A study carried out at the University of Tennessee (USA) and published in the journal Reading Psychology has shown that reading in the summer is very beneficial. The reason? If we compare children who do not read during the holidays with children who do, we find that in the first group part of the reading skills and abilities could be lost. In the case of adults it is clear that summer, with its holidays, gives us more time to spend reading. However, if reading in summer is a classic, we cannot forget autumn. Autumn, that time of transition between summer and winter, with its increasingly shorter days, rainy afternoons and falling temperatures, is another special time of year for reading lovers. We take a look at 5 novels that are perfect for autumn.
Collection of novels for autumn
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë: one of autumn’s must-have novels
If there is an essential protagonist in this majestic novel, it is the English moors. That eternally autumnal weather of the beautiful, bleak and desolate Yorkshire. Full of wind, rain and mud, the weather is the ideal breeding ground for one of the greatest love stories in literature Wuthering Heights (Wuthering Heights), the emotional story between Catherine Earnshaw and the tormented Heathcliff. A novel full of resentment and anguish.
Published in 1847, a year before the author’s death, Wuthering Heights was highly controversial, perhaps due to a tempestuous sensibility that was too far ahead of its time. In fact, it was published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. In this acclaimed novel, an absolute literary masterpiece, as well as challenging strict Victorian ideals, it depicted mental and physical cruelty in a mercilessly crude manner. A true literary classic. A story of unleashed passions, love, revenge and hatred. One of the best novels to enjoy this autumn.
Stories My Mother Never Told Me, Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense’s favourite stories
Alfred Hitchcock was born in the UK in 1899 and died in the USA in 1980. The author of undisputed cinema classics including Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, To Catch a Thief, To Die Hard and many more. Titles that are still studied in film schools all over the world and which established him as the undisputed father of the psychological thriller and suspense cinema.
In this work, the iconic director presents a compendium of stories that, according to him, his mother would never have told him. The reader will find in this work a total of 20 stories by Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Roald Dahl, and Margaret St. Clair, among many other authors. Hitchcock assures us that“this title is an entirely accurate description of the content. I don’t think my mother would have told me the stories I have collected here, even if they had been available to her. A whole range of emotions awaits you, except, of course, those tenderer and kinder sentiments, with which I have nothing to do….“Hitchcock film buffs are sure to enjoy this collection of stories. So, as the filmmaker used to say, “Someone once said: the best introduction is the shortest one. Go on then!”.
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende. One of the best novels for autumn
The House of the Spirits, published in 1982, is the first novel by Chilean writer Isabel Allende. Classified as magical realism, the novel narrates the saga of a powerful family of Latin American landowners: the Trueba family. A family full of secrets and struggles surrounded by complex ties of love and hate. In this novel Isabel Allende manages to mix the vicissitudes of the historical period with the everyday and the marvellous. A gripping story full of love, revolution, ideals and the political reality of a country undergoing enormous socio-political changes over three generations. The characters, believable and irremediably anchored to their destiny, are another of the attractions of this work. For lovers of Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits is perhaps one of her best works. A must. In short, another of the perfect novels to read this autumn.
The novel was made into a film in 1993 and its cast included Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder and Antonio Banderas. A film adaptation quite faithful to the novel that deserves to be seen as well. In autumn or in any season of the year.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Autumn in New York
Published in 1925 and an undisputed masterpiece of world literature, the author sets the plot in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on Long Island, New York. This novel offers a portrait of the Roaring Twenties through the story of the mysterious self-made millionaire Gatsby as told by his neighbour, Nick Carraway. As Nick says: “Life begins anew when it gets cool in the autumn”. And the novel delights us with that wonderful contrast between summer and autumn. Gatsby only seems to be driven by an obsession, to recover an old love. In short, The Great Gatsby, a complex novel, full of charismatic characters, with the excesses of the twenties of the last century that would end irremediably in the crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression.
The Great Gatsby has been adapted into several films. From the first, released in 1926, to the most recent. The first was released in 1974, directed by Jack Clayton and starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. And the latest adaptation of the play, released in 2013 under the direction of Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd
This novel, published in 2011, is perhaps best known to the reader thanks to its film adaptation in 2016. In fact, that year, A Monster Comes to See Me was taken to the big screen under the direction of J. A. Bayona. The novel tells the story of Conor, a boy whose mother is ill and who is suddenly visited by a monster who tells him stories. In this way, Conor learns to face what fate has in store for him.
Poignant and beautiful, A Monster Comes to See Me deals with the difficulty and courage of dealing with the loss of a loved one. But it is also a hymn to life, to those who leave but would like nothing more than to be able to stay a moment longer. A perfect fusion of the simple and the profound in a heartbreaking novel. A work full of layers and a great psychological richness that shows the difficult transition between childhood and maturity. About what we fear and yet must face. A story that will touch your heart. Also ideal to enjoy these autumn evenings.
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