If you’re looking for a break from the heavier self-help and scientific books, check out these classic fiction novels that we have found are great additions on your journey of addiction recovery.
The Count of Monte Cristo
“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas is an absolutely incredible tale of revenge and redemption.
Woven through the narrative is the story of Edmond Dantès, a young sailor unjustly imprisoned on the eve of his wedding day. Years of solitude and hardship transform Dantès into the wealthy and enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo, who emerges from the darkness to dismantle the lives of those who wronged him.
Yet, through this journey, he discovers that vengeance can’t bring the peace he seeks. The book illuminates the transformative power of forgiveness and the indomitable resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.”
- Original Date of Publication: 1844
- Author: Alexandre Dumas
- Number of Pages: 1,276
The Picture of Dorian Gray
In “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Oscar Wilde presents a chilling exploration of the human soul’s struggle with its desires and morality.
The tale revolves around Dorian Gray, a young man who, after having his portrait painted, is granted with eternal youth while his painting ages and withers with his sins.
As Dorian indulges in hedonistic pursuits, his actions grow darker and his portrait becomes a grotesque reflection of his tainted soul.
This incredible novel reminds readers of the destructive potential of unchecked desires and the ultimate emptiness of a life dedicated solely to self-indulgence.
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
- Original Date of Publication: 1890
- Author: Oscar Wilde
- Number of Pages: 224
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a gripping narrative of duality and the constant battle between good and evil within each of us.
This story follows Dr. Jekyll, a respectable man who creates a potion to separate his virtuous self from his darker desires.
His experiment leads to the creation of Mr. Hyde, a brutal alter ego that embodies Jekyll’s most sinful urges. As Hyde’s actions become increasingly ruthless, Jekyll’s efforts to suppress him create a devastating internal struggle.
The novel serves as a powerful cautionary tale on the dangers of suppressing or ignoring aspects of one’s nature.
“It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it; and it may be doubted if, from that day forth, Utterson desired the society of his surviving friend with the same eagerness.”
- Original Date of Publication: 1886
- Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
- Number of Pages: 140
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