So that last-minute present buying is in full swing and panic is setting in. If you’re stuck for some ideas, you really can’t go wrong with a good book! A cozy excuse to close off the world and relax over the Christmas holidays, your loved one will really thank you. Christmas downtime is a perfect opportunity to delve into classic novels that you just haven’t found the time to read yet. Here’s some we’d suggest:
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
A lawyer defends a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the eyes of children, author Harper Lee expertly explores with exuberant humour all the irrational adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
by Emily Bronte
Raised together on the Yorkshire moors as children, Heathcliff and Catherine become lovers and soul mates so utterly inseparable that their destiny seems inevitable. But when Catherine’s desire for social status results in her marriage to Heathcliff’s wealthy rival, Heathcliff is consumed by revenge. And no one in his path will be spared. Admired for its stark originality and condemned for its fiendish affront to the senses, Wuthering Heights polarized critics. For generations of readers since, its themes of gender and social inequality, religious hypocrisy, social climbing, and the violent extremes of romantic obsession resonate to this day.
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A gripping story about a mysterious young millionaire called Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. In 1998, the Modern Library editorial board voted it the 20th century’s best American novel and second best English-language novel of the same time period.
by Louisa May Alcott
The timeless tale of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth, experiencing both hardship and adventure in Civil War New England. Though the March family may be poor, their lives are rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.
by George Orwell
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century.