10 Novels You Absolutely Must Read Before You Die
For future rainy days …
I’m not sure why reading has lost its appeal in the eyes of many people. Reading the story of fictional and non-fictional characters is as (if not more, according to some people) appealing than seeing it with your own eyes on television.
Even if coming to the end of a book takes time, it’s often worth it when you take the time to savor the words and it also allows greater freedom since you can imagine the scene as you want …
You understood it, reading; I like that. I think you suspected it because I don’t really know how I could have written this article otherwise!
If you ever run out of inspiration and feel like reading outstanding books, here are 10 Novels You Must Read Before You Die.
1.Pride and Prejudice of Jane Austen
In Longbourn, England, live the Bennets. As the mother of the family desperately seeks to marry her aging daughters, a rather wealthy and amiable young man, Mr. Bingley, arrives in town accompanied by his two sisters and his somewhat less amiable friend, Mr. Darcy…
If you haven’t read this classic yet and if you don’t yet know the idyllic relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, I want to tell you it’s prime time you bought this book!
2. Don’t Shoot Harper Lee’s Mockingbird
In the 1930s, attorney Atticus Finch lived alone with his two children, Scout and Jem, in Maycomb, Alabama, where the locals were still very racist with African Americans. These two children become friends with Dill, a boy visiting his aunt.
Their neighbor, Boo Radley, who lives as a recluse without ever going out, fascinates them and makes them fearful, but they will still try to get him out of his home.
No, but seriously … after all the praise you’ve read about this book, what more do you need to convince yourself ?!
3. Anne Frank’s Diary by Anne Frank
More of a diary than a novel, it is the diary that Anne Frank, a young German Jewish girl who hid in the Netherlands during World War II, kept for two years.
She was in hiding in Amsterdam with her four friends and her family when the Germans invaded the country.
You’re going to cry, you’re going to curse the Human for committing such atrocities, but it’s part of our History and you just don’t have the choice to educate yourself… As they say,
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
During the Roaring Twenties, Nick, a young American, moved to New York to pursue a career in finance as a stockbroker. So he rents a house in a very popular and posh suburban area, which is sandwiched between two gigantic and luxurious mansions.
In one of the two houses lives Gatsby, a young millionaire known to all who have a rather murky past …
Have you seen the movie, you have had fun, but like most movie adaptations in this world, the books are always much better!
5.Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
During his night duty, firefighter Montag burns books that are prohibited until he tells Clarisse. Unlike the others, she is not in a hurry in her daily tasks when, in this dystopia, walking is strange and driving less than 80 kilometers an hour is illegal …
Montag, therefore, has an awareness, is coming to understand that something is missing in his life and that he can find it by reading.
Even if it’s above all a novel, the author who wrote this book in 1953, critiques several aspects of our current society and prompts us to reflect!
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
After losing her parents very early in her life, Jane Eyre lives with her aunt, Mrs. Reeds, and her cousins who never cease to torment her. They end up locking her in the room where their mother’s spouse died. The young girl thinks she sees a ghost, and she ends up falling ill.
She ends up being sent to the Lowood schoolgirl from which she leaves after having been a teacher to become a governess in an austere castle. Unfortunately, she will be at the service of a man who constantly tries to provoke her …
Another classic of English literature that you cannot live without!
7. The Catcher of Hearts by S. D. Salinger
Holden Copperfield came from the New York bourgeoisie and studied at Penney. After being expelled from this college on December 22, he packed his bags and left the establishment to sleep at the Hotel Edmont because he was afraid of confronting his parents. For three days, we will follow him in his fugue …
Even though it’s a book that mainly talks about the problems experienced by teenagers, it makes a beautiful read that makes you think!
8. The Color of Feelings by Kathryn Stockett
In the 1960s, the African-American Aibileen had the job of raising children from white families. Minny is also a maid and has to deal with violence from her drunken husband.
Eugenia, a 23-year-old white woman, is the daughter of cotton plantation owners and tells the story of two black-colored servants who live in Jackson, a town in Mississippi where racial segregation is stronger than ‘elsewhere in the United States.
After discovering what has become of Constantine, the maid who raised her, Eugenia distances herself from her racist relatives and collects testimonies to denounce how the servants are treated.
If the movie made you cry, expect a torrent of tears as you read the book …
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Through the eyes of the cynical but funny Death, we witness the tragic end of a German girl, Liesel Meminger, during World War II. Death will meet her whenever one of her loved ones dies and ultimately sees her when it is Liesel to die …
An original story thanks to its narrator, which is in a way a tribute to the importance of friendship and human solidarity!
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Fascinated by the natural sciences since his adolescence, Dr. Victor Frankenstein studies old texts which are no longer relevant. His tutors at the university told him that his knowledge is false for the lack of scientific progress, which makes him want to update them by bringing the dead to life thanks to lightning …
So you finally understand that Frankenstein is not the name of the monster. And also because it’s a hell of a wonderful book, we get along!
First published here.
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