Thursday, April 21, 2011

365 Photos Day 110


I am thoroughly enjoying this book right now. I don't read many classics anymore, but when I do, I find that I can read them for FUN and actually enjoy them, rather than reading them because I HAVE to, and for an English class.

I know that there are classics that I am expected to not only have read, but also to be able to speak about in a coherent manner. And I've read most of them. Begrudgingly, yes, but read them nevertheless. I can't even begin to enumerate all of the literary works that it will be way too soon if I ever have to read them again in this lifetime (Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' is definitely on that list), but there are others that I've given a second try, only to find that yes, I actually enjoy. There are some that I wonder if perhaps I'd have a better understanding of now, with some more life experience behind me, but that I really don't want to have to re-read in order to find out ('The Scarlet Letter' by Hawthorne and 'Walden' by Thoreau are on that list).

I do have a shelf of classics that I'm slowly working my way through. Sometimes I find the audio version to be easier, because let's face it, a good reader, preferably with a plummy British accent, can make (almost) anything palatable.

For now, though, I'm reading 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and lamenting that we couldn't have read this in school rather than Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities' (also on the list with Hawthorne & Thoreau).


Kayjay said...

I had to reread The Scarlet Letter for book club and I have to say it was as annoying the second time around as the first. I have been thinking of reading The Scarlet Pimpernel since Floating Lush got me hooked on the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig (definitely a guilty pleasure). It sounds like it will be worth my time.

Lisa said...

That's why I'm reading The Scarlet that I can read the Pink Carnation series & actually understand some of the finer nuances. Great minds and all.