Alternatives to some of the “Great Books”

I am thinking I might read these books suggested by Dr. Grant L. Voth as more accessible “great works:”

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (of The Namesake fame…)

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Death of an Expert Witness by P. D. James

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Life of Pi by Yann Martel