Classic Tomes for 2015 Because Knowledge is Power


It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a first edition, a tablet in the dark, or the Dilbert cartoon strip across your girlfriend’s lower back, reading is important. Reading inspires, revitalises, intrigues, and intoxicates the imagination, building character and enriching the soul in the process – and who knows, you might learn a thing or two along the way. So here are a few classic titles every gent should be reading (or re-reading) this year.


The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger 

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Having sold over 65 million copies in over half a century, Catcher is a must-read for controversy lovers. Even if you read it at school or hid behind it through those tormenting teenage years, its themes of innocence and its protection against all odds are timeless, rich for the regaling. 


The Prince (16th century) by Niccolo Machiavelli

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A great tome for you Alpha males out there, The Prince argues the timeless debate of whether it is better to be feared or loved as a leader. Many of the concepts apply to our modern cutthroat lives today.


To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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This simple Pulitzer Prize-winning tale filled with exquisitely relatable characters ponders the concepts of prejudice and racism in the US of the 1930s; lacking a conventional climax, Lee seduces the reader with the seemingly innocuous stories of three young children as they navigate the turbulent politics of the era. Follow up with Lee’s much-awaited ‘sequel,’ Go Set a Watchman, which the author calls the “parent of Mockingbird,” out later this year.


For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway 

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In this iconic war novel, Hemmingway puts down his rum long enough to explore the value of human life, the ugliness of war, and the inevitability of death, set against the Spanish Civil War.


Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell  

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As telling today as it was more than half a century ago, Orwell's dystopian novel deals with the corruption and naivety found in society, and is a damning critique of totalitarian communism.