Ten books that should be read at least once in a lifetime
Many people are reluctant to handle or read the thick books that are huge. In fact, there is nothing reluctant.
Especially in the age of e-readers, carrying thousands of words in one’s pocket is not a problem.
Here are some great literary novels that should be added to everyone’s list.
I start the list with a short 720-page book, an impeccable creation by the American author Melville.
Moby-Dick’s story revolves around his central character Ahab. Ahab is the captain of the whaling ship ‘Pincode.
He is desperate for revenge against a giant white sperm whale. Because this whale has taken part of its legs from below its knees.
That’s why he goes crazy looking for that whale in the sea.
The narrator of the story is a sailor named Ismail. And one of the most popular first lines in this literature is: “Call me Ishmael.”
The book is considered strange, scholarly, funny, deeply meaningful, and one of the most popular novels in America.
The book was nominated for a Man Booker Prize.
The novel revolves around the life story of four friends. After graduating from college, they moved to New York City with big dreams.
JB is an artist, William is an aspiring actor and Malcolm is an architect. But Jude – a lawyer who wants to hurt himself.
Which has a mysterious past – the book focuses on the story of Jude.
As the story progresses. The issue of Jude’s suffering and loss continues to unfold.
The story is like a deadly tragedy and upsetting.
Where the events of decades have been told and tears will come to your eyes while reading the last pages of the book.
Considered as Elliott’s masterpiece, the novel analyzes the lives of different classes of people in a fictional city called ‘MiddleMarch’.
From the landlords of the aristocratic community to the farmworkers or factory workers, everyone has a place in this book.
But the main focus revolved around two characters, one stubborn and strong-willed Dorothy Brook and the other the idealist Tartius Lidgate.
They both deal with their confidence as they choose to embark on their play activities.
Although the book was written in the 19th century, it has an incredible sense of modernity.
Because the book explains the limitations of free will and the great themes of the struggle to become a moral person in this flawed world.
‘Blick House’ is Dickens’ longest novel. The book revolves around the story of the Jardines family.
Those who hope to inherit wealth. But that dream failed again and again.
Because the Jaredis and Jaredites case has been in legal limbo for a long time and has been going on for generations.
The case has become so complicated that none of the surviving heirs can understand anything about the case.
Dickens mocks the ‘Court of Chancery’ in this book, a lawsuit in this court that could go on for decades.
The novel has numerous characters and a number of side stories.
Don Quixote is a middle-aged Spanish gentleman who weaves many romances of heroes.
From then on, he picked up the sword and decided to become a vagabond hero.
He set out on a world tour with his old horse and realistic mentality…
Don Quixote’s “heroic” work includes trying to fight the windmill, which he mistakenly thought was a monster, even fighting a flock of sheep.
This influential literature is often considered the first modern novel.
David Foster Wallace’s epic revolves around the dystopia of the near future, where the United States, Canada, and Mexico are all part of the North American ethnic group.
Dystopia is a branch of literature. Where the political and social structure of a fictional state is talked about where only misery and injustice reign.
The main story begins with a tennis academy and a drug rehabilitation center.
The main plotline is the desire to see a movie titled “Infinite Zest”. Which has the ability to take viewers into a state of emotionless relaxation.
The book is quite popular for its experimental structure: there are 36 endnotes, some of which have their own footnotes.
7. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (page 1298)
Tolstoy’s epic is based on the Napoleonic era in Russia.
The story revolves around three infamous characters between the battlefield and the home front.
The three characters are Pere Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance; Prince Andrei Balkonski, who left his family to fight against Napoleon; And Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of an aristocrat.
Tolstoy simultaneously outlines the effects of war on the military and the elite. (If the book seems too long, you can take the help of BBC Adaptation)
8. Stephen King’s The Stand (page 1344)
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror-fantasy genre.
Where biological warfare or biological warfare is called for research on the rapidly changing pathogens of various diseases.
Accidentally, those germs one day came out of a safe laboratory. And the epidemic killed more than 99% of the world’s population.
The book has two alternative endings. The original 800-page edition, first published in 1986, had a similar ending.
At that time publishers could not print larger manuscripts than this.
After 1991, however, a full, unchanged version of King was released, which gave the fans more hope.
One thing is for sure, no matter which version you read, you will have to sit in the seat for a long time.
9. Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ (1504 pages)
Seth’s huge novel was written in the early 1950s, in the context of post-independence, post-partition India.
Where the story of 18 months of four isolated families is told.
The story progresses by trying to find a “suitable pot” for Lata, the only daughter of the character Mrs. Rupa Mehra.
10. Marcel Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’ (page 3031)
Yes, you read that correctly.
Proust’s epic A la Recherche du Temps Pardu (original French title) has more than 3,000 pages. Which has been divided into 13 volumes. The total number of words in the book is about 13 lakh.
Originally, it was ranked in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest novel ever.
It would also be wrong to try to summarize this book.