WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS?
Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
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THIS WEEK’S PROMPT:
What is a classic book you are afraid to pick up? Why?
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
My understanding is that nothing happens in this work. Why waste time reading it, then?
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Apparently this is a stream-of-consciousness novel. I do not really appreciate or “get” stream-of-consciousness writing, so I have passed on this one for now.
Ulysses by James Joyce
This modernist novel is known for being obscurely written and somewhat difficult to read. I admit I have no idea what this book is about or even why it is supposed to be impossible to understand. But its reputation has stopped me from ever caring to find out.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
I know people who absolutely love this book, and who swear it does not deserve the reputation it has. Still, however, I look at it and I think, “That’s an awfully long book just about a whale.” I am not particularly interested in whales, so I have never picked it up.
The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
Normally, I love works written during the 16th century, but Spenser decided to write this epic poem in a completely made-up “medieval language” which is, frankly, really annoying to read. I have read parts of The Faerie Queene, but really do not want to struggle through the whole thing.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?