10 Novels

Dharma friends sometimes ask me whether I read novels and are there any novels that I would recommend. I do read novels. Here is a reply I sent recently in response to one request for good books. There is a wealth of fine literature. Mercifully, internet can encourage good reading rather than distract from it.Thanks for your message. Here are 10 excellent novels of the novels that I have read in the past few years.

It is hard to determine what makes a fine novel – the narrative, characters contribute but a powerful novel holds our attention offering us insights and understanding about the dynamics of human relationship. The novel enriches us. A few words, a short dialogue or a description or the entire thread of a book can impact upon.

If you look on www.amazon.co.uk you will see reviews of all or most of these books.

|In Alphabetical order with title, author, very brief description, country of author

1.       Birdsong by Sebastian Foulks. The impact of the meeting of love and war. England

2.       Death of Vishnu  by Manil Suri . Life in a Bombay block of flats. India

3.       Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson. Three generations of independent women. Sweden

4.       Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia. The power of enduring love. Brazil

5.       The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho .The transformation of life. Brazil

6.       The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert. Lives of ordinary Germans in World War 2. Australia/Germany

7.       The Master and Margarita by Mikhael Bulgakov . A 20th century masterpiece rich in archetypes. Russia

8.       The Reader by Berhhard Schlilnk Unfolding events of man’s love for an older woman with a secret. Germany

9.       Visit of the Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist Story of political ambition and illicit love in 18th century Denmark. Danish

10.   English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. How the terror of the past impacts of the lives of four people. Sri Lanka.


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