It is that time of the year when sitting in bed all day with a cup of coffee and a magnificent classic novel doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. End the year with some of these must-read classics
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A classic Christmas story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The orphan Jane Eyre takes up the post of a governess at Thornfield Hall and falls in love with the master of the house, Edward Rochester. Chartlotte Bronte’s extraordinary first novel tells the story of a woman’s passionate search for a richer life.
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Young, beautiful and in demand, Anne rejects the proposal of a poor young sea-captain. Many years on, she has aged and is still unmarried. He, on the other hand, has returned with a fortune and can barely recognise her. Deeply romantic, tinged with pain and regret, PERSUASION is a superb novel.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A result of his obsessive desire to gain control of life, Victor Frankenstein’s unusual scientific experiment results in the birth of a monstrous but sentient creature
5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
This is possibly Alexandre Dumas’s finest literary work – a gripping tale of suspense, superbly woven around the theme of revenge as a means of divine redemption. The action takes place against the backdrop of post-revolutionary France of the 19th century, with the rise and fall of Napoleon.
6. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf is one of the most known women writers and Mrs. Dalloway is her most acclaimed work. Set in post-World War I London, the story travels back and forth in time and into characters’ minds as Clarissa Dalloway prepares to host a party, which becomes the site of the gripping climax.
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
An artist, enraptured with the beauty of young Dorian Gray, makes a portrait of the young man who is adamant on doing anything to continue living a hedonistic life with his youth and beauty while his portrait bears the brunt of his soul-corrupting sins.