"Its strangeness seemed to trigger in me the same primordial feeling of throwness that every negro experiences when hurled into a society that simultaneously supports and, I am saying, annihilates him, because he can find reflections of himself nowhere in it - like a falcon exiled, say, to the Lifeworld of fish, always off balance, but finally embracing the alien in all its otherness, yet never sure if he's got it right.”

From The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Charles R. Johnson. The quote is from the short story "Popper's Disease" on page 134 of the Penguin softcover.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Classic Challenge At November's Autumn In 2012.

I'm tired of reading alone, so this year I won't.  In addition to the Back To The Classics Challenge 2012, I will also participate in the Classics Challenge hosted by November's Autumn.  Once a month I will answer a specific question about a book I'm reading.

My list:

The Age Of Innocence by Edith WhartonI've read some of Wharton's other work and enjoyed it.  Ethan Fromme rocks!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Never read it and was supposed to a long time ago.

Passing By Nella Larsen. I didn't understand it and so hopefully this time I will.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. This was a good movie so the book is probably even better.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  The characters' struggle with their feelings make me think about how to deal with difficult issues.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  Alice Walker is one of my favorite writers, but I have never read this book.  I'll cry through most of it.

Lysistrata by Aristophanes.  We read this play in school and I liked how it mixed humor with serious issues.

This is going to be fun fun fun.


  1. Thank you for joining the challenge, Judaye!
    Looking forward to reading your thoughts on all of these. :)

  2. I have read a few of your listed books...Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lord of the Flies.

    Just found this Challenge today.

    I am not going to join in, but it is so nice to see all these books.

    I need to get more Classics into my to-be-read stack.


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