10 must read Classic Novels for beginners. How many have you read?

Check out my personal recommendation of 10 classic novels which I loved. How many of these have you read?

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  1. 1984. It scares me to this day to see the similarities present. There is something so unique about reflecting on the works of art we undertake to find meaning in life. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Very well said. Absolutely true.

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  2. poimandres17 says:

    Dear Mrinalini Raj, as a lover of fiction in general and voracious reader I was very interested to see your selection of books you specially like and recommend for beginners. I send you my reaction to it as an e-mail, as it will be too extensive for just a comment. What made me wonder a little is, that your list contains only books by English (or, as in the case of Orwell, naturalized) authors, not even from other English speaking countries, which I personally often prefer. I send you here the selection I would have made also for English authors only in the sequence of their dates of birth.

    *Emily Bronte*: Wuthering Heights. It’s also my favourite among the books of the 3 sisters. I have problems with Charlotte, who is too much teaching all the time and too melodramatic in Jane Eyre (though Emily is melodramatic too certainly, but more emotionally impetuous). Anne’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall comes close to Wuthering Heights for me. *William Makepeace Thackerey*: Henry Esmond, the shortest and most readable novel of Thackerey magnificently told *Walter Pater*: Marius the Epicurean. For me one of the best historical novels ever written which brings back to life a fascinating period of cultural history with great understanding and knowledge. *Thomas Hardy*: Jude, the Obscure. One of the most tragic and most touching novels I ever have read. *Virginia Woolf*: To the Lighthouse. I could have selected another of her novels almost just as well, but this one was the first I came across, which impressed me so much that I decided to read most of her others as well. Her great sensibility and psychological understanding make her one of my favourite English authors. *J.R.R. Tolkien*: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In my mind the unsurpassible work of fantasy fiction, enchanting and prophetic at the same time. I see it as the description of an end time comparable to what we experience today. *David Garnett*: Lady into Fox. It’s unique among fantasy books as a touching tale of love lost under tragic circumstances and highly poetic. *Aldous Huxley*: Brave New World. For me it is the most brilliant work of science fiction only comparable in quality with some of Stanislaw Lem’s novels. *Evelyn Waugh*: The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. I greatly admire Waugh’s works of fiction, among which it helds a special position being autobiographical to some extent and going deeper than most others, which are more sparkling at first glance, but often slightly superficial. *Herbert E. Bates*: The Poacher. Probably the least known of the books I mentioned, but touching by its compassionate description of a man who failed in life.

    Maybe, there is something you have not yet read in this list and makes you want to read from what I said about it.

    Let me say now a few words about books you have in your list and which I didn’t mention. There is *Jane Austen* first: She was certainly a great novelist and an outstanding personality far in advance of her time. I admire her brilliant style and her great psychological insight, but there is something hard to explain for me myself, why it does not really catch my interest to a degree, that I want to take the time to read more of her novels. *Charles Dickens* is one of the most empathic authors, an amiable personality through his compassion for those suffering under their social standing in a cold social climate, and somehow I am sorry that I could not include him in the list of my favourites. But he belongs to a period, when reading was possible in a safe environment, in which you had much time to follow innumerable details and extensive descriptions, which I can hardly enjoy now. His fairy-tale The Cricket on the Hearth is one of the loveliest works of shorter fiction not only in English fiction, and A Christmas Carol in Prose has become part of the European cultural heritage connected with Christian tradition. I would recommend both these tales to any beginner in the art of reading. *George Orwell *was a highly intellectual writer with almost prophetic gifts, but I miss the abundance in fantasy and the brilliance of style so typical for Brave New World, that has much in common with Orwell’s pessimistic views. For some reason, which I can’t account for, I don’t like him, though I fully appreciatehis great merits, which made him almost an avatar as warner of a dark future. The only case where I absolutely can’t agree with you is *William Golding*, The Lord of the Flies. I hate his innate immorality, which he displayed also in his personal life. That he is a brilliant stylist makes him the more dangerous for an inexperienced reader. That he was awarded the Nobel Price doesn’t change my mind.

    It would be fine for me to discuss books with you from time to time, if you can agree and are interested. I wish you a pleasant time reading! Harald Riedl

    I should add, that Englsh is not my native tongue. I am Austrian, my age is 85 years.

    Am Sa., 20. Mรคrz 2021 um 15:46 Uhr schrieb Mrinalini Raj :

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    1. I can’t express how happy I am at your comment. I read it with such an enthusiasm and thank you so much for your feedback. I myself got to learn a lot as well. I will really love to stay in touch with you and learn more from you.
      Huxley is on my reading list for such a long time, I have read his essays and something tells me that I need to read his fiction as well, you definitely gave me a push to pick up a work by him soon.
      Please stay in touch.

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  3. lazione budy says:

    oh ok, catat catat catat

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  4. Thank you for liking one of my post! And for sharing your knowledge of the classics.

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    1. Thank you for watching…your post was good!

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      1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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  5. This is an excellent selection, well described. I have read every one. The only one I didn’t really enjoy – although I admire the writing – was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin who I dislike because she doesn’t seem to like har characters.

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    1. That’s a very interesting perspective on Austen. I am really interested in why you think this way.
      Thank you so much for watching!

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      1. I like to be able to identify some likeable characters which usually means the writer likes them too. I must confess that Persuasion is the only other Austin I have read.

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        1. This was a new perspective on her writing. I’ll try to think about it the next time I read her.

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        2. Let me know what you think – I know she is liked by many.

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        3. I don’t follow her blindly, I enjoy her works of course, but I also realise it has its own flaws.

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        4. I don’t think you would find anyone blindly ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. shadawss shadawss says:

    Your suggestions are outstanding. have read wuthering heights and to kill a mockingbird. Weighing for your new suggestions. I think you are planning to start travel based channel?

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    1. No..no..That was just a fun element..I will continue book related videos..might do other things in between too if I get opportunities..
      Thank you for watching!

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      1. shadawss shadawss says:

        Try to suggest some 21st century books

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        1. Okay…I will do that in one of the videos

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        2. shadawss shadawss says:

          Thank you. I am very interested in 21st century writings

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  7. Just now subscribed ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so much !!

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  8. katelon says:

    I haven’t read books by the Bronte sisters yet, nor National Hawthorne’s books but have read all the rest. I particularly enjoy Jane Austin books.

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    1. Yes..Jane Austen books are quite fun to read

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  9. utahan15 says:

    a good list.

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  10. darellphilip says:

    A Modern Classic I recommend if you haven’t read it already is the Booker Prize Winning – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Really appreciate her gift of writing and storytelling!

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    1. Yes…that’s amazing

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  11. darellphilip says:

    My favourite on that list would have to be Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a timeless classic which is as relevant to American racial politics today as when it was first written!

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    1. So true..a beautiful work by Lee

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  12. Liked your booktube presentation on Classics. Your selection is pretty excellent and your taste for true classics is appreciated. To me ‘The Wuthering Heights’ is arguably the classic of classics. Nice to see a young person like you enjoying these wonderful books and kindling interest in others too. Looking forward to more ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™

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    1. Thank you so much for your continous encouragement sir.

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