Five Diverse Classics to Read Over the Years by Zoha Rathor

recommended by Zat

Below entails a list of diverse classics which entertain to all ages as well as all reading levels. Amongst this list, you will easily be able to find a classic books you can either start on as a beginner to reading generally or otherwise an experienced reader looking for a challenge. Whether you’re looking for a classic for a 11 year old or a 40 year old – I am of the utmost conviction you’ll find something suitable for you here!

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    The Complete Illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes. The Complete Facsimile Edition. (Sherlock Holmes)
    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sherlock Holmes is undoubtedly one of the most famous names in literature - having being adapted into several TV shows and such. Sherlock Holmes is a timeless classic of which consists of the adventures of the fastidious Sherlock as well as his companion Dr. Watson. The book conveyed here is the facsimile copy consisting over 1000 pages filled to the brim with exceptionally difficult vocabulary and language hence rendering it a book suitable for a rather experienced and older reader who is prodigiously talented in the English language. Most definitely a challenging read but regardless an entertaining read worth your time!

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    Little Women (Bantam Classics)
    by Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women is a story that explores sisterhood and romance with a captivating protagonist, Jo, who doesn't adhere to the typical cowardly female stereotype. With generally easy-to-understand language whilst still enabling exemplar vocabulary - this is the perfect book for both children and young adults with an enticing plot and relatable characters. Louisa May Alcott perfectly captures the tribulations as well as the endearment between sisters and the difficulty of succeeding in a male-dominated world.

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    Pride and Prejudice
    by Jane Austen & Tony Tanner

    Similarly to Little Women, Pride & Prejudice captures the sisterly and romantic relationships within her incredibly intriguing classic novel - the first of its kind to portray the "Enemies to Lovers" trope. Austen perfectly piques the readers attention with the plethora of misunderstandings between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy that hence forge an incredible tension. Elizabeth's resolute love for her sister throughout the novel further captures the great endearment in sisterhood. Being at a higher language level, this book is perfect for young adults and above. By far it's one of the most renowned romance novels, even today.

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    by Bram Stoker, Maurice Hindle, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Christopher Frayling & Maurice Hindle

    Dracula is a renowned gothic horror introducing the entire concept of 'vampires'. An intriguing read in which Jonathan Harker enters the house of Count Dracula and is thrown into a world of the unknown as his wife Mina too soon comes in contact with that same world. Stoker utilises different perspectives to slowly bring his story together at the end creating an extremely entertaining plot. With generally high level language and some hard-to-get-through passages I would recommend this for experienced readers and young adults and above.

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    The Brothers Karamazov (Penguin Classics)
    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & David Magarshack

    The Brothers Karamazov explores the life of three very contrasting brothers as well as their neglecting, drunkard of a father. Dostoevsky explores psychological concepts like morality through the brothers whilst also creating an alluring plot with the intriguing dynamic of the brothers making the book an absolute page-turner. Being above 1000 pages and some difficult-to-understand language but basic enough for anyone to understand - I'd recommend this for anyone who typically reads or anyone who doesn't mind long reads as well as someone preferably a young adult or above.

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