You know how, in everyone’s life, there are few books which manage to touch his soul and change his perspective regarding certain aspects of life? Those are the books which we cannot forget, although years pass.
In my life, there have been three books that really made a change in me. I will list the here and I will tell you what has impressed me.
The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, fils
I’ve absolutely adored this novel. The beginning is morbid and nostalgic, and the book in itself is partly sad. However, you’ll definitely enjoy it. Why is it so special for me? Well, I know that there are many books which approach the theme of incompatible and sad-ending theme, but it’s just so beautifully portrayed here!
Marguerite Gautier is a very complex character which I both loved and despised. She sacrifices so many things in the name of love, even her happiness.
There is a great conflict at a certain point between her and the Armand, and the end of it taught me to always try to be aware of the tiny details which could disclose what one really means when he says something. Because there usually are two sides of the story, and if we let anger overcome our sense, when we realise we’ve mistake, it might be too late.
Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
Honestly, there still isn’t a word in the dictionary to help me express my deep admiration for this novel. This book is on a whole new level – it’s in its own league, at least, in my opinion.
Not only does it make me live in those time (during the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era), but also I can learn so many important life-lessons from the story of Scarlett O’Hara. She is the type of women who behaves childishly, and who has this ideal life and love in mind, and she is blind to the others opportunities in front of her eyes. Rhett Butler loves her crazily, but she doesn’t give him a chance.
She is rude to him and realises she truly loves him when it’s too late. But she is optimistic and says the famous line, After all, tomorrow is another day.
What taught me this book? That I should keep my eyes wide open and appreciate the persons who genuinely care for me, to try not to lose my mind in a fantasy. Scarlett O’Hara also made me understand that I should always have an optimistic view on life, no matter how bad the things went; that I should be perseverant, ambitious – a fighter in the arena which we call life.
Otilia’s Riddle by George Călinescu
This is actually one of the few Romanian novels that I’ve really enjoyed and found interesting. Otilia is a very hard to read character and she has many faces, by not in the idea of being false. I’d rather say that she behaves according to the others’ temperament. The narration develops on several narrative plans, but the one that caught my attention is the one that has Otilia and Felix in the middle.
Due to some childish habits she has, some might be tempted to say she is immature. However, it couldn’t be less true. She’s a young woman that knows what she wants in life, and who can offer it to her. She’s restless and likes the wealth. But although that she might be able to survive without expensive things, she decides against it. Not ‘cause she’s selfish, but because she’s selfless. She’d ruin Felix bright future, and Otilia is well-aware of this fact.
The riddle is that no one is capable of saying what’s on her mind. Well, she taught me that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing and that sometimes, loves means only sacrifice, that there can’t be the happy ending you’ve envisioned from the very beginning. Love is a tricky game, in which one could find out his heart had been broken.
Felix taught me that I have to move on with my life, even if it might be the last thing I want to do. In spite of its hardships, life is full of sadness only if I allow it.
I really suggest that you should these books. If you’ve already read them, what do you think of them? Also, what books changed your perception on life?