Any book contains the story of time, the history of contemporary society, the story of life. Depending on the accuracy of the information, the language style, and the technique of narration, some books became the best books of the time. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, modern, ancient — there are hundreds of books that can be considered the best of all time. The top 10 books that can still be on the list of readers are –
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Russian author Leo Tolstoy‘s novel “Anna Karenina” was published in newspapers from 1873 to 1877. It was published as a book in 1878. This novel is considered to be Tolstoy’s first novel. Dostoevsky described his writing as a “perfect expression of art.” Vladimir Nabokov also called it “the perfect magic of the Tolstoy genre,” and William Faulkner called it “the best novel.”
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary, published in 1856, was the first novel by French author Gustave Flaubert. The story revolves around Emma Bowery, the wife of a doctor, who became involved in alienation from an ordinary life. The novel was published consecutively in La Revue de Paris from 1 October 1856 to 15 December. At that time, the law officials made allegations of obscenity against it. The novel became widely known in January of the following year as a result of a lawsuit. The book was published after the verdict proved Flaubert to be innocent, and he made it to the list of best-selling books by April of that year. The novel is considered by critics to be a masterpiece by Flaubert.
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy’s novel is one of the most significant works in world literature. It is also considered the best of his perfect literature. The novel deals with the invasion of Russia by France and the impact on Caesarean society in the Napoleonic era through the narratives of five aristocratic families. The novel was first published in book form in 1869. Newsweek ranked the book in the top 100 in 2009. In 2009, Time magazine ranked War and Peace third in the list of the top 10 books in world literature.
4. Lalita by Vladimir Nabokov
Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel Lolita was published in 1955. This novel is discussed for its controversial issues. The protagonist of the story is a middle-aged professor of literature, Humbert, who falls in love with a 12-year-old girl and has a physical relationship with her. The novel was written in English and was published by the Olympia Press in Paris in 1955. The author himself translated it into Russian and the novel was published in 1967 by Fayedra Publishers in New York. Lalita caught the eye of critics very soon after the publication. Today it is considered one of the best literary works of the twentieth century. The book was made into a film in 1962 and 1997.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. The book is considered one of the best works of American literature. The story of the character Huckleberry has been narrated in it. The book captivates readers with its colorful descriptions of people and places along the Mississippi River. Frogs on racism have also helped to make it to the best list in the book.
6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Exactly when the playwright William Shakespeare wrote ‘Hamlet’, no exact date is available. However, it is believed that it was composed between 1599 and 1602. The play deals with the assassination of King Hamlet of Denmark, his brother Claudius’s accession to the throne, his marriage to his brother’s widow, and his nephew Prince Hamlet’s revenge. Hamlet is considered to be Shakespeare’s longest play and the most powerful and influential mourning work in English literature.
7. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
The novel The Great Gatsby by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925. The characters live in a fictional city on the rich Long Island. The events began one summer in 1922. It first focuses on the mysterious rich young man Jay Gatsby, his whimsy, and his weakness towards the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. In this novel, the author focuses on degradation, idealism, abrupt change in society, resistance to change, etc.
8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
The past is preserved in the pages of the book by Marcel Proust‘s ‘In Search of Lost Time’. This seven-volume novel is also notable for its length. Of these chapters, the Medellin chapter may be the best example, which is attached in the first volume. It became popular after CK Scott Moncrieff and Terrence Kilmartin translated the novel into English. Proust began writing the novel in 1909 and worked on it until he fell ill in the autumn of 1922. It began to be published in France in 1913.
9. The Story of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov is considered the best writer of short stories. He portrays the lives of the Russian people in his stories. The Stories of Anton Chekhov has been published with the top 30 stories written by him. Notable among these are The Huntsman, A Boring Story, Word Number Six, The Lady With the Little Dog.
10. Middlemarch by George Eliot
English writer George Eliot has written ‘Middlemarch’ about traditional life. The novel deals with the events of the fictional city of Midland from 1829 to 1832. A combination of several stories has taken place here and the novel has moved forward revolving around many main characters. It discusses the position of women in society, idealism, selfishness, religion, hypocrisy, political reform, and the education system. There is no lack of humor in this novel.