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10 best classic novels of all time
BBC's list of 100 best loved books
- BBC - The Big Read - Top 100 Books
In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel. These are apparently Britain's best loved 100 in numerical order.
10 benefits of reading
- 10 Benefits of Reading!
This is a clear article by an Indian who explains some of the many benefits of reading.
10 classic novels of all time
I was wondering what people thought were the 10 best classic novels of all time. These are mine. I've gone on the premise that these are books that have shaped my thinking and my imagination. I can't imagine them not being part of who I am.
I'm sure other people have their own list of books that must be read.
- Pride and Prejudice. I've listed this novel because Austen to me was the queen of romance novel writing. Elizabeth Bennett is the archetype of the strong heroine who is willing to marry for love, even if it means turning her nose at what is in essence a good match in terms of status, position and comfort. I love Darcy, he is the strong silent man who learns the softer emotions through the actions of the heroine.
- Jane Eyre. Jane and Edward carry in their passion the seeds of true romance. She is loved by him because of her mind, her spirit. It is the novel written for every woman who is not looking for love based on shallow things like appearance and circumstance.
- Woman in White. A brilliantly written book that is full of atmosphere and characters that stay with you long after the last page is turned.
- Sense and Sensibility. This is a novel that shows how to choose the good from the bad, the real hidden gold from the flash of tinsel. I especially adore the book following its BBC dramatisation with Alan Rickman. Be still my heart, Colonel Brandon is only a fictional character.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray. This brings out so well the decadence of man, and how selfish emotion and passions can destroy one's soul. Dorian explores all the delights the world has to offer, be it knowledge, books, perfume and the pleasures of the flesh, but ultimately, what he really wants is to be loved, truly and thus to be saved by that love.
- Robinson Crusoe. This is an interesting book that captures the coloniser's dependence on the so-called savage, even as his actions go to destroying his saviour.
- Midnight's Children. Rushdie in this novel has captured the turbulent history of India. A truly fabulous book filled with magic realism. A must read if you have never read anything by him. This is an excellent text with which to dip your toe into post-colonial literature.
- A Little Princess. Always a favourite, I adore Sara and the way in which we are shown the links between Britain and Hindustan. When you read this, I feel you need to also read The Secret Garden by the same author because they compliment each other and yet are so different.
- The Little White Horse. A truly magical tale, this will sweep you away into a land where being just and right will see you through in the end. This may be a children's book, but it is one that is still fresh and new when read by adults. Supposedly this was JK Rowling's favourite book as a child.
- Day of the Triffids. A post-apocalyptic novel written in 1951 by the English science fiction author John Wyndham this is sure to get you thinking. I have spent more than one evening trying to figure out how I would survive if a disaster of this nature happened in real life. Full of terrible events, it portrays how life is a matter of luck, but also how one can survive even the most horrific of events.