There are books that we read at a certain time in our life and those books appeal to a specific period of our life, and we enjoy them for a certain time. This journey begins when the youth literature opens the door to the universe of literature, takes us from one title to another while our personality as a reader is being formed. But there are also other types of books that, although we discover them in the early stages of our formation, accompany us for the rest of our lives, first because of the impact they generate on our sentimental education, and later because we read them again in other phases of life when we have more experiences. There are some special kind of books that will always accompany us.
For Younger Readers
Youth literature is that stage that marks us and conforms us with adventure books that we devour and then move on to other matters dictated by age, but with works that leave a mark on us over time. The call of the wild is one of those initiation stories but that, read over the years, surprises us with its rawness. Similarly, many people began to read attracted by the obscurity of Edgar Allan Poe and his Extraordinary Narratives, a work that has a great impact on young readers but continues to maintain its perverse appeal while they are getting older.
Adolescence is a time of meeting new challenges, and many readers then succumb to Oscar Wilde’s power of attraction. The portrait of Dorian Gray is one of those books that mark generations, attracted by a story that tells us a lot about what the human soul can hide. Similarly, Bartleby the Scribe has made an everlasting impression on millions of readers with the philosophy of life that is out of the ordinary.
For Older Readers
Fantasy and horror styles form another gateway to reading, one that has often passed through Roald Dahl and his Tales of the Unexpected. In the same way that many young readers saw how Italo Calvino changed his conception of the narrative with his famous book If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. In other cases, it was novels that show us the great variety of feelings that the human soul can harbor that managed, and continue to succeed, to move the readers within us. Love and suffering, in Wuthering Heights, and the misadventures of the great human fresco that Dickens depicts in Great Expectations remain in that category of immortal works.
Finally, two very different authors who, however, have in common the ability to have marked generations of readers. With her poems and her well-known novel called The Glass Bell, Sylvia Plath embodies the struggle for the creation of her own personality faced with the madness of the world. For her part, Patricia Highsmith fascinates with her ability to confront the darkest parts of our nature, the attraction that evil has on all of us.