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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Historical Fiction

It is a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe which was published in 1958, and is an important book in schools throughout Africa. The author of the book has won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Favourite Character: Okonkwo

6 Reasons Why It Is Your Next Book

  1. Were you ever interested in knowing the life of tribal people in Africa? It’s a good book to start with as it will give you lots of insights about the African Igbo clan.

  2. It will help you in exploring the pre-colonial life in Nigeria; and how it was affected when the western government and beliefs entered there.

  3. This is one of the first African novels that was written in English and received critical global acclaim..

  4. It will show you an African point of view about the story of the colonization of the Igbo clan.

  5. It will help in clearing the misconception that pre-colonial African culture had been savage and primitive before colonization. The book will tell you that they had religion, a government, monetary system, traditions, and a fully functioning judicial system.

  6. Before this book, most of the novels about Africa were written by European authors who portrayed them as savages who needed western culture; but this was the first book that was written by an African giving a deeper knowledge about their culture from the point of view of a local and not an outsider.

 

Best Quote

“The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.”

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep, Crime Fiction, Raymond Chandler

It is a book by American author Raymond Chandler, published in 1939. This is the first book that featured the character of Philip Marlowe for the first time. According to the author, the story is created by cannibalizing his few earlier stories.

Genre: Crime Fiction

Favourite Character: Philip Marlowe

6 Reasons Why It Is Your Next Book

  1. To know why the character of Philip Marlowe is the literary heartthrob of many women?

  2. To read a story that is more about the process of investigation rather than about the result.

  3. If you like detective novels or hard-boiled crime stories, this one is for you.

  4. This story has been adapted into Hollywood movies twice. Interested in knowing the plot now?

  5. The story is noted for its complexity where characters are double-crossing one another all the time. Just to mention that the murder of one of its character is still unsolved, may be you can solve that puzzle.

  6. The author has paid more attention to the atmosphere and characterisation as compared to the plot, thus adopting a very different type of writing style for a crime fiction.

 

Best Quote

“Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini, Fiction book

It is a book by Afghan born American author Khaled Hosseini, published in 2007. It becoming a number one New York Times bestseller for fifteen weeks following its release.

Genre: Fiction

Favourite Character: Mariam

8 Reasons Why It Is Your Next Book

  1. Have you ever wondered about life in Afghanistan? How have the people there endured so many tragedies? How the women their suffered so much gender-based violence and still flourished? This book is going to give you a peek into their society.

  2. The story is about the mother daughter bond but this mother daughter duo isn’t like any other you have seen or read so far.

  3. You are interested in knowing how the entry of Taliban in Afghanistan affected the Afghani people or how the imposition of Sharia law affected the local woman.

  4. You are curious to know what happened when American President, George W. Bush declared war against their country.

  5. Ever imagined life of a burqa-clad woman in Afghanistan who was beaten beyond recognition and still survived, who suffered like no one could and still had her spirits undefeated, who was herself deprived of love but still all she was able to give others was unconditional love. This is one such heartbreaking story about that.

  6. What is the life of an illegitimate child in a strict-law following middle eastern country?

  7. It’s a story not just about life of woman in Afghanistan but also the role they play in their society.

  8. It is going to tell you how powerful emotions are and even in troubled countries like Afghanistan, love was solving all the problems.

 

Best Quote

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,

Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”

The Book of Disquiet

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa, Soul Changing Books

This book was written by Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), and was published posthumously. It was introduced as a “factless autobiography" and was credited to Bernardo Soares, one of the author's alternate writing names.

Genre: Part Fiction and Part Non-Fiction

10 Reasons Why It Is Your Next Book

  1. There are life changing books and then, there are soul changing books; and it’s one of the rarest books that belongs in the second category.

  2. Fernando Pessoa is a writer with many writers in him, more than 75, with every non existing writer having his/her own writing style and personality. We all know how tough it is to be a good writer, imagine being 75!

  3. If you are an ardent writer (especially aspiring writer), you are going to learn a lot from Fernando’s passion for words and writing. 

  4. Have you ever felt like you don’t belong in this world? Either you are indifferent to others or others are indifferent to you? This is the book!

  5. Who am I? What’s the purpose of my life? Why do I exist? Do I even exist? All these questions are beautifully described in this book.

  6. Imagine reading a book where every other line is a quote - a book which is a masterpiece beyond comparison and nothing can be skipped by not underlining (if you like underlining good sentences in your books.)

  7. There is a Portuguese joke that says who are your 4 favourite poets? And the person answer "Fernando Pessoa." If a writer can take four top spots, you can’t miss his book.

  8. It’s introduced as “factless autobiography,” bur this is not like any other autobiography because it's only about thoughts of a person and nothing else.

  9. What do you see when you look outside from the window of your house? What this writer sees outside his window is going to leave you spellbound!

  10. Do you like imagining things? Are you a dreamer? If the answer is yes, you don’t need more reasons to read this book

 

Best Quote

“I'd woken up early, and I took a long time getting ready to exist.”

The Woman in White

the woman in white, wilkie collins, mystery novel

It is a novel by British author Wilkie Collins, published in 1859. This novel is included in many lists including ‘The Big Read’ by BBC.

Genre: Mystery 

Favourite Character: Marian Halcombe

5 Reasons Why It Is Your Next Book

  1. This book is one of the first mystery novels ever written - first from the genre of "sensation novels". If you love thriller novels, you should read this one for sure to know how mystery stories started in our literature.

  2. This is also a first example of detective fiction where the protagonist employs a lot of techniques to uncover the truth.

  3. This book is written in a very different style. Instead of one narrator, this book has many just like a court case has many witnesses. (Writer studied law and you can see the influence of that in his books.)

  4. Are you an English language lover? This book is totally for you. You are going to see a lot of beautiful words and sentence formation.

  5. This book will give you a glimpse of women’s life in 19th century in Britain. There will be many instances where you, as a woman, will find it tough to relate as we live in a totally different time now  but it’s good to read this to know how rich British women were living then; and how they suffered because of the lack of equal rights and equal laws for men and women at that time.

 

Best Quote

“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.”

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