May’s Challenge!

April 26, 2010 at 12:10 am 4 comments

Classics Challengers, welcome! As you might remember, I promised to restart the Classics Challenge in May, and here I am, making good on that promise. Here’s the reading list for this coming month, along with discussion dates:

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens — May 6

Song of the Lark by Willa Cather — May 13

Candide by Voltaire — May 20

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell — May 27

As you can see, I’ve finally incorporated a few suggestions from readers into the list. The Old Curiosity Shop is first (and this post is early) for a reason — it’s long and a little slow going. Those interested in reading it may want to start early!

Remember, questions for discussion posts are posted on Tuesdays, and discussion posts are on Thursdays. As always, feel free to participate here or on your own blog. Participants are still entered in the drawing for a Penguin Clothbound Classic, the winner of which will be announced in June.

Happy Reading, and I can’t wait to discuss these books with you all!



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  • 1. Iris  |  April 26, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read the Dickens novel, but I do want to participate in all the other challenges. I hope I get to!

    I have a question regarding cranford: I have an edition of the book that seems really short: 138 pages. (it’s the Dover Thif that’s the Dover thrift edition). I was wondering if you knew if that’s the right version? I once heard that there’s a trilogy or a longer version, but I was never able to find out what the “right” version is exactly.

    • 2. Iris  |  April 26, 2010 at 3:23 am

      Okay, I’ve looked at my edition compared to the Project Gutenberg text and it’s the same, so I should be okay. Sorry to have bothered you :)

      • 3. KT  |  April 26, 2010 at 7:17 am

        Not a bother at all! Cranford is actually a novella, and is sometimes published with two other stories (Mr. Harrison’s Confessions and My Lady Ludlow). When the three are published together, they are typically referred to as The Cranford Chronicles. We’ll just be reading the one story, Cranford, this time around!

        I hope that makes more sense. Look forward to discussion these books with you!

  • 4. silverseason  |  April 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Cranford is lots of fun. You will probably wish for more of it.


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