Masterpieces to Start Reading on National Book Lovers Day

Books are a friend that grows the way people think, drags them to different worlds and enables them to acquire new information. You can find wisdom on every page you turn from the books and the stories that warm your heart in each letter. So how would you like to get lost in the pages and top off this meaningful day with masterpieces on August 9, National Book Lovers Day?


1. For Those Seeking the Purest Form of Love: The Little Prince

Written by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry during the brutal years of the Second World War, The Little Prince can be considered a classic children's book at first glance. However, the book has anecdotes from which all people can learn lessons, thanks to the meaningful criticisms voiced by the main protagonist, The Little Prince. The book offers readers a valuable perspective, especially on the way people perceive the lover. Since it was first published in 1943, the work has been translated into 488 different languages and dialects, proving what a masterpiece, it is.


2. Two Friends' Struggle for Life: Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men was written in 1937 by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. The work focuses on the complex story of friendship between two seasonal agricultural workers. The book deals with the desire of these two friends to earn the money that they need and live in a decent way and their commitment to their dreams with a realistic approach. It is thought that the work also carries traces of Steinbeck's life.


3. Sabahattin Ali's Immortal Work: Madonna in a Fur Coat

The work, which was first published as Büyük Hikâye in the newspaper Hakikat, deals with the impressive story of German Maria Puder and Havranlı Raif Efendi. Raif Efendi is portrayed as a melancholic character who has been cut off from the outside world and lives in his own inner world.

Raif Efendi, who fell in love with Maria Puder, whom he met at a painting exhibition in Germany, weaves both this melancholic love and his alienation from the outside world, stitch by stitch, in his black-covered notebook. The reader witnesses the story through Rasim, another character in the book.


4. From Rumi's Masnavi to Novel: The Alchemist

Written by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho in 1988, The Alchemist has been read with great interest all over the world since then. Written based on a story in Rumi's Masnavi, the book tells the story of Santiago, who went from Spain to the region where the Egyptian pyramids are located, in search of treasure.

The book emphasizes that it is necessary to focus on what you achieve along the way, not on the ultimate things that are achieved in real life. Every door you open in your life journey actually transforms you and helps you to find yourself with the experience it adds to you. Readers determined to transform their life like an alchemist can use this book as a guide.


5. Women's Lives in Class Struggle: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen in 19th century England, where women writers were under great pressure, focuses on the class differences in society and focuses on the middle class and the nobility. The Bennets, a middle-class family, and their lives take an important place in the book.

Miss Bennet, who is desperate for her daughters to marry, has five daughters. Things take a turn for the better when Charles Bingley, a wealthy man, takes an interest in Jane, the eldest daughter of the family. The book is also very impressive in that it reveals the transformation of an extremely proud man. If you haven't read this book, which has inspired many movies and TV series, we certainly recommend you read it.


6. An Impressive Work on Racism and Inequality: To Kill a Mockingbird

The work, published in 1960 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, made a lot of noise all over the world, especially in the USA. Focusing on racism and inequality, one of America's biggest problems, the book sheds light on the inner world of people who are discriminated against.

The conflict between Atticus Finch, who is assigned to defend a black prisoner accused of a false allegation in the USA with the townspeople is processed through racism and contempt. In this process, issues such as the advice Scout Finch learned from his father, Atticus, and the perception of good and evil in the social and individual world are handled masterfully in the work.


7. Salinger's Unique Novel: The Catcher in the Rye

Published in 1951, it is Salinger's first and only novel. Focusing on the emotional state of a teenager, the work successfully presents the child's rebellion against the order established by adults. Perhaps the most important element that makes this work of Salinger a masterpiece is the fact that adolescents are left alone and that they describe their difficulties in sincere language.


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