Brilliant short books from my book collection

I absolutely love it when several people recommend the same book and it turns out to be a really thick book. Marvellous! Extra quality time for myself to enjoy yet another wonderful, moving, exciting or bizarre story.

But maybe not everyone is excited about a book with at least 600 pages. For those people I have made a selection of the most beautiful short books from my own book collection.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist reads like an Arabic fairy tale. A bit mysterious and poetic. A young Spanish shepherd dreams about a great treasure in Egypt and starts searching for it. He encounters a number of striking figures on his journey. It is a positive book about hope and letting your dreams come true. Short but powerful.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm is definitely a classic that everyone should read. It starts as a sort of Disney like story where all the animals on a farm would like to drive away the farmer. This almost immediately turns into a new situation where you, as a reader, quickly feel very uncomfortable about. A revolution that went wrong. The farm is used as a metaphor for society in a funny satirical way, while the subject is very serious. This book came out in 1945, but is still very relevant to this day.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Talking about classics. What an ingenious and sizzling book this is. And to think The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 (almost nearly a hundred years old!). When you have finished the book, it seems like you have read a triple sized novel. In no time you are fully engaged into the story and the characters. It is exciting until the end. It is really incredible that this book only has 115 pages.

Film director Baz Luhrmann made the most recent film about this book. In case you don’t know who Baz Luhrmann is, think of the following films; Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001) and Australia (2008). Films with a lot of fireworks and fanfare in which the director mixes modern music with a classic theme. This is also the case with The Great Gatsby. You got to love it, but just like the book, this film made in 2013 is brilliant. First read the book though, as always just simply better than the film.

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