In a world where not many people tend to trust, books play a quintessential role in helping an individual cross the bridge. Not only can it be your best friend but also teach you some of the best notions of life and fiction together. This is the sole reason why bookworms and enthusiasts love the sound of literature and the scent of book pages. And, it does not end here. Literary critics, avid readers, historians, and casual readers can all have various opinions but fall in the same category. It is just like music. While some people may like one, others may establish a different following altogether.
However, there are several types and forms of questions that can strike you back and forth:
- How does the novel captivate figurative language?
- Does it have a gritty realism?
- Which novel comes with an immense and gruesome social impact?
- Which piece of literature is carved with world impact?
Well, the answers to all these questions might vary, but the emotion remains the same. This is where we will be moving towards introducing some of the best novels ever written.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird has one of the most awarded book covers in history. This piece of literature that made its way in 1960 won the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1960s and was followed by an award-winning film afterward. Lee’s novel became an immediate literature classic. Moreover, it examined racial groups and racism in the American South. What made the novel intriguing was the virtue through which everything was narrated.
The author established a notion and connection through the innocent eyes of a smart girl, Jean Louise Finch. Its iconic characters, especially the lawyer and father Atticus Finch, served as role models who changed several perspectives in the US alone in the period when racial tensions were sky-high.
2. The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is reckoned as the most significant text to introduce students to literary reading art. Besides, the vintage piece of literature is narrated from a young man’s perspective, Nick Carraway. He has moved to NYC and has befriended the eccentric rich neighbor with secretive origins, Jay Gatsby. The author tends to shed light on the Jazz age of the early 1920s in the US while criticizing the American dream at the very same time. Perhaps one of the most popular aspects of the book is its cover art, which comprises a piercing face projecting onto the dark blue night lights and sky.
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late Colombian writer published this famous work in 1967. This piece narrates the tale of seven generations and follows the Buendia family’s town, Macondo. The author also highlights the power and prevalence of folktales and myths in Latin American culture. Besides, this is one of the novels that won several awards and led to the author’s ultimate honor of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
4. A Passage to India
A Passage To India, written by E.M. Forster, was published in 1924 and narrates the story of a Muslim doctor, Aziz, and his counterparts with an English professor. Cyril Fielding, the professor, was also accompanied by Adela Quested, a visiting English schoolteacher. Moreover, when Adela believes that the doctor has assaulted her while out in the Marabar caves, where the story is set, correlations and tensions between the British colonial community and the Indian community rise.
This is one of these novels that follows colorful descriptions of the landscape of India. But, do not forget the symbolic power that the novel resides and comprises as a great piece of fiction.
5. Invisible Man
Invisible Man is one of the groundbreaking texts in the identity expression for the African American male. Moreover, the novel’s narrator is a man who has never been named in the text and believes he is socially invisible to other people around. The man tells the tale of his move to college from the South and then to NYC. He tends to face extreme discrimination and adversity in every location, falling out of and into work, questionable social movements, and relationships in an ethereal and wayward mindset.
6. Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway is one of the most characteristic novels on the list. Written by Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway narrates a tale that takes place exactly one day in the traditional life named Clarissa Dalloway. The novel also uses a blend of third-person narrations and thoughts of several characters throughout. If you are wondering about the idea of such a style, the characters’ revealing and personal nature tell you everything about the plot. Moreover, the character’s thoughts comprise constant thoughts and regrets of the past, struggles with post-traumatic stress, and mental illness from World War I. Don’t forget the social pressures as well.
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