Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

I gobbled up every page in this book (all 500+ of them) in a matter of days. I’m a slow reader but by abandoning all my daily responsibilities, showering less, and taking the book with me to the bathroom; I was done reading in less than a week. And I regret nothing! Except maybe that I didn’t read it sooner (because I thought it would be just another generic work for the popular fiction isle). And someone may disagree but this is anything but generic. Inside this heavy tome lies a plethora of genuine and original thought. The main theme of these thoughts could be categorised under ‘Spanish history’ but under that there is still more; layers of it, which you won’t even pick up on your first reading.

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Ten Classics in One Sentence.

  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four

The how-to guide to taking out your sexual frustrations  – “The proles are the future!”

  1. Pride and Prejudice

I thought he was awful but it turns out he’s okay, now we’re married. The End.

  1. The Great Gatsby

That long-lost love should’ve stayed lost.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird

Racism is bad, I can’t believe some people needed a whole book to understand that.

  1. Wuthering Heights

She’s dead but I still prefer her over you, sorry.

  1. Jane Eyre

I’ll marry you if you don’t tell anyone about my pyro wife living in the attic.

  1. Moby Dick

This book is so long sometimes they print it using bible paper.

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A world where children scam other children to win a Bible competition.

  1. The Catcher in the Rye

Growing up is hard okay!

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

…so I’m gonna drink tea and get high, bye y’all!

When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

“Gilbert prided himself on being an unusually well-informed man. No doubt the sun did too. No doubt the sun knew why the clouds formed and why the wind blew and why the lizards basked in its warmth, and all this immense knowledge made the sun gay and bright, full of trust and affection for mankind. But there were shut-away worlds, full of mistrust and hate, and it was about this side that Makhaya was particularly well informed.” (p. 89)

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Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

I usually don’t like to read books that simply by their title suggest there will be tears but this text takes a well known subject and turns it into an original piece of literature. Based on the real story of Ivan Mishukov, the narrative follows little Romochka and his pack around Moscow as they learn to provide for their little family.

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A Mercy by Toni Morrison

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This is a short but powerful read. Toni Morrison, in her attempt to write outside the stereotypes of her race (as she explains in her essay ‘Home’ in ‘The House that Race Built’), she puts together a narrative that is both fictional and historical with a unique perspective on slavery. In just 176 pages she covers a wide scope that punches quite a kick.

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