CP 12 Summer Reading List 2001-2002



Two of these listings will be required for the CP 12 summer
reading assignment. The texts should be read before you return in
September when testing will be conducted to demonstrate that the
assignment has been completed. One of your selections may be
required for the research project which will be assigned later in the
year. Thus, this assignment will greatly affect grades in two marking
Many of these novels and plays can be found in the school
and public library. However, if you wish to purchase a copy, which
is a good idea for the book to be used for the research project, you
will find that the classics are fairly priced.
The text descriptions provided on the next two pages are
designed to help you make selections that suit your taste and
needs. If you have questions, the CP 12 teachers will be happy
to provide the answers.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
perhaps Shakespeare's most appropriate comedy for a modern
audience, this play deals with elements of mistaken identity,
practical jokes, and a charming love triangle that is finally
resolved through intricate plot manipulation. This play
has something entertaining to offer to every reader.
King Lear
by William Shakespeare
a distressing Shakespearean tragedy centering on the betrayal of a
king by treacherous daughters. This is one of Shakespeare's most
"shocking" plays and uses a subplot of additional betrayal of a lord
by his son. Critics have called this drama too powerful to
be performed on stage.
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
an early Dickens novel dealing with the horrible treatment of
orphans in prosperous Victorian England. The tale later transforms
into a mystery plot which takes the reader into London's criminal
underworld with a group of fascinating and grotesque characters.
Silas Marner
by George Eliot
a realistic look at 19th century rural England with the
moral and the elements of a fairy tale. Mary Ann Evans
(pseudonym Eliot) tells of secrets, resentment, love, and role
reversals as she shows the reader that justice comes to all, as
good is eventually rewarded.
Tess of the D'Ubervilles
by Thomas Hardy
a tragic romance which is set in the industrial revolution of
England. Tess serves as an independent woman, ruled by her
passions. This powerful novel builds upon the great Victorian
tradition and creates a heroine who refuses to yield to the
devastating elements of fate.
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
a novel of good turned to evil. Engaging elements of love,
hate, suspense, jealousy, and revenge, Bronte goes beyond
the simple narrative of passion between two characters by
using symbols, imagery, and vivid descriptions which are all
open to a reader's interpretation.
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
a four-part satiric 18th century novel which powerfully
attacks the Whigs and Tories of the English government.
Swift's Gulliver travels to strange, fantasy worlds where
politics, philosophy, culture, and religion come under
attack. In the end, Gulliver questions the superiority of
mankind to other living creatures.
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
a novel of poetry and tension, which creates two unlikely
central figures as the romantic heroes: a young woman
possessing intelligence and passion but lacking charm and
beauty and also an eerie and moody, even violent man who
must suffer through great tragedy. Influenced by the romantic
poets and the early Victorian novelists, this psychological
romance is always popular.
Hard Times
by Charles Dickens
a social protest novel dealing with the harsh realities of
English industrialization. While Dickens attacks the polluters
and exploiters of his society, he creates an environment where
reason and rationalism fail to serve as substitutes for the simple,
emotional pleasures of life. Coketown is a center of pain and
suffering that will continue until these people rediscover the
really important things in their community.
Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
a novel of romantic tragedy set in the English rural heathlands.
Hardy develops a natural woman who hates the rural setting
and will do anything to live in the city and a sophisticated man
who wants to retreat from urban society to a life of peace in
the country. The unwise marriage of these opposites
destroys them as well as destroying others related to them.
This work is packed with symbolism and rich imagery.
Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence
a psychological novel set in the impoverished mining
communities of England. This semi-autobiographical work
follows the growth of a talented young man striving to establish
his own identity. His relationships with a farm girl and a
separated-but-married woman cause continual struggles
resulting from the young man's close attachment to his mother.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
the tale of a man who lets emotions lead himself to destruction.
Michael Henchard, while drunk, sells his wife and child to a
passing sailor. Later in life, when he finds his fortune in
Casterbridge, the implications of his foul deed begin to haunt
him. This selection may have the most interesting plot
development and characterization in all of Hardy's novels.
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Elizabeth lives in an era when marriage was the only way
for a woman to secure a stable future, but Elizabeth refuses
to play the marriage game in spite of the motivation of her
step-mother and the flirtations of her sisters. Determined to
meet the right man or marry no man, Elizabeth discovers that
one must look beyond pride and prejudice to see true human
The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
a turn-of-the-century scientist, the Time Traveler, courage-
ously steps out of his machine for the first time and finds himself
in the year 802,700--where everything has changed. Expecting to find
progress and superior people, he discovers a world in decay instead.
H.G. Wells's famous novel of one man's astonishing journey is
regarded as one of the great masterpieces in the literature of science
The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
a mystery featuring sensibilities untypical of the Victorian era.
Collins unmasks a restrictive society in his depiction of sexual
and imperial domination. Finally, through his manipulation of
the narrative itself, facts, identities and memory become question
marks. With constantly shifting perspectives, the marvellously
intricate mystery of the Moonstone diamond unfolds.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
a tale of Alice’s unusual adventures, including falling down a
rabbit hole and stepping through a mirror with a variety of
characters. Lewis Carroll's sound reasoning is translated
into an unusual and entirely delightful way, combining know-
ledge and the understanding of the mind of the child. His
work is fiilled with allusion, symbolism and mysterious