BOOKS FOR NOVEMBER:
This time of year when it is getting colder by the minute, and shorter days are fast becoming a regular thing. Reading is the best thing to do in order to pass the time, and preferably in a sofa with a big cup of tea while listening to some music. I for one always need more tips for new books, and interesting texts/poems.
I really think it is so incredibly important to keep the art of reading alive, and actually buy books not just download them onto a tablet/computer or your phone. So here comes some of the books I would recommend you read this November month if you have the time.
BRAVE NEW WORLD – ALDOUS HUXLEY:
Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World was published in 1932 by Chatto & Windus. Leslie Holland designed this cover for the first edition.
Huxley’s dystopian novel describes a future society in which technological and medical innovations are used by the state to exercise control over its citizens. Brave New World and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have often been described as prophetic, anticipating key contemporary concerns such as the ethical limits of state surveillance and biotechnology.
Both Orwell’s and Huxley’s novels are disturbing accounts of future totalitarian societies. Unlike in Nineteen Eighty-Four, however, the government described by Huxley is presented as a ‘benevolent’ regime, whose methods are psychological conditioning and the use of mood-altering drugs rather than torture and constant surveillance. The unified World State of Brave New World has managed to maintain peace, and its citizens are kept artificially happy by means of a drug, ‘soma’, which enables them to block unpleasant emotions. The State’s power over its citizens begins before birth: foetuses are altered to fit into one of the five castes in which the population is divided, and children are raised to remain content with their social position.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – AGATHA CHRISTIE:
Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
ICEBERG – CLIVE CUSSLER:
The towering iceberg drifting in the North Atlantic was a floating tomb. Embedded in the great gleaming mass was a ship – sealed in so solidly that not even its mast protruded.Here was a sea mystery to rank alongside the Bermuda Triangle and the Marie Celeste. But for Major Dirk Pitt, top troubleshooter for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, it was also the first link in a fantastic chain of events that would lead him too close – and too often – to violent death. And to the discovery of the most sinister and bizarre conspiracy of the century . . . ICEBERG.
THE PICKWICK PAPERS – CHARLES DICKENS:
The fat boy rose, opened his eyes, swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep, and slowly obeyed his master’s orders’
Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers. Readers were immediately captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor’s prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention.
As you can see from my reasonably short list (there are of course many more options) some of these books I think you should read in the month ahead if you have the time. I love them all in one way or another..