Well, you can determine for yourself whether every story in the world falls into one of these six basic plots:
1. Rags to riches – a steady rise from bad to good fortune
2. Riches to rags – a fall from good to bad, a tragedy
3. Icarus – a rise then a fall in fortune
4. Oedipus – a fall, a rise then a fall again
5. Cinderella – rise, fall, rise
6. Man in a hole – fall, rise
…by reading this piece on how data scientists ran analysis on stories to see if they do: Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots – BBC Culture
It even comes with graphs! 🙂 Here’s Madame Bovary, following plot #2:
This is brilliant: 44 Short Books to Help You Reach Your Reading Challenge Goal – Goodreads News & Interviews.
It’s a great list of books, for starters. Second, they tell you how long they long they are and a number of them are under 100 or 200 pages.
If you are trying to reach a reading challenge goal, or if you are stuck trying to get started reading, or if you find you never finish books due to their length, then you should check out that list.
If like me you want to read better but find yourself struggling to get through massive books that you tend not to finish, this post is for you. Rachel Grate has put together a list of 17 great books that cover a range of old and new, very well known and some less well know. What’s on the list?
- ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin
- ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel
- ‘Passing’ by Nella Larson
- ‘Candide’ by Voltaire
- ‘The Member of the Wedding’ by Carson McCullers
- ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
- ‘Autobiography of Red’ by Anne Carson
- ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino
- ‘The Buddha in the Attic’ by Julie Otsuka
- ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway
- ‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros
- ‘The King’ by Donald Barthelme
- ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka
- ‘Notes from Underground’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- ‘Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?’ by Lorrie Moore
- ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes
As you can see, a great range. I highly recommend you go to the post and read why they are recommended. Then head to your local bookstore and grab a handful.
One of my favourite books is ‘Invisible Cities’: I highly recommend it.
The Giller Prize short list was announced this week. Among other things, the chattering classes were talking about Margaret Atwood being left off said list. Whatever.
What is noteworthy is that on the Giller Prize web site is also the long list. I think this is good, because anything on such a long list (be it for the Giller Prize or the Booker Prize or any other major prize) would be worth paying attention to. I wish more organizations would share their long list. For if you don’t like those works on the short list, there is likely something on the long list that makes you think: that is something I want to read. Something like Atwood’s new book, for instance.
For great Canadian literature, check out The Giller Prize web site.
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