Books are not just a medium to acquire knowledge; they are like your best friends in isolation. They provide wings to your imagination and transport you to another world; that of the protagonists and their times. There are so many books that leave an indelible impression on your mind and manage to touch your soul too. Sometimes, a little reading is all the therapy you need to take you away from the realms of reality into fantasy land. In this article, Handy looks at a few such books that you would want to read cover to cover.
1. Midnight’s Children– Written by Salman Rushdie, the book talks about the protagonist Saleem who was born at midnight on the night of India’s independence. He is one of the 1001 children born at that hour and the story revolves around the incredible talent that each one of them was endowed with because of their birth hour. The master storyteller Rushdie engages the readers in the magical tale with his narration of those days.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird– One of the greatest reads of all times, the novel takes you to America in the 30’s era. The author Harper Lee explores themes of justice and innocence through the experiences of a six-year-old girl, Scout, as her father defends a black man on trial. As you go through this novel, a lot of nuances of human behavior get unfurled before you and you will not be able to put it down before the last page.
3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- The little girl Alice falls into a rabbit hole and witnesses a fantasy land that she explores and takes delights in. Even though Lewis Carroll wrote it for children, the fantasy world he manages to create has made a great impression on numerous adults too. Written in 1865, the book is an interesting read even today and hasn’t lost the charm it depicts.
4. The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald sets the tale in the 1920’s New York City and weaves a magical spell on the readers as he takes you through the rich and elite crowd of those times. The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby pursues his quixotic passion and obsession for the former debutante Daisy Buchanan and the story revolves around them. An interesting tale, the book is on the must-read list of most book reviewing sources.
5. Pride and Prejudice- One of the most beloved reads of all times, this book is a classic. Written in 1813 by Jane Austen it explores the psyche of Mr. Bennet and his five daughters. As Mr. Bennet can pass his estate only to a male heir there is the pressure to marry off at least one of his daughters to save destitution.
Handy feels that the sea of books worth reading in your lifetime is plenty. Having a book by your bedside the old-fashioned way or having it bookmarked on your digital medium is having something to look forward to after a long day at work. Enjoy your new companion for a lifetime.