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Subject: What have you read lately for your classics challenge?
Date Posted: 7/29/2013 10:45 AM ET
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I'm about halfway through Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Conrad really brings the reader into his story; where there is almost no sunlight.

It's nearly unbearable; mercifully, the book is not overlong.

 

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Date Posted: 7/29/2013 12:40 PM ET
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I'm finishing Louise Erdrich's The Painted Drum, about the implications of the present-day discovery

of a rare Ojibwe painted drum.  All this Minnesota author's works are pretty choice reading experiences,

not just the ones that deal with her Ojibwe heritage.   One example of the latter group would be The

Master Butcher's Singing Club..



Last Edited on: 7/29/13 12:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/29/2013 1:55 PM ET
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White Jacket  by Herman Melville is a fictionalized memoir of his year on a warship. The chapters are only 3 to 5 pages long so if the topic is so-so, it will end soon. I could recommend only to solid fans of the writer or books about sea-faring.

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 4:59 PM ET
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I'm currently reading The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. I generally get a kick out of reading epic poetry and allegorical lit - so I'm really enjoying it, as it combines the two.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 8:23 AM ET
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Caralen, The Faerie Queene is a gap in my literary background. I must follow your example!

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Date Posted: 8/4/2013 2:56 PM ET
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I am not doing this challenge this year, but due to 17 yo daughter having to read Pride and Prejudice for mandatory summer reading (which I did NOT like  at all in HS), I challenged myself to read a classic that I have never read also.  I was visiting my mom and she had 3 classics from a book club on her shelf so I chose The House of the 7 Gables.  Now I know how teenagers feel when forced to read books they just don't like...........I'm over halfway through but oooooohhhhhhhhh, it just drags on and on and...............

Date Posted: 8/9/2013 4:11 AM ET
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Rose, it's been slow going, but good. It seems like Spenser either invented words or changed the spellings of words to force them into his rhymes, which is making it difficult to read. I've started reading it while listening to it being read on LibriVox - so much easier. As I read it, I'm continually astonished that Shakespeare and he were contemporaries. Shakespeare seems so modern, so easy to read, compared to Spenser, who reads very medieval if not older.