DDS Recommends

DDS Recommends: Classics That You MUST Read!

A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader’s personal opinion.

That is how the definition of classic goes. This week we have DDS Recommending a few classics that she has enjoyed and would like the book bees to read someday. Go through the list and tell us what classics did DDS miss out on? And which classic listed here actually surprised you! Until next time.

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended in 1944, and Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. The diary was retrieved by Miep Gies, who gave it to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the family’s only known survivor, just after the war was over. The diary has since been published in more than 60 languages.

First published under the title Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 (The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944) by Contact Publishing in Amsterdam in 1947, the diary received widespread critical and popular attention on the appearance of its English language translation Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Doubleday & Company (United States) and Valentine Mitchell (United Kingdom) in 1952. Its popularity inspired the 1955 play The Diary of Anne Frank by the screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, which they adapted for the screen for the 1959 movie version. The book is included in several lists of the top books of the 20th century.

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Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

“Wealth is certainly a most desirable thing, but poverty has its sunny side..”

It’s Christmas time..

The March family has fallen on bad times after the father lost their money. the four March sisters—the nearly perfect ‘little woman’ Meg, the tomboyish Jo, the shy but wise Beth and the artist of the family Amy—are planning to brighten up their Christmas by buying presents while their father is away, fighting the Civil War.

Featuring suspense, humor and engaging characters, Alcott’s Little Women explores their lives as they make their way into adulthood. What becomes of the sisters as they fight the dangers of gender stereotyping while being torn between familial duties and personal growth?

Sometimes knotted, sometimes surprising, this coming-of-age novel brings for you a delightfully surprising yarn of family life as the gripping tales of each of the four sisters march along.

Little Women it continues to remain Alcott’s best-known and most widely read work.

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The Count of Monte Christo – Alexander Dumas

“Is not a day divided into twenty-four hours, each hour into sixty minutes and every minute sub-divided into sixty seconds? Now in 86,400 seconds very many things can be done.”

Edmond Dantès, a worthy and loving sailor, is imprisoned on the night of his wedding feast for a crime he has not committed. Thrown into solitary confinement, he decides to starve himself to death. But a few weeks later, there’s a scratching on his wall. Curious about the sound, he begins to eat again, using the serving dish to dig up. He eventually comes across a fellow prisoner, Faria, an Italian priest, who bequeaths him a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo.

How does Dantès escape and what turns him

into the vindictive Count of Monte Cristo?

Alexandre Dumas’ the Count of Monte Cristo is a legendary saga of a sailor, his romance, betrayal, punishment and revenge. A literary classic, it has been translated into almost all the modern languages. An inspiration for many literary and non-literary works, it has been a subject of various notable adaptations across different art forms.

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Anne of Green Gables  – L M Montgomery

The celebrated classic about a red-headed orphan and the family who falls in love with her.

The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her. A favourite classic with cover and introduction by the inimitable Lauren Child, award-winning creator of Clarice Bean and the hugely popular Charlie and Lola series.

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The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Set in the Gulf stream off the coast of Havana. Hemingway’s magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and a timeless vision of the beauty and the grief of man’s challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superfluous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.

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Special Mention: Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a novel with a science-fiction theme written by bestselling author, Aldous Huxley, and was first published in 1932. It is set in the far future, in 2540 AD and features a utopian view of the society at that time, with a lot of material dedicated to sleep learning, reproductive technology, and classical conditioning. The title is derived from a line in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The book begins with a lengthy introduction, detailing the author’s views of how he thinks the entire world will function in the far future, in a global society that he terms The World State. The individual story only begins in the 7th chapter, where the reader is properly introduced to the story of Bernard and Lenina, two inhabitants of the World State.

Bernard has a single friend in life, whose name is Helmholtz Watson. Bernard and Lenina go on a holiday to New Mexico where they meet John the Savage and Linda, both of whom have lived hard lives due to being ostracised by all the people they lived with.

It is decided that John and Linda would accompany Bernard and Lenina back to the World State when they return, and the rest of Brave New World covers the events that occur on their return journey.

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About Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay

Born to the City of Joy, Debdatta is a 30-something years young bookworm. When she is not reading or talking or blogging [@b00kr3vi3ws] or promoting books, she can be found daydreaming about the Beast's (Of Disney's Beauty and the Beast) Library.


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