Fiction Summaries

The Sun Also Rises

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Sun Also Rises is the first major novel by Ernest Hemingway. Published in 1926, the plot centers on a group of expatriate Americans in Europe during the 1920s. The book’s title, selected by Hemingway (at the recommendation of his publisher) is taken from Ecclesiastes 1:5: “the sun also ariseth.” Hemingway’s original title for the […]

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The Rover

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Rover is the last complete novel by Joseph Conrad, written between 1921 and 1922, The novel was first published in 1923. Plot Summary The story takes place in the south of France, against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Napoleon’s rise to power and the French/English rivalry in the Mediterranean. Peyrol (a master-gunner in […]

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Heart of Darkness

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Book” Title Heart of Darkness Link http://www.enotes.com/heart-of-darkness Author Conrad, Joseph   Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski). Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood’s Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of […]

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Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is a play by August Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. The original working title of the play was Mill Hand’s Lunch Bucket, the title of a painting by Romare Bearden. It’s the second installment of his decade-by-decade chronicle, often called the Pittsburgh Cycle, of the African-American experience. Set in […]

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Sonny’s Blues

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

“Sonny’s Blues” (1957) is a short story by James Baldwin. It later appeared in the 1965 short story collection, Going to Meet the Man. Plot summary The narrator reads about his brother’s being caught in heroin-peddling action in the newspaper. He goes through his day’s work as a teacher, and is met by a friend […]

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His Dark Materials

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

His Dark Materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by award winning author Philip Pullman. The novels which includes The Golden Compass,The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The golden Compass Lyra is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordon College, with her daemonfamiliar always by her side. But the arrival of her […]

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The Amber Spyglass

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Mrs. Coulter is keeping Lyra in a cave in the Himalayas of Lyra’s own world. She feeds Lyra a sleeping potion to keep her unconscious. A little servant girl named Ama decides to figure out a way to wake Lyra up. She gets a special powder from a local magician and brings it to the […]

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The Souls of Black Folk

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W.E.B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Du […]

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The Lord of the Rings

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

The Fellowship of the RingFrom WikiSummaries, free book summaries In this first book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, an aging Bilbo Baggins decides to leave the Shire and spend his remaining days at Rivendell. He leaves all his worldly possessions to his nephew, Frodo, including the magic ring he found on his earlier […]

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A Long Way Down

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Interwiki: Infomissingdate=July 2008++ Interwiki: Incompletedate=July 2008++ Summary In this novel by British author, Nick Hornby, who also wrote High Fidelity, four strangers meet on New Year’s Eve when they all choose the same building roof in London from which to jump. Martin, Jess, Maureen and JJ come from very different backgrounds and lead very different […]

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Bridge to terabithia

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021

Plot Summary This young adult novel by Katherine Patterson tells the story of two friends, social outsiders, who find solace, identity, and self-confidence in each other and in their combined imagination. The protagonist of the story is Jesse Aarons, the only boy in a family of five children, mostly ignored by the rest of the […]

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