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 classic works do you always recommend?
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables has long been one of my favorite books, since I first read it when I was 10. I must have read it at least 20 times, and every time I’m struck by just how good it is and how it holds up to each rereading.. Anne is always winningly vivacious and imaginative and sensitive, and the other characters are just as captivating. Montgomery is an expert writer at every step.
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
I love this look at art and identity and the protagonist’s struggle to stay true to himself at the expense of disapproval from his family and community. A lot of Potok’s books touch on learning vs. community acceptance, but I like that this one is so prominently about the nature of art,
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
This is a newer book on my rotation of “books I love to recommend” because I just read it myself last year in 2020. I loved that the book is focused on completely ordinary people – and often their thoughts about that! Pym’s novels have such great voice and some insightful commentary on human nature. I’ve only read two so far, but both were excellent.