PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
...and it was quite interesting. 10 months ago
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How I did it: I bought a classic from the greek-roman era, I wanted to go obscure but not something liable to be a serious chore so I got a new translation and it was still a Penguin publication, so I guessed it would be an accessible read for the general, as opposed to an academic, readership.
I then read it each night and when I got time, it was a very well paced read and I was able to read it cover to cover in no time. Read how I did it… 12 months ago
And I think I’m going to look for classical authors like this, its such an awesome book, it has a fantastic pace and the style, which I appreciate could also be to do with the translation I have (its one of the penguin classics series so I presume its a good one) but I’m sure that’s not the whole of it.
Its essentially lots and lots of mini-stories strung together into an overarching narrative featuring our hero, who is turned into an ass/donkey and as a result overhears quite a lot of stories or observes them unfolding. There’s scandal and witchcraft and tales of Gods and Heroes.
The interesting thing about it is that I really struggle to think of any contemporary book like it that I’ve enjoyed as much or any contemporary alternative that I would read instead. I did read Jack Vance’s Lyonesse 2 before I took up this one and it was the best fantasy I’d read in a long time, a great big bulky book of the kind that I like to read and see as a challenge and even it wasnt as enjoyable as this one, then again that is perhaps way it is justifiably considered as classic and how it has survived from the ancient world to now.
Definitely going to read more classics of this kind, assuming that classics were the canon of books from the era of the industrial revolution or there abouts and by english authors has given me the wrong impression of classics. 12 months ago
This is what I have learned from the author of the book In Praise of Older Women, who has written other books, Truth and Lies in Literature and The Rules of Chaos, I’ve read the later and started on the former. He’s a big fan of Balzac, Stendhal and another author I think called Kleinsky but I may have mispelt that.
One of his essays is about how english lit. classes can put people of literature, there’s plenty of examples of world literature, French and Russian for example, which are fantastic in english translation but anyone acquainted with some of the prominant examples of english literature, like Dickens, as classics would be put of reading classics altogether. I think he could be right.
I’ve also been reading some “more classic” literature than those examples, in particular Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, I was surprised to hear that this book is an “erotic” book in most estimations, it does contain some intimate detail and mature content but I think it handles it in a way which is much different to contemporary writing in that category. It is essentially lots of different stories occuring within an over arching story arc, so its a lot like the way in which narratives develop in long running TV series, like the X-Files or any of the Star Trek spin offs or SG series. I was surprised at how similar the style of story telling was, the pace is superbly similar to the best contemporary examples too.
So perhaps there isnt anything new under the sun and successful writers have just been ripping off the best offerings of yester year all this time. 12 months ago
I’ve been steadily working my way through the complete series of sci fi and fantasy masterworks, just because I find that these are classics of those genres and very good reads.
So far as literary classics, I’ve read a lot of them already, Victor Hugo, Tolstoy, Dostevosky (spelling) and classics of politics, Marx, Smith, Mill.
Although I’ve listed this because the next time I do read a book which I’ve bought from the classic section of a book shop or which is considered a classic or modern classic I’m going to do it consciously as a goal I can easily fufil and post about.
A lot of my goals are not easily fufilled and its lead to a lot of “non-movement” which I just would like to feel has changed. I do need to progress other goals and I’m thinking of ways to prioritise them but I need a motivational shot in the arm and I think listing “easy” or at least achieveable ones for a bit could help do the trick. 13 months ago
This book, although old, may not be considered a classic by many people, although it was a very long and tedious read, there are better stories out there. 23 months ago