English III Research NovelsFollowing is a list of approved novels for your research paper in English III. Please read throughthe summaries and circle your top 3 choices. The Sound and the Fury/ William Faulkner: the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of themost memorable characters in American literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant and the epitome of humanity’s greatness. 23Ender’s Game/ Orson Scott Card:In a world decimated by alien attacks, the government trains young geniuses like Ender Wiggin in military strategy with increasingly complex computer games. 16The Fixer/ Bernard Malamud:Victim of a vicious anti-Semitic conspiracy, Yakov Bok is in a Russianprison with only his indomitable will to sustain him. 22Our Town/ Thornton Wilder: Prize-winning play and timeless classic about small-town life and universal values. 3The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman/ Ernest Gaines: The story of a former slave looking back on over 100 years of struggle as an African-American woman. 16Flowers for Algernon/ Daniel Keyes: A mentally retarded man undergoes experimental surgery to increase his intelligence. 16Bless Me, Ultima/ Rudolfo Anaya:An elderly curandera comes to live with 7-year-old Antonio and his family, who looks for guidance to this woman who is said to have both healing and psychic powers. 14The Grapes of Wrath/ John Steinbeck: A family of sharecroppers in Oklahoma is forced off their land and struggles to survive Depression-era society’s hostility in their search for a new, better life in California. 41East of Eden/ John Steinbeck: often described as Steinbeck's most ambitious novel, this book brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories in turn-of-the-century California 34The Things They Carried/ Tim O’Brien:Non-fiction stories retelling the author’s experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War. 10In the Lake of the Woods/ Tim O’Brien: follows the struggle of John Wade to deal with a recently failed campaign for the United States Senate. After moving to Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, John discovers one morning that his wife Kathy is missing. Through the use of flashbacks of John's childhood, college years, and Vietnam experiences, as well as testimony and evidence from affected characters, the novel creatively introduces several hypotheses for the disappearance of Kathy Wade. 11 (1994)A Farewell to Arms/ Ernest Hemingway:WWI love story about a young American lieutenant and a British nurse who make their relationship the center of their existence. 20 (1929)One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest/ Ken Kesey:Full of energy and passion, convicted criminal Randle McMurphy chooses a mental hospital over prison and comes to regret his decision. 19
Fahrenheit 451/ Ray Bradbury:In the future, all books are burned instead of read in an attempt to do away with opposing opinions.