Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Literature Book by DK Publishing, Sam Atkinson

A global look at the greatest works of Eastern and Western literature and the themes that unite them, for students and lovers of literature and reading.

The Literature Book is a fascinating journey through the greatest works of world literature, from the Iliad to Don Quixote to The Great Gatsby. Around 100 crystal-clear articles explore landmark novels, short stories, plays, and poetry that reinvented the art of writing in their time, whether Ancient Greece, post-classical Europe, or modern-day Korea.

As part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Literature Book uses infographics and images to explain key ideas and themes. Biographies of important authors offer insight into their lives and other writings, and a section on Further Reading details more than 150 additional works to explore.

Discover masterpieces from the world's greatest authors, and explore the context, creative history, and literary traditions that influenced each major work of fiction with The Literature Book.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics, along with straightforward and engaging writing, to make complex subjects easier to understand. These award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

A mix between a history book, an encyclopedia and Santa's gift bags !

From Mythology to contemporary literature, you travel through time and discover authors from around the world. Of course, there is a lot of classics but I've enjoyed the diversity of the sources. You will find books from Asia, Russia, France, UK and the US.

I've also appreciaped the colorful construction of the pages. You always have a focus on a special book with a bio of it's author as well as the period where it was written. The historical background, the political, historical or social influences that lead to a specific literary current.

It's very well explained and if you want to know more you have a section called "further reading" to discover or rediscover new authors and books of this same movement or period.

Quotes are also used to illustrate a topic or to enhance the text.

It's a very pleasant book that can be read countless time. You will always find something for you in it if you are a book lover.
You can read it for the pleasure, to improve your knowledge about the classics or just to choose a good friends to go on adventures with.

Since I have already read "The Sociology Book" in the same collection, I may add that these books are easy to understand and perfect to keep around.

Great collection!

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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