1) The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy
You need to make a family chart to read this book. Simply because the family goes back to 3 generations and every character is described in detail and have complicated south-Indian names. I got confused at certain points as well. However, Arundhati Roy has written this novel in a very different style. This Pulitzer-prize winning novel has a very simple story, but the way the characters have portrayed their emotions is what will keep you hooked to this novel. It does get a little slow and boring in between but this novel is worth a read if you are looking to read something which has a plot that is very different from the other novels.
by Henri Charriere
This novel reminds me of Shantaram, but this one seems better. It is about this French guy (Henri Charriere, known as Papillon) who was wrongly convicted for a murder in 1931. This is his journey as he runs away from many prisons, is captured again and escapes again (from a prison no one had ever escaped before) and is captured again…only to escape again. He vows to get back into society and prove to the French justice system that even prisoners can start a new, clean life. It has been written in a way that you will feel that you are on a journey with him. You will rejoice with him, cry with him (I did not :D) and go on a journey across South America together.
One small chapter in which Papillon is in solitary confinement for two years just takes your breath away. A definite read!
3) Animal Farm
by George Orwell
This book and the author need no introduction. I remember half the class doing a book report on this book until the teacher told everyone to pick another book. But this book should be read by everyone. It is just 160 pages but has an impact like no other. If you still have not read this book, then do it today…and I assure you that you will be done in 2 days.
Next is a Paulo Coelho week. 🙂