27 books that every girl should read before 27
1. Life on loan. Erich Maria Remarque
A man, his car, a fragile girl dying of tuberculosis. The heroine spends all the money on Balenciaga dresses, and the hero really wants to believe in the best. The ironic and absurd finale turns this sentimental story upside down. If you believe in the dubious thesis that every girl in 17 years should read Remarque, then let it be "Life on loan."
2. Portrait of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
Lovely and moody young man Dorian does not want to grow old. The talented artist Basil paints his portrait and, without knowing it, literally conveys his soul on canvas. Now Dorian is forever young, and the portrait is aging instead. A wonderful mystical novel about the naive egoism of the young, about the immorality of beauty and about how scary it really is to never change.
3. Lord of the Flies. William Golding
A terrible book about the entertainment of English schoolchildren on a desert island. Little boys live evolution on the contrary, turning from civilized children into evil, wild animals, cultivating fear and power, capable of killing. The story of freedom, which involves responsibility, and that youth and innocence are not synonyms at all.
4. The night is tender. Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Expensive cars, villas on the Cote d'Azur, silk dresses - but there is no happiness. A love triangle involving a doctor named Dick, his young neurotic wife Nicole and young frivolous actress Rosemary is the main novel about love, strength and weakness.
5. Slaughterhouse 5. Kurt Vonnegut
The subtitle of the novel is “The Crusade of the Children” - the most correct definition of the Second World War. This is the war the children went to - 17-year-old boys with missing brains. The main character makes endless movements in time, remembering his meaningless and not at all heroic campaign against World Evil. In this book about the war - not a single battle scene. Only the stupidity and absurdity of the whole idea through the eyes of a living young man.
6. Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov
One can argue endlessly that it was a dirty perversion or pure feeling, provocation or confession. Everything doesn’t matter. To read this book about the relationship between the forty-year-old Humbert and his thirteen-year-old stepdaughter is at least to understand why we all sometimes behave so strangely when interacting with older men.
7. A Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess
Rebel, cult, cruel and very teenage book. It is worth reading when you are 16, or not worth reading at all. The main character is a young man Alex, a bully, a sadist and a terrible monster who rapes, kills, speaks in a strange slang and unexpectedly transforms into a respectable citizen, an employee of the music archive. There is no logic, there is only a miracle, but quite understandable - Burgess began to write a novel, thinking that he would die, and finished, already knowing that a fatal diagnosis was a mistake.
8. Easy breathing. Ivan Bunin
An important story about schoolgirl Olya Meshcherskaya, femininity and first sex, an officer in love and a shot at the station. “Easy breathing” is an important quality of girls that makes men go crazy with love, and young ladies themselves are inexcusably frivolous about their own lives.
9. Transformation. Franz Kafka
Kafka is a gloomy complex writer. It is not easy for a young girl to love him. But you have to try. The short story “Transformation” is an absurd pamphlet on the theme of human loneliness. The young salesman Gregor wakes one fine morning with an abominable centipede, cockroach, bug, vile filth, which his family is afraid to even look at. If you leave aside the modernist pranks of the author, you understand that this is all about life, about the illusory nature of love, about the ugliness and loneliness of everyone.
10. The lover of the French lieutenant. John Fowles
Every day, a young woman in black stands on the seashore and looks at the horizon. The woman's name is Sarah and rumor has it that she is waiting for a sailor's lover who has dishonored her. A young man is about to marry a young charming girl. But once he sees a woman in black, and everything goes awry. Will he marry or give vent to feelings? It's up to you to decide. Brilliant Fowles wrote two versions of the finale to show that conscience is an individual choice.
11. Dear friend. Guy De Maupassant
A classic French novel with an “anti-hero” in the title role. The young journalist Georges Durois is trying to break through in Paris. He is mediocre, greedy, cowardly and illiterate. But it’s very beautiful. A terrible story about how smart and talented women become victims of their own blindness. This novel is a vaccine from stories with gigolos for life.
12. Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll
Great tale dedicated to a little girl familiar to the author. “Lolita” without signs of sex. It is useful to re-read “Alice” in an adult state in order to develop imagination, an unexpected outlook on things and a sense of humor.
13. Jen Eyre. Charlotte Bronte
The poor, ugly governess with iron will is the most unexpected character for the novel of the era of Victorian England. Jen Eyre first speaks to a man of his love, but refuses to obey the whims of his lover, chooses independence and insists on equal rights with a man. Contemporaries were horrified by such debauchery, and young girls are still happy to re-read the story of strong and uncompromising love.
14. Scarlet sails. Alexander Green
Beautiful, romantic, from childhood, a familiar tale about Assol, Gray and an unshakable faith in a dream with simple and clear morality - any miracle can happen if you do it yourself. For yourself or for the one you love.
15. The kid. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
The piercing story of the cosmic Mowgli left by parents on an uninhabited planet. As you might guess, it is we who are the wildest babies abandoned by the hippie generation to their fate. “They went on a dangerous free flight, but didn’t find anything” - many Moscow boys and girls raised on Beatles records and stories about Che Guevara will say the same about their parents.
16. Nastenka. Vladimir Sorokin
The first and main story of the collection “Pir” about a young girl who was eaten by her parents on her sixteenth birthday should be read immediately after graduation, when my heart is still languishing with Turgenev’s bliss and Bunin’s sadness. The story “Nastenka” differs from “Dark Alleys” in the same way as adulthood from childhood. And if you start an adult life, then with the story "Nastenka". Then it will not be scary any further.
17. What to do. Nikolay Chernyshevsky
The first socialist story in Russian is dedicated, oddly enough, not to the struggle against the tsarist regime, but to relations between men and women. Young heroes fight jealousy and possessiveness, learn to respect each other.
18. The tramps of drachma. Jack Kerouac
Twenty-year-old veterans returning from the war found neither truth nor dignity in America in the mid-40s, and began to wander. To the sounds of jazz in smoky clubs, to the whistle of the wind through the cracks of freight cars, to the ache of bones after spending the night on bare earth and, of course, to endless talk of Christianity, Buddhism, communism, anarchism - conversations in which they gradually opened up bit by bit for themselves, the meaning of the universe and the meaning of human life.
19. April witchcraft. Ray Bradbury
This is a very simple and short story about unhappy love. On several pages, one of the most sincere and lyrical writers of the 20th century lucidly explains to all young girls that unhappy love is the most magical thing that can happen to a person.
20. Notes of the revolutionary. Peter Kropotkin
Revolutionary and anarchist Peter Kropotkin talks about his life in the Page Corps - a military educational institution for children of the Russian elite. This book is about how a person can defend.
21. Shelter. Diary in letters. Anna Frank
The diary of the 15-year-old girl Anna, who, together with her family, is hiding in Amsterdam from the Nazis who have already sent other Jews of the Netherlands to concentration camps. Anna witty and aptly writes about herself, about peers, about adults, about the world and about her first sexual dreams, and this diary is an amazing document that illustrates what happens in the head of a young lady when the world collapses around. Anna did not live to victory over fascism for two months - she was still found and sent to a concentration camp, but her diary lives in translations into many languages of the world.
22. Carrie. Stephen King
The first novel of the great writer King about the unfortunate girl Carrie White, endowed with the gift of telekinesis. A detailed chronicle of brutal, beautiful and completely justified revenge for bullying of classmates sneaks to the bone and, most importantly, looks much more adequate, truthful and realistic than, say, the movie “Dogville” by Lars Von Trier.
23. Foam days. Boris Vian
It is thanks to this short novel by the fabulous French mystifier Viana that we know that girls have lilies blooming in their chests and musical instruments can mix cocktails. In a world full of cruel, ironic, but always impeccably beautiful metaphors, I want to live my whole life. We live.
24. The neuromancer. William Gibson
One of the inventors of the cyberpunk style, the popular American science fiction writer created a gloomy, cruel and magnificent world of the future, entangled in networks of megacorporations, flooded with neon lights and drowning in endless solitude. The most romantic book of our chrome days about the wanderings of eternity.
25. Abyss in the rye. Jerome David Salinger
The history of growing up of a young egoist, maximalist and idealist Holden Caulfield for many years will remain the most famous and most instructive book about the young. That’s exactly what we all are: touchy, unkind, confused, wild and infinitely beautiful, because sincere, naive and vulnerable.
26. While the girlfriend is in a coma. Douglas Copland
The author of the popular book Generation X, as you know, counted us all. However, Copeland is not only and not so much a social writer, he is primarily a brilliant lyricist with a touch of pure madness. “When a Girlfriend is in a Coma” is a semi-fantastic drama about love and friendship, full of subtle, brightest observations. It is after “Girlfriends ...” that Copeland seems to be the only writer in the world who loves us seriously.
27. A trap for Cinderella. Sebastian Japrizo
A light wonderful detective story about young French devils who love white outfits and open cars. One of the most magnificent works about amazing girlish mischief, meanness, and muck, written with endless admiration.