To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was instantly successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.
The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator’s father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.”
The novel has 31 chapters and you can click on the image to the left for a closer look.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis. Published in 1950 and set circa 1940, it is the first-published book of The Chronicles of Narnia and is the best known book of the series. Although it was written and published first, it is second in the series’ internal chronological order, after The Magician’s Nephew. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. It has also been published in 47 foreign languages.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-17 and you can click the image for a better look.
New Moon is a fantasy novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second novel in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love. The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of protagonist Bella Swan’s life. The book was originally released in hardcover in 2006, following the successful publishing of Meyer’s debut novel Twilight. A film adaptation was released on November 20, 2009.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-20 and you can click the image for a better look.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released on 16 July 2005, is the sixth of seven novels from British author J. K. Rowling‘s popular Harry Potter series. Set during Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores Lord Voldemort’s past, and Harry’s preparations for the final battle amidst emerging romantic relationships and the emotional confusions and conflict resolutions characteristic of mid-adolescence.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-30 and you can click the image for a better look.
Okay, so we’ve looked at the first, second and third parts so now we’re going to look at the whole thing.
I’ve taken more from Wikipedia than I normally do because it’s useful to illustrate the point:
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel written by philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier, less complex children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during the Second World War.Although known to most readers as a trilogy, the work was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, with the other being The Silmarillion. However, when Tolkien submitted the first volume entitled The Lord of the Rings to his publisher, it was decided for economic reasons to publish the work as three separate volumes, each consisting of two books, over the course of a year in 1954–55, creating the now familiar Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Anyway…. The novel is split into The Fellowship of the Ring (sections 1-22), The Two Towers (sections – 23 – 43), and The Return of the King (sections 44-62). You can, of course see a larger version by clicking on the image, but it should be pretty obvious that the book divisions are fairly arbitrary.
From wikipedia: The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers.
The chapters are fairly unhelpfully numbered: numbers 1-10 refer to Chapters 1-10 but then…
11:Chapter 1:(second ‘book’ starts)
From Wikipedia: The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King.
The chapters are fairly unhelpfully numbered: numbers 1-11 refer to Chapters 1-11 but then…
12:Chapter 1:(second ‘book’ starts)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the title of the first of six books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction “trilogy” by Douglas Adams (with the sixth being written by Eoin Colfer). The novel is an adaptation of the first four parts of Adams’s radio series of the same name. The novel was first published in London on 12 October 1979.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-35 and you can click the image for a better look.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original title in Swedish: Män som hatar kvinnor – “Men Who Hate Women”) is an award-winning crime novel by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the first in his Millennium Trilogy.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-29 and you can click the image for a better look.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick first published in 1968. The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-normal intelligence who befriends some of the androids.
23 Chapters, and you can click on the image for a better view 🙂
Jane Eyre ( /ˌdʒeɪn ˈɛər/) is a famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published in London, England in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. with the title Jane Eyre. An Autobiography under the pen name “Currer Bell”. The first American edition came out the following year, published by Harper & Brothers of New York.
It’s got 38 Chapter, numbered in the roman style. Click on the image for a closer look.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick‘s film version and published after the release of the film. The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, most notably “The Sentinel” (written in 1948 for a BBC competition but first published in 1951 under the title “Sentinel of Eternity“).
This is an interesting one, of course, because it is kind of the book-of-the film… one of these days I’ll pull out the film script as well to see how close they look :). 24 chapters helpfully numbered and you can click on the image for a closer look.
Blast from the past here:
Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, a seminal work in the cyberpunk genre and winner of the science-fiction “triple crown” — the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson’s first novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack.
The chapters are helpfully numbered 1-24 and you can click the image for a better look.
Snow Crash is Neal Stephenson‘s third novel, published in 1992. Like many of Stephenson’s other novels it covers history, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, religion, computer science, politics, cryptography, memetics, and philosophy.
There are 71 Chapters, numbered sensibly… and you can click on the image for a better look.