in 1971, directed by Luchino Visconti, can easily be “swallowed up” in just one day!
2. Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
With less than 200 pages, lovers of science fiction dystopian stories can not fail to read this book!
In the distant future, critical thinking becomes a crime. People are forbidden to express their opinions, which will then be considered mere antisocial characteristics.
And for those who can not stay away from literature, the worst is yet to come: in the world of Fahrenheit 451 all books are banned!
This extraordinary work had a film adaptation in 1966, directed the iconic François Truffaut!
3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (original title in English) is one of the most popular novels of Capote, one of the most respected writers and American playwrights.
In this work, the reader is introduced to a simple and touching story about the world of luxury, sex and friendship. Surely a must read and it will take only a few hours of your day!
4. Mrs. Dalloway
Author: Virginia Woolf
It is one of the most famous novels of Virginia Woolf and can be read in just one day!
The work tells the story of the character Clarissa Dalloway, who is preparing to make a big party. How Virigina Woolf builds the text so that the reader can know the protagonist is paramount!
Mrs. Dalloway is considered one of the top 100 books of all time, according to several experts in world literature.
If you’re a true player, Mrs. Dalloway is a must read!
5. Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Author: Gabriel García Márquez
This is one of the most acclaimed novels of the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez.
It is not the fact that a short story that will make you read this book in less than a day, but the overwhelming desire to unravel its mysteries quickly!
The literary construction of this work is evidence of García Márquez’s genius, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 (one year after the release of this book).
6. Death with Interruptions
Author: José Saramago
What if Death entered strike?
In this ironic and sarcastic story, Saramago rambles about death, life, love and many other aspects that give “meaning” human existence in a harsh critique of modern society!
If you are stuck in that boring airport stopover for sure the hours pass faster with this book!
7. Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
A fierce satire on Soviet Modernist, represented by the figure of different animals fighting against humans on a farm.
It is one of the most acclaimed works of Orwell and in the list of the best books of all time!
With just over 200 pages, the story of animals who struggle to create a “Utopian society” is an excellent metaphor that helps to see the human frailties.
Author: Albert Camus
“The Stranger” is part of the so-called cycle of Absurdity, the French novelist Albert Camus, composed of the novel “The Stranger”, the essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” and the play “Caligula”.
This work of “existentialist soul” can be enjoyed in just a few hours!
9. The Metamorphosis
Author: Franz Kafka
This is one of the best known works of Kafka and certainly one of the most disturbing of modern literature!
“Metamorphosis” is a short novel that tells the story of a traveling salesman who wakes up metamorphosed into a disgusting insect!
Call Precursor “absurd fiction,” Kafka took less than a month to write “The Metamorphosis”, and you will take less than one day to enjoy this reading.
Author: Rachel J. Palacio
The gripping story of Auggie will not let you leave this book to finish reading the last line!
“Extraordinary” is a success of contemporary children and youth literature, with as background the way people deal with differences and prejudice. Unmissable!
Author: Haruki Murakami
With gorgeous Kat Menschik illustrations, “Sleep” is an excellent choice to start the journey for the wonderful works of Haruki Murakami.
Next sleepless night, maybe “Sleep” is a good choice for reading!
12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
The first book in the series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has less than 200 pages and will be “swallowed” in a few hours for culture lovers geek !
The series is also composed of “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”, “Life, the Universe and Everything” and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”
13. The Striped Pyjamas Boy
Author: John Boyne
With World War II and the Holocaust as a backdrop, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a masterpiece of contemporary literature.
The story can be short, but fully loaded with sensitivity and emotion!
The film version of this work won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture Drama in 2008.
If you are thrilled with the movie, read the book!
14. Obscene Lady D
Author: Hilda Hilst
With a strong thematic and narrative genre which marks the peculiar prose Hilda Hilst, this work is an excellent choice for those who want to start quickly in the work of this author!
15. the two deaths of quincas wateryell
Author: Jorge Amado
With less than 100 pages, this novel of acclaimed Brazilian writer Jorge Amado will give you a good laugh!