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This was a hard category but one that I really wanted to write about. It will definitely not please everyone but that is something that can be expected, especially with this blog.  So, here is my choice for Best 3…Novels of All Time (Fiction) :

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

3.  Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut




Honorable mentions go out to the following books:  1984 by George Orwell; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Pride and Prejuidice by Jane Austen; On the Road by Jack Kerouac; The Call of the Wild by Jack London; Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; and The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.

Animal farm is an allegorical novel that presents the consequences of corruption, indifference, ignorance and greed can have on a society (or farm in this case).  George Orwell does an amazing job of protraying the change in the pigs as they lead the revolation and eventually as they as corrupted by absolute power.  This absolute power is best displayed when the original commandments (listed below) are changed to reflect the corruptions i.e. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

The original commandments :

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

This novel is timeless and truly can be applied to any age in history (as history has shown us time and time again, how power can corrupt).

For my second choice, I chose Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which to me is one great book.  I love Captain Yossarian.  There is something in his character and the whole theme of the book that makes this a great read and a great novel.  It has coined the phrase “Catch 22” that we use in our everyday lives.  It presents themes on heroism, sanity and insanity, the power and ineffectiveness of bureaucracy, etc.

For my last best pick (which was hard because I have some great novels mentioned in the honrables mentions list) but for me it had to be Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is another great novel that highlights themes such as fate, struggle of human beings, time travel etc.  The characters created by Vonnegut and the situations in which they find themselves (other than the time travel) seem so real (which is a credit to his writing) and make you really think when you read this novel.




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