Dear Life – Alice Munro
Alice Munro is a famed Canadian writer with successful short stories that are always highly rated for the beautiful style, sophisticated storytelling as well as the human values that they give. Dear Life is the very work that helped Alice in particular and Canada in general bring home the first prestige Nobel Prize for Literature. Dear Life depicts stories of runaways: a young woman who runs away from an unhappy marriage, a girl who runs away to reach love, a child who runs away from their mother to pursue unreachable things, a mother who runs away from her child to pursue her dreams. Even though they’re all running, each of them has their distinguished reasons and meanings.
In the Cafe of Lost Youth – Patrick Modiano
In the Cafe of Lost Youth is a magnum opus of writer Patrick Modiano. The book isn’t too bulky. It has less than 200 pages yet, its meaning far exceeds that. In the Cafe of Lost Youth is a narrative assemblage of four characters at the Le Condé cafe: a mining school student, a private detective investigating Louki, Louki, and her lover Roland. All four of them have different backgrounds and through their eyes, we can see many other lost souls and the way that they struggle to escape the melancholic darkness of life. Patrick’s greatest success lies in how he dissects each fragment of the soul and tries to solve the innate mysteries inside each character. Read In the Café of Lost Youth to get lost in a dismal maze, where time and mind go hand in hand with each other and somewhere inside those inner pieces of soul, you’ll find yourself in harmony.
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Lord of the Flies is the first novel British author William Golding published in 1945 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. The book can be encapsulated in one word: grim. “Lord of the Flies” was written about children but was not meant for them as this is a piece is about a nuclear war, where a plane carrying evacuated children is caught in an accident and crashes on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean. The children are forced to survive by themselves, to start an independent life with despair when they miss the chance to be rescued. The story peaks when conflict occurs, each child goes from slowly showing their malice to uncontrollable misbehaviors. William Golding’s literary masterpiece will bring you moments of shuddering fear when the truth is depicted nakedly and somewhere in the mind of each reader this question arises: Does humans’ inherent kindness exist?
My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
My Name is Red by author Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. It can be said, that the work is a sophisticated and sharp mixture between a murder mystery, a postmodern fable, and a historical romance represented by colorful prose and a multidimensional perspective. My Name is Red will take us back 4 centuries, in the winter of 1591, in the heart of the magnificent Istanbul, to explore the depth of a nation’s soul. From a thrilling detective story, My Name is Red brings up an East-West conversation, and from there, readers can explore the atmosphere and the eternal beauty hidden inside the walls of Istanbul. By doing so, each reader can also gain valuable life philosophy as well as ruminations on love, art, life, and death.
Never Let me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let me Go by author Kazuo Ishiguro brings up a haunting argument about destiny and the true value of humans. Despite setting in a fictional world, England in the late 20th century, every page of the book is filled to the brim with realism. The author builds a bizarre era of science and technology when many generations of people are all gathered in boarding schools as a child. They, the cloned children, are raised and taught to wait contently until they are ripe for organ donation and to accept death afterward. The tone is calm but sufficient to depict a haunting, cruel reality where humans’ destiny is predetermined, they don’t have a choice to live, to love, and to be happy for themselves. It can be said, that it is the epitome of pain. Humanities and humanitarian values are all represented in each chapter of Never Let me Go.
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