Though it is impossible to choose a favorite writer, I have identified a faint pattern of my favorite authors. Here is a short note on the three authors whose work, writing style and themes I highly admire.
Jane Austen, the legend of her times, wrote a great deal about patriarchy, slavery, socio-economic class stratification and familial relationships. Among plots of coming of age balls, love stories and marriages, Austen commented on the underlying truth of the 19th Century society. For example, in ‘Mansfield Park’ through Fanny Price’s questions about her uncle’s visits to the West Indies and the enormous amounts of wealth and property, we visualize the dreary human exploitation. Austen never stops speaking of, despite Fanny’s uncle’s attempts to constantly silence her.
George Orwell wrote two antithesis works, ‘1984’, a dystopian novel and ‘Animal Farm’, a Utopian one. Each sentence of these books is a cryptic clue into the ugly socio-political normalcy. Totalitarianism and Capitalism, the two themes, are presented so uniquely, that Orwell for me is a genius author of all times.
Amitav Ghosh writes like a true Bengal Tiger. There is complexity in his style of writing, reflecting the complex realities of the human mind and life. In his ‘Shadow Lines’ we transcend beyond human-made boundaries. A tale of separation, ghost memories and love apathy, Amitav holds my heart up the sleeve and my tears on the cheeks.
Though the list of “Admirable Authors” is endless, any place to appreciate is a good place to begin.