Hosted by Katherine at November’s Autumn. My participation may be sporadic, but I’m going to try to fit this challenge into my schedule. 🙂
Here’s my answers to the questionnaire/prompts for January (Introduction):
- What draws you to read the Classics?
Classics are works of art, unlike most contemporary fiction. I love reading, and though I also love the era I live in, I cannot relate to it in the same way that I relate to classic lit and classic authors. On the other hand, classics have taught me a lot about the modern world (some things never change). I hope for there to be great authors in the 21st century, but it is looking doubtful – the books of today tend to display “quantity over quality” characteristics.
- What era have you mainly read? Georgian? Victorian? Which authors?
19th century British lit. It’s great, but right now I’m eager to read more world literature (and non-fic)!
- What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
Sherlock Holmes, H. G. Wells, some later Jules Verne works – all fabulous stuff! Recently I read Shackleton’s South, which was extremely interesting, and within the last few years Conrad and Kafka have become two of my favorite authors. Forster’s A Passage to India was not my cup of tea; on the other hand, I loved Rebecca (1938) and Agatha Christie. So far, I prefer Victorian works from this era, but that may very well change.
- Name some books you’re looking forward to read for the salon.
It’s not set in stone, but these are on my list:
- Verne: Paris in the Twentieth Century (not sure if it counts, but it is futuristic and Verne is very much associated with the turn of the century)
- Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
- Abbott: Flatland (1884)
- Melville: Billy Budd (1888–1891)
- Kafka (1883–1924): Complete Short Stories, The Castle, Diaries (maybe)
- Hesse: Beneath the Wheel (1906)
- Conrad: The Inheritors (1901, co-authored by Ford Madox Ford), Lord Jim (1899–1900), etc.
- Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms (1929)
- Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
- Which literary characters are you most akin to?
Marian Halcombe (The Woman in White), Tatyana Larina (Eugene Onegin), and Charlotte Bronte heroines. Also, Sherlock Holmes and (to a certain degree) Razumov (Under Western Eyes).
- Is your preference prose? poetry? both?
Thanks to Tolkien, I now love both. Good poetry, however, is harder to find than good prose.