Every period in our life is characterized with special colors. We wear the clothes of a certain style, listen to the definite music bands, and even use words unique only for a certain age. Literature is not an exception. When it goes about studying in college, I am inclined to think that every self-developing person of this tender age should read or re-read the appropriate list of diversified literature to find out the answers on different issues that can swarm in the heads especially intensively in that period of life.
Therefore, here is the TOP 13 of the books that helped me personally to realize who I am in this world and the society in general.
#1. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The novel is about the mad men, it also discovers us the struggle of the main character against the system as well as reflects on a human empathy and a total authority as an opposite.
#2. The Trial by Franz Kafka
In its genre, the book is a philosophical novel. At the same time, the features of the classical novel of the era of realism and the fantastic novel have intertwined wonderfully in it. All together gave a tremendous literary result.
#3. 1984 by George Orwell
It is a dystopian novel about a future society. It exists in the total control without human rights or values like democracy, freedom, and the effort to change something in a powerful system.
#4. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Stalin’s Soviet Moscow and their own fantastic reality without God. All these are mixed with a magic and serious political speculation; and among all twists and turns of the novel, there is Joshua and his eternal wisdom.
#5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The novel narrates about the difficult human destinies in Japan in the second half of the 20th century. This novel raises primarily the questions of human losses. The main character or narrator is Tooru Watanabe, who remembers his former days as a student at the University of Tokyo.
#6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Whether I am a trembling creature or whether I have the right,” the famous quotation from the novel that brightly demonstrates the main idea of the book, where the measuring line between “usual” and “outstanding” individuals leads to horrible results.
#7. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
People on the whole Earth live in a single state, whose society is a consumer one. A new chronology is counted from the appearance of Ford. The novel gives us the chance to compare our today world and the events described in the book written at the beginning of the 20th century.
#8. Lolita by Vladamir Nobokov
The novel shows the reader a sinful and doomed love, though, real. However, first of all, this is a novel about art and the artist. Humbert Humbert's destiny, obsession and mania, bliss and curse, the convulsive desire to tame and hold "the immortal demon in the image of a little girl" is a metaphor for the creative process.
#9. The Stranger by Albert Camus
In the "Stranger" it is usual to see the creative manifesto of Camus, his preaching of absolute freedom. A human existence is represented in the story as a chain of odds, practically independent of the subject’s will, which adapts, as it can, to the proposed conditions.
#10. The Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
We all know “The Great Gatsby” as the book to read, but I advise you to pay your attention to the stories of Fitzgerald, where he combined unique descriptive features with imagination talent.
#11. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Children are not holy and it is brilliantly shown in this novel, where, as it turned out, a wild environment can bring to nothing the thousands of years of evolution.
#12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is the story about racism and fairness to children, weak people, and kindness as viewed by a little girl whose father is trying to act just even when he is single in his army.
#13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The phantasmagoric world of Burgess hits your suddenly waking up the most unexpected feelings. The novel shows the inability to correct a person with prison.
The list was completed according to personal experience of this article’s author who does not take the responsibility for the change of moral values after reading of above-mentioned literature.