Cozy Up With A Classic

It’s always the perfect time to hunker down with a good book, like one of the classics. Here are a couple of novels that are true page turners, no matter how many times I’ve read them.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

With more than 200 million copies sold, it ranks amongst the most famous works of literary fiction. Set during the French Revolution—a time of great change and great danger, when injustice was met with vengeance and there was no distinction between the innocent and the guilty. Against this historical backdrop, Dickens’ story of adventure and courage unfolds. The 45-chapter novel was originally published in 31 weekly installments, from April 1859 to November 1859, in Dickens’s literary periodical titled All the Year Round.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Emerging from World War I, this is an unforgettable story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion. It centers around Lt. Henry, American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse, Catherine Barkley—the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together.

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

In seven volumes, it recounts the experiences of the Narrator while growing up, participating in society, falling in love and learning about art. Proust worked on it until his final illness forced him to stop in 1922. In fact, the last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages as they existed in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

In 1937, Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance and from that experience came one of the best war novels of all time.The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat and the tragic death of an ideal.

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

While in-prisoned for a crime he did not commit, Edmond Dantes learns of a treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo. He becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth it and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Written in the 1840s this incredible tale still resonates with audiences today.