5 Minutes for Books is hosting a "New" Classics Bookclub for 2010 whereby participants choose their own classics to read and link up their thoughts and reviews on a quarterly basis. Well, it's the end of the first quarter and time to report on our classics progress!
At the start of the New Year, I identified the following titles as my goal for reading the classics:
I read both The Three Musketeers and The Scarlet Letter. Two out of three isn't bad! Here is a short synopsis of my thoughts concerning each:
The Scarlet Letter: I read this novel at some point in my middle school or high school career. I really didn't remember much (a span of a couple of decades or more will do that) so I approached the re-read with no preconceived notions. I liked the book okay; I really liked the contrast drawn between open acknowledgement of wrong and the misery and lies of hidden sin. I couldn't help but think of Ps. 32:
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Hawthorne certainly draws a picture of the wasting away that comes from keeping silent! Overall, though, I thought there was so little action that the reading grew almost tedious, a little surprising given the short length of the book.
The Three Musketeers: Y'all know I loved The Count of Monte Cristo so I was really excited about reading another of Dumas' novels. I liked the Musketeers but I didn't just love them, not like the Count. The story itself wasn't exactly what I thought it would be but really, all I knew of the Musketeers came from the Mickey Mouse version. Dumas' Musketeers are courageous to the point of reckless and that same recklessness evidences itself in various dalliances with the ladies, most of whom are married! There is adventure and duels and intrigue and much "swashbuckling" (whatever that is!). I did like it but it didn't supersede The Count in my estimation.
I certainly plan to continue reading the classics! Next on my list:
Did you read any classics this quarter? Link up your thoughts over at 5 Minutes for Books! Want to join us? It's not too late! Go see what classics others are reading and maybe you'll find one you want to read for our next installation in the Classics Bookclub!