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The greatest masterpieces birthed by authors aren’t called classics without a reason. Written by versatile literary minds, these books deal with universal themes and times which are felt relatable by people no matter which continent they belong to. Some of them are still revered by literary critics, professors, and readers.
If you have not read any classics till now, below is the list of 15 Must Read Classics for Beginners. You will feel that these books have stood the test of times and we bet that at least a few of them have been in all tbr lists!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Read it for Jay Gatsby, the host of enigmatic parties but one who stays behind the curtain all the time. Nick Carraway, the narrator, will tell you why. The other side of the Jazz Age and the American dream is explained well.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D Salinger:
Holden caught in the forces of adulthood and isolation and the author revealed to the world how teenage angst can convert into rebellion.
Animal farm by George Orwell:
About 90 pages of pure satire, Orwell states how the ruling class exploits the lower and how the wheels of power are moved in politics. A must-read as it’s supposed to be!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
Delicate strands of racism, slavery, love, familial ties and sanctimony have been explored well. With Atticus’ righteous character and Scout’s questioning nature yet soft at heart that fails to bear the societal norms, this book is one that shouldn’t be missed.
Cane by Jean Toomer:
Rich in imagery, “Cane” has the Harlem Renaissance at its core surrounded by the lives of rural blacks. The book trembles with surrealism with lucid language.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
Will Bronte’s Jane be strong and determined enough to withstand the conformities of Victorian society?
1984 by George Orwell:
Orwell’s sense of dystopia, autocratic control, politics, fear, and power will never be felt more relatable than now. Winston Smith takes the readers in a political satire that will make one think if not laugh for sure.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
Follow the interesting lives of Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy that is hinged on love, friendship, adventure, and strength. Meet Laurie on the way who is brought out of his solitary cocoon by the extrovert Jo.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
One by the strongest women writers of all ages, the opening line of the book is a masterpiece in itself: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:
Guy Montag, the protagonist whose job is to destroy nothing but books is terrified to learn about the overt dependence of the West on media and orthodoxy. A dystopian classic which should be read if you love the genre enough!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:
A contemporary classic, the book is no doubt a must-read for its surreal description of friendship and love set at the backdrop of land that is in the process of tumult and destruction.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker:
The novel deals with the plight of coloured women living in Georgia. What’s beautiful about the book is the poor grammar and colloquial language used purposely by Walker to describe the touchstone of African American people.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath:
Esther Greenwood is everything; talented, beautiful, witty but for once and for all on the stage of collapse. The prose juxtaposes Plath’s own experiences, shocking and turbulent.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
Frankenstein is gothic at heart which to date remains a warning about the dangers of science. An instant bestseller both in science fiction and horror, the book raises questions about to what extent humans will go to tamper with nature.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:
Liesel turns into a book thief which may sound humorous at first but it’s the time of the Nazis. Hidden is a Jew under her home’s basement, and thus death seems to be near yet far at the same time for all.