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"The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things."
-Thomas Hardy

My Summer of Classics starts up again soon, and I've already decided to read Dickens' Great Expectations first. I might just make Hardy's Jude the Obscure my second. Given the length of both novels and my slowish reading speed, those two might take up the entire summer.

June 2, 2011 in Books | Permalink


Okay, I may re-read these with you. And I should try to find the paper I did in college on Jude the Obscure. I believe it had to do with pig symbolism. Really? Could I be remembering this correctly? I think I got an A in the class, so hopefully it wasn't too awful.

Posted by: Julie at Jun 2, 2011 10:35:14 AM

Perhaps a compare-and-contrast study with Animal Farm? I think you still have a paperback copy of JtO on the shelves downstairs, but I don't remember seeing Great Expectations there.

Posted by: Pete at Jun 2, 2011 1:19:35 PM

Jude the Obscure is well worth your time, and Great Expectations is worthy as well, at least in my experience. I'm always impressed with your reading ambitions.

Posted by: Paul at Jun 2, 2011 8:13:57 PM

Ambition is one thing, execution is another. I'll be lucky to get through both books before Labor Day.

Posted by: Pete at Jun 7, 2011 1:46:19 PM