A book in time
You want to sing and dance in the rains? Try reading too, as books manage to spring up a feeling of wanting to be in your pajamas and shirt, something unhealthy to snack on and sipping on masala chai. Going into detailed reasoning of why books add sunshine to a cloudy day is just fruitless. Here are five must-read books for this season.
Yes, many of us have read this horror classic on the legendary vampire Count Dracula. Yet, the fun of reading this book on a stormy day (night would be better), with rains creating a noise on the window pane and lightening slashing the sky sounds terrific. Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania for a deal with the mysterious Count. The ‘prince of darkness’ has other horrifying plans which includes Jonathan’s wife Mina, her friend Lucy and others. Written in a diary format, Stroker’s language and narration still scares you. All you Twillights and Vampire Diaries fans just cannot beat Dracula on a rainy day.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – JANE AUSTEN
Do you really need a reason to re-read this classic on marriage, love, class barriers and best of all, some interesting intellectual talks? Duh… no. This Jane Austen book about18th century England features five sisters and their mother’s tryst in getting them married. The way Austen has dealt with Darcy and Lizzy, ‘Pride and prejudice‘ calls for our respect. What really makes this a must read is the lucid language, narrative flow of the episodes and memorable characters including the stupid Mrs. Bennett, pompous Mr. Collins, handsome yet unscrupulous Wickham and proud Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
The book opened up African English literature to the world. The story revolves around Okonkwo, an inhabitant of Umuofia in Nigeria. A leader of the Igbo people, he stand for their patriarchal culture and values. The novel is all about the changing social-political scenario (British colonialism and the arrival of missionaries) and a man’s struggle to deal with them. It has the supreme power to churn your heart. This book can allow you to think over human history and its cruelty.
THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET – DAVID MITCHELL
If interested in a novel to travel through the four months of rain, this one is perfect. A historical novel on some real incidents, the story revolves around the Dutch East India Company’s 1799 trade with Japan at their outpost Dejima, where a Dutch official Jacob de Zoet falls in love for a Japanese midwife. With a rather descriptive language, it becomes easier for readers to paint the scenes, taking us to the ‘turn of the century’ Japan. History never was so fictionally better.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE – AGATHA CHRISTIE
Nothing can compete with reading a mystery novel on a dark rainy night, and this one by the ‘Queen of Crime Fiction’ beats any other murder mystery book. Ten people with a haunting past get invited to an island by a mysterious Mr. U.N.Owen. Then starts the cat-and-mouse game of trying to escape their death. While reading the novel, chances are you might just not want to put it down. Our methods of reading it – a dark room with curtains closed and dim light just enough for reading and the night for company. Scared already?