Photo by Road Trip with Raj on Unsplash * "Why don't you read something fun for a change?" I actually get this question quite a lot. I normally brush the question off like a bug on my shoulder, my response generally being "I don't know what you mean by fun", but I have started to think lately about … Continue reading Is it Fun to Read the Classics?
I've previously made no secret of the fact that I wasn't greatly enthralled reading The Kill (La Curée in its native french). The 2nd title in Zola's great Les Rougon-Macquart series, this is the first novel of Zola's that I have struggled reading. I normally start these 'Thoughts On' posts by stating that this is … Continue reading Thoughts On The Kill by Émile Zola
A scene from The Odyssey 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of the times' - so begins Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. In this moment, we are somewhere within that sentence. We are in the best of times the human race has ever known. We are living … Continue reading Now is the Time to Start Reading the Classics
Classic readers are a lucky bunch when it comes to book covers. Almost universally, classic books are covered in great artworks or designs, that add an extra special treat to having a great book on the bookshelf. This blog post is going to be light on words but big on pictures, so enjoy the following … Continue reading Book Covers to Make People Envious of your Bookcase
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash * "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." – Walt Disney As mentioned in my previous blog post, this is a (kind of) part 2 of why people read classics (or should). I've already talked about how I became a classics reader, but I … Continue reading Why Read the Classics?
First of all, I wish you all a very Happy New Year! I'm very excited that I now get to live through the 20's. Makes me want to absorb some classic novel from the jazz age such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I have 10 years to get to that. I truly wish that life … Continue reading How I Became a Classics Reader
Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash 2019 has been a very strange and wonderful year for myself. Having started a classic literature blog in the summer, within a few short weeks my wife and I welcomed a child into our lives, and life has never been the same since. The joy a child brings to one's life can … Continue reading A Literary Vision for 2020