“We read to know we’re not alone” C.S. Lewis
There are few things in life that can be compared with the pleasure of reading a great book.
These masterpieces, written by authors of both genders and belonging to different countries, show that literature transcends ages and crosses boarders. But all these books share an important characteristic: they portray incredible women able to captivate the reader.
Malala Yousafzai: “I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban”.
This incredible girl is all but a normal teenager. At the age of 16 y/o, Malala has already gained international recognition for her activism in the field of girls education. Two times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the young Pakistani sets an example for all women . She tells her story in a book co-written with journalist Christina Lamb. Despite the young age, Malala had already been fighting for the right of education and for women in her country for years before starting gaining national and international attention after surviving assassination attempt by a Taliban in 2012. Her unbelievable story shows how one brave voice is able to make a huge difference, able to become an inspiration for millions of people around the world.
David Nicholls: “One day”.
The third novel by contemporary English writer David Nicholls has had great success, due to its wonderfully detailed characters. They have complex charming personalities and you can’t help falling in love with the main female character, Emma. The book explores her relationship with Dexter through every single stage, including friendship and love. It covers a wide range of emotions, from contempt to despair, giving an insight into the depth of human feelings. Beautifully written, this book portrays a between to newly graduates throughout twenty years. “One day” is not the stereotypical love story: it’s painful, but it feels more real, and it makes you reflect on loneliness, fate and the struggles people often have to face while growing up. Moreover it’s incredibly moving, showing the most vulnerable sides of human beings, and resulting in the perfect book for when you want to feel in touch with your emotions.
Isabelle Allende: “Portrait in sepia”
Published in 2000, “Portrait in sepia” is a work by Isabel Allende, a Chilean writer whose novels have been widely commercially successful. Allende often crafts her books as tributes to women lives, and this one is no exception. Set in Chile at the end of the 19th century, the novel portrays the society at that time, the war and the role of feminism in a world ruled by men. The protagonist is a young woman, Aurora. After a trauma that left her unable to remember anything from the first five years of her life, she decides to search for her roots. This quest will lead her through the discovery of family secrets and will grab the reader till the very end.