Some books compel us to search within and look beyond….. writings which have sprung from deep, uncommon understanding of life and exceptional sensitiveness to human emotions.
These books uplift us and deepen our belief in undying human spirit and its innate goodness…books which have painted life’s unblemished glory and its ugly underbelly, leaving an indelible impact on our world-view and thoughts about humanity, life and existence.
Books which speak of relationships enduring and gone sour….love and betrayal….trust and treachery…. bonds built and friendships forgotten. Books which take us on a journey of commitment and compromise, hope and despair, and triumph and tragedy.
These are the stories of lust, loneliness and longings; of naked needs, dogged desires and primitive yearnings; of dreams shut and shattered. These are the tales of agony and ecstasy, dignity and depravity, passions, perversions and perfidy.
Books which are the poignant tales of the moment to moment uncertainty of survival and struggle to stay alive; of life wasted, lost and regained; of now or never dilemmas; of simplicity of being, complexity of relationships, and difficulty of existence.
These are writings of epic proportions describing human entrapment, its helplessness to accept life on its own terms, and hopelessness to sink its soul and sell its sovereignty.
These are the sagas of sangfroid and sagacity, of righteousness, of character and decency.
Some such books which have moved me are:
- Roots (Alex Haley)
- The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
- The Good Earth (Pearl S Buck)
- Goodbye Mr. Chips (James Hilton)
- To Kill A Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
- The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
- Educated (Tara Westover)
- Of Mice & Men (Steinbeck)
- Beloved (Toni Morrison)
(not in order of preference)
There are quite a few, but these immediately spring to mind.
Such books give us a sense of the whole much more complete…which satiate yet leave us wanting ….and after reading these the heart is light and aroma of goodness lingers.
Please do share your list of such books.