This week, our friends at The Broke and The Bookish offered us a "rewind"--a chance to go back and make a list we missed the first time around.
I took that to mean "whatever you want," and made a list of ten classic works I've yet to read, but would like to at least attempt.
|Oh Mark, you're such a cynic!|
1. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
My best friend in college was named Varykina, after a town mentioned in this work, which was at its height of popularity when we were being born. The thing is, she has a twin named Larissa, or Lara, after the main character. They didn't know they were having twins until A SECOND BABY CAME OUT (I have never been able to accept that lack of medical awareness), and they just kind of stuck her with a mildly related name. Can you believe it? She goes by Kina, and I've wanted to read this ever since. Also, as you'll realize, I have a soft spot for reading about the USSR and Russia.
2. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré
I don't read spy novels as a rule, but le Carré is an acknowledged master whom Ursual Le Guin even mentions in her essays with respect. Soviet Cold War stuff is interesting to me too.
3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
I've read and enjoyed a lot of Dickens, although it's been years since I've really delved into any of his novels. But somehow, I never got around to reading this, the most autobiographical of his works.
4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and 5. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
I just feel like I should have read these. They are both supposed to be about the 18th century version of kick-ass women, even if they were written by men.
|A much more respectful view of the term!|
6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Honestly, I don't know much about this one, other than that it's Russian and highly respected.
7. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Or Black Like Me, or Native Son, or Roots. One of those early works of African American literature I've never attempted. I have read a fair amount of James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, but I'd like to read one of these major works of nonfiction too.
8. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Remember that Russian/Soviet obsession? This is another one that calls to me for that reason. Also, my son's name is spelled the same way.
9. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
A friend of mine asks me every year or so, "Have you read Pillars of the Earth?" She loved it. I trust her opinion. I need to read this.
10. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
This book is always described as kinder, gentler Hemingway, as a love letter to Paris. I've not read much of his work--just For Whom the Bell Tolls, as far as I remember--and while I feel no urge to spend a lot of time on the rest of his fiction, I think I'd like this memoir.
And just because I do love making lists, here are ten authors whose classics I HAVE read, and love dearly.
1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
2. Hard Times, Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
3. Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the Durbervilles by Thomas Hardy
4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
5. Death of a Salesman and The Crucible by Arthur Miller
6. Silas Marner by George Elliot
7. Song of Solomon and Sula by Toni Morrison
8. Room with a View and Passage to India by E. M. Forster
9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
10. Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell