Books to Read Before You Die

books to read before you die

Whether you are on a diet or you are looking for books to read before you die, there are a number of books that can help you find your purpose. Read on to find some suggestions.

The Brothers Karamazov

Whether you are interested in a courtroom drama or a philosophical debate, The Brothers Karamazov is an engaging novel. Dostoevsky uses literary devices to explore the relationship between faith and reason.

The novel revolves around patricide, family rivalry and questions of free will and faith. It is Dostoevsky’s final work, and it was published just four months before his death.

The story revolves around the sons of Fyodor Karamazov, a dissolute landowner. Fyodor’s eldest son, Dmitri Fyodorovich, is a war veteran. He is in love with Grushenka, a woman who also had a relationship with his father. Dmitri is accused of killing his father. During his trial, Smerdyakov, an illegitimate son of Fyodor, plays a crucial role. Smerdyakov works as a cook in the Karamazov household.

Dante’s Journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

Originally written by Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy is a poetic journey through the afterlife. Dante’s reworking of the afterlife in literature has left a lasting impression on the Western imagination. He describes a variety of places, from a mountain to the Acheronte River.

The Divine Comedy is divided into three parts: the Purgatorio, the Inferno, and the Paradiso. In the Purgatorio, Christian souls arrive escorted by an angel. They are then sent to Heaven or Purgatory, depending on their deeds during life.


Often considered the best novel of the last 50 years, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is a controversial work that still resonates with readers today. While it has been widely criticized, it has also been lauded for its literary merits.

The novel is divided into two parts, and the first part explores Humbert’s early love life. This includes a discussion of his first encounter with Lolita, which takes place in the spring of 1947.

In addition, the novel is divided into a series of chapters that are subdivided into three subparts. The first part is the longest, and includes Humbert’s first sex experience with Lolita.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Probably one of the most dystopian novels out there, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an intense story of social structures and corruption. Set in an unspecified near future, The Handmaid’s Tale tells a story of a new society where women are oppressed and young fertile women are forced to bear children for the ruling class.

In this world, women are deprived of the right to own property and have careers. Women must wear green dresses, cook, and house-keep. They are not allowed to handle money, speak with wives, or read. In fact, they are only allowed to write up to 100 words a day.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin

Originally published in 1969, The Left Hand of Darkness is a novel that has been called a “female thought experiment” by the author. This novel explores how a person’s gender influences the way they think, and how they make decisions. It also explores the role of love in relationships. Ultimately, it is a book about making peace, both on a cosmic level and at a human level.

In this novel, the author explores the cultural and sexual stereotypes that plague societies that do not share a similar view of gender. She also makes a point of examining how humans communicate across cultures.

Emily Bronte’s only novel

During the Victorian era, Emily Bronte was a poet and a writer. She wrote Wuthering Heights, which is still considered one of the greatest novels in the English language. She died at the young age of 30.

Emily Bronte lived with her family in Yorkshire. Her mother was an Irish clergyman, and she was the fifth child of five. Her father was a Cambridge graduate who had a strong commitment to education. The family had a large number of children who died at an early age due to illnesses.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Often cited as one of the most important works of the twentieth century, The Stranger is a novel that addresses the absurdity of life. It explores themes of remorse, destiny, and justice. Its plot revolves around a man named Meursault, a Frenchman who is emotionally detached and lives in Algiers. He becomes involved in a senseless murder. This causes society to view him as a threat. He is sentenced to death.

The Stranger was published in 1942. It was a bestseller, and is often cited as a good example of Albert Camus’ philosophy. He wrote extensively about poverty in Algeria. His philosophy was influenced by Greek philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Frankl

Among the many influential books to have come out of the twentieth century, Man’s Search for Meaning is one of the best. The book is about Viktor Frankl’s experiences during World War II in a concentration camp and describes his attempts to discover the meaning of life.

Frankl argues that the quest for meaning is a driving force in life. In the book, Frankl describes how meaning can be found in a variety of places. He describes the power of love, the art of work and the meaning of courage.