10 Novels That Will Change the Way You Think About the World


Divinity_Library_Wallpaper_kdyz0 Some novels go way beyond being fun reads or tragic stories. These novels take a look at the world through completely different eyes. These are the kinds of books that can make you change the way you think about the world.

1. “Cat’s Cradle,” by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat’s Cradle is about the danger of science falling into the wrong hands. The plot follows John, or Jonah as he calls himself, on an international adventure after he learns about the existence of a frightening new invention created by one of the scientists who worked on the atom bomb: a formula that can turn liquid water into a solid at room temperature.”

2. “House of Leaves” -by Mark Danielewski

“Tattoo artist Johnny Truant finds a mysterious thesis dissecting a found footage horror movie about a family that moves into a house whose interior is expanding around them. But how large can these rooms get? What kind of monster is living in this house?”

3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – by Margaret Atwood

“A military dictatorship in a dystopian future has stripped women of all of their rights. Offred—a name given to her that indicates she is the property “of Fred”—once a mother and wife is forced to become a “handmaid,” a concubine, for a man known only as the Commander. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dark reflection of women’s treatment as commodities by men.”

4. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – by Ken Kesey

“Randle Patrick McMurphy thinks he can get off easy by pleading insanity to escape jail time, but there is nothing easy about the psychiatric hospital where he is sent. Cuckoo’s Nest is a tribute to the human spirit’s resistance against oppression.”

5. “The Infinite Jest” – by David Foster Wallace

“A novel about an infinite number of subjects: school, television, family, genius, depression, addiction, child abuse, and tennis. The story takes place in a near-future world where the US, Canada and Mexico are united in a superstate, and revolves around the missing copy of a movie that is so good people cannot stop watching it once they see it.”

6. “Kafka on the Shore” – by Haruki Murakami

“Through magical realism Kafka on the Shore tells the tale of two interweaving characters: a 15-year old runaway who names himself Kafka after the famous Franz Kafka, and Nakata, who loses his memory and intellectual capabilities but gains the ability to speak with cats after the flash of light at the traumatic end of World War II.”

7. “1984” – by George Orwell

“When Orwell first wrote 1984, the technologies he imagined were not nearly as sophisticated as those we have today. As potent now as it was then, this is the story of a man and woman who try to escape from a government that watches its citizens’ every move and demands absolute loyalty.”

8. “The Road” – by Cormac McCarthy

“A man and his son travel the road in a post-apocalyptic world where society has collapsed and humanity is reduced to cannibalism. The Road is a grim and wrenching book about the trials of the human spirit and the relationship between a father and a son.”

9. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – by Harper Lee

“The harsh social realities of living in the American South during the early-20th century entwine the lives of a lawyer, his children, and the man accused of rape he must defend. Harper Lee based the novel on the experiences she had growing up in the South, where lynching was a legal punishment black men could face just for looking at a white woman.”

10. “The Giver” – by Lois Lowry

“In this dystopian novel, pain and suffering have been eliminated from life, but so have real joy and love. Jonas, the twelve-year old hero of the book, has been chosen to train with The Giver—the last person with memories of what life used to be like. But what will he do with that knowledge?”