Three Classic Fictions That I Absolutely Loved And You Will Too
Have you ever had a feeling so serene and exciting yet so tear-jerking, all coming from the same place?
When you read a lot of fiction, you are prone to all these feelings, either at a time or all at once, rushing in.
The perfectly written plots, brilliantly placed characters, carefully planted inklings, and artistically sprinkled surprises make fiction really exciting.
We all have involuntarily picked books that made their way straight to our hearts. When you look at them or hear their name, you get excited and discuss them at length.
Here is a list too, of amazing fiction, with incredible storylines and brilliant take-home messages:
A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A thousand splendid suns is a heartbreaking tale of two women and their struggles and strength, set in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to 2000s, against the turbulent events — from the soviet invasion to Taliban ascendance to post-Taliban restorations.
Mariam, being an illegitimate daughter of Jalil, a successful businessman, lives with her stubborn and snide mother, Nana, outside Herat, a small city in Afghanistan.
After her mother’s demise, Mariam’s father forces her to marry Rasheed, a widowed shoemaker from Kabul. Her failure in giving Rasheed a son and the war against Soviets bring Laila into her husband’s life.
This is where the two women are brought together to survive, raise a family, and look for happiness. This is also where Mariam sacrifices for Laila to have a chance at happiness.
Why you should read it
A thousand splendid suns is an amazing story of fear, resilience, hope, and friendship of the women in the unforgivable times in Afghanistan. It is a striking fiction novel of implausible friendship and unbreakable love.
I don’t remember reading any other book with so many emotions, unstoppable tears, and a broken heart.
But I loved and celebrated and empathized with Mariam and Laila.
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
There is another classic by Khaled Hosseini that I absolutely loved and have talked about in Fiction That Hit me on a Deeper Level.
1984 by George Orwell
1984 is a dystopian novella about a totalitarian state, Oceania in 1984 and the Party led by Big Brother rules the state. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is a lower-rank member of the Party. He rescripts the history in the Ministry of Truth to bring it in line with present-day political views.
Even though he yearns for truth, a part of his memory tells him he knows the truth, but to even think about it is Thought-crime.
The party even invented the language ‘Newspeak’ to control thoughts and impose the party’s doctrines on the people. The party controls the state through Thought Police and constant surveillance.
His longing for truth, however, leads him to rebel against the system. He begins an impermissible affair with Julia, a free-spirited rebellion.
Thought Police catch them in a neighborhood populated with Proletariats, and torture them into surrendering and believing that the Party and Big Brother are the only truths that they should know and trust.
Why you should read it
Orwell has perfectly articulated how thoughts and voices and actions of people are molded and controlled. He pictured and penned a terrible tale of a state without freedom under a totalitarian regime.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.”
― George Orwell, 1984
The author didn’t shy away from warning the people in the future against totalitarianism. If you still haven’t had the chance to devour this classic fiction, I would ask you to do that now. It will be worth all your time.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a fiction novel about a young shepherd, Santiago from Andalusia, who is troubled by a recurring dream in which a child tells him to find treasure at the foot of Egyptian pyramids.
After consulting a gypsy woman about interpreting the dream, he meets a mysterious man who claims to be the King of Salem and tells him it is his Personal legend and convinces him to sell his flock and go seek the treasure.
He begins his journey from Tangier, where he gets robbed and begins working for a kind crystal merchant, learning many lessons from him and teaching him to take risks for business bears him fruitful results. Santiago becomes rich in just a year.
At this point, he decides to resume his journey to seek the treasure. He joins the caravan, taking the Sahara desert route to Egypt.
During his journey, he meets an Englishman — hoping to learn alchemy from the 200-year-old alchemist, Fatima, a girl from the Oasis, Al-Fayoum, where he stays for a while, and finally the alchemist, who teaches Santiago important lessons and shows him the direction towards his goal, his Personal legend.
Why you should read it
The Alchemist is an exceptionally well-written classic fiction that is popular among readers. Coelho perfectly sketched Santiago’s journey from being a shepherd to the seeker of the treasure, his Personal legend.
Plus, the author beautifully conveyed an important message that achieving Personal legend brings satisfaction to an individual’s life.
The Alchemist has been a delightful read, the meaningful plot and aptly put characters with purpose only added stars to the thought-provoking concept of the book.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
These books are some of the beloved fiction that makes me feel good for their quality content.
There are more to write about, many more of these.