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Loving the Classics in Autumn


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Cate, Clemens Mill | October 1, 2019

I’ve always had a passion for Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and T.S. Eliot.  They are renowned writers and their works are called Classics for a reason –their stories are first-rate!  No doubt you’ve heard of most of these, and Autumn is the perfect time to cozy up & read these ageless works of literature.

Idea Exchange has many wonderful classics on hand.  Let’s start with  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.  The first line?  “All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” A tragic Russian love story, with its focus on the families of the time.   We also have the movie:  Anna Karenina.

Dostoevsky wrote several great works, among them Crime and Punishment, a novel about murder in St. Petersburg, and Notes From the Underground which is an existential novella.

T.S. Eliot wrote beautiful poems and plays: The Complete poems and plays, 1909-1950.  My favourite?  “The Four Quartets”:

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river

Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable,"

Speaking of poetry, John Donne was one of the English Metaphysical poets. 

“All strange wonders that befall thee,

And swear nowhere

Lives a woman true and fair.”

We offer The Complete Poetry & Selected Prose of John Donne.

Would you like to discover a great historical story with engaging characters, but have no time to read?  Watch Les Misérables adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel.  If you prefer the musical, we also have the American production of Les Misérables.

And one Classic that has been recommended to me is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.  The plot includes false imprisonment and revenge.   It’s always good to have something to look forward to!