Aaron's Rod

10 best books like Aaron's Rod (D.H. Lawrence): Chariots of Fire, Nineteen Seventy Seven, In the Heart of the Country, Fantômas, The Life and Death of Harriett Frean, A Tale of a Tub, The Absentee, Billy Budd and Other Tales, Born in Exile, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

AuthorWilliam J. Weatherby
The story of two men—Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell—who run not to run but to prove something to the world. They will sacrifice anything to achieve their goals, except their honor.

Two men, Abrahams and Liddell, one a Jew who runs to triumph over bigotry, the other a Scots missionary who...
AuthorDavid Peace
The bodies, the corpses, the alleys and the wasteland, the dirty men, the broken women.
Wow, this is stunning. Literally. It's like being bludgeoned over the head by a cascade of bloody and relentless grimness. BUT all this violence, this brutality, this hate and corruption, betrayal and greed...
AuthorJ.M. Coetzee
Stifled by the torpor of colonial South Africa, and trapped in a web of reciprocal oppression, a lonely sheep farmer seeks comfort in the arms of a black concubine. But when his embittered spinster daughter Magda feels shamed, this lurch across the racial divide marks the end of a tenuous feudal peace....
AuthorMarcel Allain
"One episode simply melts away as the next takes over" (The New York Times) in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord...
AuthorMay Sinclair
Harriett is the Victorian embodiment of all the virtues then viewed as essential to the womanly ideal: a woman reared to love, honour and obey. Idolising her parents, she learns from childhood to equate love with self-sacrifice, so that when she falls in love with the fiance of her closest friend, there...
AuthorJonathan Swift
'A Tale of a Tub' was the first big work written by Jonathan Swift. It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of "digression" and a "tale" of three brothers, each representing one of the main branches of western Christianity....
AuthorMaria Edgeworth
Lord Colambre, the sensitive hero of the novel, finds that his mother Lady Clonbrony's attempts to buy her way into the high society of London are only ridiculed, while his father, Lord Clonbrony, is in serious debt as a result of his wife's lifestyle. Colambre travels incognito to Ireland to see the...
AuthorHerman Melville

Unbelievably, Melville had a hard time making a living from his writing.

[That was sarcasm.]

His style is overly archaic. I read a fair amount of classic literature, but this is just ridiculous. In the mid to late 19th century, were people still saying "Hark!"? And "Blah, blah,...
AuthorGeorge Gissing
With the growth of his militant egoism, there had developed in Godwin Peak an excess of nervous sensibility which threatened to deprive his character of the initiative rightly belonging to it. Self-assertion is the practical complement of self-esteem. To be largely endowed with the latter quality,...
AuthorTobias Smollett

Does the above book cover for Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle look like an invitation to a frolicking, sexually charged escapade all in the spirit of good, clean fun? That's precisely what the publisher of this edition is aiming for.

Much, much different from...
AuthorDaniel Defoe
Defoe was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. We set out on the 5th of February from Ireland, and had a very fair gale of wind for some days....
AuthorSamuel Richardson
2133 pages, consisting of 536 letters (plus conclusion and author's postscript) all cross-referenced - the author must have been a madman. A madman with an impressive filing system.

This is the kind of book that draws you in slowly but completely, with not much happening most of the time. So...
AuthorChester Himes
At once grotesquely comic and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the final entry in Chester Himes's trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.
New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones,...
AuthorSinclair Lewis
In Main Street and Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis drew on his boyhood memories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to reveal as no writer had done before the complacency and conformity of middle-class life in America. The remarkable novels presented here in this Library of America volume combine brilliant satire...
AuthorHenry Fielding
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not...
إن سير الأولين صارت عبرة للآخرين لكي يرى الإنسان العبر التي حصلت لغيره فيعتبر، ويطالع حديث الأمم السالفة وما جرى لهم فينزجر. فسبحان من جعل حديث الأولين عبرة...
AuthorWalter Pater
It was as a critic and a humanist that Pater (1839-1894), professor at Oxford, became a powerful influence on his own and succeeding generations, claiming disciples as diverse as Virginia Woolf and Ezra Pound. This has been described as "the most highly finished of all his works and the expression of...
AuthorPeter Ackroyd
I’ll begin with a recommendation and warning: after reading the majority of this book in an evening, I had extremely vivid and unsettling dreams that were clearly inspired by it. There is very little fiction that genuinely manages to capture the feeling of dreaming, so this is a rare example to list...
AuthorDon DeLillo
Avoiding Cosmic Fake News

Every community of human beings has its own way of thinking about things, its rules for connecting words and experiences. These rules constitute the community’s epistemology. Epistemology determines who to believe, what is valid and true, and ‘what counts’...
AuthorEdith Wharton
"Bunner Sisters," written in 1892 but not published until 1916 in Xingu and Other Stories, takes place in a shabby neighborhood in New York City. The two Bunner sisters, Ann Eliza the elder, and Evelina the younger, keep a small shop selling artificial flowers and small handsewn articles to Stuyvesant...
AuthorSylvia Townsend Warner
This was a rather strange book. At first, it seems to be about a group of people travelling to tell Don Juan's father, Don Saturno, that his son is dead. The group consists of Doña Ana, Don Juan's latest love interest, her new husband, Don Ottavio, her priest and her duenna. Then later it's about the small...
AuthorIvor A. Richards
To us, Richards was infinitely more than a brilliantly new literary critic: he was our guide, our evangelist who revealed to us, in a succession of astounding lightning flashes, the entire expanse of the Modern World: Christopher Isherwood Ivor Armstrong Richards was one of the founders of modern...
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