It's the perfect day to take a book and go the beach--whether that beach is on the ocean, or a spot of sand in your backyard. Enjoy the sun and surf, or shade and breeze. But, don't forget your book!
's The Awakening
is the perfect book to read if you're in the mood for beach reading! Edna (the main heroine) spends a good deal of her time at the beach. She awakens to herself (what she wants and needs), and ultimately strikes out on her own in a way that has made the book both controversial and important as a work in feminist literature.
's Leaves of Grass
is filled with the imagery/symbolism of ocean, beach and waves. He writes: "On the beach at night alone, / As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song, / As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef / of the universes and of the future."
In "To the Lighthouse," Virginia Woolf uses different perspectives as she drifts through time and space to explore the lives of the Ramsay family: creativity, love, and ultimately loss.
by Nevil Shute. "On the Beach" is about a group of survivors from a nuclear war, but the radioactive cloud will reach them in less than one year. What will the future hold?
by Geraldine McCaughrean. To save her life, Shahrazad tells a nightly stories every night--of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many other heroes and villains. King Shahryar is so engrossed that he spares her night, so that he can hear the next story. This edition features Geraldine McCaughrean's retelling of the tales, with illustrations.
by Jack London. This collection of stories includes: "The House Of Mapuhi," "The Whale Tooth," "Mauki," "Yah! Yah! Yah!," "The Heathen," "The Terrible Solomons," "The Inevitable White Man," and "The Seed Of Mccoy."
by Edith Wharton. In the struggle of the individual against society, Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska sacrifice their own desires. But, what happens in the end?
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
. Set in Tarmes, a French coastal town, F. Scott creates a cast of American expatriates, including Dick Divers and his wife. "Tender is the Night
" is one of Fitzgerald's last novels.
by Virginia Woolf. Nothing lasts. Everything changes. The novel progresses with the characters crashing into one another--as waves. Of this experimental novel, Woolf once wrote, "I am writing to a rhythm and not a plot."
by Albert Camus
. In "The Stranger," Albert Camus
explores "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." What happens to Meursault on the beach, and what is his eventual outcome? Discover what happens to this ordinary man.