I started this blog way back in 2008. I filled it with many and numerous book reviews until one day, in a fit of existential pique, I threw my writings, much as Adam Smith, on to the fire; except mine was a digital bonfire which I can't retrieve.
2016 I wrote a review of Frankenstein, then stopped. Over a year later I have returned, with a plan, to start over on this blog, the plan of reading and reviewing 100 'classics'.
We all know there is no 'Canon' on such literary greats, even my hand picked 100 will leave many angry at what I left out, but a challenge it is, not just in the reading, but also the selection.
As to why the classics? I had to ask the modern day seer, the internet and here's the 10 point list:
- You'll increase your vocabulary.
- You'll improve your social skills.
- You'll be reading something of value.
- Literary references won't go straight over your head.
- You can "reward" yourself with the film version once you're finished reading the novel.
- The classics provide an opportunity to understand history and culture in context.
- They will enrich you in ways you didn't expect.
- The classics challenge the brain in a good way.
- Knowledge is power.
- Literature is a form of human legacy.