Saturday, January 31, 2009
Last week Ali challenged us to think about the classics. She gave us four questions, and allowed us to mix and match.
1) How do you feel about classic literature?
I would like to tell you that I just love classic literature but I'm afraid that I am not a huge fan of it. Why? Because yes, I am intimidated by it. I don't get all the extra layers and subtleties that the author intends for you to uncover. I need to become a better reader that is for sure.
Which classics, if any, have you truly loved?
I've read Sense and Sensibility and truly truly loved it. Right now I'm reading Pride and Prejudice which is such a great read. I will be the first one to admit that I find these books much easier to understand and read because I've watched the movies several 100 times!! Next month I'll be trying my hand at Anna Karenina, but I've got a ton of stuff printed out to help me study this novel in more depth and to question things while I'm reading it. I hope that will help!!
Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books?
I honestly don't think I can recommend one to anyone at this time seeing how my knowledge of the classics is still pretty limited.
3) Let's say you're vacationing with your dear cousin Myrtle, and she forgot to bring a book. The two of you venture into the hip independent bookstore around the corner, where she primly announces that she only reads classic literature. If you don't find her a book, she'll never let you get any reading done! What contemporary book/s with classic appeal would you pull off the shelf for her?
I would give her The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. For one thing if she's such a classics buff then she should recognize the story of Hamlet being played out within the pages of this chunky novel. Plus I'm sure that she will love all the underlying dynamics, questions, hauntings, the connection to The Jungle Book etc. that this book will bring to her attention. The added bonus...the book is pretty long so she should be good and quiet for a long time which means I will be able to get some serious reading done!!