Monday, January 17, 2022

3 Cult Favorite Books You Need to Read Right Now

Cult books always tend to elicit passionate responses from both book lovers and critics. They are books that explore specific aspects of culture and influence the culture of the group of people who read them. Although some are Best Selling books, some are underground works of art that were impactful to the generation of the time. The books range from classics to modern literature. Here are three all-time cult favorite books you should read.

The Catcher in the Rye: J.D Salinger

First published in 1951, this book centers on teenage rebellion and anguish through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old boy. The main character named Holden Caulfield leaves his native home in Pennsylvania and heads for New York. This move is motivated by a myriad of circumstances he finds himself in, as he works his way towards adulthood. The book uses profane language and has sexual content that prompted various groups to move to court to challenge it. Despite this profane language, the book has impacted almost every teenager who has laid hands on it. In the 1950s and 60s, it was arguably every teenage boy’s best book.

The Animal Farm: George Orwell

Although this book has been around for over 50 years, it is still fresh, relevant and amasses a huge following in the current generation. The book uses animals to represent citizens and their economic classes. Led by a pig named Old Major, the animals aim at rising against their cruel farmer, Mr. Jones, and then renaming their farm Animal Farm. When writing it, George Orwell was describing the Russian revolution and is believed to have used Old Major to represent Vladimir Lenin and Karl Max. This book beautifully captures how socialists’ ideals are corrupted by the powerful in society.

The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini

The book tells a moving story of the bond between a wealthy boy, Amir and the son of his father’s servant, Hassan. Based in Afghanistan, the book explores the class differences, cultural, religious and political tension and how it tears apart the friendship between the two. The theme revolves around family, love, and friendship against the heartbreaking story of Afghanistan in the past three decades. It tells the story of refugees moving to Pakistan and the United States and how the Taliban regime rose in the process. This book covers these sensitive topics in a raw form that brings tears to your eyes.

Join the movement today and grab a copy of these three books and watch them change your thinking.