More book posts! Back to the Classics 2018 is in the books. Time to pick fresh titles for the new year. I had fun photographing my beauties. I wanted to take the pictures in my backyard, on the grass and by the stack of wood, but it started to rain, and I took them on the covered patio table.
19th Century Classic. THE SPENDTHRIFTS, BY GALDOS, 1884. Why? Cause Galdós is my favorite author. (There’s English readers who are enthusiasts of Galdós).
20th Century Classic. The Illustrated Man, Bradbury, 1951. Why? Cause Bradbury is yet another of my favorite authors. This is a collection of stories, but I’m reading them all, and it has 292 pages. I know it’s within the rules.
Classic by a Woman Author. Gaudy Night. Dorothy Sayers, 1935. Karen reminded me of this classic I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Don’t you love my copy?
Classic in Translation. The House of Ulloa, by Emilia Pardo Bazán, 1886. Bazán had an extramarital affair with Galdós. She’s considered Spanish first naturalist novelist, (influenced by Emile Zola.) Like many of the books I’ve chosen this year, I started reading this one, loved it, but stopped reading it for a forgotten reason.
Classic Comic Novel. The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino, 1957. Another one I started, loved, and left. I was going to pick Monsignor Quixote, but it was published in 1982.
Very Long Classic. Swam’s Way, Proust, 1913. Swam’s Way is only volume one of the 7 volumes that compose In Search of Lost Time, yet my copy comes in two parts, part I is 223 pages, and part II alone 502 pages. I hope this is accepted as a long classic.
Classic Novella. The Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy, 1886. Another book I’m reading with Kim.
Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez, 1967. I want to re-read a classic I loved in my youth and see how it feels like.
Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton, 1948. I need your help. I need someone who tells me they’ve loved the book. This is the only book I fear I’m going to dislike. We’ll see.
Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. Adventures with a Texas Naturalist, Roy Bedichek, 1947. I’m still living in Texas. (I’m swapping this title with
Farewell Spain, Kate O’Brien.
Classic Play. The Frogs, Euripides, 405 BC. I may end up reading a couple other plays. My copy has ten of his plays.
I believe this sums it up for today. I’m looking forward to another year of the challenge. Thanks, Karen, for hosting it once more.