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I've not read nearly enough classics so I am going to try and rectify that.

 

Here is a list of all classics I've ever read (up until starting this challenge):

 

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Dracula - Bram Stoker

Tess of the Durbervilles - Thomas Hardy

The Mill on the Floss - George Elliot

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Silas Marner - George Elliot

 

Shakespeare:

Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Nights Dream

 

Books read since starting the challenge (that aren't on the hit list):

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

Crime And Punishment - Dostoyevski

Great Expectations - Dickens

The Mayor of Castorbridge - Thomas Hardy

King Lear - Shakespeare

 

And here is my hit list:

 

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Anna Karenina/War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

King Lear - Shakespeare

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

The Iliad - Homer

Chekhov

The Alchemist - Ben Jonson

 

Bold = read

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Oh, I love Persuasion - my favourite Austen book. I'd take Wentworth over D'arcy, any day!

 

As I'm sure I've said before, you'd have to fight me! *grin*

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I'm currrently reading Thomas Hardy - Far from the madding crowd, and loving it. When reading this I feel I am in the presence of a truly great writer. I'll save my thoughts for the reading circle thread - how tantalising it is with the new 'no spoiler tag' rule. I wonder if I can resist the urge to go in there before I've finished the book...

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Which translation of the Iliad did you read? I like Richmond Lattimore's. I was introduced to this on course at Birkbeck College, I can't read anyone els's now. It is a verse translation, very colorful and atmospheric. I am going to re read it.

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I'm currently reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. A slow start but hopefully I'll enjoy. I'll comment on it on my main reading blog as I go.

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Oh, I love Persuasion - my favourite Austen book. I'd take Wentworth over D'arcy, any day!

 

Does that mean I can have Darcy? :D

 

I like Persuasion too, there's a melancholy or something in it that's missing from the other books. Perhaps its just that it's built around missed opportunity.

 

I loved the Illiad. Read it to and from work for a while, and I missed my stop a few times. ;)

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Ages since I've updated this. Have read King Lear since and some Chekhov short stories.

 

King Lear was hardgoing, enjoyable but not as much as Macbeth. I'd like to see it performed now. Reading plays is a little odd really, since they are meant to be performed.

 

I really like Chekhovs writing style, although the stories are curious, not like modern stories, just short tales really without any particular punchy point or twist, although I suppose Ray Carver is a bit like that too.

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