Thursday, 4 October 2018

Classics I Adore

Dear reader,

It is time for me to talk about books again. I am really looking forward to these post and I love writing about books. So today I am bringing you another post and I will talk about my favorite classics. This time I will talk about five of them like usual but these are just the ones I love the most and that made the biggest impact on me and my life. 

I will include a synopsis that I got from Goodreads, simply because I like for you to know at least something about the book I am talking about. Also, I will make a video over on my BookTube channel but it will happen later this year because I still have a couple of classics I want to read so I can finalize this list. So let's start!

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
"Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever."

Frankenstein was the first classic I remember reading and loving. I love everything that is supernatural and creepy and this book is exactly that, a gothic horro. Also if you love vampires, and other supernatural creatures this will be up your alley. This story is one of the rare horror classics written by a woman and I enjoyed finding out what is happening with Victor his mind. Also, the relationship between him and the creature he created is so deep and it will suck you in right away. I highly recommend this book and I think that everyone should read it.

2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
"Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.

When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history."

This will sound weird and it is a weird pick. When I started thinking about classics this one came into my mind even though I haven't reread it since the junior year of high school. It was one of the mandatory reads and I thought it will be awful. Imagine my surprise when I started reading it and I got sucked into a story. The mentality of the characters and the plot makes this story even more interesting and the fact that Madam Bovary is living above her means reminds me of the society today with one difference, we have internet and social media today and she didn't have that. Other than that I had the weirdest deja vu while reading it. I highly recommend this, characters are amazing and the story is developed to another level.

3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sherlock Holmes
"'Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!'

The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumors of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles' only heir, Sir Henry - who has traveled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, that Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . ."

I love mystery and thriller novels so this one was not a surprise. Sherlock Holmes is one of the best mystery writers of his time and even though I haven't read all of his novels I know I adore him. I also love all of the novels I read from him but this one kinda stood out to me. I can't pinpoint why but that is the fact. Also, this is the fifth book from his series so I would advise you to pick the first four before this one. Highly recommend you to check his work.

4. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
"One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant Passepartout. Traveling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge, and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard - who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England - to win the extraordinary wager. Around the World in Eighty Days gripped audiences on its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure and a thrilling race against time.

Michael Glencross's lively translation is accompanied by an introduction by Brian Aldiss, which places Jules Verne's work in its literary and historical context. There is also a detailed chronology, notes, and further reading."

I remember reading this book when I was a child and guess what I still love it.  I tend to reread it at least once a year. It just holds a special part in my heart and I even love the adaptation with Jackie Chan. It is a children's book and I know that it doesn't go well with all of the other books in the series but I had to put in here. I love London and England and reading about that. I also love reading about London from different eras. 

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
"When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterward, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into questions of human identity and sanity, and illuminating dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire."

I saved the best for last. If you know anything about me this would not surprise you not even one bit. I had a phase in high school when I read and watched anything vampire related. I still love vampires but I don't have so much time to obsess about them. I read Dracula long before The Twilight fiasco that took over the world and I also read all of the accompanying novels by Brem Stoker. Amazing books, amazing story and I just don't know what else is there to say about this. Definite must read. 

So you guys those are five classics that I absolutely adorer and I think you should give them a try if you haven't already. Let me know what books do you love and have you read any of these.
Thank you for reading, and I will talk to you soon!

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