Throwback Tuesday

This page will be updated every Tuesday, with my take on a particular modern classic. These are some of the books that helped me, challenged me, drove me, and confused me, but none of which I could be without.

Please update with your own books and thoughts (e.g. share your blog link through the comments section), and please tell why that book meant so much to you.

27: One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

We follow the daily struggle for survival in the harsh conditions of a Cold War Soviet prison camp.

26: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

A story of intense emotion, laughter and tears, and primarily about the power of words to create and destroy.

25: King Leopold’s Ghost – Adam Hochshild

Horrific true-life story of turn-of-the-century industrial-scale rape, pillage and murder in the Belgian Congo.

24: The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

Classic anti-war collection of fictional short stories

23: Uglies – Scott Westerfeld

Dystopian insight into a world which values only the Pretty people.

22: The Crucible – Arthur Miller

A play rather than a novel, its shows the terrible consequences of mass hysteria in Salem.

21: A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving

A coming-of-age story of friendship, and how relationships grow as people do.

20: We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

Quirky murder mystery with a Haunted House feel!

19: The Stranger – Albert Camus

Classic absurdist existentialist novel.

18: Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

You’d be crazy to fly a mission. If you know it is crazy, then you’re sane. So you can fly.

17: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Normal is a state of mind

16: The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

15: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

“The best laid plans of mice and men, oft go awry”

14: All Quiet On The Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

Possibly the greatest anti-war story ever told.

13: Stranger In A Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein

Could it be that every one of all religions is true?

12: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

What lies beneath the veneer of civilisation?

11: The Nomad of Time – Michael Moorcock

The start of steampunk! Historical science fiction, with time travel thrown in!

10: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Dystopia within reach – A chilling tale with all-too-relevant resonance today.

9: The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

Combining fantasy, adventure, memorable characters, and humour.

8: To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Classic coming-of-age tale in the Deep South.

7: 1984 – George Orwell

THE classic dystopia novel.

6: Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Love, loss, and a form of redemption in World War One.

5: Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

What price to pay for the right to be unhappy?

4: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep – Philip K Dick

Classic dystopia that has real resonance today.

3:ย The Day Of The Jackal – Fredrick Forsyth

A masterpiece of the thriller genre.

2: The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

It articulates Randโ€™s philosophy of Objectivism

1: Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

The classic Stoic philosophy, as set out by one of the greatest Roman Emperors.

 

 

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