Jorge Borges was absolutely correct on imagining 'paradise' to be a kind of library. Reading serves as an escape from the reality and there are some precious gems in literature that will captivate your interests and transcend you into a world that will leave you spellbound. Almost everyone has heard about these books for they are so popular and eminent.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen has earned her reputation on the very foundation of this novel. Published in the year 1813 on 28 January this book is a holy grail for almost every reader out there. It entails the fascinating tale of Elizabeth Bennett who is the protagonist of this novel and Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy who is the wealthy owner of the Pemberley. Hasty judgements and prejudiced views spin such a tale that takes the reader into a fascinating journey and one can't help but fall in love with Mr Darcy.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This novel tells the tale of a young orphan boy named Pip who lived with his sister and her husband. Despite being his own sister she treated him poorly and abused him on a regular basis whereas her husband Joe was a kind and gentle soul. Originally published on 18 th of December 1843 this novel is a Bildungsroman which focused on the overall growth of the protagonist that is Pip. He takes a sudden fancy to Miss Havisham's lovely ward Estella and an encounter with a stanger on New Year's Eve changes his entire life.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Published in the year 1719 on 25th of April this book is a marvel. Although there are many myths surrounding the fact that Robinson Crusoe was a real person and this story was a travelogue of true incidents, one cannot quite be sure for Defoe never confirmed any of these popular theories. Here in this story, upon being shipwrecked Crusoe embarks on an adventure where he encounters pirates and cannibals. This novel was originally published in epistolary form (written in the form of letters) and has an element of didacticism in it. Upon reading, the reader embarks on a tumultuous journey that captivates all their senses.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
This novel is an epitome of the Gothic romance genre where the story of Heathcliff and Catherine will render you numb and at the same time make your heart soar with joy, such was their love ; immortal at its purest form. I'm quite certain that anyone who has read this novel have their own favorite passages, one of mine being -
Brontë published this novel in the year 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell and her excellent penmanship can be vividly observed throughout the entire novel. The love triangle of Heathcliff, Catherine and Linton enraptures the heart and soul of the readers and it feels as though you are witnessing the story in front of your own eyes instead of merely reading it.