In difficult times, we cling to hope, and on happy days, we pass on hope to others. Hope keeps us alive. Literature and hope share a common thread, and that’s exactly why literature never disappoints you.
Today, we are sharing a few books that instill hope on the saddest days, in tough and harsh times.
1) A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Translated from Swedish, the book is beautifully woven around life, love, loss, and ultimately, hope. The main protagonist is Ove, a grumpy old man. After he loses his beloved wife, Sonja, he wants to end his life and die.
However, he finds hope and an urge to live in his neighbors Patrick and Parvaneh and their young kids. He chooses life over death, and these characters are pivotal in his choice.
Just like Ove, we must find our reason to live. Either we choose to die, or we live. So before it is too late, make the right choice and cling to hope.
2) As Bright As Heaven
Author: Susan Meissner
Set in the backdrop of Spanish flu in 1918, the book is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Amidst the crumbling world and colossal loss, here is a story of the rebirth of hope. When all things are lost, something/someone comes to you and becomes why you believe in hope and, thus, life.
3) When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Dr. Paul Kalanithi
In his memoir, Paul emphasizes that hope is a central aspect of human life, and science sometimes fails to understand. It is a book that reduces you to tears but teaches what makes life worth living in the face of human mortality.
Be hopeful, be alive. Live life to the fullest and read the best of literature.
Which book instills hope in you?