Readers all over the globe share their love for reading but they differ in their preferences. There are some pieces of fiction, however, which make their place on the must-read-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime list. Let us have a look at some of them.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karenina is considered to be the world’s best fiction book ever. This 800+ page Russian classic is a tale of love, family, adultery, marriage, and Russian politics, making it a sensational one. Although it was first published in 1878, this book still has a fanbase of its own.
The book has been titled after the main character, Anna Karenina who is a beautiful, married woman, having an extramarital affair with a Russian army officer, Count Vronsky. The story is intricate with a number of other characters, allowing the reader an intimate insight into the nineteenth-century Russian society. An interesting feature of the book is that it is non-judgmental.
It is only a story and you are an onlooker; no preachings about what is right or what isn’t; just a journey into a life which isn’t yours.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
First published in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird was an instant hit. Its popularity raged like fire and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The book has been translated in about 40 languages, making it accessible to a wide range of audience. Readers, far and wide, appreciated the courage, language, and fictive representation of the injustice and racism prevalent in South America.
The narrator of the book is an intelligent adolescent girl, Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, who tells the story with her innocent, wide-eyed expressions. She comes across racism and learns the correct morals from her strong father, Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer and struggles to bring justice. He encourages his children to adopt a sensitive attitude.
It is a beautiful book and we highly recommend it.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:
Jane Eyre is one of the books usually assigned for reading in schools. The book, first published in 1874, was published under the pseudonym, Currer Bell, to hide the gender of the writer. Ironically, the story presents a strong, independent heroine who strives against the current of society.
Our heroine, Jane Eyre, has to face and struggle against a cruel guardian, a tyrannical employer, and the biased society. She finds her solace later in the brooding but attractive Edward Fairfax Rochester. The passionate love story evolves and is tested with difficult times and losses and ends with a reunion.
It is a beautiful story of struggles, independence, love, and kindness. Considering the era it was written in, the book is a symbol of ultimate courage and is indeed a precious gem in the history of literature.
The list is too huge to be covered in just one article. We will come back with another such article. Meanwhile, let us know which other books, in your opinion, should be included in the must-read list?