dimanche 10 avril 2016

Some Of The Best Books To Read

By Lisa Fox

There is nothing quite like sitting with a good book and escaping to another world through literature. The best books to read are arguably the ones that have managed to continue topping bestseller lists time and time again around the world and receive critical acclaim even now, sometimes over a century after first being published. The following is a few of such books.

'Don Quixote', written by Miguel De Cervantes, is a book that was published in 1605 and 1615 in two separate volumes. This is one of the most influential pieces of Spanish literature. The story follows the protagonist - Alonso Quixano - as he sets out on a journey to revive chivalry and uphold justice, having lost all common sense and sanity after reading too many romances. His sidekick, Sancho Panza provides witty comic relief throughout.

'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens was published bit by bit throughout 1859 in Dickens' monthly literary periodical. It follows the plight of the peasants in Paris, frustrated by the treatment they receive from the aristocrats in the years preceding the French Revolution. The story runs parallel to similar events in London at the same time.

'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' may be known as huge blockbuster movies nowadays, but they come from literary works by J. R. R. Tolkien. Part of the fantasy novel genre specifically aimed at children, both books have topped lists as two of the greatest novels ever. Though they are aimed at children, the writing is such that even adults enjoy them.

Published in 1937, 'The Hobbit' follows a human-like creature - a hobbit - named Bilbo Baggins, a rather homely character. Baggins is thrown into adventure as he sets out on a journey to discover treasure watched over by a dragon. 'The Hobbit' was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal title, and has also won an award, named by the New York Herald Tribune as the best juvenile fiction.

'The Lord of the Rings' was written following 'The Hobbit', intended originally as a sequel, but over the years it morphed into a much larger body of work by itself. Completed in 1949, it tells the tale of three hobbits and their allies as they travel across Middle Earth on a mission during the War of the Ring. The story is divided into three volumes - 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King'.

'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery holds the fourth spot in the world's most translated books. It also holds the title of the best book of the twentieth century in France. It is a simple book which tells the story of the communication and conversation between a pilot stranded in the desert and a young prince who has come to Earth on an asteroid.

When it comes to mentioning some of the greatest books of all time, Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' surely makes the cut. The Brazilian author has many highly acclaimed works under his belt, however, 'The Alchemist' is a story about the ultimate quest for self-knowledge and understanding. The key theme in this book is that of destiny.

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