Microcosms and Closed Societies
Books where a closed society setting (such as a monastery, prison, school, hospital, small town/village or remote countryside estate, desert island, cruise ship or other traveling party, exclusive club/association, etc.) or any other form of essentially self-contained microcosm is used in order to focus the reader's attention on a limited group of characters, and (more or less) insulate them from the outside world. -- This kind of setting is a staple of crime fiction (Golden Age British mysteries and other so-called "cozies" in particular), but it's by no means limited to that genre.
1 Animal Farm
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,351,313 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2 Hamlet
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 399,212 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 372,841 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4 Lord of the Flies
by
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,225,960 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5 To Kill a Mockingbird
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,058,418 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,205,299 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7 Pride and Prejudice
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,373,150 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8 Jane Eyre
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 887,912 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9 Murder on the Orient Expres...
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 97,660 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10 And Then There Were None
by
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 235,342 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11 All Quiet on the Western Front
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 162,062 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12 Death on the Nile (Hercule ...
by
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 46,454 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13 The Hound of the Baskervill...
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 103,931 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14 Sense and Sensibility
by
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 575,440 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15 Wuthering Heights
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 676,516 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16 The Name of the Rose
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 146,706 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17 Gone with the Wind
by
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 639,148 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18 Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wim...
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 10,098 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19 For Whom the Bell Tolls
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 145,821 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20 Emma
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 341,081 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21 Howards End
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 39,206 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22 Poseidon’s Children (The Le...
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 186 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23 Papillon
by
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 27,277 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24 A Caribbean Mystery (Miss M...
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 10,959 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 39,419 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26 Never Let Me Go
by
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 207,614 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27 The Pearl
by
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 101,848 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28 Mansfield Park
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 151,694 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29 The Nine Tailors (Lord Pete...
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 7,631 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30 Shutter Island
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 80,714 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31 Death in Holy Orders (Adam ...
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 6,881 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 885,144 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33 Dissolution (Matthew Shardl...
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 15,164 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34 The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgli...
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 7,144 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35 The Magic Mountain
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16,296 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36 Rebecca
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 214,847 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37 The Age of Innocence
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 76,039 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38 Little Women (Little Women,...
by
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 960,999 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39 Payment in Blood (Inspector...
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 8,730 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40 The Unpleasantness at the B...
by
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,869 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41 A Morbid Taste for Bones (C...
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 17,319 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule...
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 20,569 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42 Monk's Hood (Chronicles of ...
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 4,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44 The Mysterious Affair at St...
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 84,260 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44 Snareville II: Circles
by
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 10 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44 Before He Was Gone (Starstr...
by
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 103 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47 Snareville
by
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 21 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47 Bubble World
by
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 203 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49 A Great Deliverance (Inspec...
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 20,653 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49 We Have Always Lived in the...
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 19,890 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51 Murder in Mesopotamia (Herc...
by
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 15,366 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52 Well-Schooled in Murder (In...
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 12,548 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53 Midwives
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 103,030 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54 For the Sake of Elena (Insp...
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,211 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55 Agatha Raisin and the Potte...
by
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 3,711 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56 In the Forest
by
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 721 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57 They Do It with Mirrors (Mi...
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 10,083 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57 Promise Not to Tell
by
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 7,923 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59 Holes
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 487,403 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60 Shroud for a Nightingale (A...
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 14,451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60 Devices and Desires (Adam D...
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,449 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62 Snow Falling on Cedars
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 95,061 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63 Bleak House
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 48,936 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64 Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Pe...
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 9,180 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65 Of Mice and Men
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,062,339 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66 How Green Was My Valley
by
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 8,160 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67 Under Milk Wood
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 3,118 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68 A Suitable Vengeance (Inspe...
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,366 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69 Missing Joseph (Inspector L...
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 6,088 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70 Night at the Vulcan (Roderi...
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,204 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71 Clouds of Witness (Lord Pet...
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 8,352 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72 Hand in Glove (Roderick All...
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,018 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73 A Murder Is Announced (Miss...
by
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 18,640 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74 Cat Among the Pigeons (Herc...
by
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 13,110 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75 The Mirror Crack'd from Sid...
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,060 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76 Cards on the Table (Hercule...
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 13,898 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 The Dark Side of the Island
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 Antigone
by
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 7,519 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 After
by
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 1,269 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 Sacrifice HER (The Sacrific...
by
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 Clockers
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,701 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 Death and other Taxes
by
3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space
by
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 In All Things: A Return to ...
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85 Geek Love
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 33,040 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86 The School For Dangerous Girls
by
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,278 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87 Blackwater
by
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 997 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87 Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcome...
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 15,328 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87 The Other Side of the Island
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3,092 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90 The Way of a Serpent
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 197 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90 The Star Rover
by
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 1,530 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90 On the Beach
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 19,144 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93 Sweetness
by
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 207 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94 Canal Dreams
by
3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 2,026 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94 The Westing Game
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 85,650 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96 Nicholas Nickleby
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 22,438 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97 The 19th Wife
by
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 38,304 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98 Death in the Clouds (Hercul...
by
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 12,152 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98 The Vanishing of Katharina ...
by
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,801 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100 Remembering Laughter
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 652 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
147 books · 42 voters · list created February 23rd, 2011 by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (votes) .
7 likes · like
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


☯Bettie☯
☯Bettie☯
10928 books
153 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
2451 books
469 friends
 ~☆ Alice8,000ft
~☆ Alice8,000ft
5485 books
46 friends
Panda
Panda
485 books
0 friends
Abbey
Abbey
10546 books
60 friends
Janice CA
Janice CA
1726 books
9 friends
Kelsey
Kelsey
629 books
9 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-7)




dateUp_arrow    newest »

message 7: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯

Trapped in a cube by Sarah Bowie:

sarahbowie.blogspot.com


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) What a frightening notion ... Have you ever had to work in a place like that?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I have about had it with this spam.


message 4: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Susanna wrote: "I have about had it with this spam."

Have you reported it?


message 2: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Good.


message 1: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Me too!
:O)


back to top


Anyone can add books to this list.