The Classics.

26 August 2011

A couple weeks ago, my sisters and I got together for Sister Night.  Elise, the youngest, headed back to college the following day and we won’t all be together again until probably Thanksgiving. 

I have no idea how the conversation started, but we were talking about classic books that we’ve read.  Between high school and college, we all were at different schools spanning the last twenty years, so we had all read different things.  Most of that discussion involved exclamations of, “I can’t believe you’ve never read…” and not remembering titles of books.  We talked about how they were changing Huckleberry Finn.  We talked about the English boys on the island and Holden Caulfield.  {For those of you playing along, The Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye.

Did you know they were making The Yellow Wallpaper into a movie?  Because I did not.  That is going to be one whacked out movie, peeps. 

And before you think we only sit around discussing classic literature and other hoity toity subjects, please know that that conversation was proceeded by our chastising Dave for bringing back Drumsticks sans filling from the store. 

WHO wants to eat a Drumstick without any caramel or chocolate in the middle?!?  Who, I ask?

Oh, and thank you Honey for going to the store and bringing back 6 Twix bars along with the filling-less Drumsticks so that my sisters and I could sit around discussing “tampons and other lady bits” while filled with chocolate. 

Chocolate is clearly a big requirement of Sister Night.

By the way stupid DAVE, when you say that you bought a dozen Twix bars you raise our hopes until you try to pass off that you actually bought six.

Ugh.  NO, you don’t count double because there are two in a package.  A Twix bar by it’s very definition is clearly two.  Do I really need to explain these things?

Dave doesn’t enjoy Sister Night.  He likes to go to the bar with his buddy and hang out till they’re all gone. 

So, back to the Classics.  My absolute favorites are Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and third place is a tie between Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. 

But it feels like there are a million I haven’t read.

For every Crucible or Metamorphosis that I struggled my way through there is a Jane Eyre or a Diary of Anne Frank just waiting in the wings. 

Yes it’s true, I’ve never read Anne Frank! 

So tell me, what are your classic literature MUST reads?  Your favorites from grade school, high school, and college?   And more importantly yet, do you like to eat Drumsticks without any extra filling in the middle??  Because if so, we can not be friends.


Anonymous said...

1. There are only drumsticks with fillings in my house.
2. Twix are one.
3. Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion

I did not like The Lord of the Flies, and I have not read Anne Frank either.

Maybe I should go on a classics reading binge.

Anonymous said...

Jane Eyre is a favorite and you should read Wide Sargasso Sea, too. It's about Bertha! Rochester's first wife. Very good.

I also love, love, love Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier.

I am not a Dickens fan, no matter how hard I try. Tale of Two Cities would be my preferred choice for Dickens, if one has to read him at all.

I love Auntie Mame and the Crucible. But my very favorite, always and forever, is Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Unknown said...

My 3 favorite from my freshman year in college are: Catcher in the Rye, Coming of Age in Mississippi,and To Kill a Mockingbird.
OH MAN....this totally makes me want to read them again! All are currently somewhere in a rubbermaid tote in the garage. It's been many years since I have read The Diary of Anne Frank. I am gonna do that this weekend....dig out some old books, thanks for the post and motivation;)
My husband is on a Drumstick thing right now and we have been buying the big box from Costco and the plain vanilla ones without any filling are always the last to get eaten.

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

I loved the Great Gatsby. Oh it was so wonderful.

SnoopyMeg said...

I love the Great Gatsby and The Handmaids Tale.. I also like the Island of the Blue Dolphins, I was so excited when it was on Maddie's summer reading list, however she declined to read it?! I also LOVED LOVED Catcher in The Rye. I hated Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible. Never had to read any of those English Literature books, I like the movies better anyway. Great Costumes and Sets!! Anne Frank is a MUST READ!!

Unknown said...

Fun night it was! I need more twix bars please! :)

Stacy Kaye said...

LOVE it! YOu know what would be REALLY good? A Drumstick with TWIX filling! Wouldn't that just rock?

I make my grade 10 English class read Lord of the Flies. At first they hate it, but by the end they love it. I love Little Women, ah those ladies are all so different and the relationships so complex! I also have to say that I am a sucker for Pride and Prejudice.

This sounds like a night I would enjoy!

Unknown said...

1. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
2. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
3. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

And I love, love, love Island of the Blue Dolphins, too, SnoopyMeg. Let's be friends.

Finally, Drumsticks without filling are like a pint glasses without beer. Tell Dave that.

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