The Back to the Classics Challenge next edition is here! I cannot believe it. It’s always fun to read other’s plans, and best of all, to concoct my own. At Karen’s blog you can read all the rules of the challenge, but as a CLASSICS challenge, it means the books have to be 50 years old or older, therefore the books must have been written by 1967.
These are the 2017 12 categories that Karen has chosen for us:
COMPLETED. 1. A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
COMPLETED. 3. A classic by a woman author: Pavilion of Women, Pearl Buck, 1946.
COMPLETED. 4. A classic in translation:
Nazarín, by Benito Pérez Galdós
COMPLETED. 5. A classic published before 1800:
In Praise of Folly, Erasmus of Rotterdam
COMPLETED. 6. An romance classic.
Madame Bovary, by Flaubert
COMPLETED. 7. A Gothic or horror classic:
COMPLETED 8. A classic with a number in the title: Ten Fingers for God, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, published in 1965.
COMPLETED 9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title:
Planet of the Apes, (El planeta de los simios), Pierre Boulle
COMPLETED 10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: Tales of the Alhambra, by Washington Irving, or maybe Los Pazos de Ulloa, by Emilia Pardo Bazán, a Spanish writer, or After You, Marco Polo, by Jen Shor.
COMPLETED 11. An award-winning classic.
I know I want to read the third book in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, The Cross, published in 1922. This work formed the basis of Undset receiving the 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature,
Silence, by Shūsaku Endō. Silence received the Tanizaki Prize for the year’s best full-length literature.
I probably end up reading Silence before the year end, but I’ve read an unusual classic, a Spanish classic, that received different prizes, in particular, Premio Nadal. It’s all explained in the review. El Jarama, or The River, by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio.
COMPLETED 12. A Russian Classic:
The Brothers Karamazov
As always, I may end up reshuffling some titles, picking different ones, and reading more than one book for some categories. It all depends on what the book club friends decide on reading too, and where my reading takes me. But this year I plan to read some long wanted to read titles I have in my shelves and that I wrote about here, some of which I have added to these 12 categories.