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Suzette Grosen - December 04 2020

Our Favourite Books, December 2020

Nothing feels as good as sitting back at the end of the day and immersing yourself in your favorite book. The amusement and pleasure of getting to travel to different worlds without putting in any effort feel truly amazing – and if you're into some good old classic adventure stories, we've got just the line-up for you.

This month, we bring you our top picks of some of the most famous and well-written books involving social criticism and intriguing quests. So get ready to set on a voyage of passion, politics, and thrill like no other! 

A tale of two cities, Charles Dickens

The Dirt, Mötley Crue

About the book
A Tale of Two Cities ranks among some of the finest works by Charles Dickens. It depicts the dispute between aristocratic and democratic theories during the French revolution. The main character of the story is Doctor Manette, a political prisoner for 18 years, is released and reunited with his daughter Lucie. The charming Lucie attracts two admirers, an English lawyer named Carton and an aristocratic Frenchman named Darnay, and how events unfold and the realities of society are revealed.

This novel was written in inspiration from self-sacrifice by Willkie Collins' play The Frozen Deep. Dickens was a part of this play as an actor. In this intimate book, Dickens' main was the two sets of relationships: daughter and father, and state and subject.

A Tale of Two Cities is an epic historical novel by Dickens. Most of the part is dramatic and far away from reality, making it a good recommendation to pick up in your leisurely time.

Why we recommend it
Like every great story, one of the tremendous impacts of this tale is the depth and philosophical inspiration it sparks in you. The words shape the picture of the tangled lives of Carton, Madame Farge, and other characters, which is heart-wrenching because of the absolutism of their time.

Furthermore, this story's characters are displayed to get an in-depth insight into human nature as a whole. This is why Dickens believed this book to be quite a clear picture of what he believed in.

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

Lord of the flies, William Golding

White Line Fever, Lemmy Kilmister

About the book
The story features a group of young boys from Britain who are stranded on an island and are in a state of frenzy. As the boys try to find ways to save themselves from the situation and try to find a way back home, they get divided into groups. According to their best abilities, they develop rules to help them survive and live in an organized manner.

Ironically, the novel displays a lack of organization and civility, as there is no authority to govern the said rules. Later on, their encounter with the “Lord of the Flies," which is the pig head on a stick covered with flies, further disperses their organization.

The novel was brought to the public in 1954 by William Golding. Golding was one of the most renowned authors of his time and bagged the Nobel Prize for his work.

Why we recommend it 
We recommend reading this book if you want to have a thorough understanding of the feelings of separation, desperateness, and the lengths a human being can go to remain sane. It shows what happens when people are shoved against each other in critical situations.

The story displays how destructive it can be if people are spread apart instead of staying with each other to overcome difficulties. The book also showcases feelings of fear and uncertainty with some unexplained horror (referring to the ‘Lord of the Flies’).

"I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been.”

Count of Monte Christo, Alexandre Dumas

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz

About the book
Initially written in French and later translated into many languages, this book is one of Dumas’ most famous works, apart from The Three Musketeers. The Count of Monte Cristo is a saga of betrayal, revenge, and redemption. The author puts the main character through an array of challenges that he must overcome to achieve peace.

The story revolves around Edmond Dantes, a sailor aboard the ship "Pharaon." During the voyage, the ship's captain dies, and Dantes takes charge of the ship, impressing the owner, who then promises captainship to Dantes when he returns to the port of Marseilles. Dantes is looking forward to marrying his fiancé, but a lot more interesting things await him.

Why we recommend it
It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold, and The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most remarkable stories depicting this fact. It teaches the reader ever-lasting lessons about love, betrayal, and jealousy.

The story reveals how striving for revenge and living for it teaches one about the realities of life. The novel follows up with the theme of vengeance, forgiveness, power, and powerlessness.

"It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live."

Which one of these stories seems the most interesting to you? Let us know in the comments section and share your experience!

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