Every summer, we bring you our favorite book list that you can enjoy if you’re stuck in an airport, during a long flight, or even while tanning on the beach. So check them out and let the fun start!
1. The Woman from Tantoura, Radwa Ashour – Egypt
Ashour’s masterpiece is a thorough recollection to the lifetime of Palestine. From a young girl’s perspective to the mature observations of an adult woman, the novel well documents all sides of human experience within that part of the world. This novel does not shy away from painful images, but it is first and foremost a powerful human story.
2. Men in the Sun, Ghassan Kanafani – Palestine
Ghassan Kanafani is one of the greatest Arab writers who ever lived. In this short story, he uses the experiences he has lived through in the Middle East to inspire his literary work. Kanafani portrays the life of a refugee through three different male characters from three different generations with the use of graphic metaphors. They come together through a journey to escape their current circumstances. The trip towards their destination is challenging on many levels, whether physically or emotionally. Without further spoilers, you should read it.
3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – USA
By far, this is the greatest American literary work ever written. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by the ingenious Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922 and the Decline of the American Dream in the 1920s. On the surface, The Great Gatsby is a great love story. If you dig deeper though, you will find so many layers of social interpretations and analysis for the upper society, and a great criticism of capitalism.
4. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – France
The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
5. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – India
Salman Rushdie is known for his very contraversial works. However, his masterpiece, Midnight’s Children, is an art in itself. The 1981 novel that deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India. It is considered an example of postcolonial literature and magical realism.
6. 1984, George Orwell – UK
Though born in India, George Orwell is one of the most renowned British authors in the world. Orwell’s classic 1984 is a great book that still has the ability to brilliantly and thoroughly analize the socio-political stance of the world. It is always a great read, whether you’ve previously read it or not.
7. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – Brazil
Well, you have probably read that one already. But in case you haven’t, please do. The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho, one of Latin America’s icons, which was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became an international bestseller translated to more than 70 languages. Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel is very inspirational and it touched on many different aspects of life. The story is about a travel journey of a young man searching for a meaning to life. It is dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom.