Top 5 Books to Read before 2017 EndsDecember 19, 2017
List of the must-read booksDecember 23, 2017
As you grow older you realize that you now cherish things that you used to hate, for instance, reading. Our interests, the habit we form and the enthusiasm we have inside us are altogether contained inside and are controlled by the nature of our psyches and brains. How we complete those, in reality, is only possible by our physical body through either its limitations or the improvements we made. There is no better time to begin reading than now, whether you are a youngster or a grown-up, it's never too soon or too late to begin a habit of reading. Here are 5 Books for you that will help you in the journey of becoming a reader.
1. War & Peace
Leo Tolstoy’s brilliantly written, award-winning and gripping novel “War and Peace” focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in the 18th century and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, and Natasha Rostov. LEO TOLSTOY created a sweeping epic in War and Peace enfolding together huge events in history and politics with the emotional lives of individuals in the backdrop of Napoleonic invasions across Europe and Russia. A must read for history lovers and Tolstoy fans.
2. The Merchant Of Venice
A commentary on the racial and religious interactions of the English society of the 16th century. In terms of themes, the play reiterates along its course, the divine qualities of mercy and compassion that lie beneath the flesh. This early work from Shakespeare is also considered to be the finest and thought-provoking of all times. It carries a universal theme of good triumphing over evil, as it depicts the interplay of vengeance and shrewdness. Antonio, the merchant of Venice borrows money from the money-obsessed loan shark Shylock to help his friend Bassanio marry Portia, his lady love. He, in fact, offers himself as collateral for the loan, agreeing to Shylock’s terms-to cut a pound of flesh from his body- on failure to repay the loan, and now Shylock demands his flesh. Portia comes to Antonio’s rescue. How she outwits Shylock forms the rest of the story. If its Shakespeare, there will be drama.
One of the most celebrated novels from India’s own pioneer writer is. “Gaban.” As Munshi ji (Premchand) is famous for depicting the village life and environment through his writings. The story is mesmerising and the characterisation is superb. Just like a gripping movie this book will keep you glued till the end. A tale that will be in your memory for long!!
4. Saint Joan
A play based on the life and trials of Joan of Arc. His interpretation of the events in Joan's life and its times has upset some historians, many of whom regarded the play highly inaccurate, especially it's depiction of the medieval society. None of the play's acts goes on too long. This is an excellent play, as an excellent storyteller, Shaw has researched well and brought up a well-written piece.
The most tragic and painful piece of writing which is moving at the same time the most powerful of Shakespeare's great tragedies, Othello, the play, trace the fall of a proud, dignified, but irresolute and vindictive Othello. He is a mere victim of lago, the most impressively evil and diabolical lago. The plot is simple- love turning sour by unfounded jealousy, lago uses this weakness of Othello as he convinces him of the infidelity of his young and beautiful wife Desdemona. The enraged Othello Kills her, only to find later the truth, and finally kills his own self as a punishment. Set through in a domestic atmosphere, the play highlights the hairline gap that always exists between reality and appearance. On its way, it drives home themes like the challenges that confront trust, honesty, reputation and patriarchy.
Pick one for yourself, this winters.