Classics Never Die

Image Via Bloom Magazine   There’s been a lot of talk about the type of books that should be read during a specific season. But what if there was a book that can be read for every season? These top 5 books are all timeless. In this current climate, it is good to go back to the classics. Where authors began to branch out from the normalcy of their era and create a name for themselves. There is more to discover, every time a page is flipped. I hope that these 5 books allow you to take a glimpse through …

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There’s been a lot of talk about the type of books that should be read during a specific season. But what if there was a book that can be read for every season? These top 5 books are all timeless. In this current climate, it is good to go back to the classics. Where authors began to branch out from the normalcy of their era and create a name for themselves. There is more to discover, every time a page is flipped.

I hope that these 5 books allow you to take a glimpse through time, as they have done for me.

 

  1. Beloved

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Beloved, although controversial, is strikingly sinister in its attempts to make the reader jump out of their seats. Sethe, who was born a slave, escaped away to Ohio. Instead of being able to sustain her memories of Sweet Home, she has continuously haunted her by the ghost of her child. Due to the child’s sudden death, she was laid to rest without a name and an engraved headstone: Beloved. Sethe, although a mother of a living child, Denver, has allowed her life to be driven by Beloved and will do anything to keep Beloved calm.

There are hints of irony and denial that show up more than once. Within Sethe, it is more apparent that she has allowed herself to get used to the way things are, especially when Paul D shows up. Paul D, an old friend from Sweet Home, tries to help Sethe realize that she should move on from her past. The past confronts them all when Beloved shows up at their front door.

 

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story about a put together young man who sells his soul to remain young and beautiful. The tale caused some controversy in 1890, but nothing stopped it from being read throughout centuries. The book and its moral dilemma that it presented became an issue for Wilde’s homosexual partners, landing him a home in prison.

Being able to look into a painting and change your outward appearance, is commonplace to what the media would prefer people to look like. It shows how far one would go to look ‘perfect’ in the eyes of the world.

 

  1. The Help

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The Help characterizes a young white girl, Skeeter, a twenty-two-year-old who has returned home from graduating college. Her mother, although happy to see her daughter, would rather her be wed to a handsome young male. Skeeter tries to find her maid Constantine for solace, but there was no sign of her.

Skeeter forms a bond with Aibileen, a black maid, to find something bigger than themselves. Aibileen tries to get her best friend Minny to help write the book with them, but it takes pulling and tugging to get her to agree.

These three women are determined to start a movement that, as the blurb phrases, “forever changes a town, and the way women, mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends, view one another.”

 

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale is narrated by Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She can only leave the house once a day to go to the food markets. Every maid is forced to lie on their back and hope to get pregnant by their Commander. However, they are only valuable if their ovaries are viable.

Like many of Margaret Atwood’s stories, there are references to irony and word plays, that really speaks to the power men have over the maids. The roles of the women are only to respond whenever they are spoken to and remain able to give birth.

 

  1. 1984

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a work that continues to grow even more daunting the more it’s read. The book continues to offer political satire with the invasion of privacy, and the need to only speak in a distorted language. If anyone even dares to go against big brother, they are erased from existence and forgotten from memories.

Due to the realistic elements within the story, 1984 has become one of the most terrifying and intriguing novels ever written.

 

I have not read all the classics in the world.  While these books are the best to read, there is even more to catch your eye. Find the best and never stop reading.

 

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