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Of sandy shores, deep blue sea and literary masterpieces

Published: 18th June 2013 08:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2013 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

Be it travelling on a bus or stuck alone in a place devoid of any technology, books will always keep you company. We recommend five books you can read if marooned on an island.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: This is one book which can be read anywhere and any number of times. Set in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to the early 200s, it tells the poignant tale of two women from different generations and how they are brought together due to war, loss and fate. As they face the escalating dangers around them together, they form a bond of friendship and love- a relationship that will endure a lifetime. In a gripping narrative, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self- sacrifice, and that love is often the key to survival.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A compiled version of all five books of the Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams, this remains an all time favourite. Often described as a ‘trilogy in five parts’, it is a comic science fiction series that was originally a radio comedy show on BBC Radio4 in 1978. Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, a man called Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide, and also an alien on Earth. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. Although it may sound tedious to read, this book will leave you in splits of laughter while you marvel at the unique style of writing Douglas has used.

Any book from the Harry Potter series: This undoubtedly needs no introduction.

The Harry Potter books are exciting and can be read again and again. If you haven’t read the series yet, don’t fret. Once you start reading the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, you will not be able to put it down.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: Often introduced as a prequel to Tolkien’s LOTR trilogy, it follows the quest of hobbit Bilbo Baggins to reclaim a share of the treasure stolen and guarded by a dragon, Smaug. It is a highly detailed novel, and long enough to be a perfect way to kill time while you await your rescue from the island.

Biography of famous people : Biography of  famous person will keep you occupied.

Famous biographies like  Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson will surely keep you busy throughout.  

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