The Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin
Dream of the Red Chamber explores the complexities of 18th-century Chinese society through an extensive cast of characters in a family saga. This book has an extensive academic following in China and has sold over 100 million copies.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, this is the story of Alonso Quijano, a 16th-century Spanish hidalgo who is so passionate about reading that he leaves home in search of his own chivalrous adventures. He becomes a knight-errant himself: Don Quixote de la Mancha. By imitating his admired literary heroes, he finds new meaning in his life: aiding damsels in distress, battling giants and righting wrong in his own head.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, deals with the major themes of duality, revolution, and resurrection. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times in London and Paris, as economic and political unrest lead to the American and French Revolutions.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adult world. It was written during a period when Saint-Expiry fled to North America subsequent to the Fall of France during the Second World War.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. The title of the novel refers to the story’s main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.