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Challenge #10: Rob Roy

Challenge# 10- A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott

I remember finding Rob Roy at a little local coffee/used book shop.   939 more words


Challenge #12: The Brothers Karamazov

In many ways, The Brothers Karamazov reminded me of Les Miserables.   Both books delve into the best and worst of humanity, explore deep questions through soliloquies, and show the social dynamics of mid-19th century Europe. 564 more words


Challenge #1: A 19th Century Classic- Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

I only had a faint idea of what to expect from Great Expectations.  I knew it would be about an orphan who came into good fortune, as well as an enigmatic convict, a cold but beautiful girl, and the girl’s eccentric guardian.  681 more words


Challenge #5: A classic originally published before 1800- The Song of Roland

(Note: while this poem was published in 1837- under the title La Chanson de Roland ou de Roncevaux- it was written down long before that time, during the twelfth century.  667 more words


Challenge #9: a classic about an animal- The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

  According to the dust jacket on my copy of The Wind in the Willows, the book first began as a series of bedtime stories for Kenneth Graham’s son.  531 more words


Challenge #3.    A classic by a woman author- Strong Poison, by Dorothy L.  Sayers.

The first Lord Peter Wimsey detective story I ever read was Five Red Herrings.  I have to admit that I mainly read it because it took place in a Scottish town full of artists, my dream dwelling (minus the murder).  599 more words


Challenge #2: A 20th century classic- The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis

My copy- correction, my Grandparent’s copy- of the Problem of Pain is a beautifully vintage book.  The tawny pages have become velveteen along the edge, the covers are wrinkled, and the spine is all but gone.  596 more words