Whether you’re looking for a book to escape with while on your commute or are just getting round to reading the classics, make sure you have one of these top 5 books every man should read on your list.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray
In this scandalous Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray is lead astray by the decadent dandy, Lord Henry Wooton. With twists and turns along the way, and plenty of debauched behaviour, you can’t help but become embroiled in Dorian’s hedonistic pursuits and while you will certainly disapprove, it makes for quite the journey.
“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemmingway is a must-read and For Whom The Bell Tolls makes as good a place to start as any. Told through the thoughts and experiences of the protagonist, Robert Jordan and inspired by Hemingway’s own experiences in the Spanish Civil War, it makes for a graphic read with a hearty dose of camaraderie.
” For what are we born if not to aid one another?”
” He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any man could have.”
3. The Count of Monte Cristo
With 1000+ pages, The Count of Monte Cristo is a tome of a novel but worth setting aside the time for. Escape with Alexandre Dumas’ tale of human nature involving romance, loyalty, betrayal, and selfishness. It’s a mainstay on numerous ‘must read’ lists, so bite the bullet and get stuck into this vast volume asap.
“For all evils there are two remedies – time and silence.”
” …remember that what has once been done may be done again.”
4. The Great Gatsby
Set in New York during the roaring 20s, F. Scott Fitzgerald pens an intricate and woven plot that follows the escapades of several residents of ‘West Egg’ a rich district, and focuses on the relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy. You’ve probably seen the film, but experience the colourful tale by one of the finest authors of the 20th century.
” And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”
” It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”
5. My Uncle Oswald
Fun, outrageous and thoroughly readable, we’d all like to be just a little bit like Roald Dahl’s Uncle Oswald. Allow yourself to be enveloped in Dahl’s writing and just you wait till the sting in the tale at the end.
” … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead.”
” You’ll never get anywhere in this world unless you grab your opportunities.”