Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

I love to know about different cultures, different people and countries.  Mostly, these books are long drawn out sagas.  Because you see,  each character will have some story and a deep background.  But,  I love reading these long sagas.

Here’s a list of books which celebrates Diversity or Diverse characters for the ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ weekly book meme from www.brokeandbookish.com.  See if you have read them.  Can you suggest some more?

  1. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri  –  It is a story of immigrants who come to the US to live.  Plucked out of their natural surroundings, they find it difficult to adjust to the culture of US.  And their children are confused about their identity.  It’s a story with a heart.
  2. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein –  The book set in a fantasy land with different races of humans like Hobbits, Elves, Monsters, Ogres, Wizards… middle earth. .. it’s an endless list.
  3. Shikhandi, Devdutt Pattnaik – This book explores the queer stories ingrained in Indian mythological stories.  It proves the point that LGBT is not something new discovered recently.  It is as old as human race.  In fact, the mythological stories are very much accepting of queer behaviour.

  4. London, Edward Rutherfurd – It is the story of London.  The book begins from the birth of Britain as an island and goes on to describe the journey from Londinium to 21st century London.  Along the way, it describes the different races of people who come to live there bringing with them their unique customs and rituals. We have the Celts, Vikings, Christians, English, French, Tudors.  It also shows the evolution of the English language.

  5. Tarzan and the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs – This is a very old book.  I personally do not know anybody who has read the book.  Unlike the movies, it is not really about a flat, six-pack abdomen Tarzan.  The book tells us about the different lives of the Apes with their social heirarchy and behaviors.  It narrates the behavior of human beings from the perspective of the Apes.  Again, a very unique take on two closely related races, which are so different.

  6. The Immortals of Meluha,  The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy), Amish Tripathi –  In this book, the author stripped the Indian Gods of their mythology and given a possible scientific reasoning for the way they are.  The book shows how a culture which is good for one race, is detrimental to other races.  It very effectively shows the fear of the different races of each other.  It is when Shiva comes along,  he brings the different races together simply by talking with them and understanding them, instead of being judgemental.

  7. Palace of Illusions,  C Divakaruni – I like this book because it talks of a story from Mahabharat which does not exist in the Mahabharat.  It’s a story purely imagined by the Author.  It gives a different perspective to the happenings in the Mahabharat.  It is from the perspective of Draupadi who is the queen married to five Pandava brothers.

  8. The Century Trilogy, Ken Follett – A saga that touches 3500+ pages.  It is the story of the 20th century starting from 1900 to 2000.  It touches again on the people from different regions and through them the story shows historical highlights.  So, we have Russians, Americans, British Royalty, British Commoners, Africans and other Europeans.  It touches on the Russian Revolution, World Wars I & II, Civil Rights Movement in the US.

  9. Harry Potter Series – Harry Potter has everything which is diverse.  There are different groups, houses with unique behavior, people with different magical skills and backgrounds – rich, poor,  white, black.   There are wizards, witches, muggles,  elves, ghosts, and more.

  10. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer – I haven’t read this book.  But, I like the way there are vampires, werewolves living with humans.  They even fall in love with each other.

13 thoughts on “Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

  1. Have read Harry Potter series and Twilight series from your list. And The Namesake, LOTR series and Palace of Illusions is on TBR list! Hope to pick these soon!

    1. LOTR is a difficult read. Sadly, i couldn’t complete it because, the movie was easier. But, the book gives good insight on the lives and times of Middle Earth which is not in the movies.

  2. I could only tick four of the list. I love reading about diverse characters but if only the author has managed to give them enough depth and not just a frivolous addition. Loved your picks, will check out few 🙂

    1. You will love them.. Only Shikhandi is told like short stories. The others have loads of details.

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