Friday, February 8, 2019
Today's Books and the Classics
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Sherry has been a reader, off and on, most of her life. I was never a reader except books and publications having to do with my occupation at the time. I read a few westerns for time passers while aboard ship. I would have probably even read less if there had been an internet.
I began reading in earnest in my mid 50s. I was alone in the motor home thousands of miles away from home. I was on a ‘family mission’, on impulse I bought a very thick hard cover book called “Executive Orders” by Tom Clancy. I figured it would take me a couple months to read it. I shocked myself by enjoying it so much I read it in less than a week, I WAS HOOKED! Since that time I have read over a thousand books and published eleven.
The Classics, do you like them? I read Huck and Tom (Twain) and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens, but that is all I remembered. In the past few years some classics have been suggested. ‘Bleak house’ by Dickens and ‘The Mayor of Castorbridge’ by Thomas hardy. I just found ‘Captains Courageous’ by Kipling and had a tough time reading it due to the early language used.
I probably will not search out any more classics unless one is really recommended as a ‘cannot put it down’ book. Of the few I have read, the easiest to read was ‘The Mayor of Castorbridge’. BUT I was let down at the end because I did not like the ending. I like a pleasant or happy ending. I already know of too many bad endings in real life. LOL
I was surprised by Dicken’s ‘Bleak House.’ It was not a page turn-er (and a cast of thousands!). I quit about ½ way through! Many people must like it, it was highly recommended.
Do any of the Classics ‘Yank your chain?’
PS: I am right at the end of Captains Courageous, I have enjoyed it and it seems to be headed for a good ending.
I admire and respect the writer's of old, just to get that many words in print was an accomplishment.
(I finished the book (CC)before this post and it does have a good ending)