Everyone has a reading spree when they just pick up a book and forget the world around them for a moment. But most of us look behind and feel like reading a classic novel, perhaps even those we have so long avoided in school. Check out our list of 5 classic novels you should read.
The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler’s novel, a classic written in 1939, is one of the books that you won’t see in other most famous classic novels to read. But prepare to see a complex plot, with some slang and written in a harsh style.
It is a must-read novel, as it is the template to the future ‘noir’ genre we keep on seeing today in TV series, movie or other books that present you a detective story.
The style is violent, but also gorgeous. You’ll find out that this detective story will not solve every mystery, but it will keep you hooked for a few hours.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s novel concerns racism and unfairness of the legal system. Even though the book was written in the 1950s, while the plot goes back in the 1930, it feels very modern. It is a book were people seem to be righteous and good, but they turn out to be deeply flawed, similar to what we see around us every day. It won’t take you more than seven hours to finish it, and you will not regret it for a second afterward.
Although many people believe that this novel is dull, Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ is more to the eye. Of course, with its over 17,000 unique words, it would make any student groan in pain when they were forced to read it. But the book has some deep meanings under its complex writing style.
The captain Ahab and chasing of the ‘white whale’ has become a cultural status. This character is usually used to name anyone who’s an authority figure that has an obsession in fulfilling his/her goal.
The book shows a lot more about human nature, morality and existence. It will take you about 15 hours to finish it, but you can finally be satisfied you’d cross that one off your list!
Pride and Prejudice
This novel was written in the early 19th century and is the definition of modernity, although it was written so long ago. Austen’s story has been so famous, that so far, other authors have ‘stolen’ the perfect plot and presented it in books like ‘Bridget Jones’. Mostly, every book you’ve read so far about two people which hated each other is thanks to Jane Austen.
The witty language, the epic opening line ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’ and the story goes on showing us that marriage and relationships were just the same as we see nowadays.
Pride and Prejudice will take you about 10 hours to read, but it will be an epic time.
The definition of postmodernism is James Joyce’s Ulysses. It’s a difficult read, as it follows the technique ‘stream of consciousness’, peppered with allusions, jokes, and wordplay.
It might not be a classic, but it’s very fun, revolutionary and interesting. It will take you about eight hours to read it, but it would surely make you want to research more, so add one more month to it.
These five books will keep you occupied about a week and offer you a great time, so whenever you decide giving the classic a chance, choose one of these books.