Fiction rules

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We came across this article “Open the world of Fiction’ by Sangeetha Unnithan in The Hindu of May 17, 2010 and though we are a couple of days late, the subject matter therein is very relevant.

What’s the best way to escape to the most beautiful and alluring parts of the world without worrying of travel fatigue or expenses? Through books and movies, of course. There is hardly any place, people or culture in the world that you cannot discover through books and movies.

The author points out the books/authors that are perennial favorites with children.

So what are the hot titles this year? Deputy Librarian P.K. Shobhana says that when it comes to children’s literature, it is the same set of authors who are always on demand — “Enid Blyton and J.K. Rowling are the authors always on demand, and most of their books are always reserved. In the non-fiction section the most popular among children is undoubtedly Wings of Fire by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.”

All time favourite titles also include the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, R.K. Narayan’s Swamy and Friends, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Carlo Collodi’s The Adventure of Pinocchio, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Apart from these popular children’s series’, you can make use of the holidays to discover authors like George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, T.S. Elliot, O. Henry, Jules Verne and Leo Tolstoy.