Jun 5, 2010
A Classic Summer
The kids are out of school, it's stifling hot, the beaches are packed, and the tubing gear is out. Ahh, the joys of summer! Bring out the pitcher's of ice cold lemonade, and platters of fruit.
I plan on reading tons of fluff this summer, but I wanted to get a classic in also. I haven't read a classic in forever, and i'm itching for some sophisticated reading. My problem is what to read. I could always read some favorites like Pride and Prejudice or The Great Gatsby, but I want something that's fresh to me.
I've narrowed it down to Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, Madam Bovary, The Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, and Les Misérables. Do they seem a bit downerish (that isn't a word, is it?)?
I need to narrow this down. Can anyone give me a reason to eliminate one of these, or praise one to high heaven? I'm also open to suggestions if anyone can give me a title not up here, that they swear by.
I was leaning towards Wuthering Heights, but someone mentioned that is seriously depressing. Now I don't mind a depressing read, if the story is solid, and darn good.
I would be forever grateful for any input.