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Enchanting novels you can read in a day

Celebrate National Book Week by reading these awesome short novels

Wednesday: Animal Farm A Fairy Story by George Orwell

“Captioned ‘a fairy story’, Animal Farm is anything but that. Sick and tired of maltreatment under their enslavement from man, the animals of Manor Farm revolt. Released from all chains, there is but one key rule: All animals are equal. Yet, as the story progresses we soon see some animals are more equal than others…” Cara for  The Guardian

Thursday: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

“Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves.” School Library Journal

Friday: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

“Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a beautiful novel – as an extended metaphor for African despoliation, life and politics it works wonderfully. Beautiful is, perhaps, a strange word to describe this essentially melancholic novel but whilst Things Fall Apart is a sorrowful affair it is never a despondent one.” Mark Thwaite

Saturday: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is in many ways similar to Romeo and Juliet yet is so much more than a love story. It also a reflection on the hollowness of a life of leisure.” The Pink Elephant

Sunday: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

“Truman Capote is tart as grand aunt, but in his way he is a ballsy little guy, and he is the most perfect writer of my generation, he writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm. I would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which will become a small classic.”

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