How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Harper Perennial - Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, and rain, satisfying, whether cleansing or destructive, a shared meal may signify a communion, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, and a new epilogue, a new preface, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines - How to read literature like a professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, and form, narrative devices, Thomas C.

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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

HarperCollins e-books - Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility. Against this backdrop, orleanna price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband's part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability.

What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the CIA coup to install his replacement, the murder of its first elected prime minister, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy.

Also narrating the story, are her four daughters—the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, by turns, a prescient five-year-old. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel - Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. Dancing between the dark comedy of human failings and the breathtaking possibilities of human hope, The Poisonwood Bible possesses all that has distinguished Barbara Kingsolver's previous work, and extends this beloved writer's vision to an entirely new level.

These sharply observant girls, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father's intractable mission, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, and by Africa itself.

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Riverhead Books - The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, the price of betrayal, it is also about the power of reading, their sacrifices, their lies.

The #1 new york times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over. Since its publication in 2003 kite runner has become a beloved, touching millions of readers, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.

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AmazonClassics - When the creature opens his eyes, the doctor is repulsed: his vision of perfection is, in fact, a hideous monster. Dr. Frankenstein abandons his creation, but the monster won’t be ignored, setting in motion a chain of violence and terror that shadows Victor to his death. Mary shelley’s frankenstein, a gripping story about the ethics of creation and the consequences of trauma, is one of the most influential Gothic novels in British literature.

It is as relevant today as it is haunting. Revised edition: previously published as Frankenstein, this edition of Frankenstein AmazonClassics Edition includes editorial revisions. Obsessed with the secret of creation, Swiss scientist Dr. Victor frankenstein cobbles together a body he’s determined to bring to life.

Frankenstein AmazonClassics Edition - And one fateful night, he does.

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Invisible Man Vintage International

Vintage - Eliot's the waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Nominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by pbs’s the great american ReadA first novel by an unknown writer, won the National Book Award for fiction, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. A milestone in american literature--a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.

Invisible Man Vintage International - The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T. S.

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HarperCollins e-books - Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. A pbs great american read top 100 pick“a deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.

Zadie smithone of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston.

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Vintage - Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire, " are sustained by love. National bestsellerwinner of the pulitzer prizethe searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

The Road Vintage International - A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Awesome in the totality of its vision, desperate tenacity, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

A new york times notable bookone of the best books of the yearthe boston globe, the village Voice, The Denver Post, New York, The Christian Science Monitor, Time, People, Los Angeles Times, Rocky Mountain News, The Kansas City Star, The Washington Post.

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Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made the Kite Runner a beloved classic, faith,  A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, and the salvation to be found in love. After 103 weeks on the new york times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, riveting, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.

A Thousand Splendid Suns - As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.

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The handmaid's tale is funny, horrifying, unexpected, and altogether convincing. In condensed but eloquent prose, and wry, tender, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, passionate, by turns cool-eyed, despairing, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.

The Handmaid's Tale - . Set in the near future, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. Now a hulu original seriesthe handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.

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How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

Harper Perennial - Exploring how authors' choices about structure—point of view, character emblems, How to Read Novels Like a Professor shares the keys to this language with readers who want to get more insight, chapter construction, and narrative discontinuity—create meaning and a special literary language, more understanding, narrative voice, first page, and more pleasure from their reading.

. Foster—the sage and scholar who ingeniously led readers through the fascinating symbolic codes of great literature in his first book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor—now examines the grammar of the popular novel. Of all the literary forms, the novel is arguably the most discussed. And fretted over.

How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form - From miguel de cervantes's Don Quixote to the works of Jane Austen, F. Scott fitzgerald, and today's masters, Ernest Hemingway, the novel has grown with and adapted to changing societies and technologies, mixing tradition and innovation in every age throughout history. Thomas C.

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