Do you like to read the classics? Which are your favorite?

Do you like to read the classics? Which are your favorite?

12/2/2021, 6:17:55 PM
Do you like to read the classics? Which are your favorite? Every time I talk about classics I ponder on two questions: What makes something a classic? And why should someone read a classic? But today I wanted to focus on the “what” part. . 📚 (Featured today the @penguinclassics postcard set “From Austen to Zola” which was gifted to me by the publisher. This set has 100 postcards featuring book covers of Penguin classics) . Italo Calvino has this book from the 90s called “Why Read the Classics?” where he list 14 criteria for a classic and I wanted to share with you some of my favorites from his list: . 📚 📖 A classic is a book which even when we read it for the first time gives the sense of rereading something we have read before. . 📚 📖A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers. . 📚 📖The classics are those books which come to us bearing the aura of previous interpretations, and trailing behind them the traces they have left in the culture or cultures (or just in the languages and customs) through which they have passed. . 📚 📖A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off. . 📚 📖Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them. . 📚 📖“Your” classic is a book to which you cannot remain indifferent, and which helps you define yourself in relation or even in opposition to it. . 📚 📖A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway. . Do you agree with his criteria? . #penguinclassics #penguinrandomhouse #bookcollector #classicbooks #bookishlife

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