Love is the force that moves the world. A timeless feeling that has nurtured much of the history of literature and some of the most legendary books in our bookstores. Impossible loves, others epic, some real but all unforgettable make up the following best love books ever.
Table of Contents
- 1 The 10 best love books ever
- 1.1 Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
- 1.2 Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca
- 1.3 Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
- 1.4 Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
- 1.5 Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
- 1.6 Love in the Times of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
- 1.7 Like water for chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
- 1.8 Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoi
- 1.9 South of the border, west of the Sun, by Haruki Murakami
- 1.10 Doctor Zhivago, by Borís Pasternak
The 10 best love books ever
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Considered as one of the first literary romantic comedies, which is one of the masterpieces of XNUMXth century English letters continues to be a timeless classic. The story of the Bennett sisters in search of the perfect husband not only becomes one of the most delicious stories that are remembered, but it transports us like few others to the world of English society of the time to immerse ourselves in that world of parties, furtive encounters and passionate dramas that would inspire more than a century later Helen Fielding and her Bridget Jones books.
Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca
Inspired by a real case that occurred in the province of Almería and written in 1931, Blood Wedding was the only play by Lorca that was published in book format given the great success it achieved. Clouded by a tragic feeling that appropriates all the symbols of Lorca such as the horse or the moon, Bodas de sangre recreates the wedding day of the Bride, who refuses to marry The Bridegroom dragged by the inexplicable force that draws her to Leonardo , a former lover. The play enjoys a timeless success that was reinforced with the 2015 film adaptation starring Inma Cuesta.
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
In the year Charlotte Brontë published this novel, 1847, women writers were not as well regarded as they are today. For that reason, Brontë published the work under the pseudonym Currer Bell. And her character, Jane Eyre, is, like the author, a young woman abused by life, eager to find her place in the world, that "something" that, precisely, has made the work transcend in a nonconformist society. The work was an absolute success after its publication, uncovering the identity of Charlotte Brontë and a feminist current that would end up consolidating in the XNUMXth century.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Many consider it the greatest romantic work in history, and they may not be wrong. Written by Emily Brontë, sister of the aforementioned Charlotte, Wuthering Heights tells the story of Heathcliff, a boy brought to the Earnshaw home on the Wuthering Heights estate, becoming especially friends with his daughter, Catherine. A tale of revenge, hatred and dark loves, Wuthering Heights was rejected by critics after its publication in 1847 by its structure in the form of matryoshka, considered "immature" by the general opinion. With the passage of time, critics would recognize the visionary nature of the work, qualifying it as the great work that it is.
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
The mythical love story between Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War it was published in 1936. Throughout the Christmas period of that year, the book went on to sell up to a million copies followed by the Pulitzer Prize for Mitchell, who knew better than anyone to create the ideal atmosphere of which he is one of the best love books ever of American literature. A classic whose potential was further exalted with the famous 1939 film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Love in the Times of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Although One Hundred Years of Solitude is the work by which Gabo went on to become one of the great writers of history, Love in the time of cholera is his most romantic novel. Recognized by the Colombian author himself as his favorite work, the love story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, wife of the doctor Juvenal Urbino, in a town on the Colombian coast will go down in the annals of its history for its subtlety, intensity and an ending that defines the very essence of the work. Inspired by the love story of García Márquez's own parents, the novel featured a film adaptation in 2007 starring Javier Bardem.
Like water for chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
Set during the Mexican Revolution, Like water for chocolate became a hit upon its publication in 1989 thanks to Esquivel's ability to combine a great love story with the right ingredients. The perfect recipe that reveals Tita, the youngest of all her sisters and, therefore, condemned to reject love in pursuit of the care of her parents while she cooks all the dishes taught by the family's cook, Nacha. Modern Ambassador of the magical realismLike Water for Chocolate featured a notable film adaptation in 1992.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoi
Masterpiece of Russian Realism, Ana Karenina is the character through which Tólstoi recreates the Russian high society of the time as the antithesis of a more virtuous and rural world. Circles in which infidelities, secrets and lies are chewed that overshadow a protagonist whose story begins after being invited by her sister's husband, Prince Stepan, to Moscow. Although at first it was criticized as a cold work on high society, compatriots of Tólstoi like Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Vladimir Nabokov It was not long before they qualified it as a pure work of art. Without a doubt, one of the best love books ever.
South of the border, west of the Sun, by Haruki Murakami
Some may disagree and lean more towards Tokyo Blues, but for me the most romantic story of Haruki Murakami will remain South of the border, west of the sun. The story of jazz bar owner Hajime, whose life takes a 360-degree turn after being reunited with Shimamoto, his childhood best friend, is a simple but intense tale about a past that can always return like a storm so warm as unpredictable. Pure oriental intimacy.
Doctor Zhivago, by Borís Pasternak
The story of the doctor Yuri Andréyevich Zhivago, assigned to the military front during World War I where he fell in love with the nurse Larisa was published in 1957 in much of the world. However, the problem Pasternak encountered was with pressure from the USSR both when publishing his novel in Soviet territory (he did it in 1988) and becoming the Nobel Prize in Literature that the author won in 1958.
What are for you the best love books in history?