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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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!
Jan 17, 2018 4:10PM
I love “The Stranger” by Albert Camus.
Jan 17, 2018 4:30PM
Pat Davis
Love them all. About time for a re-read! Thanks for the reminder.
Jan 17, 2018 4:37PM
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!
Jan 17, 2018 4:37PM
BettyMarie Shoaf
Love them all.
Jan 17, 2018 5:02PM
Peter Robertson
Why people persist in claiming the Catcher in the Rye and the Great Gatsby as great stories I wouldn't know.There are many better American books by far.Another dud is On the Road by Jack Kerouac!These books give the impression they are written by children.Perhaps that's what many readers want?
Jan 17, 2018 5:04PM
William Downs
Great selection
Jan 17, 2018 5:18PM
Darla Deats
I liked the article. My favorite..... To Kill A Mockingbird.
Jan 17, 2018 5:26PM
Kon Tiki should have been listed.
Jan 17, 2018 5:29PM
Kay Van Natta
Overall good selection but I too would have chosen Jonathan Livingston Seagull-much more going on there than reading a face value and a lovely vignette and absolutely Camus’ the Stranger-fabulous little gem. I also might consider Ford Maddox Ford’s the Good Solidier or and I cannot recall the author Blood and Wine and Italian Novella
Jan 17, 2018 5:36PM
Darlene Davidson
Well selected in its variety of genres.
Jan 17, 2018 5:39PM
hector tubens
I enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull.......made my youth meaningful.
Jan 17, 2018 5:41PM
Luis Perez
Some other books could be included if you propose the twenty modern books that you cannot put down, once you begin the first sentence.
Jan 17, 2018 6:02PM
Betty Lester
Some of them I liked
Jan 17, 2018 6:50PM
Pam Wilson
‘Being There’ by Jerry Kosinski is my favourite short book. The film doesn’t do it justice. I picked it up in a local shop on a day I had to wait in for a delivery. I couldn’t put it down. So simple but deeply effective.
Jan 17, 2018 7:01PM


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