To Kill A Mockingbird : This Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee celebrates its 50th anniversary in print this year. A coming-of-age tale set in a land poisoned by virulent prejudice, the multi-layered story of South Alabama during the Great Depression in the 1930s dissects the white and black communities of the American South. Told with gentle humor, it focuses on religious turpitude and the ambivalence of adult morality. It has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide and also served as the basis of an enormously popular motion picture.
The Catcher in the Rye : The ultimate novel for disaffected youth. The story of Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout has always remained relevant to readers of all ages. A novel whose interest and appeal comes from its observations rather than its plot intrigues, J.D. Salinger’s timeless classic deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliché.
The Little Prince : A book with a story so short and simple, it is often placed alongside popular children’s books at bookstores. Told in barely a hundred pages or so, Antoine De Saint-Exupry presents a thought provoking allegory of the human condition with his tale about a lost little boy.
The Diary of a Young Girl : Anne Frank was just thirteen years old when her family went into hiding for two years to escape the Nazi occupation of Netherlands in 1942. Her diary which was later discovered after the family was apprehended, vividly describes her frustrations of living in confined quarters, the constant threat of discovery, and the hunger and tiredness she faced daily. After it was published in 1947, the book remains the single most poignant true-life story to emerge from the Second World War.
Animal Farm : Fueled by Orwell’s intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, the dystopian, allegorical novella reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. A masterpiece, both as an engaging story and an allegory that actually works, the book symbolizes all the injustice that happens in name of an outside force and how simple minded people who do not educate themselves get taken advantage from.
These are just a selected few from among the classics. If you feel that there are other books which deserve to be added on this list, do leave us a comment below. All readers are welcome to recommend their favorite books.