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Classic Literature Challenge

Another book challenge:

Although I’ve been an avid reader almost all my life, this is one area where I’ve been a bit negligent. I managed to avoid most of the reading I was supposed to do in high school (thanks to Cliff’s Notes), and now there are a lot of books I feel I “should” have read, but I haven’t. So, I would like to read more of them.

I like to make my goals quantifiable when possible (so I know when I’ve completed one) . . . so, I’m going to challenge myself to read 12 classic novels (one per month this year, unless I get speedy and read them more quickly).

I’m planning to start with “Phantom of the Opera,” which I checked out from the library earlier this afternoon.

ETA: A LIST (or the start of one, anyway)! :)

Phantom of the Opera
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Scarlett Pimpernell
Northanger Abbey
Jane Eyre
Oliver Twist
Portrait of a Lady
Around the World in 80 Days


Jan. 9th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I keep meaning to find and read a copy of The Scarlett Pimpernell...not entirely sure why...
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Heh. That title has always kind of disturbed me. When I was a kid, I thought they were talking about bread (pumpernickel) . . . but now I've got the idea in my head that it's really some sort of a big mole or birthmark? Or did I just imagine that? I think I like the idea of the bread better! :D

(As you can tell, that's another of the "unread classics" on my list). :D
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I've always felt a bit that the title doesn't seem to _fit_ with a swashbuckling, sword swinging intrigue adventure...
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Is that really what it's about? Swashbuckling?

Because the title puts me in mind of some fat foppish kinda guy in a bad wig, wearing a dark red velvet suit (late 18th century), with black shoes with silver buckles, white tights, and a big hairy mole on his face. SO not swashbuckling.

I might have to add that one to my list. Now I'm intriqued. And, like you, I've heard (and obviously not understood) a lot of references to the book over the years. *adds book to classics list*
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
Hmnh. And I might even be intriGued.

Jan. 9th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
heh, have you SEEN how badly I type?

Oh, I meant to say, my other problem is I tend to side with the smelly peasants, which has always put me off reading it...
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Did you know that there are two kinds of people in the world...those who carefully proofread before hitting SEND and those who
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, having not read it , I THINK that is what it is about...

My understanding was that the Scarlett Pimprenell was sneaking French aristocrats out of France before the smelly peasants could chop their heads off, so I assume there were buckles being swashed...so time of the French Revoution...So definitely an era of bad wigs...

Wiki suggests the novel is seen as "a precursor to the spy fiction and the superhero genres." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Pimpernel) Which kinda makes me want to read it more...

Jan. 9th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
and the main reason I want to read it is that it is one of those things I know a little bit about, but only through references in other things, and comedy parodies...
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