Modern people work hard; sometimes they have very little time for relaxation and personal development. If you do not have a possibility to read long books, short but very impressive stories from the masters of world classics are the best option for you. You can download any book on the phone and read the novels in public transport, at a boring lesson or during a break, so it is very convenient.
Here is one of the best collections of short stories.
- THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI
O. Henry is recognized as one of the best writers of short stories. After reading one novel by this author, you will want to reread all the works of this genius. His novels are very simple to understand. They are written in understandable language and talk about ordinary people, but at the same time, they have a certain philosophical meaning. Each story is touching. The story "The Gifts of the Magi" is one of the best works of this author, it tells about pure and true love, and about people who are ready to do everything for the sake of each other.
- THE SAFE DEPOSIT BOX
This story written by Greg Egan will interest you from the first lines, and you will be in constant emotional tension, thinking about why the main character wakes up in a new body every day. You will be surprised by the unpredictable ending of the story.
- HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS
Ernest Hemingway is another great author of short stories. "Hills Like White Elephants" is a philosophical novel about the most important life values of humanity.
This work of the eccentric writer James Joyce will also touch your heart. The protagonist is a young boy who wants only justice, understanding, and sincere love.
Edgar Allan Poe is the representative of classical literature who worked in many genres and writing styles. Poe is the founder of the genre of detective fiction, in addition, this author often wrote mystical works. "Berenice" is such a novel. At first, publishers even printed it incompletely, skipping the most terrible and tense moments. You will have a lot of emotions after reading this story.
- THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND
Arthur Conan Doyle is another genius of the detective genre. Critics did not like his story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band” considering it too ordinary and unremarkable. Only many years later it was recognized as one of the best stories in the series of works about Sherlock Holmes.
- LOVE OF LIFE
This is a story about human values. One of the main characters was injured and his friend left him alone. It seemed that death awaited him, but his hope helped him not to lose heart and survive.
Reading this work of Stefan Zweig, you will lose the sense of reality and will completely immerse yourself in the world of fantasy and mysticism. In addition to this story, it is worth paying attention to the novels "Woman and Nature" and "Fantastic Night."
- THE METAMORPHOSIS
This story of Franz Kafka is very gloomy and sad. Desperation is the main motive of the novel. The author shows the actual moral problems of society in an unusual form.
- THE EGG
This Andy Weir’s story will make you look at the world and the things around you differently. The author breaks many stereotypes in this short work.
- A PAIR OF TICKETS
Amy Tan, an American writer of Chinese origin, reveals the eternal problem of relations between parents and children in her work.
- CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
This is not one story, but a whole collection of novels. Probably in childhood, when you were sick, your mother cooked chicken soup, which helped you recover. These stories have the same effect when you are sad, and your soul suffers, read these touching novels that will improve your mood and will return the belief that life is beautiful.
Read these pieces of literature and enjoy them!