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So, I’m sat in my room making a list .. Watch this space.
1 – ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell – Right, so I studied this novel in college during English Literature and it easily became one of my favourite novels. Since college 2 years ago I’ve read this novel roughly about 6 times now, not many times I know – But hey, I do read a lot of other stuff too! What got me most about this novel was the context, such as how this novel is important as it warns us of what a totalitarian government could bring to us and also shows the totally abusive nature of those types of government – The whole ‘Big Brother Is Watching You’ area of it also interested me, quite a lot actually … Mainly because this is where we are as a society now … More or less, eh? This book also shows how far people are willing to go to be with and spend time with people they have feelings for – Winston and Julia – People have to hide their love, therefore bringing about a breakdown of relationships due to a totalitarian government – Winston and Julia risk their lives to spend time together and this eventually leads them to their deaths. This novel also shown me how propagander of the war (WW2) got to people and how brainwashed they became! It is ridiculous – Even children gave their parents into the ‘Party’. Another aspect of the novel that greatly interested me was the dehumanisation of the people of the novel and how they were literally just a number. Also, if like me you enjoy to look at certain things from a psychoanalytical angle, this novel is one for you when it comes to his dreams. I became very interested in the characters too, and even I felt betrayed when it came to Winston being ‘tricked’ (more or less) by the shop owner, Mr Charrington – WHO TURNED OUT TO BE PART OF THE THOUGHT POLICE!!! he gave Winston and Julia in to the ‘Party’ tut tut – Sorry for the exclamation there, but hey, I was shocked! This made me really feel sorry for Winston, he trusted someone and that trust was snapped – and where it stems from here isn’t exactly too pretty. I definitely suggest you give this a read. You will not be disappointed.
2 – ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – Okay, so this is one of the most emotional novels that I have read. It is written amazingly well. I had to study this for my college course 2 years ago and I’m so glad that this was chosen for the reading list because I doubt I’d have heard about it if not as I don’t hear many people mentioning it at all, and they should .. It’s such a good read. There has also been a film made from this novel and in all fairness it is one of the most accurate novel to film adaptations I’ve seen (as well as ‘The Boy In The Striped Pajamas’ – But I’ll get on to that later) This is essentially a story of redemption and friendship and how easily a friendship can be lost in certain ways – I honestly don’t want to ruin this novel in ANY way for anyone because you most likely won’t get the same outcome if I tell you even the slightest thing. It will take you about 4 hours at MOST to read it so why not give it a go? If you have read it, what are your views on it? Comment below, tell me about it, I love hearing peoples’ views!
3 – ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy – Now, I know I have done a mini-review on this novel anyway, but hey, it’s in my top 10 so it gets another mention. This, as stated, took me on a mini rollercoaster and I loved it. It showed me the struggles that one man went through, which were more than likely all brought about due to his past .. It was his fate. This links back to a belief that Thomas Hardy had – One of ‘Determinism’ : Determinism is the philosophical idea that every event or state of affairs, including every human decision and action, is the inevitable and necessary consequence of antecedent states of affairs. I, despite the things that he did, really felt for the character of Henchard, he does try to fix what he did and you can tell, towards the end of the novel how lonely of a man he truly is and that he just wanted Elizabeth to himself to love him as he loved her – Albeit she is not his true daughter. The ending of the novel had me in tears! Henchard’s will truly moved me – How he stated he didn’t want to be remembered .. What kind of life is that? How alone must he have really felt? It’s a sad state of affairs. I’m glad I had the chance to read this novel as it has essentially brought me to appreciate the works of Thomas Hardy and he has now become one of my favourite authors – I think I mentioned this in the mini-review too? Since I have read this novel though, I can’t say many others that I have had to read for Uni have lived up to it .. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed other novels but not as much as this. I am currently reading ‘Dracula’ though, almost finished, and this has been an absolutely amazing read so far!! – Sorry to go off on a tangent about another novel there, but hey .. And on to the next one!
4 – ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker – Well, well, well .. What a simply amazing novel. If you have read this, I’m sure you will agree. I was totally expecting this to be primarily from Dracula’s point of view. How wrong and surprised I was. This was one of the most gripping reads I’ve ever encountered, if you read my post a couple above this, you’ll see why – I have done a mini-review on ‘Dracula’ (This is an old post of which I am constantly adding to) … Now I have completed this novel I have finally ordered my second Penguin Clothbound Book – ‘Dracula’ of course! This novel has been one of my favourite within my Vampire Fictions module for University and I hope I’ll get to write about it for an assignment. The readings you can get from this are interesting – I’m going to be looking at the novel from a post colonial angle and see what I get from it there. I’m also going to look at superstitions and religion in the 1800’s .. And also The New Woman and just women in general in the 1800’s … Safe to say this novel will keep me busy even after finishing it, plenty of background reading to be had! You’re probably thinking I’m just babbling on here .. But there is reason for that – As stated earlier, I have done a mini-review on ‘Dracula’ and so if you like, go check that one out and leave any comments and information you think I may find helpful, in the comment box! Thank you! And hopefully stick around for my reasoning as to why ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ is number five …
5 – ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne
6 – ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll/Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
7 – ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Charlotte Bronte
Trying to pick my TOP ten is proving harder than I thought ..