Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Reading the classics

Some time ago I made a pledge to read more classics this year. I've not been reading as much of anything as I'd like to but I have managed to get a few things onto my list. I've just finished The Great Gatsby, which is something I've intended to read for a while. Interesting storyline and the setting on Long Island was fascinating because I'd just finished reading a modern book called Murder Most Frothy (Cleo Coyle), which is set in almost the same place.

I have also chalked up a Dickens short book called A Message from the Sea, which was interesting, if only for the odd dialect that took a bit of translating. It came with my e-reader.

The orignal idea was to get through 12 classics this year, but I can't see that happening unless I try harder. I've got lots of other things I want to get through as well! I'm currently reading Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, which is shaping up very well.


Sandra Davies said...

This feeling that one 'ought' to read the classics is an odd one isn't it? There's hundreds I've never read, and when I read good, relevant modern stuff I wonder why classics are seen as such.
I finished reading A.L.Kennedy's 'Day' yesterday - wonderfully written and impressive in it ability to create a fully-fledged character.

Jarmara Falconer said...

I have had a go at reading the classics too. Mainly because I read 1001 Books you must read before you Die
I love Three men in a bed by Jerome K. Jerome Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne left me feeling nonplus, I think in its time it was a very exciting book. another must read book I tried was To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf I found this one to be very heavy going.
I very much enjoy reading little known writers because you can make some amazing discovery like Louise Brindley and her book, A Presence in her Life. Her characters are wonderful

joanne fox said...

I love Gatsby. It was one of my favourite novels during my teens, and every so often I go back to it again. Like you I do intend to read more classics, but probably only manage a couple a year.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. I know sitting and actually saying I'm going to read .. is not a luxury that comes too often .. I'd love to be able to read more books .. and now I've brought my mother's books here - I have even more to go through!

A blogger said .. just pick the book up and go through it .. you'll remember bits - the thing is to get to the end .. and another blogger said create a mind map from your book .. I thought when I did sit down I might try those two thoughts together ..

Also I think I'd quite like to read a synopsis of each classic I start - so I can follow along and have some idea in advance - study guides here I come!!

Cheers Hilary

Michael G-G said...

Good for you! I had a similar wistful notion a year or two ago, but made the fatal mistake of starting with Plato's Republic. (In translation, I hasten to add.)

All it managed to do was confirm my belief that I am not an intellectual.

ChrisJ said...

Oh AJ it's you! I should have known. I set myself that task of reading as many classics as I could. It was fascinating, and enlightening. I've just finished re-reading South Riding and find I have so much more inight now. I'd love to be able to sit down and discuss with you all the characters and philosophies of this book. I bet we could have a grand old debate!