Somehow, I missed Weekly Geeks last week. Dang. Oh, well. I'm here this week, and I'm a big fan of the Classics.
In the third Weekly Geeks of 2009, let's have fun with the classics. For our purposes, I'm defining a classic as anything written over 100 years ago and still in print.
How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don't get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books?
I used to be intimidated by The Classics. I don't know why either. I guess maybe it was all so unfamiliar. The language, the customs, the times. Just not anything I thought I could get used to....but I was wrong.
One day (before I joined a "Classics" Book Club), I decided I was reading too much garbage. So I went on a Classics Kick. The first book I picked up was the Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. What a fantastic book!! Witty and fun...full of adventure. Everything a book should be.
My favorite classics are all tales of adventure: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo to name just two. Both are huge tomes, but such wonderful stories!!
I've never been a big Romance reader, but I did love Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. And I thought Persuasion by Jane Austin was fantastic as well.
One final Classic.....another one that I consider a favorite....The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Timeless tale, full of wit and adventure. Creepy to boot. Can't go wrong!
A few I've hated.....anything by Henry James and Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence....YUK! But those are all personal opinions. To each his own, right?
Happy Weekly Geeking!!