If you were an English Literature student, then you probably have already read these books, or at least heard of it. If you were not a Literature student then you should read these classic books, for once before you die.
These books are an evergreen classic, which can provide a new meaning in your life. No matter when you read or at what age you read, you can relate, so much with these books. May be the time and situations were different when these books were written. But they relate so much with your life, that it will be impossible to ignore them. Here are some Classic Books to Read Before You Die.
Top Classics Books to Read
1Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This novel by author Jane Austen is an evergreen and an epitome of classic books of all time. It is the most Popular Classic Books ever. It was first published in the year 1813. Most of us know about this book through the movie by Joe Wright. Those of you, who are familiar with the story only by seeing it on screen, its great to refer its main source.
Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice is funny and quite humorous from the very beginning, with a mixture of comedy and romance. Austen manages to provide a collection of all the emotions like how love can make even the wittiest, smartest and strongest man a fool or those mixed messages we get when we are in love or that awkward flirtations we do when we like someone.
The novel follows, Elizabeth Bennet, the female protagonist and the main character in the novel. Her humorous way of dealing, the day to day issues, like her upbringing, her manners, education, marriage, morality and of course her mother. She is the second daughter of five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. The story is set in England’s 19th century.
In this novel Mrs. Bennet raging curiosity for her five unmarried daughters takes a toll when she finds out that two well qualified and successful gentlemen, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, who are also rich and eligible has moved to their neighbourhood. She tries to force her eldest two daughters to marry them, but is constantly worried about the feud between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The pride in this novels name is linked to Mr. Darcy, who out of all his education, humour and manners is quietly proud of himself, and lacks moral behaviour.
It is a fascinating novel for modern readers. It tops the chart of “most loved books” and it is the most popular English literature novel. It receives a lot of respectable attention from scholars all over the world. Interest in the novel has given a lot of dramatic adaptations of the book imitating these messages and character’s.
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2Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
This timeless novel by Emily Bronte was published in the year 1847. It is considered as a classic now, but previously it was a controversial one, due to the depiction of physical and mental abuse, the strict Victorian ideas like religious hypocrisy, social classes, morality and gender inequality. This book has very separate views and ideals. Many films, radio, television dramas, ballets and musicals were made from the inspiration from this book.
The story is about an orphaned boy named Heathcliff, who was adopted by Mr. Earnshaw. Heathcliff was raised along with Earnshaw’s children, Hindley and his sister Catherine. At the beginning they try to avoid Heathcliff, but later Catherine falls in love with Heathcliff. When Heathcliff becomes, the favourite son of Mr. Earnshaw, the rage and jealousy grows in Hindley. This love and hate relationship continues in the whole novel. Heathcliff’s rage and hatred grow when Catherine marries a suitable man than him, and he decides to destroy their lives.
Though it has a controversial and polarised manner of writing, this is one of the Best Books to read, if you are looking for a suspense novel.
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3The Guide by R K Narayan
Have you heard of the famous classic movie of Dev Anand, Guide? Do you know that the movie was originally based on a novel by R. K Narayan. Generally what ever we know about this story is from the movie only. The author won a Sahitya Akademy Award, India’s National Academy of Letters in 1960 for this book. It is one of the must read classics, for all of us.
This novel was first published in the year 1958. it was fictionally based on a town in South India. The main character in the novel is about a male protagonist named Raju, who was a tour guide, then turns into a manager, afterwards his onward journey made him one of the greatest holy men of India.
As we have seen in the movie, the novel also comprises of the same story. A guide named Raju, fall in love with a tourist’s wife, Rosie, a beautiful dancer and forsaken wife of an archaeologist Marco. Raju convinces her to pursue her dancing career, leaving her husband and creating a relationship with Raju. Later with Raju’s marketing tricks, soon Rosie became a successful dancer. With the desire for more wealth, Raju gets involved in a forgery and looses all his money and his lover Rosie too. After the sentence is over, while Raju was passing through a village, he was mistaken as a Sadhu, or holy men and he decides to stay there.
This enthralling novel gives us the boost and boon on life, passion and desires.
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4Sand In My Eyes By Rabindranath Tagore
If you are from Bengal then you must have heard of Chokher Bali translated in English as Sand in My Eyes by Rabindranath Tagore. If not then, you must have heard about the infamous movie of Aishwarya Rai. This book was originally published in the year 1903.
This classical novel is about a female protagonist widow named Binodini, who was an intelligent and beautiful, girl whose life gets destroyed because Mohan or Mahendra rejects her for marriage and marries another woman. And she had to marry a sick man and becomes a widow in six months. Later when she shifts to take care of Mahendra’s mother, her aunt Rajalakshmi. Binodhini gets jealous of Mohan’s wife Asha, and decides to take a revenge. This revenge leads to destruction of not only the life of Mohan but also his wife and even drags his best friend Bihari, who also has a major involvement in this story. Bihari is the only sane and sensible person in this novel.
Though with all this rage and revenge, it clearly sticks the readers of the novels with garnering interest.
5The Broken Nest By Rabindranath Tagore
The novel is about Charulata or Charu, a lonely and dissatisfied wife of Bhupati, a Bengali “Bhadralok” means Bengalis with wealth and power, also a supporter of the Bengali Renaissance who were influenced by Brahmo Samaj. Charu’s life changes when a Bhupati’s cousin, Amal comes to meet them. Charu is inflamed with the passion for Amal and made Bhupati realise his mistakes and understand the consequences.
These Top Classic Books on Literature not only makes you stick till the end, but also increase your excitement on reading more and more books.
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By – Triptika Basu