7 exciting diary books for a lazy weekend
Sometimes the author detaches himself so that we, the readers, can see the development of events through the eyes of one or another character, independently assess his character, actions, environment, comprehend the logic and philosophical background of the plot. Here are seven exciting novels in the form of a diary, classic and modern, the perfect reading for a lazy weekend.
Mikhail Lermontov “A Hero of Our Time” (1838–1840)
Rereading the classics for yourself, and not for a tick in school years, you discover a lot of interesting things, which have not been assessed before or not noticed. How accurate, caustic and modern are Pechorin’s statements about others and about himself, how dangerous his charm is for women's hearts, and how important are the eternal questions he asks about the meaning of life and the fate of his generation! ..
The Journal of Pechorin, a journal in the 19th century, called the diary, includes such parts of the novel as Taman, Princess Mary and the Fatalist.In them, the psychological portrait of the “hero of his time” is fully and multifaceted, because Pechorin himself describes what happens to him, what worries him. Were it not for this diary, in many respects we would have to rely on the vague opinion of the disgraced ensigns' colleagues about his person: “A good fellow, but with great oddities.”
The history of the human soul, even the smallest soul, is perhaps more curious and not more useful than the history of an entire people, especially when it is a consequence of the observations of a mature mind on itself and when it is written without a vain desire to arouse participation or surprise.
Bram Stoker "Dracula" (1897)
The Irish Gothic novel Bram Stoker is the “godfather” of all subsequent vampire sagas. The image of the Stoker vampire aristocrat Dracula, the lord of all creations of the night, scares and beckons, freezes blood and stirs the imagination of more than one generation of readers. The story of the sinister graph is told through the diaries and letters of the young lawyer Jonathan Harker and his bride, Mina Murray, whose wedding was almost upset by the vampire intrigues. Welcome ... to inhospitable Transylvania!
Only those who have known the horror of the night can understand the sweetness of the coming of the morning.
Evgeny Zamyatin "We" (1920)
The most famous dystopian novel of Russian literature is written in the form of the diary of the protagonist - the engineer with the number D-503 instead of the name. In an ideal (in fact totalitarian) state of the future, freedom, creativity, love and emotions in general, as well as dissent, have been declared the enemies of humanity. Everything is unified, subject to strict rhythm and routine, and law-abiding members of society are more like bio-robots than independent individuals. Hearing the live music played on the piano, D-503 is experiencing emotional shock, and soon falls in love and realizes that he had a soul and a "dangerous disease" appeared - a fantasy.
A man is like a novel: until the very last page you do not know how it will end. Otherwise, it would not be worth reading ...
Albert Camus "The Plague" (1947)
The philosophical parable novel is built as a chronicle of the plague year in the small town of Oran - the French prefecture on the Mediterranean coast. A certain chronicler keeps this chronicle, hiding his name from readers to the very end of the work.The narrator emphasizes that he recognizes only the power of fact and the laws of logic, but in his impassive, objective narration of how people behave differently when faced with a terrible disease, very emotional sketches continually weave in, as well as philosophical reflections on freedom, human nature (is it sinful or divine?), the problem of choice and the absurdity of being.
All that a person can win in a game with the plague and with life is knowledge and memory.
John Fowles "The Collector" (1963)
This story has beauty and monsters, sorry for the spoiler, it is not a fabulous final. The psychological thriller about the nondescript, out-of-the-box clerk Frederick Clegg, who collects butterflies and is obsessed with feelings for the talented student-artist Miranda Gray, was the first published novel by Fowles. The book overnight turned the British university teacher into a world-famous writer.
The second half of the novel is Miranda's diary, which she leads in secret from her captor. She entrusts the pages of the notebook with her fears and pain, hopes, memories and escape plans.Thanks to these lines, the horror of what is happening, the tragedy in which beauty, talent, intelligence, spirituality, life itself is lost in an unequal struggle with inertia and inhumanity, is more acutely felt.
Last night I thought I was going crazy. She took up writing a diary and wrote, wrote, until she found herself in that completely different world. Made her escape — if not in fact, then at least mentally. To prove to yourself that that world still exists.
Daniel Keyes "Flowers for Algernon" (1966)
One title unites two works of American philologist Daniel Keese: in 1959, the story “Flowers for Algernon” was published, and seven years later - a novel of the same name with the same plot. Charlie Gordon, a man with mental disabilities (in the story he is 37 and he is a floor washer in a plastic packaging company; in the novel he is 32 and he is a cleaner at a bakery), voluntarily participates in an experiment to increase intelligence. After a brain surgery on IQ, Charlie is growing rapidly, like the other "experimental" - a mouse named Algernon. The reports of Gordon resemble a roller coaster: here and the joy of reading books and externally mastered knowledge,and the happiness of the lover, and bitterness from the realization of how mocking people treated him before and how hostile - now ... Alas, the authors of the experiment fail to deceive the nature, and everything returns to normal.
I used to be despised for ignorance and stupidity, now they hate for intelligence and knowledge. Lord, what do they need from me?
Helen Fielding "Diary of Bridget Jones" (1996)
This is an antidepressant book with which you can relax on a cold winter evening in your favorite chair, wrapped in a blanket. The problems of a lonely British woman in her 30s, whom she sincerely and with humor shares with, perhaps, her only real friend, a diary, are close to girls all over the world. It is not surprising that the novel has become a bestseller and I want to reread it, sort it out for quotations and advise girlfriends with a broken heart.
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