Back to the Classics Challenge 2019



I've signed up for the Back to the Classics Challenge again. I'm so glad it's running for another year, as it always stretches my boundaries. If you'd like to sign up too, it's hosted by Books and Chocolate, with twelve new categories, one for each month of the year. You'll find the rules here.

Here are my choices. 

A Nineteenth Century Classic - Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

A Twentieth Century Classic - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

A Classic by a Woman - Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

A Classic in Translation - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Classic Comedy - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Classic Tragedy - Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (I really dread sad or tragic books, so the challenge is a good prompt to read this novel that changed history)

Very Long Classic - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I might as well grab the bull by the horns. I'll be so proud of myself.)

Classic Novella - Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson

Classic from the Americas (includes the Caribbean) - Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Classic from Africa, Asia or Oceania (includes Australia) - The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Classic from a place you've lived - Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele (It's one of the best and only classics set in South Australia. I've never lived anywhere else)

Classic Play - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

15 comments:

  1. You're reading some that I want to read. I love, love, love The Magic Pudding. I am super-tempted to just reread that and not challenge myself to venture out of my comfort zone. We'll see ;) I think many of these would qualify for my Chunkster challenge if you're game ;)

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    1. Hi Becky, I'm happy to be able to fit in a few Aussie books. I haven't read The Magic Pudding since my earliest childhood, so have basically forgotten everything. I'm looking forward to that one. And I'll definitely come and have a look at your chunkster challenge 😄 It's a pity some from last year's list aren't eligible too, as there were some 800 to 900 pages there too. They just inspire me to keep going.

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  2. I've never read The Magic Pudding but it sounds delightful. And I'm really looking forward to all the posts about local authors!

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    1. Thanks Karen, I'm really pleased to be able to include a couple of Aussie ones on the list this year 😄

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  3. Great list! I read Uncle Tom's Cabin with a book club several years ago and enjoyed it more than expected. Cold Comfort Farm is on my list this year. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn, I've got to say I'm looking forward to UTC. It's a good feeling to look over a list of books to knock off in a new year.

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  4. What a wealth of reading! I am a Gaskell fan, so I like to see Mary Barton on your list. I read and really enjoyed Our Mutual Friend in 2018. I’m also reading War and Peace in 2019. Cold Comfort Farm is wonderful. I simply couldn’t read The Little Prince—I tried and failed earlier this year. I found Uncle Tom’s Cabin surprisingly good—I had thought of it as mere propaganda, but it’s so much more than that. Dr J and Mr H would be better as a short story, in my opinion. And, I have put The Magic Pudding and Sun on the Stubble on the list of titles to investigate! Good luck with the challenge.

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    1. Hi Jane, Mary Barton and Our Mutual Friend are among those I'm looking most forward to. My favourite Dickens so far is Great Expectations, but I've heard several people share your opinion about OMF. I'll look forward to sharing notes and opinions about W&P. Such a long novel. I'm glad I have a couple of Aussie classics on this year's list, and confess I'm a bit nervous about The Little Prince :) I'm glad it's short though.

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  5. I also ADORE The Magic Pudding. I have read it aloud twice to my dad's, but I may as well read it to myself. Lindsay's mastery of language and humor are at the level of Greg Lear and Carroll.

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    1. Hi Silvia, I'm so looking forward to getting stuck into The Magic Pudding. I might even try to find a family member to read it to 😊

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  6. I'm reading Uncle Tom's Cabin for the Woman Author category.
    And Walden is one of my favorites. : )

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I must look up your reviews of both. I'm glad those are the two American classics on my list.

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  7. One of my all-time favorites...Little Prince. Good choices all around. Happy New Year!

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    1. It sounds like a unique and interesting book, and I'm looking forward to it. Happy New year, Joseph 😊

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