Dec 17, 2009

"The Claaasics."

(Imagine me saying that in a snobby British voice.)

A while back, I decided I'd like to read some of the claaasics that I, for various reasons, haven't ever read. In high school I thought reading the claaassics was lame. In college, I decided I probably would actually really enjoy them. But I've been reading other things and haven't made the time.

About a month ago, I started this venture with "The Pilgrim's Progress". While the story line was clever and inspiring, it seemed like a great amount of effort won me little progress. It was just hard to get through. I got through each of my allowed library renewals and had to turn it back in.

Today, I had some time to go meander without my kiddos for awhile, so I decided to look into my next claaasic. I sat at the library search engine and was inwardly embarrassed at how few titles I could think of. Like 4. So I made my way to the internet room and did a little google search. Verrry helpful. Now I have a big list of books that I'd like to get to at some point.

Being that it's Christmas, I decided to pick "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I don't think I've ever written anything by Charles Dickens and I'm finding out that he is funny! At least I think so. And thought-provoking.

Scrooge's nephew describes Christmas as "the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

And another character as "a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."

Isn't that a great word picture? I liked it.
Hope you're enjoying the your Christmas season!


  1. if you like dickens you should read jane austen...also witty and british. and fun to read while practicing your british accent!

  2. other favorites: to kill a mockingbird, anna karenina (if you want to read the longest book that exists), les miserables (currently on my reading list), phantom of the opera (also currently on my list)... that's a start for your list for the next library visit.

  3. I love Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It takes a couple chapters to get into, but is WELL worth the effort. David Copperfield is tedious however. Another favorite claaasic: Count of Monte Cristo...