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JM Coetzee, Chinua Achebe and Dinaw Mengestu Included on List of Novels to “Make You a Better Person”

Emily Temple from Flavorwire has compiled a list of “50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person”, and while the “guarantee” is a little questionable, we do approve of three of her choices in particular: JM Coetzee’s Disgrace, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.

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Of Disgrace Temple writes, “read it to open your eyes to the gray-scale, shifting nature of evil, gain perspective on your life, and to, somewhere in there, find your grace”. Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is recommended for its representation of “the subtleties of clashes between cultures, and between the self and one’s culture,” and Temple writes that The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears will open your eyes and heart to issues of “displacement and identity, race and home, truth and hope”.

It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right — although, it has been two weeks, so certain pledges have probably already crashed and burned. Here’s one that’s always on everyone’s mind, beginning of the year or no: how to be a better person. Well, since science keeps proving that reading literary fiction accomplishes that very fact, why not attack a novel in order to spruce up your heart and mind?

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