There are overwhelming articles, diktats, suggestions, and recommendations about books. The fact remains that books can impart information, ideas, and knowledge that can help shape the kind of person you could be. Having said that, not all of us share the same passion for a subject when it comes to books. Some like fact, some like fiction, while some like a wholesome blend of the best of both worlds. However, there are some books that supersede subject. They are informative, educative, and help us indulge in some soul-searching and introspection. So AlmaMapper lists down 5 fiction books independent of subject that every college-goer must read.
1. The catcher in the rye, JD Salinger: It is likely that you have already read this. If you have, it’s a good idea to read it again. And if you haven’t, don’t waste any time - get your hands on this beauty! Catcher in the rye is Salinger’s page-turning, coming-of-age story of a young boy struggling against norms and the conformity of life. The narrative is gripping and simple. Salinger captures the complexities of reality and depicts it in such a simple manner, that the book is simple ‘unputdownable’.
2. 1984, George Orwell: It is remarkable how Orwell envisioned a dystopian society way back in 1949, He perfectly narrated the tale of a world where freedom is a farce, every move of yours is monitored, the rich and powerful live a lush life, while the poor suffer mercilessly. Over the years, numerous journalists, writers, filmmakers, and philosophers have cited Orwell’s 1984 which in many ways turned out to be eerily prophetic.
3. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach: An unseemingly inspirational story, that implores us to challenge ourselves, and everything else that we have known or believe. It remarks that more than hope, it is self-belief that can power you. Jonathan Livingston is a seagull in the story, but in truth, he is all of us. Except that he doesn’t stay confined to what has been determined for him. He dreams, he believes, he teaches, and inspires.
4. Lord of the flies, William Golding: An interesting social comment on power, William Golding’s 1954 novel has courted controversy and influenced several thinkers and writers. It talks about what could happen if power falls in the wrong hands, or how power has the potential to corrupt even the seemingly righteous. The main characters are a bunch of young children, marooned on an island, and how they decide to create their own government and leadership chain. The rest is best read.
5. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand: Sadomasochistic, elitist, depressing, riveting, bitter, depressing, and beautiful - these are just some of the words that many reviewers and readers have used to describe this 1943 novel. It deals with individuality, struggle, and non-conformity. Howard Roark, the protagonist, is an architect with a mind of his own. The story talks about how Roark will stop at nothing in order to sustain his purity of vision, when it comes to architecture. It is rumoured that a couple of bollywood movies (Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, and Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai) are loosely inspired by the book.
These are 5 fiction books that every college-goer must read. These don’t necessarily have any academic significance, but they focus on crucial aspects such as spirit, motivation, power, and responsibility. Wondering why the list has no Indian writers? Don’t worry; check the blog again for AlmaMapper’s list of 5 books written by Indian authors for college-goers soon!
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