With the change of seasons, everything slows down a little bit in Ibiza. During the summer months we’re lucky to have time to skim the Diario so it is a luxury to be able to sit down and enjoy a good book. To inspire your library, we’ll be sharing a few posts about classics in different genres. Here are five classic novels that will add a touch of romance to winter.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Possibly the most beloved romance novel of all time, Pride and Prejudice has charmed generations of readers. Austen’s gifts as an author include a keen understanding of human nature and a good-humoured compassion for the same. Her finely drawn characters are rich in delightful, exasperating foibles. You can’t help but root for a happy ending for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The tale of a strong-willed orphan who grows into an independent young woman, Jane Eyre shatters the stereotypes of delicate heroines. She is sturdy, self-sufficient, and above all, a woman of strong principles. When she falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester, she learns a terrible secret and has to choose between what she feels and what she believes. The enduring genius of Brontë’s novel is that Jane never yields to convention, but finds her own way to happiness.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
This charming novel is told from the perspective of successful city lawyer, remembering the orphan boy he was and the girl he adored. Written as a flashback, he tells a friend about Antonia, the strong, brave, determined daughter of immigrant farmers struggling to make a life on the American prairie. She is a beacon to him, as well as her family, and he can never forget her. Their reunion is a masterpiece that captures the tender awkwardness of returning, as an adult, to meet someone you loved when you were young.
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
If you don’t have time for an epic read, A Room With a View is the perfect length for a lazy weekend afternoon. A small, delightful novel of morals and manners, it follows the budding romance of Lucy, a middle-class English woman, and George, a free-spirited young man whom she meets while travelling in Italy. Chaperoned by her prim cousin, and with a boring fiance back home, Lucy has to unravel her feelings before it is too late.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Written with Eliot’s characteristic grace and verve, Middlemarch is gripping story that takes a long hard look at what love means, and how easy it is to confuse with other strong emotions. The heroine, Dorothea Brooke, is eager to marry an older scholar. However, once they wed she gradually realises her earnest admiration and respect for him is not the same as love. Her growing maturity and insight help her discover true love but not, of course, without complications.
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