Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Examples Of New Classic Books You May Consider This Season

By Leticia Jensen

People have read books many times as a source of entertainment. However, only those publications with stories that transcend time, human experiences and culture can stand out as true classics. Another great quality about such work is their plot, emotional connection, character and conflict. Authors just know how to come up with great setting for their work to outdo others in the market. Even old good reads can fit the new classic books category due to their timelessness.

Any enthusiastic reader would want to learn about several of these classic reads. The list is long, with some published many years in the past. An adult will find various interesting reads in the book stores today.

A great one is the novel, The Poisonwood Bible, written by Barbara Kingslover. Its setting is in Belgian Congo in the year 1959. In this piece, Nathan Price is on a mission to snatch uncivilized souls in this country, Congo, from eternal fire. Accompanied by his four young daughters and wife, his efforts are frustrated as the country witness tragic political fallout with Belgium. The fiery Baptism missionary and family is trapped in this bloody fallout.

Three highly acclaimed classics are collections of short stories. These include Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, Selected Stories by Alice Munro and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. One can hardly talk about classic reads without mentioning such.

Another great read is Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel. In this piece, sixteen-year-old Pi Patel boards a Japanese cargo ship to start a new life with his family in North America. Leaving India, his father is a zoo-keeper and comes aboard with the animals. Pi comes out as widely knowledgeable about animal behavior and with insatiable appetite for stories. Incidentally, tragedy occurs and the ship sinks and Pi finds himself in life-saving boat with wild animals only as fellow passengers. These include an injured zebra, a hyena, Bengal tiger by the name Parker who weighs 450 pounds and an orangutan.

Having wide knowledge on animal behaviour, Pi uses this to escape death from Parker. For about 230 days, he is to co-exist with tiger at the sea. Parker disappears to the jungle once they reach the coast of Mexico. What follows is an interrogation by Japanese authorities to find out how Pi survived, but they hardly believe his story. This makes him come up with another believable story, which readers are left to determine whether it is real or not.

Young adults have numerous choices too. Good examples are The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver, A wrinkle in Time and To Kill a Mockingbird among others. Some of these are long-time classics but can qualify as new because of their timelessness. Recent releases like The Book Thief, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series make this list.

Since there are various classics one can explore, it is impossible to lack entertaining reads, whether you are young or old. You could begin by checking local book stores to find out what they have. At the same time, the internet provides a great shopping option with possibility of finding both hard and soft copy forms of such good reads.

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