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10 short books that leave long-lasting impression

There are literary works that are quick and easy to read, but still leave a deep impact. They don't need to be compared to "War and Peace" - their beauty is in brevity.


In the following article books less than 300 pages long are collected, but still capable to prove once again - size doesn't really matter in literature.


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63 Comments
Jacquie Blair
One of my all time favs is a novella by Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It's a story about a Seagull who is trying to learn about life. I read it in my youth and picked it up again as an adult because it meant so much to me!
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Jan 17, 2018 4:10PM
Darla Deats
I liked the article. My favorite..... To Kill A Mockingbird.
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Jan 17, 2018 5:26PM
gmikedear
I love “The Stranger” by Albert Camus.
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Jan 17, 2018 4:30PM
Jeanette Purchase
Interesting! I too enjoyed -Jonathan Livingston Seagull! I found it so profound. It helped me through difficult times and to find my way. Great!
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Jan 17, 2018 4:37PM
Raymond Cardona
I too have read all of Agatha Christie'a books when I was younger and I also enjoyed Jonathan Livingston seagull when I was a teenager Bonnie
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Sep 13, 2021 5:39PM
David Roy
There's no number 7!
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Feb 11, 2021 4:54PM
David Roy
Donna Morris, it's not under 300 pages.
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Feb 11, 2021 4:52PM
Nancy Gardner
I’ve read most of those, but will reread some, thanks for the reminder.
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Jan 27, 2021 8:10PM
littledick
Donna Morris, And the author is "The Most High".
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Mar 30, 2020 1:30PM
David Hill
it said 10 SHORT BOOKS. I was thinking something like “Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten” Zig Ziglar if I recall
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Mar 17, 2020 10:32PM
Nadin
Read all of them
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Mar 4, 2020 6:52PM
Karen Adams
Shel Silverstein's THE GIVING TREE ans Richard Bach's ILLUSIONS should have been ibcluded
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Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM
Ilias Tsiabardas
Very good article my favorite is the Old man and the Sea
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Nov 3, 2019 5:39PM
Jim Harris
Anything by Terry Pratchett is worth a squint. Gotta find No.4. Also No. 10.
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Oct 2, 2019 9:45PM
Richard D. Boyle
H James Brown, Robert Burns said it originally and perhaps best in his poem “To a Mouse” (1786); the quote from which Steinbeck took his title is as follows: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/ Gang aft a-gley”. The concluding phrase is usually translated as “often go awry” or “oft’ go astray”. I have read six of the short novels mentioned and agree that each is worthy of inclusion; however, I would have selected Steinbeck’s wonderful novella as my first choice and perhaps “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury as my second. These are two of the most important and memorable examples of short fiction from the last century. I very much like the subject of this article and the comments from other QC members.
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Sep 18, 2019 8:13PM
Michael Johnston
Treasure Island,Robinson Crusoe,Pappilon
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May 22, 2019 4:47AM
Estelle Tweedie Strydom
Michael Morpurgo: The Butterly Lion
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May 13, 2019 4:29PM
Steve Tingle
Just two I've read - Terry Pratchett and Agatha Christie - but I've read all or most of theirs, the rest are too American for me. No SciFi mentioned!
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Apr 20, 2019 8:47PM
Martha Calkins
Ray Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine': lovely, lyrical, nearly poetry.
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Dec 20, 2018 8:01PM

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