The Classics Club:
My answers to the 10 Year Celebration Questionnaire
The Classics Club is ten years old, so they asked their members to answer a questionnaire.
1. When did you join the Classics Club?
On 1/1/2016, as announced here
2. What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why?
Between 1/1/2016 and today, 8/17/2022, I have read 233 classics, so picking a favorite is too hard.
I will just highlight my last three big discoveries:
Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell (1933)
It was neat to read his nonfiction, with the same quality of details and characters as in his fiction.
The Bride Wore Black, by Cornell Woolrich (1940)
Major discovery, I so enjoyed the structure of he book and the psychology of the characters.
I like reading classics that are no longer super famous. Many of his books have been made into movies, but most people don’t even know he was the original writer, like Rear Window.
So Big, by Edna Ferber (1924)
I was very impressed by this historical portrait of Illinois, and again, great details on the evolution of characters.
3. What is the first classic you ever read?
Not too sure, maybe Les Misérables (1862) –when I was 10 in 6th grade. I know, my Mom was Hugo’s fan and she made me read classics way too early.
I remember reading Anna Karenina (1878) when I was 11, in 7th grade. Insanely too young!
4. Which classic book inspired you the most?
Not too sure about inspiration, but my favorite, which I read also in 7th grade, and again 10 years ago, and again this summer, is probably Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain-Fournier (1913).
I read it before joining the Club, that’s why I didn’t consider it for question 2 above.
5. What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read?
Probably In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust (the 7 volumes, 1913-1927).
Volumes 3 and 4 were challenging for me, but all the over volumes were worth it. I’m considering rereading it all.
6. Favorite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favorite?
Not sure, I don’t watch many movies.
7. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
Maybe Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (1943) .
For her refuge in books when life was not easy
8. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating?
Nothing comes to mind. I think if there’s a classic I expect to dislike, I will not even try to read it, as there are so many that attract me, from many countries.
9. Classic/s you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
I’m going to try The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Stern (1767).
I put it on my list because of a video I watched where Salman Rushdie highlighted how important this book was for him.
And then the books I haven’t read yet in my 3rd list.
Thanks so much to all the folks at The Classics Club. Neat community.
The Classics Spins are fun incentive, and I enjoy the authors presented on a regular basis.
And to many years!
I will soon talk about my 4th list, as I’m approaching the 137th book of my 3rd list – yes, it was freeing to discover you can have as many books as you want on your list!
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