Bookaholics treat yourself with some interesting books this winter
Bookaholics treat yourself with some interesting books this winter :- It is the time of the year again when we promise ourselves to take some time out from our busy schedules and invest in a book that will help to rediscover the world and ourselves. This change in a perspective is valuable, and here we share 8 most inspiring books that in some way help in changing our views and actions.
1) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha , who was an upper caste member of the Indian community, who denounced his position in order to seek enlightenment, but ends up rediscovering himself through a spiritual journey. It is hard not to find oneself, relating to the main character of a person with all flaws who tries desperately to find peace through the multiple encounters. Hermann Hesse, who was influenced by various philosophies, won The Noble Price for Literature for a writing style which is simple but manages to capture and give powerful messages.
2) If This Is a Man by Primo Levi
Primo Levi, one of the only survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp pens down the details of his horrific experience of his arrest as a member of an Italian anti-fascist resistance during the Second World War era. Never judgmental or a self-pitying, always a sharp observer, Levi states the facts and allows the reader to answer the tough questions themselves.
3) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
This book is about a prophet who is about to leave the city of Orphalese, but before he leaves the citizens sit with him and ask him to share his wisdom regarding the everyday life. The novel gives birth to a discussion on the condition of the human beings in a beautiful poetic way. Translated in more than 50 languages, the text has still not out of print since its first publication in 1923.
4) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
In this novel a dog is mysteriously found murdered and Christopher, despite being discouraged by everyone, is determined to find out the real culprit. From this point his whole life changes. Interestingly the book is written from the first person’s perspective, someone with the Asperger Syndrome, a voice that is rarely heard in literary world.
5) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
It is the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a journalist who in 1995, after a huge stroke, found himself suffering from the locked-in syndrome. Written from the first person’s perspective, the book is all about the description of a man’s attempt to communicate with the outside world, by any means. This book sold millions of its copies and became an equally successful movie in 2007.
6) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Santiago, a shepherd boy decides to follow his dreams and discover’s a life beyond his own. On his way he meets different messengers, the most influential of which is the alchemist. Though, both author and the book have been heavily criticised, no one can deny that the beauty of The Alchemist hides in its simple and powerful truths.
7) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This story revolves around the Sal Paradise and his idol Dean Moriarty, following their journey across the United States. This is a hugely celebrated work of Jack Kerouac, the book became the symbol of the literary movement known as the Beat Generation.
8) Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story by Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the name of a bird who decides to live a different life from the one that his fellows mates live. This ‘novella’ is written by a former US Air Force pilot and serves the world to the notion of following your heart, even though the road is tough.