The Internet is full of ratings and tips from popular world publications, where famous journalists, writers, and literary critics compile their ratings from the world’s best books. We decided to offer you our alternative rating of five books that everyone should read.
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Most importantly, remember: when choosing books to read, be guided by your tastes and preferences.
5 books everyone should read
Romeo and Juliet
The main idea of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” is that nothing is impossible for true love. There are no obstacles. The lovers could not meet, their families were enemies, but they met. They loved each other. The tragedy ended sadly – Romeo and Juliet died because their hostile families prevented them from being together. They did not understand that it is sincere, pure love, no matter what. The author raises the eternal problems of love, life, and death, parents and children in this work. Also, it is essential to learn something new from every book. One way to reflect on books is to write an essay. If you’ve never written an essay before, being a college or university student is okay. For example, you can search Romeo and Juliet Essay examples. It will help to understand the structure. And in the future, maybe you will be able to write an essay without essay examples.
James Joyce – Ulysses
“Ulysses” is one of the most outstanding books in world literature, and of course, it is a must-read. Still, very few people, even among professional philologists, can boast that they read it to the end, not out of coercion, and even enjoyed it. After all, the novel, written in 1914-1921, is challenging. In his colossal book, James Joyce included only one day in the life of a few Dubliners. But it made it so full of inner monologues, associative series, allusions to an incredible amount of art, historical events and figures, and other similar things, language games, symbols, which resulted in a kaleidoscopic, multi-layered work.
George Orwell “1984.”
Can the future of humanity be described by the word “bright”? Some sincerely believe in it, and some do not. In any case, entangled in the realities of the modern world, we are all looking for answers to some questions – why is this happening? What awaits us tomorrow? And here, George Orwell’s anti-utopia novel “1984” will come in handy.
Although the work was written almost 60 years ago, it is still relevant today. The events described in its pages remind us more and more of our daily lives. This is a very popular book.
The fictional superpower is constantly at war with the other two, and no matter which countries unite to fight, nothing changes – some win, some lose, but the battle continues. A future in which only totalitarianism has a place, a world in which human life is fear, hatred, and denunciations. And no matter how much you want to destroy the system, it is useless because it is impossible to destroy what has no heart, no brain, no purpose. The death of everyone in this continuous carnage is not so much physical as spiritual because everything that makes a person human is outlawed. It’s definitely among the 5 books that everyone should read.
Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” is the culmination of Oscar Wilde’s aestheticism and, at the same time, great artistic power of denying the decadent extremes of this concept; it is one of the most paradoxical novels and interesting reading of modernism. In our opinion, it is an essential book for your education.
According to the writer himself, “the true morality of this work is that any abuse and self-denial entails punishment.” Moral crime leads to the collapse of aesthetics. Another and perhaps the most important lesson of this novel is that one cannot flirt too much with either art or life.
Jorge Luis Borges – Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges is known both as a poet and a novelist. For his significant contribution to literature, he was honored with the Cervantes Prize – the most prestigious literary award in Spanish-speaking countries. This famous Argentine writer’s laconic prose fantasies or adventure and detective stories often mask thoughts of serious problems. “Fictions” was first published in 1940; The collection includes stories that connect them – dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion.
Books that everyone should read – A Conclusion
One writer said, “In general, what you read is much more important than who you marry.” We hope our rating has offered you something interesting, so choose your next book to read, and let’s read!
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