Sunday, December 30, 2018

Back to the Classics 2019

Books and Chocolate is hosting another year of Back to the Classics event. This is going to be my year of re-reads, and that makes me so happy because I have been wanting to return and visit some of my favorites from four, five, and six years ago. I added an asterisk to indicate a re-read.

The Categories (and my proposed reads):

1. 19th Century Classic
Democracy in AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville (1835) done

2. 20th Century Classic
A Room with a View .  E. M. Forster (1908) done

3. Classic by a Woman Author
Ethan Frome. Edith Wharton done

4. Classic in Translation

5. Classic Comic Novel
Don Quixote*. Cervantes done

6. Classic Tragic Novel
The Mayor of Casterbridge . Thomas Hardy done

7. Very Long Classic

8. Classic Novella
Red Badge of Courage* . Stephen Crane done

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean)

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia)

11. Classic From a Place You've Lived
The Age of Innocence* . Edith Wharton (NEW YORK) done

12. Classic Play
Othello . Shakespeare done

For all the rules and link-ups, please visit: 


Risa said...

All interesting ones! I've read three of the twelve, and sampled a few others.

Why exactly do you have a star against a few titles...?

Ruth said...

The asterisk indicate rereads. I have a lot this year.

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

I've read ten of the twelve, only missing The Red Badge of Courage and Uncle Tom's Cabin. I thoroughly enjoyed Ben-Hur and I hope you like it too! You've picked all winners for this challenge. All the best to you and your family in 2019!

Ruth said...

You, too, Cleo. Happy New Year!

Paula Vince said...

What a great stack. I'll look forward to your reviews, especially since some of them are still very fresh in my mind. Anna K and Moby Dick just last year, and Around the World in 80 Days not long before. I wish you and your family a great 2019!

Joseph said...

Nice choices. I'll be watching for your reviews.

o said...

Very interesting collection! Looking forward to your thoughts on Red Badge of Courage and Ben-Hur - been meaning to read those :)

Ruth said...

Thanks, Paula. You, too!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Joseph.

Ruth said...

I can tell you right now...RBC is one of my favorites. It is a great study on courage during war.

Jean said...

Hooray for re-reads! That's a great list.

Ruth said...

Yes, hooray!!!

Thanks. : )

JaneGS said...

I was very impressed by Uncle Tom’s Cabin—I was expecting nothing more than a shell for a message and found an interesting story with compelling characters. Room With a View and Ethan Frome are both excellent. Glad I’ve already read Moby Dick and never have to reread it—parts are fascinating, parts are mind-numbing.

Good luck with the challenge!

Jillian said...

I've read Out of Africa & love it (along with a few others on this list.) I still haven't made it through a whole Tolstoy, but I've read half of both Anna Karenina and War and Peace. :D I prefer the Constance Garnett translation on Anna Karenina to Pevear and Vohlonsky, but I'm not sure that's a popular choice. It seems smoother to me. I see Anna Karenina is a reread for you though, so you probably already have a preferred translation. :) I love Red Badge.

Jillian said...

* Volokhonsky

Ruth said...

Thanks, Jane. Thanks for the encouragement --> I've not read Room With a View or Ethan Frome, but both authors I have had good experience with other works. So I'm looking forward to them.

Ruth said...

I own Garnett, and it has been the only translation I have read. I found it pleasant, but I have nothing else to compare it to. Now that I think of it, what a great idea to reread a work in a different translation, if applicable.

I love RBC, too!!