Books are an invaluable source of knowledge and understanding. Many people perhaps consider reading books to be one of the greatest pleasures of life. Many old literary classics are experiencing a revival, not just because of the sheer timelessness of story and the characterisation, but also because they gave the reader an insight into the minds of the authors, who are more than likely to be fascinating people and into the times during which they were written. Here are three old classics which you would not want to miss:-
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina, written by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, is considered to be one of the world’s most foremost literary classics. It is a beautifully nuanced book with a simple story. The book uncovers the scandalous fair between the married Anna Karenina and the son of a known adulteress, Count Vronsky. The story mainly deals with the social ostracisation the once popular socialite Anna faces, once the world finds out about her affair. This book is adapted into a movie, starring Keira Knightly and Aaron Taylor Johnson.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Often Described as a sparkling social comedy, this play by Oscar Wilde is an exquisite story with some of the wittiest lines and it almost holds up a mirror against the society. It questions social conventions in perhaps the most elegant way known to humankind. It is an absolutely unforgettable book and the play is quite short, making it an easy casual read.
The Beautiful and the Damned by Frances Scott Fitzgerald
In sharp contrast to the witty and light play that was The Importance of Being Earnest, The Beautiful and the Damned is a highly tragic novel, with complex characters. The novel gives searing insights into the time during which it was returned. Like most of Fitzgerald’s work, this book, too, draws elements from the real world. It is set in the confusing and flamboyant times that was the 1920’s and accurately captures the complicated feelings of the youth who were so caught up in appearances and decadence.