This school year they’ve upped the To Read ante: eight books and four short stories. After having read the eight books in the past three weeks, I can say the following: so called classics are hella depressing and the themes are all the same: love, aggression, money. With ‘class’ being a good runner up.
Which ones did I read?
- The Great Gatsby
- Great Expectations
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- A Streetcar Named Desire
And the short stories:
- The cask of Amontillado
The Force of Circumstance
A Room of One’s Own (chapter 3)
The Garden party
Which ones did I like? Well, about that. Reading the lot of them in one go really drives how similar they are. A Clockwork Orange is much more violent than the others, but it’s all about unhappy people – usually men – in a world that isn’t all that either. The comedies were a breath of fresh air, and Othello wins for most well-meaning but utterly naive protagonist.
All the short stories seemed to have in common was superficiality (and some unhappy men). I’m glad Victoria Woolf didn’t disappoint, although it was frustrating to see how recognisable her thoughts and issues (from almost a century ago) are.
I have yet to discuss these in a school setting, so who knows which insights might still follow, but for now? We need new classics.