Books like Siddhartha

August 30, 2022

#1 Old Man And The Sea

American author Ernest Hemingway created the novella The Old Man and the Sea in Cayo Blanco in 1951. It was later published in 1952. It was Hemingway’s final significant piece of published fiction during his lifetime. This brief book, which is already a modern classic, tells the heartbreaking tale of a Cuban fisherman who perishes while pursuing a massive marlin in the Gulf Stream; it is expressly mentioned in the citation that accompanied the author’s 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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#2 Animal Farm

Animal Farm, a satirical allegorical novella by George Orwell about a farm, was first released in England on August 17, 1945. It depicts the tale of a band of farm animals who rise up to confront their man farmer in an effort to establish an animal-friendly society.

Animals that have been abused and overworked on a farm take over. They went out to construct a paradise of advancement, fairness, and equality with fiery idealism and passionate slogans. The setting is therefore set for one of the most incisive satiric tales ever written—a sharp-edged fairy tale for adults that charts the progression from the revolt against oppression to totalitarianism that is just as dreadful. As Animal Farm was initially published, it was thought to be directed toward Stalinist Russia. Today, it is glaringly obvious that George Orwell’s masterpiece has a meaning and a message that are still fiercely relevant wherever and whenever liberty is attacked, regardless of the cause.

#3 The Little Prince

One morning, a pilot who is stranded in the desert awakens to see the most remarkable tiny fellow standing in front of him. Draw me a sheep, please,” the stranger begs. The pilot also understands that when life’s events are too complex to comprehend, there is no other option except to give in to their mysteries. He takes out a pencil and some paper. And so starts this witty and charming fable, which has forever altered readers’ perceptions of the world by revealing the secret of what is truly important in life.

The Little Prince, offered here in a magnificent new translation with meticulously restored artwork, is one of the few stories that are as widely read and as widely adored by both children and adults. It will captivate readers of all ages because it is the authoritative edition of a global classic.

#4 The Stranger

French novelist Albert Camus wrote a novella in 1942 titled The Stranger, which was also released in English as The Outsider. Although Camus expressly disliked the term “existentialism,” its theme and attitude are sometimes regarded as instances of his philosophy, absurdism combined with existentialism.

Camus investigated what he called “the nudeness of man confronted with the ludicrous” through the tale of a regular man who unknowingly becomes involved in a senseless killing on a beach in Algeria. Published for the first time in English in 1946; a new translation by Matthew Ward.

#5 1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a unique masterpiece that ranks among the 20th century’s most influential books; as its dystopian purgatory becomes more real, it gets more menacing. The dystopian social science fiction book Nineteen Eighty-Four by English author George Orwell serves as a warning. It was Orwell’s ninth and last book that he finished during his lifetime, and Secker & Warburg released it on June 8, 1949.

The 1949 publication of the book features political satirist George Orwell’s terrifying portrayal of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s quest for identity. The novel’s genius lies in Orwell’s prescience of contemporary life—the pervasiveness of television, the linguistic distortion—and his capacity to provide such an in-depth depiction of hell. It has been compulsory reading for students from the moment it was published and is one of the scariest books ever.


#6 The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield was recently expelled from a new school after failing the majority of his subjects. Holden quits Pencey Prep after a quarrel with his roommate and ends up in New York City. Holden’s perception of the universe and its people evolves as he finds solace in brief encounters.

He wanders the city like a spirit, always thinking about his young sister Phoebe and his desire to escape the posers (adults) and live a meaningful life. The Catcher in the Rye, like The Outsiders, is a coming-of-age story that portrays the primordial human desire for connections as well as the perplexing feeling of loss we feel as we grow from childhood to adulthood.

#7 Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck wrote the novella Of Mice and Men. It was published in 1937 and tells the story of George and Lenny that make an unusual couple. George is “small and quick and dark of face,” but Lennie has the brains of a kid despite his gigantic bulk. Regardless, they are just like family to me.

Laborers in the parched vegetable fields of California labor more than they can, whenever they can. Lennie and George have a plan: they want to buy an acre of property and build their own shack.

#8 Crime And Punishment

Raskolnikov, a former student who is homeless and miserable, goes through the slums of St. Petersburg and kills someone at random without feeling guilty or sorrowful. He sees himself as a great man, like Napoleon, who goes above and beyond the bounds of morality. Raskolnikov, meanwhile, is being pursued by his conscience as he engages in a risky game of cat and mouse with a dubious police investigator, and he feels the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. The only person who can give the option of redemption is Sonya, a victimized sex worker.

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#9 The Picture Of Dorian Gray

The surreal tale of a young fellow who trades his soul for everlasting youth and beauty is the subject of Oscar Wilde’s sole book. A youthful aesthete in late 19th-century England was the subject of a devastating depiction by Oscar Wilde in this well-known work. The book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray descends into a life of crime and excessive sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait develops day by day into a grotesque record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the public. The book uses a combination of a Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction. This captivating tale of terror and suspense has been incredibly popular for more than a century. It is one of Wilde’s most significant works and one of the pioneering examples of its kind.

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#10 The Great Gatsby

The third book written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, was released in 1925. It chronicles the tragic tale of self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman he once loved, in Jazz Age New York. The narrative of the book is provided by Nick Carraway, who describes the happenings of the summer of 1922 after moving into the fictitious Long Island community of West Egg. He resides there among the newly wealthy, while his cousin Daisy and her violently wealthy husband, Tom Buchanan, reside across the water in the more affluent community of East Egg.

Nick eventually receives an invitation to one of Jay Gatsby’s glamorous parties as the summer goes on. Nick extends an invitation to Daisy to fulfill Gatsby’s wish, and there they rekindle their romance. Tom meets Gatsby at the Plaza Hotel as soon as he learns of the affair. Gatsby claims that he and Daisy have always been in adoration and that she has never loved Tom despite Daisy’s attempts to calm them down. As the altercation intensifies, Tom divulges what he discovered during an inquiry into Gatsby’s affairs: that the man had made his money by dealing in illicit booze. Daisy has abandoned her desire to divorce her husband, and despite Gatsby’s best efforts to the contrary, his case appears doomed.

#11 Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, an internationally recognized book set in a grim, dystopian future sixty years after its initial publication, continues to be regarded as a masterpiece of world literature. Its message is more pertinent now than it has ever been.

The fireman is Guy Montag. His responsibility is to destroy both the homes where they are hidden and the printed book, the most illicit of all goods. When Montag returns to his boring life and his wife, Mildred, who spends the entire day with her television “family,” he never doubts the devastation and ruins his activities cause. Montag, however, starts to doubt everything he has ever known when he befriends an eccentric young neighbor named Clarisse. Clarisse introduces Montag to a past in which people didn’t live in fear and a present in which people view the world through the ideologies in books rather than the mindless chatter of television.

#12 The Grapes Of Wrath

The epic history of the Great Depression won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired (and occasionally infuriated) millions of readers. The Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s is covered in Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, which was first published in 1939. The Joads, an Oklahoma farm family, are driven from their homestead and compelled to move west to the promised land of California. A story that is intimately human yet magnificent in scope and moral vision, elemental but blunt, tragic but ultimately uplifting in its human dignity, emerges from their struggles and recurrent collisions with the harsh reality of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots. The novel portrays the horrors of the Great Depression and inquires into the very nature of justice and equality in America. It is a depiction of the fight between the powerful and the downtrodden, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoic strength. Steinbeck’s enduring classic work is arguably the most American of all American Classics because it functions simultaneously as a naturalistic epic, captivity tale, read fiction, and transcendental gospel.

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#13 Brave New World

Aldous Huxley, an English author, wrote the dystopian book Brave New World in 1931 and had it published in 1932. The novel foreshadows enormous scientific advances in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, mind control, and classical conditioning that combine to make a dystopian society that is challenged by only one person: the protagonist of the story. The novel is basically set in a space-age World State, populated by genetic modification citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy.

#14 One Hundred Years Of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude, the novel that won Gabriel Garcia Marquez the Nobel Prize in Literature, is widely regarded as one of the most important literary works of our time. It is also widely regarded as one of the most brilliant and unique literary achievements ever produced.

Through the history of the Buendia family, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude recounts the rise and fall, birth, and death of the fictitious town of Macondo in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

#15 The Odyssey

This is how Robert Fagles’ superb translation of the Odyssey gets started. The Odyssey is literature’s most grandiose depiction of the journey through the life of the average person if the Iliad is the world’s biggest war epic. A timeless tale of humanity, as well as a test of moral fortitude for each individual, Odysseus’ ten-year journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, required him to rely on his cunning and cunning to survive in the face of supernatural and natural forces.

We now have an Odyssey to read aloud, savor, and appreciate for its sheer lyrical skill. Fagles has caught the fire and poetry of Homer’s original in the stories and legends that are presented here in a bold, modern style. The excellent Introduction and textual analysis by famous classicist Bernard Knox provide the general readers and scholars alike with additional perspectives and background information, enhancing the power of Fagles’ translation.