"The beauty of the desert is that it hides a well anywhere", reads one of the pages of 'The Little Prince'. Quite an appointment that has passed from generation to generation and has been translated into nothing more and nothing less than 250 lengas and dialects.
And its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, does not lack reason. Beyond the interpretations of each one, anywhere we can find a good well, even if it's wisdom.
Hence they say that reading is the food of the brain. Through the literature -What could be that great well in a desert of new technologies and television- you learn new things, you travel to places that never existed, you develop imagination and creativity and, above all, you acquire knowledge.
All books, whatever their subject, are good to a greater or lesser extent for give that talk the brain and continue to be nourished by culture, although there are some who take the cake in terms of message, lessons and construction.
If what you want is to be the protagonist of coffee gatherings and pass as the scholar of your group of friends, here we leave you eight volumes that you must read to be more intelligent.
'The Little Prince' – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It is one of the great books of history, and that is that his message of life and philosophical is more than evident as one passes his pages. 'The Little Prince' is loaded with truths. There are many lessons he brings to the reader as he delves into history.
And although it saw the light in April 1943, time has not passed through its pages; the message has not gone out of style, and the moral continues to weigh without aging one iota.
The story, beyond its protagonists, delves into the universal values of humanity, such as hope, effort, commitment, love and happiness They bring the little things of life. All wrapped in a halo of fantasy and sometimes, infantilism. But is that as the book itself says, "all the elderly were at some point children."
'Gulliver's Travels' – Jonathan Swift
It might seem that Swift, who launched this book under a pseudonym in 1726, wanted to make a story to entertain, but nothing could be further from the truth. 'Gulliver's Travels' is a story that most generations know and that has been edited in all possible ways, although in general always the first aside, the famous visit of Gulliver to Liliput.
Although the truth is that the entire book counts 4 parts of the trips in which its author, simply, makes a reflection of the society of his time in the form of satire. As all the stories have their moral, and although it seems that the book has been conceived for a young audience, the truth is that Swift released this story for adults.
"How many innocent and excellent people had been condemned to death or banished by the pressure of great ministers on corrupt judges and the wickedness of the factions!" Reads one of their quotes. The hidden truth of story.
'The old man and the sea' – Ernest Hemingway
It is one of the required readings in all Compulsory Secondary Education that boasts and this is for a reason. As much as a teenager may seem an infernal tedium, 'The old man and the sea' hides a series of lessons and messages with must be forced into the life of every human being.
The most famous novel by Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and Pulitzer, focuses on the story of an old man who insists on catching a fish and his experience in the process. Something that, of course, has double reading. A metaphor for the eternal struggle of the human being against his own destiny and his indefatigable spirit that in this volume, the last written by the author before dying, is transmitted through the history of the old man.
'The Prince' – Nicolás Machiavelli
It is one of the decalogues in terms of leadership. 'The Prince' by Machiavelli is a bedside book in which the philosopher describes how to be a good prince coming to curious conclusions such as "better be feared than loved".
Although the readings can be endless. You do not have to take the messages of the writer at your fingertips, it may be that within their advice they hide Part of satire and criticism.
Machiavelli puts on the table the different possibilities and ways to be a leader and let the reader take what is best for him. "Hate is won with good deeds as well as bad deeds, and a prince, to preserve power, is often forced to be evil," he says in his book. Everything in decalogue of the power that must essential reading if you want to cultivate.
'The origin of the species' – Charles Darwin
This book by Darwin may be the most important in terms of scientific dissemination of history. Under the banner of Theory of Evolution, in 1859 The naturist shelved and slapped the theories of the Church and decided to write this book to make his findings known.
And although it seems that Darwin's theory, based on natural selection, is accepted by the whole world, the reality is that, for example, in the United States, Up to 40% of the population does not believe in the author's writings, although they are scientifically endorsed.