Black Beauty – The Timeless Classic

Publication Date – 1877
Genre: Drama
Author : Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell’s masterpiece novel – Black Beauty became a best seller and reflected the anguish, pain and struggle of animals through a young horse. This novel revolves around a young horse named Black Beauty who has to undergo both good and bitter experiences and has to face the inhuman torture inflicted by the human race. I was completely moved after reading this novel and could feel the pain of this Black Beauty. Black Beauty is only the novel which has been written by Anna Sewell during her lifetime.

                                                     Anna Sewell – Author

Through this novel, Anna Sewell expressed her affection for the horses and highlighted the cruel atrocities made by the owners on their horses. How Black Beauty is tormented by his masters and what setbacks does he undergoes to find freedom has been written beautifully in this novel. This novel has close resemblance to the novel “Call of the Wild” written by Jack London. If “Black Beauty” was about a young colt, then “Call of the Wild” revolves around a sheepdog. Black Beauty was adapted into motion pictures, plays and television serials.

                  Poster of Steven Spielberg’s motion picture War Horse

Black Beauty’s story inspired several motion picture directors to make inspiring movies on horses. “Sea Biscuit”, “The Secretariat”, “Flicka” , “Young Black Stallion” and War Horse are some of the hollywood motion pictures which were inspired by Anna Sewell’s novel – Black Beauty.  If you love reading this classic novel, you should also read “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”.

Around the world in 80 days – An entertaining classic

Novel: Around the world in 80 days
Author: Jules Verne
Genre: Adventure

Can a person travel all over the world in just eighty days? Sounds marvellous! Isn’t it? But can a individual make it possible? All the curiosities of the readers are unfolded in the novel – Around the world in 80 days, which was written by the great French writer- Jules Verne. When the planes were just a fragment of imagination, travelers relied on railways, ships, carriages, camels and horses. But these mediums are not sufficient for a person to complete his journey round the world in just 80 days. Through his novel, Jules Verne actually took readers round the world in 80 days where every single page is filled with adventure, thrill, action and exploration.

Phileas Foggs, the protagonist of the novel puts his fortune at stake by betting that a person can really travel all over the world in 80 days. As Phileas Foggs embarks on this thrilling journey along with his servant, the trip becomes a unforgettable journey of a lifetime for Phileas Foggs as well as the readers. During the journey,Phileas Foggs and his servant, Passepartout meet several eccentric characters which includes a Indian Princess, and a chasing detective. How Phileas Foggs manages to complete the journey in 80 days and how he wins the bet is best described with entertaining moments by Jules Verne. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and consider this book as one of the best  works written by Jules Verne. If you love adventurous and exploration stories, then you should not miss reading this novel which is power packed with action packed sequences, thrilling chases and unstoppable fun. Once you complete reading this novel, also have a look at other adventurous novels like “20 thousand leagues under the sea” and “Journey to the center of the earth” which are equally entertaining.

Louisa May Alcott – The woman who wrote the epic novel ‘Little Women’

                                                         Louisa May Alcott

Preface – Reading Louisa’s novels is like having a sip of refreshing espresso coffee, mixed with cream of compassion and sugar of love. I was blessed to meet this great author through her novel – Little Women in the year 2005.  There is a exceptional simplicity and warmth in writings of Louisa which not only entertains the reader, but also gives a clear approach towards life. Today when I write the articles with refinement, I truly give the credit to Louisa May Alcott’s writing style which gave me the guidance to understand American literature and its culture. It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase on the life and works of Louisa May Alcott, the great author who bought a smile on the face of million readers through her cheerful writing.

Introduction and Works – Born in Germantown, Louisa May Alcott was the second daughter of Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. Seeing how hard her parents  had to struggle to meet the daily needs, Louisa resolved to take the job of a teacher, seamstress, governess or any noble job which would ease their financial problems. Although poverty had stricken their family, Louisa and her three sisters cheerfully endured every adversity of life. It was her imagination and penchant for writing that succeeded in making her an established writer in the literary field. “Flower Fables”, “Moods” and “Hospital Sketches” were some of the literary masterpieces which were poured from the imagination of Louisa. When Civil War was at its peak, Louisa volunteered in many causes such as serving wounded soldiers in the hospital. As Louisa’s works were getting popular, one of the publishers requested Louisa to write a full length novel targeting towards children. Thus came the great novel “Little Women” in the year 1868 which was based on her childhood experiences. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – the characters of the novel became a household name and were loved by the readers all over the world.

                           A rare photograph of young Louisa at age of 25

The character ‘Jo March’ in the novel “Little Women” was exactly what Louisa really was.  Louisa was a dashing young girl who always dared to obey her heart and never spared any effort to support her family in terms of finance. Every character in this novel is not ficitious as one reads in the books. So whether it is the tomboyish Jo, introvert Beth, charming Laurie or the gentle Old Laurence, every character is larger than life. Louisa May Alcott had the knack and expertise to write sensational as well as heart warming novels. “Eight Cousins” and “An Old Fashioned girl” are other successful novels which were equally loved by the readers. Though her writings bought her fame and  monetary prosperity, Louisa was bit weakened by chronic health problems. Louisa May Alcott breathed her last on March 6th 1888 at age of 55. The literary world became void after the demise of Louisa May Alcott and there was no other cheerful author who could bring a smile on the face of readers as Louisa did.

                               Poster from the  1994 movie “Little WOmen”

Adaptations – Little Women was adapted into motion pictures several times and latest of them all was the 1994 movie – Little Women starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Susan Sarandon. Even the movie was equally entertaining and captured the spirit of novel successfully.

Influence of Louisa May Alcott’s writings on the next generation writers – Susan Coolidge was one of the authors who was highly influenced by Louisa May Alcott. Her novels “What Katy did” and “What Katy did at school” were heart warming, fully filled with feminine spirit and joy. “Secret garden”, “Anna of green gables”, “Pollyanna”, “The railway children”, “Daddy long legs” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrookfarm” are some of the novels which carried the feel of “Little Women”. Let’s take a glance at the list of novels written by Louisa May Alcott.

1) The Inheritance
2) Flower Fables
3) Hospital Sketches
4) The Rose Family: A Fairy tale
5) Moods
6) Morning glories and other stories
7) Little Women
8) Good Wives – Sequel to the novel “Little Women”
9) Perilous Play
10) Little Men
11) Eight Cousins
12) An Old Fashioned girl
13) Rose in Bloom
14) Under the lilacs
15) Jack and Jill : A village story
16) Jo’s Boys

I personally consider Louisa May Alcott as beautiful person who showed countless readers a refreshing view of life through her writings. By reading her works, a reader will learn the most valuable thing in life – the joy of giving happiness to a needful and bringing a smile on a face of troubled person. Hope, this blog post will serve as a useful medium to throw light on the life and works of America’s great author and make the readers acquainted with American literature.

Why I love reading and writing

“Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again” – A dialogue from the movie “Little Women”.

How truly said! Some books are reflections of our life and thus reading them is like being home again. As a reader, I got the opportunity and privilege to read books of various genres ranging from adventure, thriller, romance to horror, drama as well as biography. If “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was about childhood adventures, then “Little Women” was about discovering happiness even in tough times. Every book highlights different aspects of life and makes the reader more informed, matured and conscious. Reading these books gave me a glimpse of American culture and also enriched me with information on life of great authors like Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Hardy, H.G.Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain etc.

Every book that I read, not only entertained me, but also gave me a hope to see life from a refreshing perspective. From my personal experience, I realized that books are our true friends as they never deceive, dishearten or criticize us. Through this process of writing, I got the opportunity to write out the thoughts on the paper  and express my views in a more clear and defined manner. Since I have written content for several websites, blogs, I still feel that somewhere elegance in my writing is yet to come.

“Writing is such a process of self discovery that I couldn’t wait till morning. I wanted to know what I was going to say”-  Quote.

Whenever I start on writing, I pray to God so that he grants me the wisdom to pick the right words and right term for the right topic. Searching right word for an article is similar like a bachelor searching for a lovely soulmate. For me, writing is like composing a music and keyboard is like a melodious piano where I pick the right word to compose my content.  Life is incomplete without music, thus I always imagine myself like a musician so that I can bring some melody in my writings.

Speed, creativity, uniqueness and “out of the box” approach in the writing is what makes writer a admirable writer.  Through his writings, a writers creates a world of fantasy where the reader lives in fantasy world as he reads every word wrote by the author. The reader not only visits the fictitious world, but also meets the wonderful characters created by the writer. The impact of a exceptional writing is so powerful that one feels like staying in a world untouched by time.

Whenever the impulse of reading gets more intense, I pick up any book from my shelf and visit the dream world to meet the lovable characters I simply love. If you want to take a dip in imaginary world full of fabulous characters, then you should definitely read “Around the world in 80 days”, “Robinson Crusoe”, “Jane Eyre”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Mayor of Casterbridge”, “Far from the madding crowd”, “Little Women” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. If you want to get access to this world renowned classics, you can visit Crossword – the biggest bookstore which has several branches in Mumbai or become a member of a library near to your residence.

Through my articles, I always care to see that the message is conveyed in a informative, cheerful and light hearted manner to my reader.There is just a small hope to write a full length novel which will entertain the readers and motivate them to see the life in a more refreshing way.  I dedicate this article to the great writers like Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling who entertained and enlightened the readers with their imagination.  Hope everyone likes this post.

List of classic novels you can’t afford to miss!

A novel is a river, but a short story is a glass of water. A novel is a forest, but the short story is a seed. It is more atomic. The atom may contain the secret structures of the universe” – Ben Okri (Novelist, Short story writer)

What an extraordinary thought! Writers from different nations have described about writing according to their creativity. Every author had his own imagination and domain to convey his ideas to the readers. Below are the list of the best novels and short stories which I have compiled to give my readers a glimpse on these priceless gems of literature. These books are highly recommended and are worth the price.  So, if you spare a moment to visit a bookstore, then do pick any of these book and enrich your mind with new vocubalary and get a glimpse of American culture. Through this article, I have taken a small effort to inform my readers about these rich, outstanding novels and short stories.
1) 20 Thousand leagues under the sea – Jules Verne
2) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
3) Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
4) Short stories of Thomas Hardy
5) Around the world in 80 days – Jules Verne
6) Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
7) Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain
8) War of the worlds – H.G.Wells
9) The man in the iron mask – Alexandre Dumas
10) Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
11) Emma – Jane Austen
12) The Strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
13) Rebecca of Sunnybrookfarm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
14) Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
15) The last of the mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
16) Mill on the floss – George  Elliot
17) A Journey to the center of the earth – Jules Verne
18) The count of monte cristo – Alexandre Dumas
19) Wuthering Heights – Emily bronte
20) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
21) Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony Hope
22) Three Shakespeare Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet)
23) Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
24) Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
25) The Railway Children – Edith Nesbit
26) An Old fashioned girl – Louisa May Alcott
27) Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
28) What Katy did – Susan Coolidge
29) Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
30) Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

World’s famous authors who inspired me to become a creative writer

1) Mark Twain – Mark Twain’s phenomenal classic – “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” fueled a enthusiasm and energy in my mind to embark on the journey of writing. In other words, Mark Twain was my mentor who introduced me to world of American literature and cultivated a fondness to read inspiring, enlightening and outstanding works of great writers like Louisa May Alcott, Alexandre Dumas, William Shakespeare, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Emily Bronte, Anna Sewell, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G.Wells, Mary Shelley and many more.

The loveable characters like Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn created by Twain have been entertaining and winning the hearts of countless readers for several decades. I must have read “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” several times, but every time I read the book, it’s still fresh and sweet like a morning coffee.

2) Louisa May Alcott – If I have to describe Louisa May Alcott in just one word, I would just say  – Genuis!!!! I still remember buying “Little Women” randomly from a old bookstore. I had bought this book long back in 2005 and completed reading the novel in flat 2 hours while traveling in a bus. The first time I read this novel, I had a notion that it may be similar to Jane Austen’s classic – “Pride and Prejudice”. But this novel was completely different from “Pride and Prejudice” and was immensely refreshing. If Pride and Prejudice was about discovering soul mates, then Little Women is about growing up in family and standing by each other even in tough times. This is what I appreciate about Louisa and simply admire her work which succeeds to connect with readers in just one go. Even though this novel has a feminine touch, it has been loved by boys as well as girls.  I must have read “Little Women” thrice, but every time I complete this novel I garner a new strength and discover a new aspect of life.

 Whether it is Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy or Laurie, every character is memorable and you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with these characters. “Little Women” is more than a novel which entertains and enlightens the readers.  “Little Women” is the novel which became a inspiration for countless young writers and a true, memorable epic for book lovers.

 “Good Wives”, “Little Men”, “Jo’s Boys” and “Old fashioned girl” are other novels which got equal appreciation and success. Sad to see that teenagers are more inclined to read erotic novels and some cheap stories revolving around call centres and idiotic characters. ‘Little Women’ is a institution in itself which enlightens the reader to become more responsible, truthful, honest and humble. Very few novels have that quality to inspire readers and “Little Women” is one of them.

3) Kate Douglas Wiggin –  Kate Douglas Wiggin’s classic novel  “Rebecca of Sunnybrookfarm” became a inspiration and successful blueprint for young, aspiring writers to churn out warm and inspiring novels.  “Pollyanna”, “Anna of green gables”, “Daddy long legs”, “Heidi” and “What Katy did” were some of the novels which were highly inspired by “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm”.  I truly admire the writing work of Kate Douglas Wiggin which reflects integrity, morality, courage and hope. The characters written by Kate Douglas Wiggin are larger than life and you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with these characters.  

A matured, warm and motivating story of a girl named Rebecca Rowenn Randall, “Rebecca of Sunnybrookfarm” is all about chasing your dreams, no matter how adverse the circumstances may be. I never gonna expected that this American classic will turn as a lucky mascot to endorse my skills to the worldwide readers. Isn’t that bliss!!!! The moment I wrote a review on “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” and published it on my blog, it received a phenomenal response from readers. That day was the beautiful moment of my life and I am truly indebted towards Kate Douglas Wiggin who inspired me to write my ideas from the depth of my soul. If you are aspiring to become a writer, then you should definitely read Kate Douglas Wiggin’s novel – “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” which is not only a novel, but a institution which motivates readers to achieve their dreams

4) Thomas Hardy – If you carefully read every short story of Thomas Hardy, you will notice that every character created by Thomas Hardy is melancholic, brooding and a miserable victim of adversity. I had read “Melancholy Hussar of German legion”,  a short story written by Thomas Hardy and this story gave me the idea of Hardy’s writing style and his knack to bring a moist in eyes of every reader. Whether it is full length novels such as “Mayor of Casterbridge” or short stories such as “Old Mrs Chundle” and “Melancholic Hussar of German Legion”, Thomas Hardy’s stories have succeeded to win the hearts of million readers.

5) Jules Verne – The concept of “Submarine” was visualized by Jules Verne in his novel “20 thousand leagues under the sea” which was a sci-fi explosive thriller where Pierre Arronax, the lead character of the novel has to trace out a mysterious sea creature beneath the ocean.  I was astonished with the visionary ideas of Jules Verne and his exceptional writing skills that keep the reader engrossed right from the thrilling opening of the story to its explosive climax. If you have a penchant for adventure and sci-fi stories, then you should definitely read “A journey to the center of the earth” and “Around the world in 80 days” which were written by this great French author.

6) Alexandre dumas – Alexandre Dumas is the only author who started the trend of writing historical novels power-packed with adventure, romance, conspiracy, loyalty and betrayal. “Three musketeers”, “The man in the iron mask” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” became cult classics and were loved by the readers all over the world. His historical and adventurous novels became a inspiration for young and aspiring writers.  Whether it is Edmond Dantes, Porthos, Aramis, D’artagnan, Father Faria or Athos, every character created by Alexandre Dumas has become immortal. I simply appreciate his writing skills, imagination and flair to create adventurous novels fully filled with action and thrill.

7) Rudyard Kipling – “Jungle Book” was the novel which was adapted into motion pictures, stage shows and animated series. Born and brought up in Bombay, Rudyard Kipling wrote the unforgettable epic”Jungle Book” which had some truly lovable characters like Mowgli, Bagheera and Sherkhan. Though I didn’t read Jungle Book, I had the privilege to enjoy “Captains Courageous” which was equally entertaining, thrilling and enjoyable.

These writers gave the world some unforgettable classics and memorable characters which were loved by readers for countless decades. I hope this blog post has served the purpose of informing my readers about the world’s acclaimed authors. I am looking forward to describe more about several other authors in my upcoming blogpost. Hope you appreciate and enjoy this blog post. Do let me know your kind and sweet comments.