Friday, October 12, 2012

Oldies but Goodies: A Book Club Classic Link Up

This week we have  a very special link up! We'll be starting a new book on the 9th November, but until then we get to share our love of literature, what inspires us and possibly even changed our lives....possibly.
Now the reason we're not starting with a new book straight away is because I am reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Let's just say, it's massive!
I'm currently 395 pages through 816. It might sound like, I'm counting down until I finish, but I can honestly say I can't wait to read it. In fact, I nearly didn't sit down and write this blog post as I sort of thought reading might be a better idea.
If you've never read the book it's about Russian aristocracy and the elite. Set in the late nineteenth century, it's a tale of love, marriage, political and social change. There are lots of characters and an intricate plot. What I love the most is the characterisation. There is warmth and life in the characters that I haven't seen in a novel for a while. Then again, I've been attached to young fiction recently, so what did I really expect?
I haven't read any Classic literature for a while and had almost forgotten how good it actually is. I am so grateful these stories have stayed the test of time. Literature, for me, is more than just a distraction, an art-form, an expression of views. It is also a way of understanding history, society, people. In Anna Karenina I am as fascinated by the debates on social change, female and peasant equality and methods of farming as I am to hear whether or not she (Anna) will ever manage to survive the divorce from her husband.
Will Anna Karenina take over as my favourite Classic book? I don't know. It's got some pretty stiff competition. I have never managed to just have one favourite so, it might earn a place on the shelf. Here are some potential neighbours:
1. Jane Eyre by Bronte
This book is dark, haunting and absolutely fascinating. The treatment of madness in the nineteenth century is eye-opening.
2. Return of the Native by Hardy
I studied this at A-level and it still resonates with me today. I visited the land that inspired the novel to absorb the sense of Englishness evoked in Hardy's writing. He had a super imagination - and found wonder in the everyday and ordinary. I didn't like the heroine. I DID love to hate her though.
3. Pride & Prejudice by Austen
This gal is local to me and allows me to enter the world of big houses, ballrooms, pretty dresses and arrogant men with no manners who wander around like the 'big I am'. She presents a woman struggling to live in the confines of her society, but reminds us that even the most revolutionary of us needs to look in the mirror occasionally. Besides without this, where would Colin Firth be and how would we have coped without Bridget Jones? I love it!
So now it's your turn. Link up your post on your favourite Classic book and share something fantabulous with the world.
What's your favourite Classic book?

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Rue said...

Haha, so true about Colin Firth!

Cocalores said...

Well, he is cute though! So maybe he'd be the man of lots of our dreams anyhow ;-)


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