Author: Sherry Helms
Enlisting here 10 selected books that we assume are the ones that everyone must read in their life time. These books are best at everything, which a perfect literary work is expected to have, viz. interesting & engaging story, well-composed content, thought-provoking theme, well-organized plot, and relatable as well as influential protagonist.
Here is the list:
1984 by George Orwell – Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is an Autobiography of Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, when Nazis overpowered the Holland, Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding with another family. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences she had during this period.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is a classic book storying about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. One of the best-loved classics of all time, this Pulitzer Prize winner book has earned many acclamations since its original publication in 1960.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young “star-cross’d lovers” whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet and Macbeth, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is another classic in our recommendation for the must-read books. The central character of this novel is Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters whom Mrs. Bennett is anxious to put into marriage. Her vivacity and wit, her hasty dismissal of superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world, how he improves his manners and Elizabeth changes her mind, are at the centre of this Jane Austen book. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – This classic work is fully of children. The hero-narrator of this book is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times in life: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told and populated with fascinating characters, the story is infused throughout with the everlasting issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This edition includes all seven volumes.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – With the release of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first in a series of tales about a young wizard in training, an international craze was born. Eleven-year-old Harry Potter, the plucky yet nerdy hero of this series, is the embodiment of every uncool kid’s fantasy. Unpopular in school, picked on by bullies, and persecuted by his adoptive family, the disheveled and bespectacled Harry manages to not only survive but thrive by discovering friends, magical powers, and a great destiny he never knew he had.
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