Friday, 11 April 2014

My Top 5 Classic Novels

Hello everyone! Today I've got another instalment in my 'top 5' series. I've mentioned before that I don't really like classic novels so I thought it would be interesting to show you a few of the ones that I did actually like. I've also just realised that I've forgotten Dracula! Darn it. If this was a top 6 then Dracula would definitely be on the cards, trust me! I think when it comes to classics I'm not really a fan of the romantic ones. I have no real interest in reading things like Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights etc etc. Although out of interest I recently downloaded Jane Eyre onto my Kindle so we'll see how I get along with that! 


I really mean to include all of the Sherlock Holmes novels but The Hound Of The Baskervilles is the only one I have a physical copy of(all of them are available for free on Kindle if you're interested!). It's a really fun and quirky detective story. It's not too hard to follow and something you could read really quickly or read to a young child. I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style, he really did create one of the best literary characters of all time.

Fitzgerald has such a lovely, descriptive writing style. It's really hard not to like The Great Gatsby. Whilst I admit that a lot of the character's annoy me I think Nick is just such a wee cutie, I can't help but love him. I think he gets so forgotten about even though the book is written from his perspective. I'm not overly keen on the film though, thoughts?

Who doesn't love To Kill A Mockingbird? This is one of the first classic novels I ever read and I think it will stay with me a long time. I think that racism and prejudice are still really prevalent in society and therefore this book is still relevant. I love Scout's narrative and it adds such a nice, innocent perspective. In their little Southern town a black man has been accused of raping a white woman and Scout's father is the black man's defence lawyer. The people of the town really aren't happy about there even being a trial so the whole family kind of become outcasts.

I'm not sure if this really counts as a classic but I'm including it anyway because it's one of those 'gets studied in schools' books and is thefore kind of important. Everyone that I've spoken to that's read this in school absolutely hated it but I really enjoyed this book. It follows a man and a young boy travelling through a post apocalypse world looking for food. The world they live in is really dangerous and they're constantly hiding from other people. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and really frightening. I read this in a day so it must be a good one. 

This is the book that I studied for higher English so I think that extra little bit of analysis and understanding really helped me appreciate the value of this book. It follows a sailor Marlow who is sent down the African Congo after a rogue ivory hunter Kurtz. It explores the effects of slavery and colonialism to its true extents and questions whether most people involved understood the severity of what they were doing. Another thing I love about Heart Of Darkness is that once you've read it you realise that it's actually references everywhere. The horror, the horror!


What are your favourite classic novels? And which ones would you recommend to a classics newbie?

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