Friday, March 16, 2018

A Classic with a Color in the Title

I had planned to read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for the Classic with a Color in the Title (and I've started it and will finish it) but I found Agnes Grey on Librivox and ended up listening to it first. 

The recording I listened to was by "various" readers and that fact alone was quite distracting.  The first 7 or 8 chapters were all read by the same reader and then after that there were two or three different in particular that I had a really hard time listening to. 

Aside from the readers the story was simply ok.  I found it rather boring in parts although overall I was entertained and it had a happy ending.  Overall, only three stars. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Classic by an Author that is New to You

     Continuing on with my Back to the Classics challenge!  I read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy for the "A Classic by an Author that is New to You" category and I thoroughly enjoyed it!   My copy had a lengthy introduction to Thomas Hardy that was quite interesting since I knew nothing about him. 
       Bathsheba Everdeen was a woman through and through.  I feel like some women might be insulted by the way she was portrayed but I just thought it showed a very good understanding on Hardy's part and often made me laugh!  lol
        There was great character growth and development and I'm so excited to discuss it with my book club.  My only complaint is that the ending felt rather abrupt to me. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

20th Century Classic

I finished my 20th Century Classic for the Back to the Classics Challenge today!  (That was a classic written between 1900 and 1968.  Animal Farm was copywritten in 1946)  

This book is assigned in term 2 of Ambleside Online for Year 6 and I had never read it so I was excited to read it along with my 11 year old (we didn't read it together, I just "pre-read" all her books...usually I'm only about a week ahead of her!  lol)

I actually had no idea that it was a social commentary on communism when I started it.  I had no idea what it was about at all.  It is blatantly about communism though.   So far Kessa hasn't made that connection and I'm not sure if she will until we study communism more in-depth.  We covered it very briefly at the beginning of the school year.  For now, that's fine.  She's enjoying it simply as a novel.  I'm interested to hear her final thoughts after she reads the last two chapters though!  

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Classic That Scares You

So, originally Bleak House didn't scare me.  I didn't know much about it honestly but I liked the other books by Dickens I had read and I was able to get the unabridged Audible version for a dollar or two so I downloaded it....and then I saw that it was over 35 hours long!!!!!!  EEK!!!!  Then I was scared!  lol!!! 

If you're like me and you don't know much about Bleak House I'll give you a VERY brief overview.  An illegitimate child grows up with a mysterious benefactor.  She meets this benefactor when she comes of age and she and two other dependents live a very happy life with him for a while.  A "chancery" case of an inheritance and a very bleak overview of the English legal system weave through the entire story and a mysterious murder takes up some time too. 

I was engaged for the entire story and enjoyed it very much!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Classic in Translation

I finished my first book for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge! 

I "bought" The Phantom of the Opera for kindle for $0 and then added the Audible Narration (I think that was $.99)  and I'm so glad I chose to listen to this one because I don't speak French and I would have butchered all the names in my head if I had been reading it instead of listening to it!  lol 

I knew the very very basic gist of the story but I had never read the book, seen the Opera, or watched a movie of this so it was still a surprise to me what happened and how everything happened.  It took me a while to get into it...probably an hour or two.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but once I got into it I found myself taking a bit longer cleaning up the kitchen or things like that so that I could listen longer!  It was well written and interesting.  It won't be on my Top 10 favorite books or anything but I gave it a solid 5 stars. 

Linked to Karen's Back to the Classics - Classics in Translation post