Happy New Year everyone! I am the worst at making resolutions and sticking to them BUT I have successfully completed the Back to the Classics Challenge ever since 2014 when Karen at Books and Chocolate took it over from blogger Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much. Below is my proposed list for the Back to the Back to the Classic Challenge 2019.
1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
Because I can use Trollope for another prompt below, I think I am going to choose Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens for this category.
20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969.
I will continue to chip away at the Modern Library’s 100 Best of the 20th century list. I have 26 titles left to go! I might choose Native Son by Richard Wright since I own a copy.
Classic by a Female Author.
I think I will read A Glass of Blessings by Barbra Pym. I own a copy and weirdly, though I love Babs, I only read her it seems when this particular challenge “makes me” do it. Same with Dorothy Whipple. 😟
Classic in Translation.
Maybe that copy of Suite Française translated from the French in to English that has been languishing on my shelf for ages? On the other hand, Sylvia at silviacachia is going to host a Don Quixote read-along which would fit perfectly in this category if for some reason I STILL don't get to the Némirovsky title.
I think I might go for Three Men in a Boat. I have a copy already -are you sensing a trend here? 😃
I may have to *gasp* get a book from the library or buy one to fit this category. I do have a copy of The Wings of the Dove, which I think would probably qualify (as Karen points out in the introductory post, comedy and tragedy are subjective. But I have never read any Hardy and maybe I should? On the other hand, other than The Turning of the Screw, I’ve never read any Henry James…
Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes.
And here’s where I get my Trollope in. (There was one year where I could have actually read a Trollope for almost every category and I’m kind of sorry I didn’t! LOL). Either I will read The Way We Live Now or my next in the Pallliser Series which is Phineas Redux.
Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages.
I’ve got a few from my shelves that would fit here: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (would work for the comedy prompt too) or The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
Classic from the Americas (includes the Caribbean).
Possibly I will read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I own a copy that I found on the street walking my dogs (don’t worry, it was probably left over from a yard sale…I didn’t quite pick it out of someone’s trash can).
Classic from Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia).
I have to buy or borrow for this category. I really do want to read more Elizabeth Goudge so I might steal the idea of reading Green Dolphin Street from Karen. On the other hand, I am interested in reading anything from Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. He has at least three titles older than 50 years and all are published in the beautiful Penguin Black Spine editions…so tempting!
Classic from a Place You've Lived.
If only I’d lived in the UK so I could pick another Trollope title. 😁 I might go super specific here and pick Cannery Row since I lived for a year in Monterey, California. Or maybe I'll read the second Philip Marlow book in the series by Raymond Chandler. Either way, I will borrow the book from the library.
I think I will pick something from Oscar Wilde again because he is so much damn fun! Again, I will have to borrow from the library, but that’s OK. I own a couple of Shakespeare’s plays but frankly don’t enjoy reading them. I prefer to see them performed