The 10 books that will build you a philosophy of life

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By SearchingTheMeaningOfLife

I was truly lucky to be born in a book-lover family with a father who was a professional writer and nothing else, therefore, I was grown up almost in the bookshelves 😉

Here I like to share a wonderful suggestion about 10 great books in the history of the world literature though, I could add a many and many others: ( Dicken’s, Hemingway’s, Joyce’s, Flaubert’s, Chekhov’s, etc. (and also more books from Dostoyevsky’s , Tolstoy’s and Shakespeare’s 😉 ) But surely the list will be much longer.

Anyway, let have these though, I’m sure you all know them, as they really are useful 🙂

Searching The Meaning Of Life! (STMOL)

The benefits of reading are invaluable, as you do not simply travel to a new world through a book, but you also offer yourself a knowledge that causes a “storm” of emotions.

Much has been written and so much has been said about the enormous impact the books have on the mind of man and consequently on his life. Reading books offers mental alertness, knowledge, improves memory and concentration. The Bookworm has mental alertness, continuously extends his vocabulary, acquires analytical mental abilities and better writing skills, which helps him to express himself clearly and in content both in writing and orally. It also reduces stress, offers peace of mind and is free entertainment.

The LifeSpan website featured ten classical books that offer all of the above benefits and make people see the world from a different perspective.

“The Trial” Franz Kafka

One of Kafka’s most famous works, The Trial, tells the story of a man being persecuted for a crime he does not even know but is not even revealed to the reader. The book is an example of the nightmare that man can experience because of bureaucracy and injustice. In general, Kafka’s novels are imperfect and “Trial” is not the exception, but nevertheless there is a chapter that ends the story. Franz Kafka is one of the most important writers of the 20th century and has influenced intense currents like existentialism.

“The Karamazov Brothers” Fionor Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky’s latest project took two years to complete. A philosophical novel characterized by passion, the Brothers Karamazov must be present in every library. The author talks about 19th-century Russia, morality, free will, and deeply enters discussions about God. The spiritual drama carries the moral struggles concerning faith, doubt and reason into the modernization of Russia.

“One Hundred Years of Loneliness” Gabriel Garcia Marques

The book of the recently deceased writer is an incredibly allegorical imprint of the world we live in. He tells the story of the Buendia family, whom the leader defines the city of Macon. The novel of magical realism proves that loneliness is ultimately the road to happiness while talking about triumph and destruction, birth and death, joy and despair. The work is a masterpiece of the art of fiction and a very important representative of the Latin-American literature of the 20th century.

“1984” George Orwell

It began as a science-fiction novel, but the nightmare is becoming more and more real nowadays. The story takes place at Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), the province of the state of Oceania. Orwell’s imaginary world is constantly in war, with government monitoring and mind control dictated by the political system. The work describes the life of a man controlled by the government and whoever does not follow orders is punished for his independent thoughts and decisions.

Tyranny is summed up by the “Big Brother”, a party leader who enjoys intense worship of personality and justifies its oppressive power with the intent to bring greater good. William Smith, the protagonist of the novel, works at the Truth Ministry and is responsible for propaganda. Smith writes old newspaper articles so that the historical record serves those who rule. Many of the terms and concepts used in the 1984 book have entered into everyday use since the publication of the work in 1949. In addition, the book has spread the adjective “Orwellian”, characterized by secret surveillance, official deception and manipulation of the past with totalitarian or authoritarian situations.

“Catcher in the Rye”. J.D. Salinger

The novel was written in 1951 and aimed at the adult reading audience. However, it soon became popular with adolescents as it addresses issues such as alienation and teenage anxiety. The novel has been included in the best English list since 1923 as it deals with complex issues such as identity, relationships, and alienation.

“When they kill the bulls” Harper Lee

It was published in 1960 and immediately became very popular and successful. Indeed, it has also received the Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most classic works of American literature. Lee recounts a story based on observations by the writer of a family and her neighbours. The events occurred in the writer’s home country when he was ten years old. With his warmth and humour, Harper Lee gained readers while at the same time succeeding in tackling very serious issues such as rape and racial inequality.

“The Little Prince” Antoine de Saint Exupery

The French aristocrat, aviator, writer and poet Antoine de Saint Exupéry speaks of love and loss, curiosity, beauty, and above all the mental purity and innocence with which Little Prince who is in love with a rose approaches things. Exupery’s book is the most widely read and translated book as it has been written in more than 250 languages ​​and dialects as well as the Braille system.

“Anna Karenina” Leo Tolstoy

A novel about passion and love and the impact of infidelity and jealousy, Anna Karenina is a heartbreaking story. Tolstoy tells the relationship of revolutionary Anna with the attractive officer Vronsky. The tragedy begins when Anna rejects her obsessive marriage and stands against the criticism of 19th-century Russian society. Tolstoy plays with the contradictions of the city and the countries as well as with all the variations of life, love and family happiness.

“Awesome New World” Aldo Haxley

One of the most remarkable and enchanting works of literature, the Wonder New World has become the symbol of the false status of universal happiness. Our writer travels to a future where we are all theoretically pleased in the archetypal dystopia, and if that is technically feasible, we can not use biotechnology to get rid of mental pain altogether. The world of Haxley is free from love and passion, while the author poses disturbing feelings to the reader since the society that describes him is delivered, but he (the reader) has the feeling of joyful expectation. His world is characterized as the “ideal nightmare,” and happiness is linked to the consumption of mass-produced goods and superfluous sex. In 1999,

“Hamlet” William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s tragedy takes place in Denmark where Prince Hamlet tries to avenge his unexplored uncle and his mother Gertrude for his father’s murder. The work exudes a deeply real and pervasive madness, overwhelming sadness and anger, and investigates issues of revenge, incest, betrayal and moral corruption. The work has inspired writers such as Goethe and Dickens, as well as Joyce and Mertnoch.

source: https://www.reader.gr /


2 thoughts on “The 10 books that will build you a philosophy of life

  1. elainemansfield

    “Keeper in the Rye” by Salinger should be “Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It made a dent in my ignorance when I was a teenager. Great list but a few other titles & authors are off such as the book by Harper Lee and “Awesome New World” Aldo Haxley (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?). Maybe this is a test? 😉 I’ve read all of them.

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