Although I read lots of varied books last year I realise that I didn’t really read many of the classics. With the likes of Dickens and Tolstoy on TV at the moment I’m feeling the urge to add some more classics to my ‘already read’ list. The slightly off-putting thing about the classics is that they are often such weighty tomes and require some serious dedication to get through them. However after some deliberation and reading through The Guardians list of ‘The 100 Greatest Novels of all time’ and the ‘Telegraphs 100 Novels everyone should read’ I have decided on 5 works of classic literature from the 1800’s, two by authors I already enjoy and three by authors who are perhaps embarrassingly new to me.
- David Copperfield By Charles Dickens (1849-50). I loved Great Expectations, and have read A Christmas Carol a number of times and also Oliver Twist but that’s as far as my reading of Dickens goes. I have settled on David Copperfield because it was Dickens own personal favourites of all his novels.
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857). This novel always features on best novels lists and Its time to give it a go.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (1816)I love Austen and in particular Pride and Prejudice which I first read as a teenager and have read many times since. Persuasion is the only Austen I haven’t read so its time to give it a go.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde(1890) I’ve seen the Matthew Bourne ballet, its time to read the book!
- Middle March by George Eliot(1874) I’m looking forward to getting to know Dorothea Brooke and her disastrous marriage.
So without further ado, I’m off to the library…..
Hope your weekend is beautifully classic.