There are a few reasons why books are called man’s best friend. I mean what could be better than reading? You can drink coffee, indulge in time travelling, visit various countries/states, enter someone’s (the writer’s or character’s) mind or most importantly you can avoid people if you don’t like to socialize much (wink) . Seriously! What can be better than this? Books help you to live in a world of your own. It helps to flourish your emotions and most importantly, shows you a better way to live.
When life is giving you ‘lemons’, just grab a damn book. Trust me, it helps! A book will never betray you, hurt you or make you cry or maybe sometimes if it does, it will in a good way. As a bookworm I am recommending 5 books for all that may motivate and help you overcome difficult times.
Lust for life
Lust for Life is a book by Irving stone. It is a biographical novel of the life of the greatest impressionist of all times, Vincent Van Gogh. The novel is based on the many letters written between Vincent Van Gogh and his younger brother, Theo. Van Gogh led a struggling life full of drastic madness and destruction. He was a painter of genius and all his life was full of discouragement and disappointment. But no artist has been more ruthlessly driven by his creativeness than Van Gogh. The novel captures this brilliant artist’s temperament as well as his passion for art. He was never quite accepted as an artist in his lifetime by critics and peers yet he said-
“Someday my paintings will be hanging in the louvre.”
The novel is written so vividly and fluidly, very few books will influence you deep down as well as this one. Whatever you are going through, disappointment or discouragement; this artist’s life will teach you to get up and fight for your passion, fight for your chances. It will also make you see the art in sufferings, the worthiness in living and the weight of every emotion.
“Knowing how to suffer without complaining is the only practical thing, it’s the great science, the lesson to learn, the solution to the problem of life.” – Lust for Life
Van Gogh’s madness will inspire you in a different way. Somehow you’ll be convinced of madness as a good criteria. It will definitely make you respect all your emotions and actions.
“You cannot be good all the time. Sometimes it is necessary to get angry.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“You cannot be firmly certain about anything. You can only have enough courage and strength to do what you consider to be right.”- Lust for Life
You will certainly know living is a blessing.
“Life’s not so bad after all, there are not only poison but also antidotes.”- Lust for Life
Lastly if you are an artist or artsy person, lust for life is a must read-read!
“Everyone has their own personality, it’s own character and if he respects that, everything would fall over for good only.”– Lust for Life
Gorbhodharini is a book by Samaresh Mazumdar, a contemporary Bengali writer from West Bengal. The book is mostly based on the red-blooded sight of youth. This is a story of a powerful friendship: an unbreakable bond between four youngsters, which lead them to an adventure of their lifetime and changes their way of living. They find a new home while they start to cooperate and connect with the nature. They learn how to survive in any unexpected situation, accept new people, new tradition, new culture and deal with death. A small mistake turns their life into a picture of harsh reality ultimately leading them to a golden sector of life.
This group of youngsters had dreams that were as high as sky, love for their motherland and passion to accomplish the impossible. Among the youngsters was a fascinating character named Joyeeta who did not believe in gender inequality and proved it in the story that a woman can be as robust and resilient as a man and also have the heart to love unconditionally. The feminists will find this character very intriguing, as this character offers an interesting twist and ending to the story.
An inspiring book full of emotions, twists and a touch of realistic fantasy will give your unfair life a little bit of excitement. Moreover, this book will definitely give you some blood boiling spirit to put all the garbage aside and keep on living like a youthful forever. Hey! After all it’s all about the pleasure you get from reading right?
The Alchemist, a novel entailing the atmosphere of medieval mysticism by Paulo Coelho that states that we should not avoid our destinies. If you want something from your heart but you fail to achieve it, don’t lose hope.
“The secret of life through, is to fall seven times and get up eight times.” – The Alchemist
A story of a boy named Santiago who has a dream and the courage to follow it. He goes out in search of his dream and stumbles all the way through his journey. The boy’s journey is an inspiration. When life doesn’t play a supportive role and everyday seems meaningless to you, just read out the book. Below are mentioned some of the fascinating dialogues from the novel ‘The Alchemist’ which are the core of the novels philosophy and a motif that echoes behind Coelho’s writing:
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their life every day.”
“And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
The outsiders is a book by S.E. Hinton which entails the story of a 14 year old boy named Pony Curtis who struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. It is a great book about friendship and not judging people before getting to know them. The core issues mentioned in the book are the tribulations we still face today even though the writer wrote it forty years ago. No matter where we go it always seems like people will be apportioned into groups based on what we wear, our social status and etc. But this book can teach you that no matter what we wear or where we come from, all people ar basically the same. We can find similarities in each other just as easily we can find differences.
The main characters in this book struggles because all their lives they have been taught to hate and judge people that are not like them. After a while the characters begin to wonder what is truly right and wrong. This book can make you think over things that you take for granted sometimes and can show you that everyone deserves a second chance. No matter how old you are, how you look like and where you come from; you are capable of so much more.
The outsiders also includes a poem by Robert Frost called “Nothing Gold Can Stay” which is about savoring each moment of life and not forgetting that things always change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. As you grow up, you face changes in your life each day but in the end, its always about hope.
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus’s essay collection; is a deeply humanistic book. The central essay is the eponymous portrait of the mythological figure of Sisyphus, the wisest man on earth and extremely skilled in trickery who was lastly punished by Zeus. Zeus banished him into Tartarus, a prison like waste land underworld. There Sisyphus endlessly rolls a rock up a hill, just to have it roll back to start anew. A Sisyphean task became synonymous with the senseless work man has to put up with now a days. From the beginning the very clear tone of the book is to value life. The other themes revolve around the question of morality and faith.
By the myth of Sisyphus, Camus points out that nothing seems to be scarier than working for no result and always starting all over again, apparently with no aim. Camus’s essay is a celebration of the individual without falling into self-indulgence and egotism.
These are the 5 books I can suggest for your hard or unfair times. Try to give some attention in the words and story while reading them, I guarantee it will help undoubtedly. So Grab a hot coffee (coffee and books go so well together, try it!) find a comfy place and…start reading. Enjoy!!!