Tag: classic literature
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
I can certainly understand why this book is on the Banned Books that Shaped America list—it is quite violent, but at least it’s not completely gratuitous. Though London writes detailed scenes of human and animal brutality, Buck’s is a story of strength, dignity, loyalty, and, above all, survival. Honestly, given the tragedies that were committed…
Quoted: Dead Souls
He liked not so much what he was reading about as the reading itself, or, better, the process of reading, the fact that letters are eternally forming some word, which sometimes even means the devil knows what. This is generally how I feel about reading.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’m just going to go ahead and accept that I tend to have lukewarm feelings for classic literature (unless it’s The Great Gatsby, which is truly great). This novel was no exception. Though I did enjoy a great many things uttered by Lord Henry: “The masses feel that drunkenness, stupidity, and immorality should be their own special property.”…
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I had great expectations. They fell flat.