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Interested in reading the classics but don't have time for "War and Peace"? Great Books come in all shapes and sizes. The following mini-masterpieces pack a powerful impact in under 200 pages.

 

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart
Achebe, Chinua

Okonkwo’s greatest fear is not the forest, not savage beasts, not black magic, not even the white men who are taking over Nigeria. More than these, he fears himself. (181 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 15 on 19 copies

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If Beale Street Could Talk: A Novel

If Beale Street Could Talk: A Novel
Baldwin, James

Imagine being convicted of a crime you did not commit, and thrown in a cell, far from your loved ones. This is the story of what is left to hold on to, when hope is dead. (197 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 13 copies

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The Stranger

The Stranger
Camus, Albert

Who is Meursault, why has he killed a man he hardly knows, and why doesn’t he seem to care? Is life itself absurd, or is it just us? (160 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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The Awakening and Selected Stories

The Awakening and Selected Stories
Chopin, Kate

This heartfelt story of Edna Pontellier’s doomed search of personal fulfillment was considered so shocking in 1899, it almost ruined its author. (192 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 20 copies

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
Conrad, Joseph

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Marlow knows: his journey up the Congo River in search of the exceptional Mister Kurtz inspired the film Apocalypse Now. (131 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 12 copies

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Notes From Underground

Notes From Underground
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

He is a sick man, an unlikable man, true. But a madman? Judge for yourself, in the stark and unforgettable tale of literature’s first great anti-hero. (136 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
Eliot, George

His reputation ruined and his treasure stolen, an embittered weaver turns his back on a cruel world, only to find hope where least expected. (176 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest

It had been 84 days since the old man had caught anything when, far out in the deep Gulf Stream water, he is himself caught by a great and mighty fish. (93 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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Siddhartha: An Indian Tale

Siddhartha: An Indian Tale
Hesse, Hermann

The young Buddha follows paths of deep piety, intense poverty and sumptuous wealth, but Nirvana awaits in a place beyond all these illusions. (119 pages)


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 20 copies

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Daisy Miller: A Study

Daisy Miller: A Study
James, Henry

On holiday in Rome, Daisy just wants to have a little fun, but straight-laced Victorian society throws her to the lions. (83 pages) Also try James’s creepy “The Turn of the Screw.”


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 10 copies

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