Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Back to the Classics Challenge 2016
This year I'd like to concentrate on reading books I already own but haven't got to reading yet. I'd also like to re-read some books I read when I was younger now that I presumably have the hindsight of maturity. I enjoyed the Back to the Classics Challenge for 2015 so I'm signing up again this year. For details see Karen's sign up post at Books & Chocolates.
I don't own all the books for some of the categories for this challenge so I'm hoping to fill in the gaps with borrowed books. I also can't decide between some options that's why you'll see more than one title in some (most) categories.
1. A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, 1874. I'm pretty certain one of the boys is getting me this for my birthday.
2. A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1966
The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1924
Decline & Fall by Evelyn Waugh, 1928
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Gouge, 1963 (borrowed from a friend)
3. A classic by a woman author -
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 1811
4. A classic in translation –
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. Originally written in the 1400's and later translated into English from Latin.
5. A classic by a non-white author
Unsure of which book I'll choose. Some ideas are:
To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite, 1959
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, 1901
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 1952.
6. An adventure classic - can be fiction or non-fiction.
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy, 1965 - or any one of a number of titles I own in this category.
The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1898
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic –
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, 1951, or
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (I discovered this author when I read an essay by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn). I don't own either of these but have wanted to read them for a while.
8. A classic detective novel
I've got oodles of books in this category but I haven't read a lot of them as I originally collected them for my children and didn't develop an appetite for this genre until more recently. Yet to decide, but Hamlette complicated matters for me when she asked if I'd ever read anything by Raymond Chandler. I hadn't, but I did see one of his books (The Big Sleep, 1939) in a bookshop recently...temptation, temptation.
Cover Her Face is P.D.James' debut 1962 crime novel which I would like to read sometime.
9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title
Hiroshima by John Hersey, 1946, or
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, 1847
Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes, 1960
10. A classic which has been banned or censored.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 1928, or
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1921 - if I don't use it for no. 7
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). If it's a book you loved, does it stand the test of time? If it's a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around?
I'm thinking it will be one of these:
The Story of Esther Costello by Nicholas Monsarrat, 1952 (I may not be able to find a copy of this).
I don't know if I actually read this book, but I've always remembered the main character's name, i.e. Esther Costello, but had no idea who wrote it. I found out not long ago that its author was Nicholas Monsarrat.
The Agony & the Ecstacy by Irving Stone, 1961 (biographical novel about Michelangelo Buonarroti)
Phantastes by George Macdonald, 1858.
12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. Children's stories are acceptable in this category only.
Methinks...something by Flannery O'Connor or a fairy tale selection eg. Grimms, Hans Christian Anderson or an Andrew Lang title.