Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Back to the Classics - 2019
Posted by JaneGS
Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to the Classics again in 2019, and I cannot resist signing up. I have most of the categories filled in, with a couple of open slots for mood-strikers.
1. 19th Century Classic: Can You Forgive Her?, by Anthony Trollope
I meant to read this in 2018, but never got to it--the first in the Palliser series. Cannot wait!
2. 20th Century Classic: The Buccaneers, by Edith Wharton
Unfinished, so I hope that won't bother me too much. I watched the mini-series years ago and always meant to read the novel.
3. Classic by a Woman Author: Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte
Ended up quite disappointed with this one, but I still gave it three stars for the nature writing at the end. No much plot, no interesting characters, just a lot of whining.
4. Classic in Translation: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
At last, this is the year of W&P - at 15 books and two epilogues, I haven't quite worked out a good reading schedule for this, but I intend to take most of the year to read it, savor it, and live in it.
5. Classic Comic Novel: TBD
Waiting for the right book to strike my fancy--will be depending on reading reviews from others in this category.
6. Classic Tragic Novel: Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy
You can always count on Hardy for a good tragedy!
7. Very Long Classic: Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot
Since I decided to skip Felix Holt after trying it and being bored beyond belief, this is the last of Eliot's novels I have yet to read for the first time. I've heard it's great!
8. Classic Novella: TBD
Another category in which I'm waiting for inspiration.
9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean): Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania: Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay
I have wanted to read this for years and it just qualifies for the 50-year mark, being published in 1967. A really terrific little book with a great sense of place, spooky atmosphere, and unsettling ambiguity.
11. Classic From a Place You've Lived: Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather
This was a Colorado Book of the Month book in November, and much as I wanted to read along, I just didn't get to it. Sounds wonderful. The only place other than Colorado that I've lived is Birmingham, England, and since I was a baby at the time and I can't think of any classics set in Birmingham, I went with Colorado.
12. Classic Play: St. Joan, George Bernard Shaw
I have only read Pygmalion and since I visited Rouen last August and ate dinner across the plaza from where Joan was burned, I figured this would be a good play to read. I like to watch plays while I read them, so I wonder if there is a faithful film of this one.