Top 5 underrated books you should read

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  1. One of the most underrated books The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein details the life of Enzo. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs, a philosopher with a nearly human soul. Enzo is not a regular dog and he has tremendous insight into how humans think. It is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life from a dog’s eyes. This Book will warm your heart in every possible way and you will not be able to put it down. This heartwarming story is told from the perspective of Enzo, he provides a humorous but insightful narrative on the struggles Denny faces. Stein created a truly unique and powerful piece and everyone should read it.
  • Little, Big by John Crowley – John Crowley’s masterful Little, Big is the epic story of a guy named Barnable, who travels to a place called Edgewood from the City which is nowhere to be found on any map just to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family. It is a story of love and heartbreaking loss of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that will captivate us all. It is a wonderful book and everybody should read it.
  • Not only the things that have happened by Mridula Koshy– This book takes you on a journey in which a woman relinquishes her four-year-old son to tourists passing through town. A world away from her, the boy becomes a man without the story of his past. Not Only the Things That Have Happened is a novel about the stories that make us and break us and then remake us. This story is about grief, loss and closure. It’s no brainer that Mridula Koshy’s writing has the descriptive ability which made the first half of the book an atmospheric read. Time is a character here, revealing that though the story of our present is always told for us, the story of the past and the future is ours to tell. Breaking and remaking is a significant part of all our lives. On rainy days, not only the things that have happened by Mridula Koshy are all you need.

  • The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai– In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace. It is difficult for a number of reasons: the poverty, the politics of colonialism and it’s long-term effects, the caste system, the violence. But the characters come alive and the book has history, humor, a bit of love and love spurned and it really makes you think. It makes you think hard about the politics of poverty, about travel to poor countries, about immigration issues and about how we have a long way to go to bring about equity and compassion to these difficult political issues. The title of the book says it all – for some people it is difficult to escape their inheritance – whether that is an inheritance of privilege or of loss. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world. Throughout the novel, various characters express feelings of humiliation. Most of the time, these feelings are caused by the actions of someone else in a more powerful position. 

  • The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness– Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. The loss of innocence is an important theme in young adult literature because the loss of innocence typically signifies the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. In The Knife of Never Letting Go, the boys of Prentisstown become men when they lose their innocence by committing a violent act. The emotional, physical, and intellectual drama is well crafted and relentless. Todd, who narrates in a vulnerable and stylized voice, is a sympathetic character who nevertheless makes a few wrenching mistakes.

 

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