Thursday, December 22, 2016
Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge - It's a Wrap
Posted by JaneGS
I give myself a C on this year's challenge. I love reading classics and read more than show up on the challenge, but fitting them into categories proved to be a bit of a challenge.
I think 7 out of 12 is respectable but 5.5 were rereads, and 3 to 4 are generally considered children's fare. Personally I don't think Jules Verne's book would be read by today's children, though I know it was a staple in years past.
I feel badly that I didn't get a translated classic read (I did get Emile Zola's The Paradise for this purpose, but ran out of time). I also feel badly that I didn't get a non-white author of a classic done either.
1. A 19th Century Classic - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, reread
2. A 20th Century Classic - By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, reread
3. A classic by a woman author - Middlemarch, by George Eliot, reread
4. A classic in translation.
5. A classic by a non-white author.
6. An adventure classic - did a reread of Robert Louis Stevenson's incomparable Treasure Island, reread.
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, will never reread!
8. A classic detective novel.
9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. The Small House at Allington, by Anthony Trollope - book 5 in the Barsetshire novels.
10. A classic which has been banned or censored. I thought that Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes would qualify, but I couldn't find evidence that it had been banned or censored.
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). Emma by Jane Austen, reread.
12. A volume of classic short stories - Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories, by L.M. Montgomery, reread of the two stories that were chapters in Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Windy Poplars.