A wise man once said, ‘He who would travel happily must travel light’, but our well-compiled list of books will definitely make that little extra weight worth it! So before you hit the road, make sure you don’t forget a good read to make your adventure jaunt that extra special.
For some of you out there; books might be as important as your phones. You are packing and see that big fat book on your nightstand which you have been meaning to read; you think, “Great! I’ll finish it during the trip.” And the struggle begins. You unpack and pack again, remove a tee-shirt or two; but nope, the sucker just won’t fit without being damaged. So here’s the thing: we have made a list of books which you can easily squeeze in.
Into The Wild:
A 208 page book by Jon Krakauer. Based on the life of Christopher McCandless, who upon graduating, gave away his savings to charity, cut up his credit cards, and began his life as a tramp. He was one of those rare souls who wanted to know the world intimately. In his final quest, he walked into the Alaskan wilderness and never returned. He was 24. He took the road we did not take. You’ll either love him, or hate his guts.
A 252 page book by Jack London, vividly written from an animal’s point of view. In the frozen wilds of northwest Canada, White Fang, part-dog part-wolf learns to follow the harsh law of the North: kill or be killed. But nothing in his lonely life prepared him for the cruelty of the man who buys him and turns him into a vicious killer- a pit dog to fight for money. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master or will die a fierce deadly killer? Hard at times, but if you love the outdoors, and dogs, try it.
A 268 page book by George Orwell. A startlingly haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is totally convincing. Imagine living in a country whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, who make Hitler and Stalin look like loving leaders. Working, eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, thinking; everything is controlled. Language is modified in such ways that you can’t express yourself, since Individualism is crime. The past is controlled, history is rewritten. The “truth” is what the state says it is. Black is white, 2+2=5, if the state says so.
The Call of the Wild:
A 172 page book by Jack London. Buck, a dog born in luxury is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh Canadian wilderness. Passed from master to master, he embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival. A fierce and inspiring read. If your dog is the coolest guy you have ever met, there’s no way you are not reading this.
The Catcher in the Rye:
A 277 page book by J.D. Salinger. Did you know the Mark Chapman, who killed John Lennon, held this book, while he was arrested? He repeatedly said that his novel was his statement. This “coming of age” tale, is a story of 16 year old Holden Caulfield, an aimless, disillusioned dropout, who is reluctant to go home, rambles in New York City, giving the readers an honest peek into the bewildering world of an adolescent.
Some of the other books that will easily fit in your backpack, however, can’t fit in this list are Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, Pablo Neruda’s “Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair”, and Charles Bukowski’s “Post Office”.
Wherever you go; pack a book. Your phone might die, the train might be running late, you might have a five-hour long wait between the connecting flights, or just to avoid that nosey lady beside you. Maybe instead of those fire extinguishers all around, there should be books inside the boxes, labeled, “Open in case of emergency”.
Read, to kill the hours; or simply for the joy of it.
By: Divya negi