Book readers are generally lazy people, and generally like to just curl up with a shawl in a corner of their rooms along with their favorite books. Listed below are five masterpieces from the short fiction genre, written especially for the even more lazier group of nevertheless avid book readers, with a significantly lesser attention span, and who can’t bear to read large tomes for long duration of time.
- The Lathe Of Heaven
Ursula K. Guinn
A depressed drug abuser, whose dreams have the will and the ability to turn into reality, and are capable of even manipulating time, visits a psychologist to cure himself. Instead, the brilliant psychologist begins using his patient’s powers for dreaming and realizing a utopia. The novel’s magnificence lies in the way the writer captures the weird quality that the most vivid dreams possess.
- Animal Farm
As with 1984, Orwell presents to us a tale that subtly underscores the brutality of dictatorship regimes, especially criticizing the Soviet philosophy of communism, through the use of allegory. Two young pigs on a farm push the farm into revolt and drive out their drunken master, and assume positions of power. What follows is strikingly similar to the class war that has been prevalent in human beings.
- Giovanni’s Room
A beautiful dissertation of homosexuality, relationship and gender roles, the story follows a young American who, despite having a girlfriend, enters into a relationship with a certain Giovanni, and Giovanni’s subsequent fall.
- Less Than Zero
Bret Easton Ellis
Documenting drug abuse and juvenile delinquency of young Los Angeles teenagers, this one is about Clay, who has come back to his hometown for his winter break, and finds all his old life slipping away from him. Minimalist yet horrifying, this is a brilliant teenage drama. The title refers to an Elvis Costello song of the same name.
- Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
An eclectic mix of science fiction and an understated anti-war stance, the novel is rich with doses of dark humor as well as the bizarre. The bombing of Dresden is the premise of the novel, and is in fact a page out of the author’s own life. Using a non-linear narrative and a satirical tone, Mr Vonnegut tell us the story of Billy Pilgrim, who is captured and released by the Germans during WW2, and captured by aliens and has experienced time travel.