A promiscuous affair with 50 books

The modern reading screens have made me habituated to reading texts without the need to feel the sensuous touch of pages. Be it the monitors of computers, screens of smart phones or the amazing kindles I have had the experience and a gradual inclination towards the I-don't-care-where-to-read attitude when it comes to books.

However, my experience with Kindle has been amazing; with no glare on the screen and a natural e ink display, it feels like reading actual book albeit with a digital barrier.

So, when I noticed a kindle book containing 50 masterpieces from Dante Alighieri  to Oscar Wilde with a little bit of James Joyce, Dickens, Victor Hugo , Dostoevsky and Gogol at a cost of INR 77 which is cheaper than a normal Chetan Bhagat's book, I didn't think twice to buy it immediately.

You might be curious to know the exact list of books that I got at this jaw dropping price. So here is the list. Hold your breath :

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- The Divine Comedy [Dante Alighieri] 
- Emma [Jane Austen]
- Persuasion [Jane Austen]
- Pride and Prejudice [Jane Austen]
- Father Goriot [Honoré de Balzac]
- Jane Eyre [Charlotte Brontë]
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [Anne Brontë]
- Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë]
- The Way of All Flesh [Samuel Butler]
- Don Quixote [Miguel de Cervantes]
- Heart of Darkness [Joseph Conrad]
- Nostromo [Joseph Conrad]
- Moll Flanders [Daniel Defoe]
- Bleak House [Charles Dickens]
- Great Expectations [Charles Dickens]
- The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- The Idiot [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]
- The Count of Monte Cristo [Alexandre Dumas]
- Daniel Deronda [George Eliot]
- Middlemarch [George Eliot]
- Madame Bovary [Gustave Flaubert]
- The Yellow Wallpaper [Charlotte Perkins Gilman]
- Dead Souls [Nikolai Gogol]
- Grimm's Fairy Tales [The Brothers Grimm]
- The Iliad [Homer]
- The Odyssey [Homer]
- Les Misérables [Victor Hugo]
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
- The Portray of a Lady [Henry James]
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [James Joyce]
- Sons and Lovers [D. H. Lawrence]
- The Phantom of the Opera [Gaston Leroux]
- The Call of the Wild [Jack London]
- The Great God Pan [Arthur Machen]
- Moby Dick [Herman Melville]
- Swann's Way [Marcel Proust]
- Frankenstein [Mary Shelley]
- The Red and the Black [Stendhal]
- The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson]
- Dracula [Bram Stoker]
- The Art of War [Sun Tzu]
- Gulliver's Travels [Jonathan Swift]
- Vanity Fair [William Makepeace Thackeray]
- Anna Karenina [Leo Tolstoy]
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich [Leo Tolstoy]
- War and Peace [Leo Tolstoy]
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Mark Twain]
- The Picture of Dorian Gray [Oscar Wilde]

Now I can happily go on to a lifetime of affair with these books with a rampant promiscuity  without having to worry about one book getting jealous of the other.


  1. wow this one has so many awesome classic titles. What a wonderful find :D

    1. I am more than happy to have these classics at my disposal. And to give you another data, it has a total length of more than 25000 pages! Isn't it amazing:)

  2. That's a fantastic collection indeed. I lack the patience to read on Kindle. I love the paper, its smell, its touch, its reality.

    1. I could have guessed that you are not a fan of digital readers. A true bibliophile will never be satisfied with just e books. It is more about the touch and smell first before having an intimate relationship:)

  3. That's some list! I cherish La Miserables by Victor Hugo. I cry each time I go back to it. Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen are my favorites. Happy reading!

    1. Since now I have this wonderful collection, I am confused from where to start. Les miserables or don quixote. Thanks for the wish:)


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