There is nothing like a good witted well written novel to get you through the days, whether it is wintery cold outside or breezy hot. A good book is the best companion. I am a hungry reader because reading makes the brain work, the imagination thrive and it broadens your horizon. Here are my favorite novels of all times… so far:
Ken Follett: The Century Trilogy
Anything Ken Follett writes is great but this trilogy is superb. It is the story of five families from different countries, interconnected through the whole 20th century, during the two great wars, the cold war and all the way to the 21st century. Politics and wars intertwined with love affairs, betrayals, spying… simply unputdownable!
Bill Bryson: A short history of nearly everything
A catchy title for the amateur scientist in me, this book explains the how and when of everything that exists, from the Big Bang till the smallest being. It is a science book but written like a novel.. It is quite a treasure!
Patrick Suskind: The pigeon
From the author of The Perfume the story of a murderer, this short novel tells the day of a bird phobic security guard who goes back home and finds a pigeon in his house. Brilliant!
Milan Kundera: The unbearable lightness of being
It is the story of two women, two men, a dog in Prague in the 60s during the Spring period of Czechoslovakia. It explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society of that time, with love affairs and betrayals. This novel has a philosophical underpinning to it, where the main concept is life that is one and unique, hence the title. A classic!
Sylvia Plath: The bell jar
Esther Greenwood, a young woman from Boston, finds herself living in New York to face a reality that is not hers, that is the glamorous culture and lifestyle of young women her age. From being confused by what drink to order in a bar to her deepest fears and mental illness, this novel is very deep emotionally!
Stefan Zweig: Chess story
Detained by the Nazis and totally isolated from the rest of the world, forbidden to speak, Dr B, an anarchist, stole a chess book and start to learn all moves and to play voraciously against himself repetitively and compulsively. Fascinating description of how the mind works in extreme situations. Again, brilliant!
Nikos Kazantzakis: The last temptation of Christ
The story of the Christ but focused on his human side, something we don’t read in the Bible: Jesus who is nervous, Jesus who is in love, Jesus fighting against his parents etc.. This book is a spiritual victory.. Even the Martin Scorsese’s movie is great with Willem Dafoe as Jesus. From Zorba the Greek to Christ recrucified, Nikos Kazantzakis is great novelist, probably one of the best!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The brothers Karamazov
To me, it is the greatest novel ever written of all times and I can’t get enough talking about it. There is a before-reading-it and an after-reading-it because it is that strong. The story is set in the 19th century in Russia about 3 brothers in an endless ethical debate of God, free will, morality, politics, passion, reason, vodka, love, all set against a modernizing Russia with a plot about the murder of their father. It is a supreme world literature!