The Back to the Classics Challenge for 2018 is already up. I plan to participate. This would be my 4th year doing it. It’s a challenge that fits my love for the classics. It’s a nice way of seeing what classics others read, and I have much fun picking titles for each of the 12 categories, -even though I have tweaked titles every single year.
I’m using this post to start brainstorming about my possible selections.
1. A 19th century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
I started to listen to Persuasion, but life happened and I quit. I intend to start all over. I also want to read some titles by Galdós, who wrote in this category century, that’s another possibility.
2. A 20th century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1968.
This is another easy category. I have many authors and titles that could fit, like Steinbeck’s East of Eden, or Canary Row, just to throw a couple for now.
3. A classic by a woman author.
Either an Edith Warton book, or Virginia Woolf.
4. A classic in translation.
I read a lot of books in translation, maybe a Russian book, Joyce or Proust, (yes, I’m going to try to read those authors Ulysses, and Swan’s Way respectively.) If I get to re-read Sihué el egipcio, that was originally in Finnish, written by Mika Waltari.
5. A children’s classic.
Most likely, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, or The Silver Chair.
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. Probably a Dorothy Sayers title, or a Christie’s title.
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction.
Maybe a Halliburton book, (I’ve been wanting to read another book by him, his The Glorious Adventure, for example.) I also would like to re-read Guzmán de Alfarache, and that’s a journey narrative from his time as a young boy, when he leaves his home, until his mature age. It’s two volumes, over 1,000 pages in total, yet I do love it.
8. A classic with a single-word title. Silence by Endo, Alfanhui, by Sánchez Ferlosio (this one is a journey narrative too), or Summer by Warton.
9. A classic with a color in the title.
The Scarlet Letter, or A Study in Scarlet, or The Scarlet Pimpernel.
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you.
Another easy category, since I have not read, and want to read, something by Henry James, Emile Zola, Virginia Wolf, Grahame Greene, Proust, Joyce…
11. A classic that scares you.
War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, The Master and Margarita.
12. Re-read a favorite classic.
I intend to re-read a lot this coming year, I have all these titles, and they are all 50 years or older, and considered classics,
- Re-read Don Quijote
- Re-read Meditations on Don Quijote, by Ortega y Gasset
- Re-read Rayuela (Hopscotch), by Cortázar
- Re-read Guzman de Alfarache, Mateo Aleman
- Re-read La montaña mágica, The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
- Re-read The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer
- Re-read Dandelion Wine, Bradbury
- Re-read La colmena, Cela
- Re-read Sinuhé el egipcio, Mika Waltari
- Re-read Alice in Wonderland
- Re-read Tractatus Logicus Philosophicus, by Wittgenstein