FTCurates: Authors

FTCurates: Authors

From Albert Camus who painted a perfect picture of postwar disillusionment to George Orwell who became immortalized with his prophetic ‘1984', dive into the authors the FTC team can't get enough of.

Paulo Coelho

Read ‘The Alchemist’ once and you’ll see why Paulo Coelho is a gifted writer with the power of weaving stories that will keep you hooked till the very end. You won't want to keep down a Coelho novel once you've picked it up, until your mom refuses to give you food if you don't get up.

From the psychological novel ‘The Alchemist’ that pesters you to look within to the fiction piece, ‘Eleven Minutes’ that’s an exploration of the sacredness of sexuality, Paulo Coelho is an author that deserves the word ‘range’ dedicated to him.

Albert Camus

Existentialism, nihilism, absurdism, and Marxism were some of Camus’ preferred isms with 'The Myth of Sisyphus' being an accurate example. Interestingly enough, even though a lot of Camus’ works show the presence of these elements, he denies being an existentialist which only proves that he does not want to be boxed.

In contrast, many of his works painted a perfect picture of postwar disillusionment in his signature straightforward writing style. 'The Plague', another novel of his shows the bubonic plague as a symbol of many things- the harsh, meaningless universe, the human condition, or war, all of them boiling down to show death and suffering.

George Orwell

If there is anyone who can write a best-selling book about an animal farm, it is George Orwell. 'Animal Farm' was in itself played out to be a conceptual metaphor for the destructive power of totalitarianism and the ultimate corruption of this power.

SparkNotes

Being immortalized with the prophetic ‘1984’, George Orwell was also an unparalleled novelist. He followed a journalistic approach to writing that was unemotional, unapologetic, and to the point. He made these characteristics his weapon to tackle somber themes of social injustice. Like how he wasn't afraid to examine the dangers of totalitarian rule in '1984', meanwhile offending a LOT of people.

Avni Doshi

Skin-piercing words, poignant storytelling with time and memory serving as an omnipresent motif, Doshi’s writing oeuvre makes you uncomfortable yet is cathartic and immensely emotional (basically just what we need), making her works unputdownable. In her Booker Prize-shortlisted, 'Girl In White Cotton,' she straightforwardly enunciates the protagonist's twisted, love-hate relationship with her mother with a certain dark wit that's too hard to ignore.

Arthur Conan Doyle

National Portrait Gallery London

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes is an author whose literary parlance is highly distinct and drenched in sarcasm. He brought to us beautiful British faces and air-tight plots, all densely rich in detail.

Even with his artful writing skill, he admittedly doesn't seem to care too much about getting the details factually correct and shifts his perspective to focus more on the broader story, giving out a dramatic effect (tw: spoiler, probably why he killed Sherlock at the end especially at the hands of Moriarty).

Sidney Sheldon

Nicknamed the “prince of potboilers” by the Los Angeles Times, Sheldon’s novels are, more often than not, cliffhangers where readers try to read just ‘one more chapter’ and ultimately are consumed by the enigma and mystery in the plot arcs.

Sheldon’s writing style majorly includes crisp, short sentences and paragraphs with a very limited use of pronouns. Distinctively, no one in his novels is black or white, everyone is suspended in the greys. Sheldon makes it a point to have a strong female character in all his novels and very publicly uses a ghostwriter which is not common to many famous authors.

Kahlil Gibran

The Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran, through his writing, shows the interconnected nature of humanity, as shown very clearly in his best-seller, ‘The Prophet’. Contrary to popular opinion, the novel was not religious but incorporated spiritual wisdom and poems that sang melancholic serenades of alienation and disruption. Gibran wrote it in a brilliantly esoteric style with a flowy oeuvre that matched that of Rumi.

Yuval Noah Harari

Known for his best-selling, ‘Sapiens,’ Yuval Noah Harari possesses the extraordinary ability to explain intricate concepts in a digestible manner through his provocative, intriguing, and satirical tone of writing.

Through ‘Sapiens’, Harari talks about the technological change, human society and abstract ideas that have led humans to be the most successful species in existence. The easy-to-understand writing style can intrigue even the most disinterested of readers and make them want to know more.

Charles Duhigg

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who currently writes for The New Yorker magazine, Duhigg has written works on the science of productivity, advising readers on how they can increase their daily efficiency in life and live a ‘fulfilled’ life.

In his best-seller, ‘The Power of Habit’ he explains how the key to being successful and achieving all societally-set goals lies in understanding just how powerful and influential enough a habit can be. He teaches the readers how to set a habit and also how to change the ones that are said to die hard. So basically he wrote the perfect guide to end our generation's ever-so-lasting laziness.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Labeled as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote primarily on the moral decay and excess of 1920s America, 'the Jazz Age' as he called it, exemplified by his magnum opus ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Wikipedia

Through this novel, he introduces us to the flawed world of how the American Dream can make a man suffer so much. TW: spoiler ahead. Just due to this socially inherent flawed concept of being rich and successful enough to be equal to Daisy and Tom, Gatsby very literally gave his life and Fitzgerald points this out almost poetically.

Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is a self-described writer of works where interesting stories and interesting research intertwine in a way that fabricates an aura of suspense throughout his works. His works often involve the unforeseen effects of research in the fields of sociology and psychology.

His book, ‘The Tipping Point’ points out how every small action matters and he tries to give an account of why certain behaviors, products, messages,or ideas achieve popularity while others don't.

Patricia Highsmith

The American novelist and short-story writer is best known for her psychological thriller novels that are influenced by themes of existentialism and question notions of identity and popular morality.

Patricia is a very confident and committed writer who believes in ignoring the rest of the world and also advises writers to throw their typewriter out the window if they’re ever in doubt. In her novel, ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley', she points out the feeling of desire and how it is a driving force in making a person act irrationally and impulsively.

Agatha Christie

agathachristie.com

Agatha Christie is an English detective novelist and playwright who wrote out-of-the-box novels long before there was a box. She is especially known for her unexpected crime and climax mystery works. The plots in her stories are always air-tight. She is also the writer of the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed from 1952-2020. Her process entails writing the novel, going back to reading it entirely, and handing the murderer’s red flag to the person you could least suspect it to be. She brought the world Hercule Poirot, who she later felt was an egoistic creep (should have murdered him on the Orient Express), and Miss Marple.

Michio Kaku

The Japanese-American theoretical physicist has helped in popularising the discipline of science through books on a plethora of science-related topics, with six of them becoming New York Times best-sellers. From the Moon and Mars to the multiverse, his ‘The Future of Humanity’ makes predictions years into the future using our current scientific understanding which dwindles between widely speculative and extremely trailblazing.

His writing style is an endless stringing of similes and metaphors to communicate scientific phenomena as poetically as possible.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The works of the Russian writer including ‘Crime and Punishment’ were heavily soaked in themes of realism, naturalism, and even satire which interspersed with his dense characterization and gripping storytelling.

His most-known, ‘Crime and Punishment’ showcases his writing prowess efficiently as he influenced distinctive formats like internal dialogic scripts while questioning the very principles of morality, criminality, and the guilt that follows any ‘crime’ that society deems morally wrong.

Related Stories

No stories found.
FTC MAGAZINE
www.ftcftcftc.com