A classic book should not necessary be the one, which was written a century ago. However, among the traits inherent to this genre are timelessness and universality. Classic works remain appropriate as time passes by and readers continue enjoying the beauty and smoothness of the story flow.
Often, universality is the main trait of the book. This means that readers of all ages and social statuses can somehow relate themselves to the book. If you ask any dedicated bibliophile, he or she will probably provide you with the list of books, which have greatly affected their worldview. Below, you can find a list of such books. Enjoy the reading!
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
There are times, when we just have to follow the dreams. We are exactly where we have to be at the moment, rather than we would like to be.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
People who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This sapiential book considers numerous injustices that base on race and age.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Wonder, love, beauty and loss, each of which is viewed with the childlike innocence of the main character, a little Prince, who lives on a small planet and loves his rose.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
This bitter story breaks readers’ hearts, telling about strong passion and love and describing the repercussions of betrayal and jealousy.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Most of us had to study this novel in school, but you should be really willing to read it to get the gist. This novel actually makes the reader pause and realize the consequences of every action.
The Trial, by Franz Kafka
A precise and vivid illustration of the nightmare that is bureaucracy, injustice and powerlessness, which a man feels.
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
An entertaining and approachable introduction to the latest developments in such fields as physics and cosmology, written by the brightest mind of our time.
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
The author of this book was a Holocaust survivor. This work was composed after Frankl had recovered from his time in Auschwitz, where he lost his entire family. In this work, the writer affirms that a man can survive anything so far as he has a strong reason to do so.