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Five Easy Classics for Beginner Readers

Classics have their own charm. Despite most book lovers avoiding classics, I still consider them a great option when you want stories with a whole lot of depth. If you are beginner reader and are looking for easy classics to get started off, here are five popular choices. These books have a great story and also are easy on the narration.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is the story of young David. Set in mid-18th century, the orphaned and penniless David is out seeking his last living relative- his Uncle Ebenezer. In this quest, David faces one misfortune after another. He escapes a murder, before being kidnapped and imprisoned on a ship bound for the Carolinas. The ship faces a wreck, and David along with his companion – the fiery rebel Alan Breck, find their way back across treacherous terrains on a quest for justice, and making it to their homeland.

Call of the Wild by Jack London

For all those dog lovers, here is a lovely classic to read. Buck spends his life in Santa Clara Valley, eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. He is a dog born to luxury, but soon finds himself kidnapped and pushed into the wilderness. Buck now has to learn, all by himself, to adapt to the rules of nature. In hash circumstance he struggles as he finds himself dragged away to be a sledge dog in the fiercely cold weather. The story is an enthralling tale of how Buck, in the freezing cold Yukon, fights to survive and rise above his enemies.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This is J.D. Salinger’s classic novel about teenage rebellion. Published not very long ago in 1951, the book finds a place in Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. The book has frequently been pulled up for its liberal use of expletive words and portrayal of sexuality. It narrates the story of a 16 year old boy Hoden Caulfeld, and his life in Pennsylvania and New York. His complexities as a growing up adolescent and the thoughts he carries make it worth a read.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I would consider this a masterpiece tale- of suspense and drama. Even today the character portrayed is feared considerably and is considered to be the most terrifying one. Count Dracula, a night-dwelling specter feeds upon the blood of people. The book traces his attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the “un-dead” curse.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The book was first published in France and Belgium in 1862. The protagonist of Les Misérables, Jean Valjean, is in exile from the world because of a desperate crime committed in his youth. Once out of prison, Valjean hides his identity and becomes a successful and charitable man. His selflessness leads him to promise a dying prostitute, that he will seek out her exploited young daughter Cosette after her death. The book then moves on to narrating the ensuing love between him and Cosette. It’s a father- daughter love that is miraculous in every way and showers Valjean with all the happiness that he could ever ask for.

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