Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Reading: Classics

People will often ask me about my favorite book, but choosing one title in particular is impossible. Favorite books often relate to my personal circumstance. My time at Chapel Hill was perfect for reading D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, and Florence, Italy was ideal for Dante's Inferno. Don't even get me started on reading Anais Nin in Paris. But there are some books which transcend time and place for me. Jane Eyre is that book. Moody and mysterious, the book is both defined by its era and its timeless. Centered around a female protagonist who defies societal convention and a great old house with its dark secrets, its rich use of language makes this book by Charlotte Bronte a classic, one I plan on rereading this weekend. Please share a classic title you would like to recommend as a summer read.


Spencer said...

I have such an issue with the word classic, I never know what that entails. My brother and I would argue as to whether or not Bon Jovi is classic rock, (It is) but we would never settle it because so many books are on the fringe.
I think if I was going to pick a classic book it would be something along the lines of "Lust For Life." It was written by Irving Stone and tells the tale of the life of Vincent Van Goh. It was an excellent book and definitely fits the title of classic in my mind, which is standing the test of time It was written in 1934, and is stil being read by Van Goh enthusiast everywhere!

Tom Judson said...

Well, "Nicholas Nickleby" could easily last you the whole summer, and what a great read it is!

My choice for a modern classic (for any occasion) is always "A Confederacy of Dunces."