5 thoughts on “A Classic”

  1. Must be true for me – I’ve been slowly working at finding new homes for over half my collection of c. 2000 books, most of which I acquired very cheaply because I knew they were “classics” – Anna Karenina, assorted works of Vonnegut, etc. etc., but which I probably will never get around to reading. Or if I do, I could find them in the library easily enough. In fact, come to think of it, I sold my vintage copy of Mark Twain’s book on Christian Science (which I never read).

  2. If one wants to read them, one might be able to find support for that with a group of like-minded readers.

    In Jan. 2000 my wife and I founded a community reading group. We meet during the academic year, about ten weeks per semester, for one-hour conversations. The reading group has read items such as the following classics:

    Austen: Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park

    C. Bronte: Villette

    Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps

    Conrad: The Secret Agent, Under Western Eyes

    Dante: Divine Comedy (complete)

    Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit, Little Dorrit

    Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, Demons (The Possessed), Notes from Underground, The Brothers Karamazov [which was our first book])

    Haggard: King Solomon’s Mines

    Manzoni: The Betrothed

    Scott: The Heart of Midlothian, Old Mortality

    Wells: The Time Machine

    We will begin Dickens’s David Copperfield in a few weeks.

    There are people out there who are interested in reading classics. In our experience they are mostly retirement-age women. We have a very good time discussing these things. These books are alive.

  3. On this basis (and maybe only on this basis) I’m a highly moral man, for I’ve never praised a book I haven’t read. (This isn’t a great claim to fame I realize; but it’s one of the few I have :-)=

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