Five must reads. If you haven’t read any, do read the reviews by Ivanshu Gupta. Then go buy them and impress your friends and bosses. Here they are;
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
- Persuasion by Jane Austin
- Jude the obscure, by Thomas Hardy
- Tess of the D’UrberVilles, by Thomas Hardy
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevski
Is Crime really a crime? These days we often here of an execution, we read opinions in newspapers castigating the criminal in every possible decibel level and then fixate our opinions on the opinions of others. What motivations did the culprit have? Why does the law often take so much time in executions?
Do these things come to our mind. Do we even spend time to reflect on these? There are numerous movies that delve into this subject. But all we do is applaud the performances, give some ratings and move on. Instead we should simulate our mid towards such questions only then would we have some hope of understanding the euphemisms hidden behind the motives…
Persuasion by Jane Austin
If you’re not already an admirer of Austen, then you may be under the misguided impression that Austen wrote fluffy romances that were all about who got to marry the rich guy and where the stories were as archaic as the characters’ horse-drawn carriages. Not so. Granted, Austen novels always include a love story, and yes, her books do predate the four-door hybrid. Nevertheless, her characters are as real and relevant as the people sitting across from you at the dinner table, in the office, and at your favourite dance club/bar/coffee house/book store/hangout. Jane Austen was as keen an observer of human nature as you’ll ever come across in life or literature, and human nature hasn’t changed a bit since. Read the full review
Jude The Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
More than once has this book been called Jude the Obscene rather than its original title. But hardly do you find any instances in the book that personify the banal expression. In fact Hardy was so affected by the criticism that he abandoned prose writing all together and concentrated only on poetry. In any case, that is hardly a point to ponder about. Jude the obscure takes you through the crests and troughs of the lives of the protagonists, Jude and Sussane. Read the full review
Tess Of The D’UrberVilles, by Thomas Hardy
It is always a great privilege to read Thomas Hardy, and when it comes to the apt portrayal of the Victorian era, I think that he surpasses all his contemporaries with ease. Hardy’s novels are never about the plot, are never as exciting as those court room dramas… but the way his characters force you to empathize with them, almost feel similarly, and leave you with a feeling of emptiness sets him apart from all novelists of his time and further…..But alas! this is not about eulogizing Thomas Hardy, but about one of his most read works Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
The back cover of the novel says “her seduction by a rich relative, her work as a dairy maid. her romance and marriage with Angel Clare. her abandonment by her husband on the wedding night, her misfortunes and hardships which send her back to the arms of her seducer…. read the full review
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel that is charming, refreshing and ingenious. It recites the subtle human emotions with utmost ease and simplicity. There is hardly an incident that the reader can’t surmise and yet with its subtle humour and its witty pace it easily wipes out any doubts over its monotone.
The story revolves around the sisters, a vulnerable Jane, an intelligent but susceptible Elizabeth, the studious Mary, Kitty and Lydia who are more often than not impertinent, if not moronic. They meet Mr. Bingley and the seemingly pompous Mr.Darcy at a ball and Jane is instantly attracted towards Bingley. Most of the females found Darcy repulsive and loathsome. An array of events follow…. read the full review
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