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A man without words is a man without thought.
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Clocks slay time.
‘The Sound and The Fury’ is a ghastly book. It is all too real, but still far too surreal. The most peculiar thing about this book is that if you go past its first page, you will never end up hating it.
The storyline revolves around a highly dysfunctional Mississippi family and their house‐help staff. The book works its way through a host of unreliable narrators and time‐leaps, finally culminating into a chaos of emotions.
Make no mistake, it is a difficult read. But it will reward you for your patience, attention and perseverance. The rewards may come in the form of a shock, a feeling of disgust or even utter disbelief.
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I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.
Mary Ann Evans, writing as ‘George Eliot’, set a benchmark for family‐ centric literature with ‘The Mill on the Floss’ in Victorian England. Many readers will point out that ‘Middlemarch’ can be a better choice here. But the fact that ‘The Mill on the Floss’ digs deeper into the workings of a family somehow justifies this selection.
The Tulliver family, living on the banks of the Floss, goes through ups and downs of seemingly quiet country life, only to end up in a heartbreak of massive proportions, just as Hamilton and Trask families in ‘East of Eden’ grapple with their misfortunes.
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I felt free to like all three of these men now, because I’d realized I didn’t have to become them.
Taking a cue from Dostoevsky’s ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, David James Duncan tried to probe into the lives of a North‐Western American family through diverse angles ranging from baseball to spirituality and career to politics.
This is also, by many miles, the ‘happiest’ book on this list, despite having its share of sombre moments. Not much in style of writing or character evolution, it is the very realistic dissection of family life that makes ‘The Brothers K’ a book like ‘East of Eden’.
Family is held important around the world, without exception. It doesn’t come as a surprise, then, that many authors try to delve into their past with works that revolve around families.
Here are two such worthy reads set in non‐English speaking countries.
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When life still hesitates to touch us, neither duty nor guilt dares lay a hand upon us.
Set in the late 19th century Berlin, ‘Buddenbrooks’ is a great portrayal of how families are shaped over generations. Thomas Mann, a colossal writer in his own regard, put his fluent poetic style aside while writing this book, and chose to be as objective as possible.
Eliciting themes from his own childhood, he made sure that ‘Buddenbrooks’ covered each and every aspect of the family life – from gatherings and weddings to funerals and lawsuits.
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Perhaps boredom was an irrelevant concept for a life as monotonous as hers.
Naguib Mahfouz, recipient of the Nobel Prize, is a well‐known name in the Arabic world. Published in 1956, ‘Palace Walk’ is the first instalment in the famed ‘Cairo Trilogy’.
The story, in itself, is about the way Egyptian families and households have worked for centuries. From minor sexual indiscretions to major political upheavals and wars, ‘Palace Walk’ takes us on a ride through the mind of the al‐Jawad family.
The most striking feature of family sagas is that we can relate to them more easily than other genres. In that spirit, you can also check out the following books: ‘The Forsyte Saga’, ‘A Death in the Family’, ‘Saville’, ‘Sons and Lovers’.
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