10 amazing books about the kind of love that changes the world

10 amazing books about the kind of love that changes the world

Despite what some say, most of
the deeds people do are in the name of love. Sometimes it turns the world
upside-down, changes it beyond recognition, affecting everyone; sometimes it
changes the fate of individuals. In Afghanistan and sunny Italy, Germany and
Argentina — all over the world, ordinary men and women suddenly realize that
they cannot live without a certain person. Now they’re ready for everything,
and each particular case is a drop in the ocean of changes.
The Bright Side team is pretty
sure that love is the greatest driving force. That’s why we collected 10 books
explaining all about it.
’A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by
Khaled Hosseini

’A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

Love is a great feeling.
Hidden deep inside your soul, forbidden, secret, it’s still waiting in the
wings. This book is about love and war, about self-sacrifice and devotion, and
about the power of women. For all its seriousness, the book gives us hope as
light as a feather; a hope that everyone will be okay — the characters, the reader,
and all of us.
’The Solitude of Prime
Numbers’ by Paolo Giordano

’The Solitude of Prime Numbers’ by Paolo Giordano

Once upon a time, there was a
withdrawn boy and a lonely girl, suffering from anorexia. They lived their
lives, and then they met. They understood at once that there’s an invisible,
though strong thread that ties them up. The boy thinks that they’re prime
numbers, lost and lonely; they stand by each other, but they can’t really
’The Black Obelisk’ by Erich
Maria Remarque

’The Black Obelisk’ by Erich Maria Remarque

In the difficult years after
WWI, the main character sells tombstones in a provincial German town. He lacks
money because inflation rules the country, and that’s why he moonlights in a
hospital’s chapel playing the organ. He meets his love there in a psych ward.
That’s Remarque, guys.

’Love in the Time of Cholera’
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

’Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Is it possible that a person,
having fallen in love in their youth, will carry it always and forever? Will
this love guide all of the person’s actions? Yes, it will. Years will go by,
the boarders will change, and you will still love her. Or him. Because there’s
nothing more difficult — and at the same time easier — than love.
’Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver

’Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver

Here is a world in which love
is forbidden. It’s a disease, the most dangerous amor deliria nervosa, and
whoever breaks this rule will be punished severely. Every citizen at the age of
18 has to go through the procedure of release from memories of the past,
carrying the virus of deliria. Lena’s got only a few months before the
procedure, and she could live as any other person — if she hadn’t met a special
’The Gargoyle’ by Andrew

’The Gargoyle’ by Andrew Davidson

This is a strikingly deep
novel. It wraps you in its magic, stretches out over centuries and ethnicities,
bonds people and ties up fates. This is love, and it’s stronger than a plague.
It can shout to the world through a glass statue’s mouth. This is the wrath of
the humble. There are so many little worlds and tiny life stories in the book
that they’re almost like stars in the endless universe.
’The Ground Beneath Her Feet’
by Salman Rushdie

’The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ by Salman Rushdie

They met when they were
children, and they fell in love at once. They separated dozens of times; they
were together, and they were apart, and they presented the whole world with
their wonderful music. One could hear their voices on the radio all over the
world, but then the ground swallowed her, and the world cried for her. Their
love was the music.
’The Gadfly’ by Ethel Lilian

’The Gadfly’ by Ethel Lilian Voynich

This book is not only about
love; it’s also about friendship, mutual understanding, growing up and making a
choice. The revolution gripped Italy, and life became too hard to love someone.
On one hand, love gives us strength. On the other, it ties our hands. The book
is full of light and the bitter sadness of unrealized dreams. People say almost
everyone who reads it cries. There’s so much recognizable emotion hiding
between its pages.
’The English Patient’ by
Michael Ondaatje

’The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje

The war is over. A woman and
children with ’dead’ eyes live in a half-destroyed villa. Recently, she picked
up a burnt Englishman, and now she’s trying to nurse him back to health. In
return, he tells her the story of his life: about the incredible love that once
saved him — the very thing for which life is worth living.
’The Sense of an Ending’ by
Julian Barnes

’The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes

When most of your life is
behind you, it’s a pleasure to remember old days. Tony Webster enjoys the quiet
and recalls fragments of his life. Then he receives a letter that breaks down
his calm. There was a page in his past that he wanted to tear out, and he did.
The past is unforgiving and merciless, though, and it’s high time to open this
page once again.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.