Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Back to the Classics Signup 2019
Back to the Classics is a challenge hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate to get us to finally read those classics. I'm signing up again, since this was one of the funnest challenges for me of the previous year. Full details of the challenge are here, but this is the list of categories for the new year and the books I've tentatively matched against them. It's an interesting new set of categories.
It's possible--even likely--I pull a switcheroo or two, but for now...
19th Century Classic
Henry James/The American
20th Century Classic
Hermann Broch/The Death of Virgil
-I had this on my list for this same category last year, but it got switched out
Classic by a female author
George Eliot/Scenes of Clerical Life
Classic in translation
Goethe/Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. My translation is by Thomas Carlyle. Doubly classic!
Henry Fielding/Tom Jones
-This was on my list for a reread last year, but that category got pre-empted by The Mystery of Edwin Drood. So it's back!
Edith Wharton/House of Mirth
Very Long Classic
Giovanni Boccaccio/The Decameron
An early James Baldwin like Giovanni's Room is short enough, or maybe Djuna Barnes' Nightwood. But I do think 250 pages is a novella only if you're a Russian. For the rest of us, that's a full length novel...
Classic from the Americas (including Caribbean)
Malcolm Lowry/Under The Volcano
-Written in the US, Canada, and Mexico, I believe. With some final editing in the Caribbean according to Wikipedia.
Classic from Asia, Africa, or Oceania
I'm thinking Naguib Mahfouz here, though I've also got a couple of early Ngugi wa Thiong'o novels from when he was still James Ngugi.
Classic from a Place You've Lived
Chicago or Toronto? Probably Chicago. The better Toronto novels are mostly too new. I've been wanting to reread James Farrell's Studs Lonigan (which could also count as tragedy...) or maybe I'll be bold and read his even longer Danny O'Neill series, which I own and haven't read.
George Bernard Shaw/Pygmalion
Thanks to Karen for hosting!