Love is not only in the air, but also in these amazing books, that still manage to stand the test of time. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are ten most romantic books ever.
1. Gone with the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
The novel was published in 1936 and in 1939 had the most spectacular adaptation of a book made in Hollywood. Although initially the book should have been called Tomorrow is Another Day (in fact, an often used replica of the main character), Margaret Mitchell finally chose this title, inspired by Ernest Dowson. The action takes place in Georgia and Atlanta, USA. Facts are woven around Scarlett O’Hara, the eldest daughter of an Irish immigrant and a woman with descendants in a noble family in France.
During the American Civil War, young Scarlett falls in love with Ashley Wilkes. Although he has a soft spot for her and her charms, he chooses to marry Melanie instead.
2. Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
For two centuries, this story about love and family, faithfulness and moral integrity, written with incomparable humor has delighted generations in a row. Sprinkled with marginal notes offering various information, historical facts, anecdotes and inducements collected from the writings of Jane Austen about faith, this book will provide a richer reading than ever before. The novel Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1823, introduces readers to the atmosphere of an era at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
3. Anna Karenina
Author: Lev Tolstoy
The story of a life full of passion and doubt, the famous novel Anna Karenina narrates the tragedy of a woman under the destructive empire of adulterous passions. In the background, Tolstoy reveals the hypocrisy of a high society, the break of the family institution.
4. Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte
This romantic melodrama owes its huge success due to the effects of ambiguity in the heroes’ feelings. In Wuthering Heights, things are going exactly in reverse, although the events reported may shock, sometimes seem incredible, are shown, in most cases, with great clarity and precision.
5. Doctor Zhivago
Author: Boris Pasternak
First published in 1957, in a global recession, Doctor Zhivago is the story of life and loves of a doctor during the Russian Revolution. Leaving Moscow for peace in the Urals, where he hopes to put his family at a shelter, Zhivago finds himself in full conflict between white and red. His love for the beautiful and gentle Laura is consumed amid cruelty and Revolution, a surprising representation of memorable times.
6. Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
In the years before the appearance of the novel Jane Eyre – 1847, English society was dominated by the cult of the family, the cradle of security and stability, with its center being a woman, wife and mother, with spiritual and moral reference. Despite debates about the role of women, the idea persists.
Moreover, immediately after the publication of the novel, John Stuart Mill wrote about the “perfect equality” between men and women, while Lynne Linton complained that the Girl of the Period The independence was excessive compared with simple and innocent girl of the past”.
7. Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza had lived a passionate love story. But sometimes life surprises you.
At first, when Florentino finds out that Fermina was to marry a rich doctor, he feels that his life is over. Although finds balance, enjoying success in business and not only … (622 amorous relationships could confirm this), his love for Fermina remains strong. So after 50 years, nine months and four days of separation, Florentino renews love to the woman of his dreams.
8. The English Patient
Author: Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient has four central characters, driven by chance under the roof of a former Italian monastery at the end of the Second World War. It’s Hana, a nurse numbed by the suffering and death of so many soldiers, Caravaggio, a mutilated thief and spy and morphine addict, Kip, a Sikh sapper who put his life in danger by defusing bombs. And the mysterious patient burned beyond recognition, cared for by Hana, who begins to uncover a story of love and adventure in the desert war scenes, which come to haunt him and his listeners.
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Because of the extremely shocking subject – morbid passion of a mature man for a 12-year old girl – the novel Lolita was rejected by publishers, being published in the United States only after its appearance in France. Built on mythological tales with fauns and nymphs, Lolita is, above all, a love poem dedicated to the English language and its expressive possibilities.
10. Essays in Love
Author: Alain de Botton
How does a love affair go with philosophy? The prologue of the tale is in the sky, a British Airways plane. Then, as in any romance, the two descend on earth. There are two ways to understand the events of love: a mythical or a philosophical one. Alain de Botton’s book takes them both seriously and mocks them with grace.