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What book would you recommend?

Asked by Laina (424points) November 18th, 2009

I have to read and write about a book in English class that has ‘literary value’. It’s supposed to somehow relate to “Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare and “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. Any ideas for books that I can find in the local or school library?

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zephyr826's avatar

Is it supposed to be another literary classic? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has a strong female character with a tendency to speak her own mind, like Taming of the Shrew.

SpatzieLover's avatar

To Kill a Mockingbird

And, then you can watch the movie of it, too.

dpworkin's avatar

You might like The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Laina's avatar

Wow! @zephyr826 that’s a really great idea, how could I have not thought of it?!

sdeutsch's avatar

Along the same lines, Jane Eyre is another great one with a strong female character – I liked it even more than Pride and Prejudice.

Laina's avatar

@pdworkin I googled The Invisible Man, and I found two, by HG Wells, and Ralph Ellison, which one did you mean? And what is the central theme of it?

dpworkin's avatar

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is by Ralph Ellison. It is a novel that deals with Black American identity.

zephyr826's avatar

@pdworkin lurve for Invisible Man. I adore that Book.

avvooooooo's avatar

Possibly “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” Its a good read in any case.

Laina's avatar

@pdworkin oh goodness, I’m so sorry, I need a new eyeglass prescription

PretentiousArtist's avatar

Yes, Claude Rains’ finest role

PapaLeo's avatar

A combination of a rebellious character who can’t be tamed into the system with a dream that has festered unrealized? For me the answer is simple: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest(novel)

shadimirza's avatar

My wife is a big fan of Jane Eyre. I think that will fit the bill pretty well. It’s not an excruciating read like Wuthering Heights, so you won’t have too much trouble getting through it.

jaytkay's avatar

Is it both “Taming of the Shrew” and “A Raisin in the Sun”, or only one?

That’s a smart exercise, asking you to understand an assigned book, and find a complementary piece. Sounds like you have a good teacher.

drdoombot's avatar

@pdworkin I believe Wells’ version is The Invisible Man, while the Ellison book is known just as Invisible Man.

janbb's avatar

How about Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zoa Neale Hurston? A strong woman lead, race issues, and “dreams deferred.” Another great choice would be The Color Purple by Alice Walker for similar reasons. I also love Beloved by Toni Morrison but it is not an easy book to comprehend.

Laina's avatar

@jaytkay We read both Shrew and Raisin in class and it’s better if the novel connects to both, because that gives me more to write about in our reading journals. Yeah, my teacher’s cool.

dpworkin's avatar

I lay on my back corrected.

erichw1504's avatar

@PretentiousArtist Hah, I didn’t know that the Claude on Heroes was named after the man who played the original Invisible Man.

janbb's avatar

@pdworkin what are you, a turtle?

dpworkin's avatar

I, my sweet, am a mattress tester.

janbb's avatar

is that your day or your night job?

dpworkin's avatar

Good thing you’re not @Wildpotato, or I would be getting modded.

janbb's avatar

True, they can’t resist my ineffable charm.


filmfann's avatar

The Color Purple is also about the supression of a woman’s identity.

Shegrin's avatar

In one of my classes, we associated Jane Eyre and Frankenstein in kind of the same way. Both main characters were in hiding, both secondary characters were immoral, both main characters have a big ending. Similar stories come from unlikely places.

peedub's avatar

East of Eden
The Stranger

Georgia_Printco's avatar

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand Its, my ALL TIME favorite.

Laina's avatar

Thanks, everyone, I showed my teacher a list of these and he said all of them are excellent, and I chose Jane Eyre, thanks again for all your wonderful suggestions!


My favorite——George Eliot’s “The Mill on the Floss.”

Laina's avatar

Thanks again to everyone, I wrote my reading journals on Jane Eyre and got a great mark, it also happened to be one of my teacher’s favourite books!

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