un clasic pe luna

Reading Challenge: Un clasic pe luna

V-am propus deja Okian Reading Challenge , știu. Însă pentru cei care nu sunt mari cititori de non-ficțiune, ne-am mai gândit la un challenge pentru acest an: un clasic pe luna. Probabil te-ai prins deja ce presupune: în fiecare lună din an să citești (și) un clasic. Nu e greu de realizat, am zice noi, iar la final de an te poți lăuda cu 12 clasici citiți. Cu puțin efort, bifezi și luna ianuarie. 🙂 Sună bine?

Un clasic pe luna: Pe locuri, fiți gata, start!

1. Ianuarie- The Picture of Dorian Grey

In this tale of hedonism and Victorian morality a young man, Dorian Gray, is painted by artist Basil Hallward. As Dorian learns his looks won’t last for ever, he makes a wish that the painting age in his place while he remains perfectly youthful. The wish is granted and the picture becomes a telling reflection of Dorian’s life and lifestyle. 

2. Februarie- Pride and Prejudice

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

3. Martie- Middlemarch

George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. 

4. Aprilie- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

‘I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole without the least idea what was to happen afterwards,’ wrote Dodgson, describing how Alice was conjured up one ‘golden afternoon’ in 1862 to entertain his child-friend Alice Liddell. In the magical world of Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom, order is turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig; time is abandoned at a tea-party; and a chaotic game of chess makes a 7-year-old a Queen.

5. Mai- Wuthering Heights

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past. 

Îți sugerez să citești și acest articol despre Wuthering Heights.

6. Iunie-  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s comedy of fairies, conspiracy and lovers lost in the woods is definitely one for the woozy, dreamy days around the summer solstice. When four Athenian adolescents find themselves facing forced marriages, they elope, escape and chase their way into a moonlit forest when a band of mischievous fairies plays our their own strife using the humans as weapons. 

7. Iulie- East of Eden

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

8. August- To Kill a Mockingbird

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. 

9. Septembrie- Dracula

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to advise Count Dracula on a London home, he makes a horrifying discovery. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck.

10. Octombrie- Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic work, published when she was just twenty years old, tells the tale of eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a terrifying creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Inspired after a competition between Shelley, her husband Percy, Lord Byron and John Polidori to see who could write the best horror story, Frankenstein is in part a gothic novel and considered by some as one of the first forays into science fiction.

11. Noiembrie- Jane Eyre

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. How she takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage are elements in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her sex in Victorian society.

12. Decembrie- A Christmas Carol

Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Te îndemn să iei lista de mai sus drept un punct de pornire. Ea poate fi ușor modificată după preferințe, nu e obligatoriu să respecți cărțile alese de mine. Dacă ai și citit deja dintre ele, cu atât mai mult. Nu-mi rămâne decât să-ți urez spor la citit un clasic pe luna! Ce părere ai despre acest challenge?

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