Best Novels of All Time

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Do you remember the last time when you read a book? If you aren’t one of the people who adore reading books then you might be missing its numerous benefits such as reduction of stress, improvement of memory, expansion of vocabulary, development of analytical thinking skills. Now we will discuss some of the most inspirational books ever written. Well, here is the list of the best and most inspiring novels-

1. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela  



This book is an exhilarating autobiography, written to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life which is an epic of renewed hope, struggle and ultimate triumph. It is inspirational for those who care about political change and justice. For more information visit here.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood



The book is written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It explores themes of women who are in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society. Margaret Atwood creates the most plausible feminist dystopia ever. The novel describes the heroine’s struggles to escape from slavery as a breeder. For more information visit here.

3. The Confidence Code by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay



The Confidence Code is a bestselling book written by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay. Nowadays working women are much more educated and qualified than they were before. The book provides the practical and informative guide to understanding the importance of self-confidence and learning how to achieve it. This is an amazingly inspirational book for women of all ages and at all stages of their career and life.  For more information visit here.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee



The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is an unforgettable story of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town written by Harper Lee. It was first published in 1960 and instantly became a bestseller in many countries. Later, it was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Although the author thinks that the book is a simple love story, the main themes are the roots of human behavior: kindness, cruelty, humor, innocence, experience. For more information visit here.

5. The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald



Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is considered to be one of the greatest novels which presents the art of reading literature critically. The book provides an insider’s look into the Jazz Age of the 1920s. The author touches upon various themes from money, love, time, up to the social classes, relationships, death and mutability of identity. For more information visit here.

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy



War and Peace was written by Leo Tolstoy. It is considered to be the most important work in the world of literature. Generally, it tells about the history of the French invasion of Russia and five Russian aristocratic families. According to Tolstoy, War and Peace is not just a novel, it is a poem, historical chronicle. And the large sections are not only narrative but also philosophical discussions. For more information visit here.

7. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri



The Divine Comedy is a long narrative written by Dante Alighieri. It describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. On the whole, the poem represents his soul’s journey towards God. The novel was originally entitled as Comedia and the adjective Divina was later added by Giovanni Boccaccio. The work examines questions of enlightenment,  faith, and desire. The poem is the brilliant allegory of human redemption. For more information visit here.

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez



One Hundred Years of Solitude is a very popular novel written by a Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was translated into more than forty languages and was sold by more than thirty copies.  The main theme is the story of the Buendia family. It is written in a magical realistic style and was considered to be one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. For more information visit here.

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



The extraordinary New York Times #1 bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist — books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. For more information visit here.

10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury



Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. For more information visit here.

"Books become permanent companions. Sometimes, they are born before us, they guide us during our life journey and continue for many generations."
"Coming into contact with a good book and possessing it, is indeed an everlasting enrichment."

- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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