I believe that a successful novel is one that makes you feel something. These four books are some of my favourites and should be read at least once in your lifetime.
Like The Flowing River by Paulo Coelho. This is a collection of his thoughts and stories; it is filled with wisdom and grace, encouragement and beauty. He demonstrates the significance of smaller moments, restoring you to the state of which man was supposed to be. The philosophical anecdotes will echo into eternity and I found myself sharing large sections with people. Paulo’s writing style is soothing; his words always offer great comfort and hope. This is the kind of book that you would keep on your bookshelf and read snippets of whenever you are feeling down. It is also a great introduction to his works and would make a wonderful gift. Here is one of my favourite excerpts from the book.
by Ian McEwan. The story is about a newlywed couple that get into an argument on their wedding night. This book demonstrates the route of our thoughts and the fragility of our emotions. McEwan amplifies the misinterpretations of human communication and represents how rapidly our opinions of people can change. It is a heart-breaking story but an accurate manifestation of the human mind. Chesil Beach
My Life as a Traitor by Zarah Ghahramani. This is a memoir, which not only adds a dimension of reality to the words on the page but also augments the writer's suffering. It is a stunning piece of work about a girl that is captured and interrogated in a prison. It reveals the brutality of being in prison but also offers fragments of Iranian history. This book forced me to think about my own freedom and the rights that I currently have but am not grateful for. If you are a fan of Khaled Hosseini’s works, then you will love this. Without oversimplifying or taking away the context of the book, I think it is not only a true account of honesty but also of the atrocities that still occur around the world. My heart ached as I read through the torture scenes, not only for Zarah but for the thousands of women across the world that are currently trapped in this predicament.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. This is a piece of Native American literature, filled with Pueblo mythology. The book follows the raw journey of a World War Two veteran as he returns home. Silko uses the typography to create another level of meaning to enrich the text and the book itself is a ceremony of healing. There are pages when the protagonist is suffering and on those pages, the text is dense, almost to represent the way that the thoughts were crowded inside his head. The entire story is unlike anything I have ever read, it provides you with an insight into the Native American world. Although it takes a few reads to truly comprehend the story, it is nothing less than beautiful.
If you have read any of the books mentioned, then please let me know your thoughts.