“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Whether we’re talking about a message on a monolithic piece of rock like the Rosetta Stone, a message in a bottle or even a piece of prehistoric papyrus, you can all be sure as hell that writing has payed a major contribution towards our history.
Books! The world of amazing authors and revolutionaries who dedicated their lives to inspire the masses and create fabulous adventures for those who read. We’re not just talking short stories and fiction. We are talking Escapism and fantasy. Below you will find a few penguin classics to appetise your taste buds if your new to reading…
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
If your the kind of person who isn’t afraid of a little science fiction, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. An astonishingly well written masterpiece that is reminiscent of Dan Browns far fetched fiction with a hint of reality. Its the story of a time traveller who travelled almost a million years (800,000) into the future only to discover that his world had been substituted by what seemed to be an altruistic, almost blissful utopia reminiscent of something you’d see in a Disney movie by day to something a great deal less altruistic. A seemingly advanced esoteric yet paradoxically primitive species by night!
If ever you wanted to brush up on your oratory skills, then this is the surefire way to start your pursuit of broadening your linguistic horizons…
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
19th Century journalist Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations follows the life of seven year old Pip who is minded and raised by his evil sister and her companionable husband and friend of Pip, Joe. Soon to become ‘Mr’ Pip, learns a great deal about the grandeur of becoming a gentleman and the harsh realities which few people experience during his adolescence. Pip’s life takes a questionable turn after the introduction of miss Estella and her mother Miss Havisham. Ghastly Miss Havisham, almost grooms the idea of matrimony between Pip and Estella. Pip receives an anonymous hand which provides him with the only thing that was stopping him from becoming a gentleman. Money! With romance, suspense, subtle prose and a story line which most people can sympathise with, Great Expectations still stands strong today after almost 200 years. Written in first person perspective, this coming of age book is renowned for its idomatic syntax, appeal and excellent narrative for a 19th Century author and activist. Although, some people argue that this being Charles Dickens 2nd novel, lacks psychological depth, others would disagree. A must read and quintessential for ones bookshelf!
Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s classic book Danny, Champion of the World follows the story of young Danny and his father William who was widowed before Danny reached the age of one. As a mechanic the main breadwinner for his son, supporting their gypsy styled caravan and business as a local mechanic, William seeks revenge against rich business man Mr Hazel who has significant influence over the authorities. Mr Hazel who had once threatened nine year old Danny and who conspired to close down William’s primary means of income was also renowned for his yearly pheasant hunting festival which was held solely for his high esteemed upper classed associates. William decided to teach Mr Hazel a lesson by poaching some of his pheasants. One night however, Danny the protagonist of this book wakes up to find that his father William was gone. Assuming the worst he takes his father’s Austen Seven motor vehicle and makes his way to Mr Hazel’s forest. His circumspections where confirmed when he found his father with a broken ankle stuck in a trap and rendered unable to walk. Danny saves him and together they plot a bigger plot against the great oppressor Mr Hazel. Using a new technique, Danny cleverly ameliorates his father’s old technique for catching pheasants. Instead of placing horsehair into the pheasant food (raisins) and rendering the pheasants petrified; he places a sleeping pill into each raisin and ultimately renders the pheasants completely unconscious and clear for the taking. Danny uses his new found technique to sabotage Mr Hazel’s yearly shooting event for the rich by stealing all of his pheasants which would ultimately render him humiliated and mortified in front of his guests. A classic light hearted read written by the literary genius Roald Dahl. This book is a fantastic read, a perfectly untainted and a splendid exhibit to introduce to children for bedtime reading.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron