Books that stimulate awareness of the greater global province in which we live, writing that agitates and provokes thought, immersing the senses in another definitive schema not too far-fetched: These are traits and characteristics of important novels that span literate works from past centuries on to the modern day.
George Orwell’s 1984
There are few novels that can match the importance of 1984 in depicting the very government that often seems inseparable from the known versions. Winston Smith is the monicker of an office worker not much unlike any other in a socialist society governed by three emblematic notions who becomes attracted to a woman. His romance with her goes but modestly towards breaking certain rules – and with her – that risk intervention by the “thought police” interrogateurs whose job it is to determine whether one was excluding improper thoughts during one’s daily routine.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Social engineering as glimpsed by the literate author Aldous Huxley rather appears introduced in this very readable and provocative novel about a society where human sexual reproduction is nearly extinct and where birthing is controlled almost entirely in a controlled laboratory environment from fertilization to workforce destination. For the hook, readers follow the adventures of an indigenous native from a reservation who has happened into the company of members of the peace-loving and social society portrayed therein. He is known as “the savage” because he is from a people who were left out of the scope of the society’s plans and who consequently still reproduce the old-fashioned way. Materials included with the book may include a foreword by the author explaining his alarm at a dystopia not necessarily as fictional as the one he has imagined that played certain role in his choice to pen this creative story.
Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose
Not every reader will thrill to reading the life of a once-sedate monastery under attack by an unknown killer. But The Name of the Rose has enough punch to read as a combination thriller and depiction of life in a medieval monastery. William of Ockham and Adso his companion make for the Sherlock-and-Watson team of investigators in an adventure that remains very much confined to the monastery, and in particular to a library of uncertain destination as clues are examined and many surprises discovered along the way.
Whereas each book details a type of society, the first two describe dystopias while the final one depicts a way of life beset by troubles together with a breakdown in the social fabric. The substantial nature of these books offers special glimpses into the complexities of social problems that by no necessity situate at simple proportions but nonetheless are engaged and tackled by more than capable pens that show greater than average proficiency at crafting intricacies necessary for painting classic works.
These works feature examples of the written word that may be long remembered for bearing a great deal of similarity to anxieties suffered in the course of modern living.