When one is looking for a great book to read, going online or to the book store can often seem like a hopeless pursuit as you read the covers, browse a few pages and move on until just the perfect book falls into your lap.
To help save you some time, we thought it might be nice to offer five must read books. Each are classics in their own right and will take you on a journey that is both entertaining and rewarding. Here is our top five must read books.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a time honoured book that many have read, but more still have not but should. This is considered one of the greatest novels ever read. The book is based during the era after Russia was invaded by Napoleon. The book delves into the crumbling world of aristocracy in society, on the battlefield and at home. The lengths Tolstoy went to in researching was brilliant as are the characters that will become unforgettable once you reach the last page.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque
All Quiet on the Western Front is another must read, and while it is from a period in time that many cannot relate too, the novel still stands true in many aspects. It recounts the suffering of those that spent time of the front lines of the world war. Considering the many battles forging onwards in todays this world, this is one that should not be passed by.
Native Son by Richard Wright
Native Son, a novel by Richard Wright that first was published in 1940 takes you into the heart of poverty and racial tensions in America. The novels main character commits murder accidently and this begins a downward spiral into despair and more violence. An interesting fictional look into the reality for many minorities in America that still stands true today.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter focus on a character that is deaf and mute and the things he encounters as he lives his life. McCullers was not the first to broach on this subject, but at 23, she did so indelibly and with a level of respect towards the deaf that deserves praise.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and is considered to be one of the best prose stylists. His novel The Road is a story about a father and his young son’s challenges to survive. This is a compelling novel that will keep you glued to the pages. As you follow their journey and discover the challenges they face.