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10 must haves in your personal library

Post by: Deepti Khanna

In the concluding part of the series on setting up a library at home, we shall now look at a comprehensive list of 10 must haves in your personal library.

by Joseph Heller

The novel describes the wartime experiences of an Army Air Corps Captain John Yossarian. Captain John Yossarian, a bomber pilot is trying hard to make it through WWII alive. But the only excuse the Army accepts for refusing to fly a mission is insanity. So Yossarian constantly devises multiple strategies to avoid combat missions, but somehow the military bureaucracy finds reasons to make him stay back. Heller stated, "Everyone in my book accuses everyone else of being crazy. Frankly, I think the whole society is nuts — and the question is: What does a sane man do in an insane society?" Catch-22 is a novel in which the concept and circumstances of war are overwhelming and fundamental.

The Catcher in Rye
by JD Salinger

The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a 17-year-old dropout who has been thrown out of his fourth school. Throughout, Holden analyzes the 'phony' aspects of society. He tries to understand the headmaster’s affability depends upon the riches of the student’s parents and his roommate who wins girls with sickly-sweet affection. The novel appeals due to the authors sound observations. Salinger's style is similar to that of a conversation, that too a very personal one.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is about a young boy, Huck, in search of freedom and adventure. The shores of the Mississippi River provide the backdrop for the entire book. Through all of the adventures down the river, Huck learns a variety of life lessons and improves as a person. He develops a conscience and truly feels for humanity. The complexity of his character is enhanced by his ability to relate so easily with nature and the river. Huckleberry Finn echoed some of the central concerns of life today.

Lord of the flies
by William Golding

This is the story of a group of young boys who, after a plane crash, set up a community and try to rule a previously uninhabited island. As memories of home fade, the boys, who were once scared to be left alone turn barbaric and end up murdering someone from their own group.

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Animal Farm begins with a very drunk Mr. Jones (owner of Manor Farm) doing a really shoddy job of running it. The neglected animals listen to a wise old pig, who encourages them all to rebel and run the farm all by themselves. Above all, he says, everyone should be equal. And then he dies. Everyone is excited except for Benjamin, a cynical donkey.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South who defends a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. The book touches upon sensitive topics of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. Scholars have noted that Harper Lee also addresses sensitive issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in his Pulitzer prize winning novel.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Blessed with many diverse talents, undying energy and the ambition, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. Franklin's extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are recorded in this autobiography. This book covers Franklin's boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his experiments with electricity, his political career and his experiences during the French and India War.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert Pirsig

Robert M Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. This is a story of love and fear of growth, discovery, and acceptance. This book passes profound personal and philosophical knowledge into life's fundamental questions.

How To Win Friends And Influence People
by Dale Carnegie

For nearly six decades this book has successfully taught people three fundamental techniques in managing people, the six ways to make people love you, the twelve ways to win people and accept your way of thinking and the nine ways to change people without people objecting.

Call of the Wild
by Jack London

Half St. Bernard, half sheepdog, Buck is stolen away from his comfortable life as a pet in California and sold to dog traders. He soon finds himself aboard a ship, on its way to Northern Canada. Surrounded by cruelty, Buck’s natural instincts and behaviour begin to emerge as he works as a mail carrying sled dog, scavenging for food, protecting himself against other dogs and sleeping out in the cold snow. Exciting and action-packed, Call of the Wild explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the inevitable draw of primitive instincts that pull Buck away from civilization and humanity towards the lawless and harsh wilderness.

Also in the series:

Advantages of a well-stocked home library

How to set up a library at home
How to add books to your personal library

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