5 CLASSIC BOOKS YOU MUST READ ONCE IN YOUR LIFE TIME
We tend to get carried away by the bestsellers and the latest news, but it is true that there are classics to which we should return from time to time. Above all, because they hide stories that are not out of fashion, hooking literatures and inspiring characters.
We want to propose five books in which women have much to tell; five classics with strong, bold and breakthrough literary heroines. Of course, you’ll have to go back to the library to get some of them … Do you have a license?
Little Women (Louise May Alcott, 1868)
You’ve seen the movie and it’s time, now, to start with the book, which is a real joy. We are in the middle of the Civil War, in the United States. The father of the family has gone ahead and the mother and four daughters remain, all of them halfway between adolescence and adulthood. Each one is different: Meg wants to lead the conservative life of getting married and forming a family; Jo only thinks of being a great writer; Amy dreams of entering the ‘high society’ and Beth, the dreamy little artist, is enough with a canvas or a piano to be happy. You can identify with any of them or delight in the overwhelming personality of Jo, who in an age so unlikely that women fight for their dreams, dazzles with their intelligence, entrepreneurship and sympathy.
Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë, 1847)
If you read it without the perspective of the time, its history can seem until calm to you, but bridge in the middle of century XIX. A novel about a passionate love is published; so much, that it surpasses the norms and the reigning morality. Depravation, revenge and audacity appear in such high doses that it was very scandalous for his time, despite having a very refreshing literary structure and despite being fabulously well narrated, something that at the time was not valued. But you do not need to go into literary exams to enjoy it: ‘Wuthering Heights’ will catch you from the beginning, with characters with a varied psychology and, above all, intense. A classic that you will enjoy in a pispás.
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare, 1597)
If you know the myth and even went to Verona to do the selfie on the supposed balcony of romance and touch the chest of the bronze statue, maybe now is the time to start reading this book, if you have not already done so . The story already you know: two young people from two enemy families fall in love and, in the fight for their love, they get into a situation of violence and terrible hatred that begins when Romeo, just married in secret with Juliet, kills the cousin of this . The work is probably the most masterful literary expression of extreme love, a love that transcends the conservative, the classical and the Platonic. It is a very short work, in which you can play to see what has remained of that conception of Renaissance love in the romantic expression of our emotions.
Beloved (Toni Morrison, 1987)
Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature six years after publishing the most elaborate and hard of his novels, Beloved, which, like the aforementioned ‘Little Women’, places us in the Civil War. But this time the social group from which the story is constructed is not the middle class, but slavery: it is the story of a slave woman who decides to murder her daughter to avoid the suffering of being another slave. Finally, in the midst of all these reiterations, what counts is the powerful prose of Morrison, which raises two powerful themes. On the one hand, how far the mother owns the life of her daughter, so much as to decide the fatal destiny. On the other hand, the emotional repercussion of slavery as a way of life (or death). A wonderful novel that was taken to the movies.
A room of its own (Virginia Woolf, 1929)
Woolf is one of the great female writers, and of women (which is not the same). ‘Your own room’ should already appear in your library wishlist. The text appears when they propose to him, in 1928, to give a series of lectures on the relation between woman and novel. And instead of throwing by frivolizations, he dares to say something that no one could: for a woman to write a good book needs economic and personal independence (this refers to the concept of ‘own room’). From there, he makes an analysis that is not out of date (although there are now women, and many, writing good novels, and many): all the nuances that have prevented us to be completely free. The denunciation of Woolf, to be able to search our own way with the freedom to choose our own path.