There are many English novels available in the world. But it is impossible to read each of them one by one. So, on the basis of their popularity, some of the greatest and most read novels are listed below.
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by an American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the year 1925. The setting is imaginary land named West and East Egg of America. The main character is a young and wealthy Jay Gatsby who is obsessed with a beautiful lady named Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby focuses on the themes such as, money and materialism, society and class, The American Dream, love, e.t.c.
Russian American novelist Vladmir Nabokov is the author of the famous novel Lolita (1955). This novel is notable for its controversial subject where the protagonist is infatuated with a 12- years old girl named Dolores Haze. He becomes sexually engaged with her after marrying her mother. The novel deals with the themes of perversity, obsession, art, suburbia and American consumer culture.
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury is a novel written by American author William Faulkner. It was first published in 1929 with the famous narrative technique of stream of consciousness. The novel dramatically presents the decline of aristocratic Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, in northern Mississippi. The history is narrated by 3 Compson brothers: Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason. The novel is concerned with the themes of the corruption of Southern aristocratic values, resurrection and renewal.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is a realistic novel written by an American novelist John Steinbeck. It was published in the year 1939. Representing the era of Great Depression of America, the novel presents a poor family of Joads who are forced to move away from Oklahoma to California due to drought. Steinbeck masterfully presents the struggle to preserve the family and dignity at the time of disaster and commercial influences. This book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1940.
Joseph Heller is the author of Catch-22 which was published in 1961. Set during the World War 2, the novel depicts the life of Captain John Yossarian of U.S Army Air Forces B-25 bombardiers. Yossarian along his friends attempt to maintain their wisdom while fulfilling their service requirements in the hope of returning back home. The novel deals with the themes of absurdity, hypocrisy and power.