Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Classics anyone?

A few months ago, my book club chose to read a classic novel. We had a conversation that began with, "I can't believe I graduated from college without reading _______." We brought suggestions of our favorite classic(s) and other titles to share with each other. After much discussion, we eventually decided on a classic that none of us had read before. (That’s the point of a book club, right? To read new books, or books you might not choose yourself?) The novel was selected was E.M. Forster's A Room with a View.

While none of us loved the book, it did bring about some great discussion. As a former English teacher, I certainly see the value in reading classics. There is something that comes from this shared understanding of a text that connects you to other people. Everyone remembers the tortuous weeks spent reading Romeo and Juliet in the ninth grade!

Is there a classic text you would like to read, but never got around to reading?