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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.


Louisa M Alcott – Little Women

Picked because…: One can read this at 8, 38, or 68, it’s the sweetest story of family love and the romance of life. Everyone finds a character they can resonate with and be the champion for. 

Recap of Little Women
Review of Little Women

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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.

Recap of the The Classic Adventures of Paddington, Part 1
Recap of The Classic Adventures of Paddington, Part 2 (coming soon)
Review of The Classic Adventures of Paddington

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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.

Recap of Chokher Bali (coming soon)
Review of Chokher Bali (coming soon)

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