May 26, 2008

The Classics Challenge and Meme

Trish's Classics Challenge has been making the rounds. I'm glad to be joined by so many of my blog friends in enjoying my favorite type of literature. So here is my list and meme:

  1. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

  2. Cranford by George Eliot

  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

For my modern classic I've chosen

  1. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Meme
1. My favorite classic is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
2. The classic I had the toughest time finishing is Anna Karenina and Moby Dick.
3. I would recommend Silas Marner to someone who doesn't read a lot of classics or who doesn't generally like classics because it's a shorter example of what a classic can be. The metaphors are clear and it has a happy ending.
4. To me, a classic book is a work of art, either because of what it had to say about its time in history or because what it has to say transcends its time in history.
5. The type of relationship I have with classics is one of affection and admiration. I don't love every classic I've read but I love that they are a part of real history. I have come to appreciate history through the classics.


Jeane said...

I didn't know The Awakening was considered a classic.

Trish said...

I think I read The Awakening for a classics challenge last year. Unfortunately not my favorite, but oh well! I hope you like Remains of the Day--I really look forward to reading your thoughts. Thanks for playing along with the meme!

Petunia said...

Jeane-I first saw it in a classics collection so I suppose it is.

Trish-I don't expect The Awakening to be a favorite for me either but I'll read it all the same. Hopefully Remains will be.