This is the January post of Turn of the Century Salon event hosted by November's Autumn. In this event we'd like to focus on literatures published between 1880-1930. I don't read much from this era, but I'd like to learn more. So here we are.
What draws you to read the Classics?
It's hard to say. By the time I realised that I love them, I was already too much involved in classics stuff. And not jut literature. I come to love history, the clothings, the musics, and other things as well. But perhaps I love the classics because they are so deep and beautiful, both in plot and language. I also think that if a book can survive for decades, even centuries, there must be something in the book that makes it so special and long-lasting.
What era have you mainly read? Georgian? Victorian? Which authors?
I don't really know. I rarely check. Talking about Victorian books, I read Sherlock Holmes, all of them, because I simply love him. I also love Conan Doyle as the author.
What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
- Leroux, Gaston - Phantom of the Opera
- Sabatini, Rafael - Captain Blood
- Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - Sherlock Holmes (all of them)
- Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Name some books you're looking forward to read for the salon.
Hmm, I'm going to read these this year:
- James, Henry – Portrait of A Lady
- Conrad, Joseph – Secret Agent
Don't know yet if I'm going to read more. There are challenges I need to do as well.
Which authors do you hope to learn more about?
I'd like to read Henry James, because the book is in my list, and the title seems interesting. I also want to try Ernest Hemmingway, but later on, I think.
Which literary characters are you most akin to?
This one is also hard to answer. Captain Blood, perhaps.
Which authors do you love?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Absolutely.
Is your preference prose? poetry? Both?
I love both.