Tag Archives: Classics Club

A Gathering of Old Men

A Gathering of Old Men© 1983 Ernest Gaines213 pages There’s a white man dead in the quarter, and by sundown there may be another body swinging from the trees. Most of the people in the quarter don’t know why Beau … Continue reading

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The Classics Club Strikes Back

From 2015 to 2019, I participated in the Classics Club, leaving one book to read in 2020 from my list of 50 — and  having finished, it’s time to start again.   I decided to focus on stories closer to home, … Continue reading

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Classics Club….FINALE!

Yesterday, I finished The Brothers Karamazov, and, with that last page, completed  the Classics Club challenge.   I began the challenge in September 2015, and pecked away until late  2018, when I realized I had two years left and over half … Continue reading

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Classic Meme 2.0

The Classics Club is bringing back their monthly question, beginning with: Which classic author have you read more than one, but not all, of their books and which of their other books would you want to read in the future? … Continue reading

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Mark Twain and the Swiss Family Robinson

May’s theme for the classics was “Adventure”, as I paired Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain with The Swiss Family Robinson.     Twain’s former is  a collection more than a monograph, as he presents together his recollections of growing up … Continue reading

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Invisible Man and Everybody Lies

This week I’ve finished two books of interest, the first being a classics club entry (Invisible Man), and the other a book on big data and statistics.  Everybody Lies  played true to its title, opening with ways that analysis of … Continue reading

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Classics Club Schedule, 2019

I have 21 months left to finish my Classics Club list, with 22 books remaining. I’m not sure what happens if one fails to complete the list — perhaps it involves being attacked by moody English teachers, I’m not sure.  … Continue reading

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The Arabian Nights

Tales from the Arabian Nights “If you are not sleepy, tell us one of your lovely, little tales to while away the night.” Shahrazad replied, “With the greatest pleasure”:Tales from The Arabian Nights proved an interesting challenge, because most collections … Continue reading

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The Prince

The Prince© 1532 Niccolo Machiavelli100 pages Italy, circa 1500, was a rough neighborhood. Divided between powerful city-centered states and frequently threatened by outside empires,  few rulers could rest on their laurels and enjoy a prolonged peace. Even if someone outside … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist© 1837 Charles Dickens447 pages “Please, sir, I want some more.”   I had never read or otherwise encountered Oliver Twist before this month, but I immediately recognized that quote. Something about little Oliver sticks in the minds of … Continue reading

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