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    Recomendations for allegorical books?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by IleMacedonia, Jun 1, 2010.

    Hi there!
    I'm new here. English is not my first language, so I'm sorry if I have some errors, grammatical or whatever.. :)
    I'm 26 year old singer/songwriter. I have a novel in my head and is in allegorical narrative style, like the alchemist and Jonothan liv. siguil.. I have a problem with placing the novel rather than plot developming.
    Can you recomend me some other books in that style, so I can be inspired a little. I'm only familliar with this two.
    Thank you! :)
     
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    The Convention: A Parable by Will Campbell.

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    Now that I think of it, George Orwell's Animal Farm is a classic example.

    Google it though. There are lists of allegorical books out there.
     
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    Lord of the Flies
     
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    I think the Bible might be THE allegorical book(s).
     
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    I think he's looking for a modern allegorical novel.

    The Bible is actually more like an ancient anthology of allegories, songs and epistles, collected with four gospel stories and an apocalypse. (The gospels and apocalypse may also be allegorical, but are generally classified as a separate genre... and also contain embedded parables and allegories.)
     
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    This isn't a good example; there are people in the world who take the bible literally.
     
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    That is always a danger of allegory. Not everyone is capable or willing to look past the literal story. It doesn't invalidate Roland's point at all.
     
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    Does not invalidate it; I just don't think it's a very good example of allegory. I was just giving a reason why.

    As Charlie rightly said:

     
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    Well, then a couple more "contemporary" novels:
    Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
    Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
    Leonard Wibberley's The Mouse that Roared
     
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Practically anything, but the short story 'A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings' is a good place to start. Try Borges' short stories--stuff like 'The Aleph' would work as well.

    Franz Kafka. Try 'The Trial,' if you're brave.
     

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