Best Novels Ever Written #2


The 10 Best Novels Ever Written (Part 2)

This post is the second part of my post The 10 Best Novels Ever Written according to Goodreads (Part 1). In this part, though, I'm not going to solely base my recommendations on the Goodreads Serious Literature Group but a broader range of sources. Enjoy~

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations is a thought-provoking and challenging novel that tells the story of an orphan boy, Pip, making his way through life. Through the fulfilment of his aspiration to become a gentleman, Pip faces a lot of struggle. Dickens manages to effortlessly address various topics while focusing on the book's main theme; affection, loyalty, and conscience are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class. While reading the last pages, the reader comes to the realization of the deeper meanings of the symbolisms throughout the book, like Miss Havisham and her nonfunctioning yet synchronized clocks.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is banned in some countries for all the reasons that any individual should read it. Now more than ever this book is timely. Actually, it is timeless. It always was a masterpiece of American literature. The protagonist is a little girl, named Scout, whose father is called to defend a young black man as a lawyer. It is food for thought as it broaches many serious subjects like racism and fascism.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Goodreads Synopsis

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because, in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, the money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now . . .

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

What may often be regarded as a disturbing pedophile story is a piece of art. Nowadays, Lolita keeps dividing even within lovers of fiction, as it tells the tragic story of a pedophile who obsesses over -and destroys- a young girl, Lolita. Humbert is an unreliable narrator that presents the horrifying story of marrying Lolita's mother in order to seduce her young daughter, a tragic story of love and obsession, attracting any clueless reader to this story despite their continuous attempts to despise it. 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

No introductions are needed when it comes to Agatha Christie, the well-known Queen of Mystery. Ten people receive a mysterious invitation for dinner to an isolated mansion on an Indian island. Strangely enough, the host fails to appear while they are cut off from everything and unable to leave the island. As they fall victims to a mysterious murderer, the lyrics of a children's song that is exhibited throughout the mansion come to reality;

"Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none."


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