This installment of the Blue Bookcase’s Literary Blog Hop asks which book you must read before you die.
The one book that I think all of humanity should be required to read is George Orwell’s 1984. Like all great classics, this one only gets more relevant as time goes by. Orwell’s nightmarish insight into the power dynamics of society have been realized again and again in various forms ever since this novel’s publication. Also, his ideas about the relationship between language and thought, while scientifically dubious, are still pointedly relevant in any society where official jargon and propaganda hijack and twist the meanings of language into barely recognizable forms.
Coming in as a close second is Melville’s Moby Dick. Take all of the grand themes of life – life, death, God, friendship – and crunch them into the microcosm of a whaling ship captained by a deranged peg-legged megalomaniac. Good times.