Let’s talk about classical books. You can never go wrong with classical books! You either fall in love with them or just don’t understand why everyone is raving about a certain book. Either way, they are worth a read as they might just become your new favorite novel. One thing is for sure though: they will make you think about life a little differently with each one you read. And one more thing:
I’m sure of is you should definitely add these fascinating classical books to your “must-read list” in 2021!
“Madame Bovary” – Gustave Flaubert
The story of a restless housewife with a passion for… passion.
One of those classical books is Madame Bovary. This is hands down one of my favorite books. Gustave Flaubert’s use of language and hidden metaphors make this novel a love story like no other from that time.
The story follows the main character – Emma Bovary – as a married woman to Charles Bovary. Upon marrying him, she expected her life to be as it was in the novels she enjoyed so much: full of adventures and excitement. However, she is soon to find out married life is not as incredible as she hoped it would be and she grows extremely unhappy with her existence.
“The Wall” (short story collection) – Jean-Paul Sartre
A collection of stories that will leave you thinking about them for a long time!
The short stories read so fast but make you meditate on your entire existence and way of thinking. A must-read for sure!
The first short story in the book is – you guessed it – “The wall”. It depicts the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of an inmate that is about to be deadly shot.
“The room” is the second short story and highlights how a woman and her husband cope with the bed-ridden man’s mental illness.
“Erostratus” is the story of a man that decides he wants to kill 6 people at random. However, carrying the gun alone makes him feel more powerful than anyone.
“Intimacy“ trails the story of a woman who decides to leave her husband for her lover in the hope of a better and more exciting love.
“The Childhood of a Leader“, the last short story, is the journey of a boy through life. As he evolves, he gets involved in different scenarios, mindsets, and encounters. This particular short story was also adapted into a movie.
“Republic” – Plato
The great philosopher’s thoughts on authority and power in society.
In his book, Plato strives to answer the question of “what is justice?” through a psychological approach. He goes from defining justice in terms of society and politics to individual authority.
Truly timeless writing that will understand how the world and its people work when it comes to power and rights.
“Frankenstein” – Mary Shelley
We’ve all heard of Frankenstein, now get ready to experience the story of this incredible 1818’s gothic novel!
As he studies philosophy and chemistry, Victor Frankenstein becomes more and more obsessed with finding the secret of creating life. After months of frantic work, he decides to bring to life the creation he made from different body parts. And he does just that. But he also soon realizes that playing God might have been a huge mistake.
“Lord of the flies” – William Golding
Civilization has many forms when a group of kids get stranded on an island.
A group of schoolboys becomes stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes. They desperately try to escape, but as they keep living there longer and longer, they start to create their own society and civilization. Away from the rules and structures of the every-day world, they turn savagery and total chaos, as they all have different beliefs as to how society should work.
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” – Lewis Carroll
The captivating collection of adventures experienced by Alice in a land of many possibilities!
If you’re one of the people who believe this is a kids’ book, I think you just haven’t read it in a long time. Its cartoon adaptation may be deceiving, but the book itself is much more than a child could comprehend.
I believe we are all familiar with the story in itself – Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a universe that is radically different from the real world. There, she goes through countless adventures as she encounters diverse characters and power figures.
However, the story is so much more than that. And I believe if you read this with a more mature mind, you will understand the metaphors put forth by the author. As Alice enters a magical universe, so does the reader.