Classics are never bound under the limitations of genres. They are appreciated and loved by all sections of society because of the hidden treasure of literature. Time changes and so does people choices of literature. However, classics always have a place on the top shelves due to their rich and captivating content. Reading is a habit, or a hobby, which not only shape one’s character but also guides readers to see things differently.
Here are some all-time favourite classics for you to read.
- A Passage to India: This book was written by E. M. Forster. The book is based on the writer’s personal experiences in India during early 1920s when the country was under British Raj and fighting for independence. As per old archives, “A Passage to India was selected as one of the 100 great works of 20th century English literature by the Modern Library and won the 1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.” The story has four main characters- Dr. Aziz, Mr. Cyril Fielding, Miss Adela Quested and Mrs. Moore. The book is about Adele’s delusion about Dr. Aziz’z assault, the trial and the aftermath.
- Invisible Man: The book was written by Ralph Ellison in 1952. The story questions some intellectual and social issues regarding the African Americans including Black Nationalism. It is about racial discrimination faced by the African Americans in early twentieth century, questioning their personal identity and individuality. The concept is beautifully described by showing an African American person who becomes invisible by his colour.
- Don Quixote: Don Quixote is a beautiful Spanish novel written by Miguel de Cervantes in two parts, published in 1605 and 1615. This paperback book revolves around the main character, Don Quixote. The story is about Alonso Quixote who read so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and started living in his own world of knightly stories. Alonso started thinking himself as a knight serving his country in his own ways. Lots of writers believed the book as the “First Modern novel and the best literary work ever written”
- Beloved: This book was written by Toni Morrison after the American Civil war. The story is inspired by the life of Margaret Garner who was an African-American slave. She killed her own child instead of returning to the life of slavery. Later on, she always believed that her life was being haunted by the ghost of the daughter she killed. It is a very heart wrenching novel in which the writer describes the guilt and pain she suffers after the death of her child life. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.
- Midnight’s Children: This book is about the journey of India and it’s people from British colonialism to independence. It is about the historical events occurred within India, during and after the independence, including the partition of the country. The writer describes the history in a simple manner and in a very interesting way such that a reader will get something informative about Indian history.