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Honors Humanities

Independent Reading List


Each marking period you will choose a book from a writer of another country other than the United States. The reason for this is to provide you with a reading experience that is varied from the usual material you might read. Do NOT choose a book you have previously read for pleasure or for another class. You may choose a book not from this list, but it must be approved by me in advance. You will be expected to maintain a reading log and complete an assignment for each of your books.


Country of Origin

Author

Title

Africa







Algeria

Albert Camus
Tahar Djaout

The Plague (1070L) *
The Last Summer of Reason

Angola

Alice Wellman

The Wilderness Has Ears

Egypt

Naguib Mahfouz

Sabri Moussa



Palace Walk (1030L) M

Palace of Desire M

Sugar Street M

The Beginning and the End *
Seeds of Corruption

Ethiopia

Abaham Verghese

Cutting for Stone (1350L) *

Kenya

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Weep Not, Child

The River Between

Libya

Ibrahim Al-Koni

The Bleeding of the Stone (1240L)

Morocco

Tahar Ben Jallou

The Sacred River

Nigeria

Chinua Achebe
Buchi Emecheta

Things Fall Apart (890L) *
The Bride Price (1060L) *

Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone (920L) *

South Africa

Andre Brink

Mark Mathabane


Alan Paton

A Chain of Voices

An Act of Terror
Kaffir Boy (1040L) *
Cry, the Beloved Country (860L) *

Asia







Afghanistan

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner (840L) *

A Thousand Splendid Suns (830L) *

Cambodia

Luong Ung

First They Killed My Father (920L) *

China

Pearl Buck
Adeline Yen Mah

The Good Earth (1530L) *
Chinese Cinderella (960L) *

India


Mulk Raj Anand
Anita Rau Badami
Anita Desai
Attia Hosain
Arundhati Roy
Salman Rushdie

Untouchables
The Hero’s Walk M
In Custody *

Sunlight on a Broken Column
The God of Small Things (840L) *
Midnight’s Children (1120L) *

Iran

Anahita Firouz
Marsha Mehran

In the Walled Gardens
Pomegranate Soup (1490L) M

Iraq

Naim Kattan

Farewell Babylon

Japan

Yukio Mishima

Kazuo Ishiguro


Murasaki Shikibu

Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1040L) M

Spring Snow (1280L) M
Remains of the Day (1210L) *
The Tale of Genji (1190) M

Lebanon

Hanan al-Shaykh
Tawfiq Awwad

Women of Sand and Myrrh *
Death in Beirut

Pakistan

Bapsi Sidhwa

American Brat

Cracking India (840L)

Russia

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace (1240L) *

Syria

Rafik Schami

A Hand Full of Stars (810L)

Yemen

Zayd Mutee Dammaj

The Hostage

Europe







Great Britain

Thomas Malory
James Hilton
William Shakespeare
Jonathon Swift

Le Morte de Arthur (1430) *
Lost Horizon (1060) *
King Lear *
Gulliver’s Travels (1090) *

France

Honore de Balzac
Alexandre Dumas
Gustave Flaubert
Moliere
Voltaire

Pere Goriot (1180L) M
The Three Musketeers (960L) *
Madame Bovary (1150L) *
The Misanthrope *
Candide (1110L) *

Germany

Herman Hesse
Franz Kafka
Thomas Mann
Erich Remarque

Siddhartha (1010L) *

Metamorphosis (1340L) *
The Magic Mountain (1350L) M
All Quiet on the Western Front (830L) *

Greece

Aeschylus
Euripedes
Plato
Thucydides

The Oresteia (1380L) *
Medea (1120) *
The Republic (1330L) *
The History of the Peleponesian War

Ireland

Oscar Wilde
James Joyce

The Picture of Dorian Gray (920L) *
Ulysses * M

Italy

Umberto Ecco
Marcus Aurelius
Machiavelli

Focault’s Pendulum
The Meditations (1150L)
The Prince (1510L) *

Spain

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote (1340L) *




Turkey

Adalet Agaoglu
Yasar Kemal

Curfew
They Burn the Thistles

Caribbean







Antigua

Jamaica Kincaid

Annie John (1220L) *

Cuba

Oscar Hijuelos

A Simple Habana Melody (1590L) M

Trinidad

Earl Lovelace

Salt: A Novel (1410L)

North/South America







Brazil

Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist (920L) *

Colombia

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1410L) *

Mexico

Isabel Allende

Laura Esquivel



House of Spirits (1280L) *

Daughter of Fortune (1250L) *
Like Water for Chocolate (1030L) *

*Indicates a copy of this book is available in this building, either from me directly or the library.



M Indicates this book is available through the public library system (Martin Memorial)

  • You must select one book that is within your appropriate lexile range!


Thinking Through Your Novels

As you read your two novel selections, you should consider how your novel answers the course’s essential question:
What inherent human characteristics span time and culture?
In order to answer the course question, you should think about, compare/contrast, and apply the course objectives to your reading. What does each of your novels say about human nature, human roles and behavior, and human ideals?


  • To understand human nature

    • The aspects of human nature-physical, psychological, social, aesthetic, spiritual-are complex and interrelated. Studying the basic foundations of human nature offers significant ways to better understand the human condition.

  • To understand human roles and behavior

    • While members of the human family may share the same nature and aspire to the same ideals, they play different roles and exhibit varied behavior. Examining ways individuals explore, think, lead, and create offers opportunities for better understanding the diversity of human nature.

  • To understand human ideals

    • Humans seek perfection, despite being unattainable. The urge to achieve harmony through the pursuit of truth, love, justice, and beauty exists in all societies and is manifested in their art and artifacts.


Assessing Your Novels

For each of your novels, you have five postings to complete on your individual wiki within our class wiki. Divide your novel into five sections; each section will be equivalent to one posting. Within each of the postings, you are to comment in the following manner:



  • Summary: What is this part of the book about?

  • Analysis: What do you think about this part of the book?

  • Application: How does this part of the book apply to the course essential question and objectives?

  • Due dates for each post of the wiki will be listed on the class calendar on my webpage.

  • Please see the wiki for more details and a rubric.



Ongoing Reading Journal
To keep track of your reading, your will be expected to maintain an online journal/log that you will write in every time you read. You will be expected to write from the prompts provided. This journal is housed in Moodle.


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