In this week’s 5 Best Books we are asked to list our Five Best Books: Love. We can use the standard interpretation of love and list our favorite romances or love stories.
I am not much into romance. Even if I have read some books that contain a romantic plot, it has always been a classic, nothing modern. Anyway, here is my top 5:
3. A Kiss for Cinderella. J. M. Barrie. – A heartbreaking play by J. M. Barrie. Set in London during WWI, a poor young girl works as a domestic help. Hungry and alone, she imagines that she is the fabled ‘Cinderella’ and waits patiently for her invitation to the Royal ball. She is befriended by a policeman. A simple, unimaginative, unromantic man, he tries his best to comfort her. When he says ‘I wish I was a Prince’, I felt like crying!
4. Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë. – Set against the bleak backdrop of the Yorkshire moors, this is the story Heathcliff and Catherine and their obsessive love for each other. Their untamed, defiant natures destroy not only their own lives but also that of many others. Emily Brontë wrote about raw and unrestrained human emotions without the fear of meeting with the disapproval of the 19th century audience. I think she is probably one of the most honest writers I’ve ever come across.
5. A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens. – Just one name, Sydney Carton. A deeply unhappy alcoholic, he himself believes he is beyond redemption. But his ultimate sacrifice for Lucie and Charles proves him to be otherwise.