Books save us. Wherever you go through a rough period, embrace a book. It will heal you every time. To prevent the anxiety and despair of lockdown, books are the best weapon we have. In this time we couldn’t but remember the opening line of Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Let us explore the 5 novels that you must read in this lockdown. Or, have you already explored these ones? Then share your views on it.
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Love in the Time of Cholera: It is one of the finest novels ever written on love. Standing miles apart from the mainstream romantic novels, this novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez portrays the unexplored side of pure romance. It shows that having affairs, or being married to others is not the final destination of love. Love blossoms even when you are miles apart, even when you are not in any conventional form of
relationship, and above all, it shows that calamity can not stop lovers.
The Plague: Like Marquez, Alber Camus is also a Nobel laureate in literature. Surprisingly, his novel, The Plague has a huge similarity with today’s situation. We came to know of the plague that was spreading quickly in the city of Oran. People’s primary reluctance to take the plague seriously or the lockdown would undoubtedly remind you of today’s situation. The novel reaches its existentialist climax in the last chapter when we discover the identity of the narrator.
Anna Karenina: Now if you are a reader who wants to escape from all these modern existential questions and enjoy a book with an elaborate storyline, pick up Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Many writers consider it the greatest work of literature ever written, and Tolstoy himself called it his first true novel. Set in the imperial Russian society this novel of 800 pages deals with the theme of love, betrayal, desire, faith, family, and the bonding of marriage.
The Metamorphosis: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a novella that has triggered different interpretations among literary critics. Gregor Samsa, a salesman, wakes up one morning only to find out that he has been transformed into a huge insect. What happens next? How does his family react to this incident? What about his job? Give it a read, and you would never repent!
The Mahabharata: This Indian epic, not only has very interesting characters, but can change your views towards life. It is the answer to all the questions that can arise in your mind in this gloomy time. Bhagavad Gita is only a small part of it!
A mythological tale that has captured the imagination of the world since centuries, it is one big Indian epic.