Category Archives: Classics

Death On The Nile

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Author: Agatha Christie.
This was my first and only Agatha Christie novel, and the suspense kept me turning pages alright.
A charming young lady, with all the riches in the world, with everything possible to live for, with nothing more to ask of, is brutally murdered on a cruise-ship, on the river Nile, as the name suggests.
Her husband had earlier been the love interest of another lady, a good friend of hers, but she ‘stole’ him from her.
Was it her friend who murdered her? Was it the husband, to inherit the riches? Was it the maid, to steal her jewellery?
A ship, full of people who could have committed the deed, but Hercule Poirot, the Belgian-French detective, with his sharp skills of deduction, and excellent usage of gray matter, is here to enravel the dark mystery. This is a classic crime-fiction novel.
I’ve even read the graphic novel version, and liked it too! This is certainly a good read for lovers of crime-fiction, and ofcourse, lovers of our very own Hercule Poirot!

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Author: Harper Lee.

If you haven’t heard of this book you’ve either been living under a rock, or you’ve just been introduced to Literature.
Anyhow, it is a book you will end up reading at some point in your life. This book is set during the Great Depression in America.
The book’s been narrated from the point of view of a young girl. The innocence is replete in her words. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer, and seemingly perfect, with all his morals and virtues very much intact. He’s also an understand father. So all in all, a perfect gentleman.
He takes up the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, accused for a grave, disgusting deed he never committed. He had been framed.
Atticus Finch made it his aim to have Robinson acquitted.
What lies in Robinson’s fate? Will the all-white jury speak in favor of a black man?
Atticus’ neighbours completely isolate him in lieu of taking up the case of Robinson.
Finally this book teaches us what we’ve heard a number of times – Never judge a book by it’s cover, to never hold grudges or stand prejudiced towards someone, unless they’ve actually done something to gravely hurt you. Lee’s aim was to make us understand, that we must stand up for what our heart thinks is right, and not what the society wants us to think is right.

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”  – Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird.

The Diary Of A Young Girl

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Author: Anne Frank.

Anne Frank  may have passed into the greater world, but has left a huge piece of her soul behind. Through her diary, the reader gets to live life back in Hitler’s time, during the Holocaust, through Anne’s eyes. Her diary dates back to the WWII.
Anne was gifted a diary by her father on her 13th Birthday. She recorded every single day of her dreary life in “The Secret Annexe”, the family’s hiding place in an office building.
She is extremely mature and understanding for her tender years, but that slight hint of innocence still remains. She learns to adjust with another family in hiding with them.
Through all the adversities that the family is forced to face, one thing remains constant, hope. They constantly hope that one day they will be able to walk once again in the open, without the fear of being caught and killed.
The Frank family however is caught by the Nazis, and Anne, along with her sister, is killed.
This book makes you realize the injustice done to the Jews in Hitler’s time, it is a must read for all ages.