Ballroom dance parties, courtship, ballads, true gentlemen and fancy titles are what strikes our minds when we think of classic novels, but classic novels encompass a lot more than just that. A good book consumes you into its plot and you can expect these books to do exactly that. These books remain bestsellers to date because even after years and years of being read, reprinted and discussed, they still resonate with the reader. These characters have forever been immortalized in the pages of this text. No person’s reading experience is complete before they add these well-known classics to their repertoire. Without further ado,
Here are five classic novels you need to read.
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Now, who hasn’t heard of this epic saga of unrequited love, prejudices and well, Mr. Darcy! Every girl who has read this book has at one time dreamt of having a man like Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen is a very well known name in the literary world and Pride and Prejudice proves the point. A story about the five Bennett sisters who find love in the most unlikely scenarios. You will fall in love with the headstrong Elizabeth and the dreamy Darcy.
2. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
The 1920’s was an iconic era. From the jazz music to the wild parties and wild people. The Great Gatsby has excellently captured and framed the period in its immortal pages. This is the story of Jay Gatsby narrated by Nick Carraway. This book will make you laugh and cry and then realize human wickedness and true love. A beautiful tragedy.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
This book is a classic dystopian novel about the distant and bleak future under the regime of the Big Brother. Imagine being under surveillance 24/7 and not being able to express even a shadow of a feeling because one wrong move could get you killed, it would be suffocating. Fun fact, if in life you have ever come across the reality television show called Bigg Boss then you should know that the basic concept of the show was borrowed from this book. One of George Orwell’s best.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird is a book from the point of view of an adult Jean Louise”Scout” Finch looking back on little Scout Finch as she follows the story of her father defending a black man put on trial for raping a southern white woman in the 1930s which was the period of The Great Depression. In this book, we come across the darkest parts of the human psyche and how an innocent child perceives these happenings. A must read.
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a typical teenaged boy who is stumbling awkwardly through his teenage years and barely making it by coherently. Something, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield is fixated upon is the loss of innocence of both his and other children. This book is one long monologue filled with angst and rebellion. A book full of metaphors, it is highly recommended to people who like to read about any or all of the above. Holden Caulfield is a teenage icon with whom teenagers connect with even today, more than 60 years after its publication.
Books make a much deeper impact than you can imagine. If these books are going to inhabit your mind for a very long time, then why not choose wisely as to what you expose yourself to. And the thing about classics is that you can never go wrong with them.