When did you join the Classics Club? March 2012
What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why? This question is impossible to answer because my mood changes and with that my experience. I can only give a broad answer and a sample (from 2012-2020): Anna Karenina / The Great Gatsby / Persuasion / 1984 / Walden / Uncle Tom's Cabin / Gone With the Wind / My Bondage and My Freedom / Far From the Madding Crowd / The House of Mirth. The reason why is because these are enjoyable, give a complete picture of a life or lives, and because memories of them continue to come to mind even when I least expect it.
What is the first classic you ever read? The first classic I read for TCC is Don Quixote.
Which classic book inspired you the most? Anything by Frederick Douglass (He wrote three autobiographies.) / The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings by Olaudah Equiano / Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart.
What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read? I struggled with The Republic (Plato) and did not finish it.
Favourite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favorite? Favorite: Gone With the Wind / Far From the Madding Crowd / Least: Madame Bovary.
Which classic character most reminds you of yourself? Jo from Little Women / Scarlet of Gone With the Wind / Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice / Thoreau from Walden (minus the snarkiness).
Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating? Moby Dick, especially after a re-read with Brona. <--because she dug so much and pulled out tons of amazing trivia that wasn't exactly trivial.
Classic/s you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year? This is a good question, especially if I plan to write a new list for 2023: I will definitely include poetry (because I am still working through TWEM): Blake, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Whitman.
Favorite memory with a classic and/or your favourite memory with The Classics Club? My favorite memory with a classic is floating in the pool while reading Moby Dick for the first time. And I really enjoyed rereading One Hundred Years of Solitude in 2021 (and doing a read-along with Silvia) because initially I hated the book, but after rereading it, I changed my mind.
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