Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Classics Club

 I've decided to join The Classics Club. I like classics, and have plenty I should read. Part of the requirements for joining include listing 50 classics you'd like to read (or reread, as that's allowed). Fifty is a bunch, but you have up to five years to read them all. Ten a year isn't much, especially since I'm reading 70-ish books every year anyway. 

So here goes, 50 classics I'd like to read over the next five years. (No links this time as that'll take me forever; I'll link them as I read them. And they're in no particular order. If in a foreign language, English follows in parens, and yes, it means I want to read it in the original.) Let's just round up: I'd like this list to be read by 31 Dec 2026:

1. Out of Africa

2. Of Human Bondage

3. The Turn of the Screw

4. Pride and Prejudice

5. The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (reviewed here)

6. Wuthering Heights (reviewed here

7. Orlando (reviewed here)

8. The Monk

9. Семнадцать Мгновений Весны (Seventeen Moments of Spring, in Russian)

10. Dark Star Safari

11. The Fellowship of the Ring (reviewed here)

12. Kidnapped

13. The Guide

14. Dead Souls

15. Parade's End

16. The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat

17. Tender is the Night (reviewed here)

18. The Groves of Academe

19. Homage to Catalonia

20. Maskerado ĉirkaŭ la morto (Dancing around death, in Esperanto)

21. Rebecca

22. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

23. Beowulf (in Old English)

24. For Whom the Bell Tolls (reviewed here)

25. American Pastoral

26. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides

27. The Mosquito Coast (reviewed here)

28. From Here to Eternity (reviewed here)

29. Solaris

30. In Patagonia

31. The Name of the Rose

32. The Good Soldier Schweik

33. Cakes and Ale

34. A Grain of Wheat

35. King Lear

36. Hadji Murad

37. Na Drini ćuprija (Bridge on the Drina, in Serbo-Croatian)

38. King Soloman's Mines

39. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

40. The Death of the Heart

41. The War of the End of the World

42. The Talented Mr. Ripley

43. The Stories of J.F. Powers

44. Мастер и Маргарита (The Master and Margarita, in Russian)

45. Empire of the Sun (reviewed here)

46. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

47. Catcher in the Rye (reviewed here)

48. One Hundred Years of Solitude

49. The Professor

50. Love's Labour's Lost

1 comment:

  1. Cool list! I have only read 14 of these.
    Solaris is great!
    In other genres, I loved a lot The Master and Margarita, and Rebecca


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