There have been many attempts to define what constitutes a Classic…..Whilst some hold the Western Canon as the last word in this matter, others—like Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve in the 1850s up to Italo Calvino in the 1980s—have attempted to define this wide and ever-fluid genre. Everyone has interpretations, but no one dare approach a concrete answer lest they offend a version of themselves. So, we took Calvino’s advice that “a classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say” and decided to bring to you books we feel still have a lot to say. There will be Reviews, Recaps, and Revelry of the sort you won’t forget easily whilst we engage in Classics old and new, western and eastern, painful and sedate. Keep reading and keep letting us know what you think……..PS: We will maintain the same format as all our other published pieces, so keep a lookout for the spoilers heading.
Bringing Back the Classics is a series provided by Sarina Byron
Sarina is a British Author and Contributing Writer living in California. Sarina enjoys bringing forth a different perspective and encouraging a different way of thinking through her writing. Visit her blog to read her reviews, and check out her Instagram.
Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
Picked because…: There is immense tragedy in any Dickens book, but there is also immense wisdom. Dickens uses this story to give us a glimpse of 19th Century England and to show us a little boy delicate beyond his years. There is kindness, cruelty, helplessness, control, and a dash of morality, enough to keep you pondering for a year!
L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
Picked because…: Who doesn’t like to take a peek inside a child’s innocent mind, and in today’s time when we are all sitting in concrete jungles, the lush green landscape of Anne’s Avalonea is like a soothing balm to the senses. Take yourself on a journey with Anne, her friends and her fantastic family through the picturesque landscapes of Canada.
Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
Picked because…: There is no requirement for the timing to be right for an independent woman’s story. In the style of the classics, it is riddled with misfortune, yet the spirit is indomitable. As a website run by two women and this page powered by another, this one may be our favorite yet.
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve – Beauty and the Beast
Picked because…: The original Beauty and the Beast is a gripping tale of loss, tragedy, and intrigue very different from the short, sweet, happy story we have been consuming through the years. Without further ado, click the links below to enter a magical realm equal to (or perhaps even better than) the version you’re familiar with.
Louisa M Alcott – Little Women
Michael Bond – The Classic Adventures of Paddington
Picked because…: Touted as a children’s book, the stories of Paddington have immense relevance for adults and children alike. Written simply, these stories speak life truths and contain lessons hard to ignore.
Rabindranath Tagore – Chokher Bali
Picked because…: Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel Prize winner for Literature, was a leading literary figure in India and is still highly admired amongst the appreciators of Eastern literature. His books became synonymous with women protagonists much ahead of their times and are aspirational to empowered women. Choker Bali contains the intertwined story of two such women.
More classic recaps and reviews coming soon!
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