June 17, 2008 at 3:20 am #40164
Classics are books that everyone wants to have read but no one ever does, or so claims Mark Twain. Many people don’t bother because yes, some classics are pretty tough. What about you? What classics have you swallowed? This Topic is to share trials and triumphs of ‘those kinds of books’; to expend joy over FINALLY finishing those hundreds of pages, and to offer encouragement to those who feel that “Call me Ishmael” is about all they want to hear abut Moby.June 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm #42436
LoL, let me see…
I read Moby Dick for school, unabridged, and I absolutely was bored to death.
But The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is wonderful!June 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm #42437
I read Lord of the Rings. Which I really liked and I am in the middle of Ivanhoe. The reading is a different style but you kinda get used to it.June 17, 2008 at 4:27 pm #42438
I enjoyed The Hobbit.June 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm #42439
I read a lot of classics, don’t know why, I think the influence of Narniaweb might have something to do with it.
LOTR and CoN
Alice in Wonderland (or are children’s classics cheating? )
Anything E. Nesbit
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Emily books and The Story Girl and its sequel, by L.M. Montgomery (never liked the Anne books for some reason)
But most of those aren’t the big, thick, complicated, intelligent-sounding books that come to mind when one says “classics.”June 17, 2008 at 6:06 pm #42440
But most of those aren’t the big, thick, complicated, intelligent-sounding books that come to mind when one says “classics.”
Yes, we do need to remember that a lot of books are considered classics that are actually the enjoyable, light-hearted ones!June 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm #42441
The Hound of the Baskervilles was actually very good, but NEVER watch the movie! I couldn’t sleep for several nights…
Ivanhoe, huh? I’m eyeing that one warily, watching the dust collect. Silas Marner is a good book…if you wish to fall asleep very quickly. Listen to the Focus on the Family dramatization instead! Much better.
Yup, ‘children’s’ classics count. Winnie the Pooh is so cute! It gets funnier as you get older.June 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm #42442
Let’s see. I’ve read:
Sherlock Holmes (all of them, I think)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Scarlet Pimpernel
A Tale of Two Cities
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Red Badge of Courage
Up From Slavery
I enjoy almost everything I read, so I liked most of these pretty well.June 18, 2008 at 3:32 am #42443
Ooh, I LOVED Around the World in Eighty Days! Our mom read it aloud and did all the accents. The Scarlet Pimpernel was disgruntling for the first seven chapters or so. I have a friend who gave up on the Red badge of Courage…Rifles for Watie rocked! By the way, what does LoL stand for?June 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm #42444
It stands for laugh out loud.
Hey, are the Narnia books considered classics?June 18, 2008 at 1:03 pm #42445
Yes, the Narnia series is considered a classic.June 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm #42446
Okay. Thanks.June 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm #42447
Oh, I forgot about To Kill a Mockingbird. That one is good. Of course.
I’m being subjected to Of Mice and Men, Death of a Salesman, and Hamlet for English this term…I bemoan all but Hamlet. The others look depressing and profanity-laced. Sigh.
What do you think makes a book a classic? Being famous after the author is dead?June 18, 2008 at 9:59 pm #42448
From Oxford: Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.June 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm #42449
Books that are God-honoring and stand true in the face of a world full of lies, and being widely known, read and loved helps, too.
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