Have you ever noticed that many of history's greatest novels have dark storylines?
From Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell to The Human Stain by Philip Roth ... most of the World's great fiction is decidedly dark. However, there are a few great works of fiction that a little more on the bright side.
10 . Under Milk Wood By Dylan Thomas
A comical play featuring the oddball inhabitants of a sleepy Welsh town.
Dylan Thomas once commented that Under Milk Wood was a response to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as a way of reasserting the evidence of goodness in the world.
9. A Happy Man by Hansjörg Schertenleib
A story about a happy guy -- and how much his happiness irritates others.
8. Persuasion By Jane Austen
Persuasion is a touching love story that exemplifies Austen's acclaimed wit and unique narrative style. It is one of her last novels -- she wrote it as she lay suffering from a mysterious illness that took her life at the age of 41.
7. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Owen Meany is a small awkward boy with a weird voice on a mission from God. He accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball.
6. Flush By Virginia Woolf
An imaginative biography of a cocker spaniel (it's better than it sounds).
5. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and Lynne Truss
A merciless parody of rural melodramas.
4. Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Family adventures in space and time (it's better than it sounds).
3. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
A journey toward enlightenment has many twists and turns.
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
You'll never read a funnier science fiction.
1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The story of a boy who survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days.