Having set you off on a path of enlightenment last time around, with a books and brews listing to get your pineal gland all activated, we thought we’d go one further, and maybe help you consolidate this little reading sojourn, we might have you set off on.
While we handpicked to curate some all-time favourites and classics to ease the palate for first-time readers in the last edition of “Good Reads with Chai”, this one features some real offbeat, critically acclaimed, pieces of literature that is sure to get the mind racing!
Without further ado, here’s what’s cooking on our list of our “Good Reads with Chai” for the month of May:
- The Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Dripping with dry humor, sarcasm and unorthodox writing, The Post Office is an intriguing piece for those who like to dabble in the wry. The protagonist, Henry Chinaski has worked a little over twelve years at the U.S. Postal Service. His three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, and with much delusion drags his hungover state out of bed every morning to lug huge mailbags up muddy mountains, outsmart ferocious guard dogs, all the while susceptible to the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers.
This classic 1971 novel–the one that put Bukowski firmly on the map is a fine introduction to the grimly hysterical world of this legendary writer and poet, and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
Quoting GoodReads, “In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road first appeared in 1957, a new literary sensibility was born. A fictionalised account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s unabridged account captured the soul of an entire generation.
Quoting GoodReads, “With its smoky, jazz-filled atmosphere and its restless, yearning spirit of adventure, On the Road left its mark on the culture of the late 20th century, influencing countless books, films and songs.” Kerouac’s writing holds stellar colloquial relevance and pure lyricism inspired by the American landscape. Now acknowledged as a modern classic, On the Road remains a superlative, timeless account of the path less travelled.
- Inferno by Dante Alighieri
With the poet Virgil as his consort, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell to set foot on his arduous journey towards God. Together, they descend through the twenty-four depths of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned – from heretics and pagans to gluttons, criminals and seducers – who speak of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante’s life.
In this first part of his Divine Comedy, Dante fuses satirical humor with intellectual passion to create an unparalleled parable of mankind’s search for introspection and spiritual enlightenment.
- Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam
‘Wings of Fire’ is a well-composed autobiography that revolves around the life of Mr. Kalam, a renowned scientist as he recollects his experiences, sometimes down to microscopic detail. Intricately woven to cover multiple facets of the former President’s life and times, Wings of Fire candidly showcases Kalam’s rise from a humble lower-middle class family & his narrative of India’s efforts in rocketry & space technology.
Segregated into four sections, the book gradually reaches for the stars – Orientation, Creation, Propitiation & Contemplation.
That’s our list for the month! We encourage you to dabble a bit in this article which should give a great overview of what sort of literature piques your interest and then pick up what you like to read from there.
Stay tuned for the next edition of “Good Reads with Chai” where we explore Poetry and curate a list of five poets whose work needs little introduction to start you off with!
Cheerio and happy reading!