Hello Everyone! In today’s post, I want to discuss some excellent novels that are in the public domain and available for everyone to read at no cost. All you need is either a computer, phone, tablet, kindle or any device that runs WiFi or internet.
My list are all from authors I have read from the past and have enjoyed quite a lot. I found these books on my kindle app but they are available on most e-reader services.
If you would like to download the file directly to upload into your own reader or phone device then visit Librivox.org. The e-book and audio-book files are available for download to the public. These titles are all in the public domain and do not hold any copyright restrictions. I just want that to be perfectly clear. Everyone is allowed access to these materials for reading and personal/commercial uses.
BOOK #1 – WOMEN IN LOVE BY D.H LAWRENCE
Book Synopsis: From one of the 20th century’s preeminent novelists and poets comes this passionate tale of romance amid the chaos of modern life. D. H. Lawrence’s compelling account of two couples’ search for romantic fulfillment is steeped in an edgy eroticism bordering on violence. The literary world reacted with shock upon its 1921 publication: nearly a century later, the novel’s psychological penetration continues to captivate readers.Women in Love reintroduces two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, who initially appeared in Lawrence’s previous novel, The Rainbow (1915). Ursula’s relationship with Rupert Birkin, an introspective and misanthropic school inspector, is contrasted with that of Gudrun and Gerald Crich, an overbearing industrialist.
Set in a coal-mining town in the English Midlands, their stories explore the disastrous effects of industrialization on the psyche and suggest that rebirth can be achieved only through emotional intensity.Composed at the height of the author’s powers, Women in Love is the novel that Lawrence considered his masterpiece (the characters of Rupert and Ursula are widely regarded as Lawrence’s depiction of himself and his wife, Frieda). Rich in symbolism and lyric prose, it offers a complex meditation on the meaning of love in a changing world.
BOOK #2 – HEART OF DARKNESS BY JOSEPH CONRAD
Book Synopsis: Heart of Darkness (1899) is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow’s experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa.
The river is “a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land”.
In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism.
Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood’s Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as the sixty-seventh of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.
BOOK #3 – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Book Synopsis: When a crisis of faith prompts his departure from the Church of England, Margaret Hale’s father moves his family north to bleak, industrial Milton. At first, Margaret is put off by the town’s grit and poverty—a stark contrast to her rural southern hometown. But when she is awakened to the suffering of Milton’s hardworking citizens, she makes it her mission to improve their lives.
However, Margaret soon finds herself at odds with the man she is falling in love with—the handsome, bullheaded industrialist John Thornton. Skillfully told, North and South is not only an illuminating novel of its era but an enchanting love story that is sure to linger in the hearts of readers long after the last page.
Those are my three free book picks for today’s post. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like more blog post like this with free book finds in the future! Did any of the above titles catch your interest? Thanks for reading!
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1872088963090550/