As you may know already, I’m pretty fond of the classics. Here are a few suggestions based on contemporary novels you may have enjoyed. Some you may have already read, and some you may not be as familiar with – either way, you simply can’t go wrong a classic!
What book reminds you of your favorite classic?
If you enjoyed: One Day by David Nicholls
Not only did Anne Hathaway play Jane Austen, but she also starred in the romantic film adaptation of One Day. Both novels show the heart-breaking consequences of a relationship that seems doomed to fail, whether never the right time or against the wishes of your family. But when there’s a will, there’s a way and likewise, love cannot be bound by time.
If you enjoyed: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Both authors are true masters of story-telling, weaving tales of extraordinary obstacles and surprising coincidences that push the plot to the extreme. A Tale of Two Cities is by far Dickens’ best story and is sure to fill a void for readers who’ve already devoured Tartt’s latest hit.
If you enjoyed: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Or, Try: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Ivanhoe is set in the middle of the Norman Conquest, combining history and romance as a knight returns home to complete his errand and claim his lady-love. Does this sound a little familiar? The novel also explores Ishiguro’s central theme, exploring the depth of human relationships as Scott unveils the struggle between the Normans and the Saxons.
Readers who particularly liked Sir Gawain, will find a similar character in Don Quixote – the overwhelming similarity between the characters was completely distracting during Sir Gawain’s interludes. Both fighting imaginary giants and leading their friends astray, no doubt Sir Gawain is based on more than just Arthurian legend.
If you enjoyed: The Passage by Justin Cronin
No doubt pop culture’s obsession with vampires began with Dracula, and for good reason. Readers who haven’t yet enjoyed the classic horror story, will be pleasantly surprised by the depth of characters and eerie plot twists that sinister only begins to describe.