The Classics Club Challenge

Old_Book    Another cool challenge that I’ve decided to join… Here’s a list of 50 classics that I will have to read in 2 years ! Some of them are in French but no fear, the reviews will be in English. My due date is May 2015 and boy, will I feel so much more educated after completed it !!

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austeen

2. La Peau de Chagrin, Honoré de Balzac

3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

4. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

5. The Love of the Last Tycoon, Francis Scott Fitzgerald

6. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

7. Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

8. L’ Idiot, Fedor Dostoïevski

9. Crime et Châtiment, Fedor Dostoïevski

10. Frenchman’s Creek, Daphné Du Maurier

11. Le Comte de Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

12. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

13. L’Education sentimentale, Gustave Flaubert

14. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

15. Les Âmes Mortes, Nikolaï Gogol

16. The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

17. The Sun also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

18. Le dernier jour d’un condamné, Victor Hugo

19. Une Page d’amour, Emile Zola

20. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

21. The Witches of Eastwitch, John Updike

22. Turn of the Screw, Henry James

23. Ulysses, James Joyce

24. Le Procès, Franz Kafka

25. Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, Gaston Leroux

26. The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer

27. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

28. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

29. Jazz, Toni Morrison

30. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

31. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson

32. Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger

33. East of Eden, John Steinbeck

34. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck

35. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

36. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

37. Guerre et Paix, Léon Tolstoï

38. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

39. Les Révoltés de la Bounty, Jules Verne

40. The War of the World, H.G. Wells

41. The Buccaneers, Edith Wharton

42. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

43. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

44. Collected Stories, O’Henry

45. 65 Short Stories, W. Sommerset Maugham

46. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

47. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

48. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor

49. Tender is the Night, Francis Scott Fitzgerald

50. To Have and Have Not, Ernest Hemingway


13 thoughts on “The Classics Club Challenge

  1. Gone With the Wind!! Is my favorite novel. I see it crossed off your Pulitzer list, so you must have already read it. Even better on reread. 🙂

    • I’ve read it in my native language (French) many years ago. I think it’s now time for a reread in its original language 😉

      • Did she comment on the translation ? I usually like the translation until I read the book in its original language, then I find the translated poor, fade, with important sentences missing.

      • I haven’t read anything about her commenting on the French translation specifically. She prized all her translated editions from around the world, but the only one she could personally read was the French version. She had to tackle people to read her the other versions. I vaguely recall her being amused at the way some of the translations presented the novel. She worked very, very hard to research all the dialects of the different parts of Georgia and the South, so she was amused by the translations. (Since none would have been true to her voice.) Amused while (I believe) also being delighted GWTW was being read around the world, honored by the letters she received from all over the world, and intrigued by how different languages interpreted her novel. That’s why she tackled people to read her the other versions and tell her how it translated: she was fascinated by how it was being read around the world. Her father was of French descent, so she was especially interested in the French language.

      • Fortunately I’ll be able to judge for myself of the quality of the French translation. I’ve read my grandmother’s edition, beautiful leatherbound 1938 edition. The text probably has been translated again since but I don’t think I’ll try those. I now intend to read English and American books in their original language… I’m reading Middlemarch at the moment and once I’ve conquered that grant, I’ll feel confident enough to face other giants including GWTW.

      • I’ll be quite curious to know your take! One day I’d love to read a French work in the original language. I actually have Candide and Madame Bovary in their original French on my Wish List. I don’t know the language well at all yet, though. One day. 🙂

      • Two of my favorites French novels ! I probably wouldn’t start with Voltaire, the language is really (it was problematic for my students when I was teaching in France). Madame Bovary is absolutely amazing. I’d probably recommend a Zola or a Camus to a non French native to begin with though.

      • Thanks for the advice! Appreciated. 🙂 After I commented here, it occurred to me I know Gone With the Wind so well I might read the French translation as my first book in French! It would really help me learn the language, I think — and I could see for myself how the translator handles the dialect! I think I’d want whatever is the first translation, since that’s likely the one Mitchell read. 🙂

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