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Three Classics You Must Read

As an avid reader, I often love to make book recommendations to others. Here is a glimpse at three of my favorite classics, which are sure to not disappoint anyone wanting to find a source of entertainment. Enjoy!

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

by Jane Austen

Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Arguably her best work, it is no wonder Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzpatrick Darcy have captivated generations. The witty lines mocking the upper classes to the discussions of virtues like vanity, pride, and familial love is the icing on a cake baked from scandal, love, family, and “willful misjudgements.”

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

by Alexandre Dumas

Dumas’ masterpiece follows the formation of the character of Edmund Dantes. After being imprisoned and losing all he holds dear, he learns the art of revenge. Once he regains his freedom after a daring escape, he builds a life under the title “The Count of Monte Cristo.” He applies what he learned about vengeance to manipulating the downfall of his enemies.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
by Emily Bronte

Although many say Jane Eyre is the greatest book to be produced by the Bronte Sisters, Wuthering Heights is favored by several readers. That includes me. Emily Bronte’s novel, and the only novel she produced in her lifetime, is a love story that reaches beyond the grave. Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff are the tragic characters that harken turmoil in the lives of all they encounter. Yet, the most interesting aspect of the novel is Heathcliff’s transformation from a pitiful Gypsy orphan to a pitiful villain with a damned soul.

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8 thoughts on “Three Classics You Must Read”

  1. I’m part way with you. Jane Austen is brilliant, but for me, “Pride and Prejudice” has a little too much of Jane in it. I prefer “Emma” and “Persuasion” and I regret that P&P has gone so far ahead of the others in popular consciousness, that many people’s idea of Jane Austen is based on it alone. Maybe my contrary streak is active here, though.

    Wuthering Heights is truly brilliant. It was criticised at the time because Heathcliffe wasn’t evil enough, but now, his tortured humanity attracts us. I also love the subtlety with which we’re given accounts of events only through reporters we know to be biased or inadequately able to appreciate some things, and the spareness of the description: the wildness of the moors is conveyed without long descriptive passages.

    Dumas for me is fun but not a favourite.

    1. “Pride and Prejudice” is magnificent for the wit and underlying messages. “Persuasion” is also one of her best, as well as her maturest work. I think that “Pride and Prejudice” acts as a doorway for readers to pick up her other books and experience more of her brilliance. That’s what happened for me.

      “Wuthering Heights” only recently became a favorite of mine. I tried reading it when I was thirteen, but the use of a certain word for describing a female dog in the first few chapters caught me off guard. I immediately put it down, because I thought my parents wouldn’t approve. Years later, I finally read it and loved it! For me, Heathcliff was more intriguing than the other characters, although Catherine’s pettiness and Nelly Dean as the narrator seemed very complex for a maid, unlike the servants that only briefly appear in Jane Austen’s books.

      What can I say about Alexandre Dumas? I love adventure, revenge, and the transformation of one’s self into a cultivated, diabolical gentleman. His writing is brilliant, and for me he will always be a favorite. But then, we are all entitled to our opinions, and I always love discussing books with others. 🙂

  2. I have read both Pride and Prejudice and The Count of Monte Cristo, and I’m not at all ashamed to say that they’re two of my most favorite books. I haven’t yet read Wuthering Heights, but I got it just the other day and I am thoroughly looking forward to it!

    1. Pride and Prejudice and The Count of Monte Cristo are tied for my all-time favorite book! Let me tell you, you’ll certainly enjoy Wuthering Heights. Even though Heathcliff might be the villain of the story, you can’t help but feel sympathetic for him. As for Cathy, well, she irritated me a bit, but it is still a terrific read.

    2. Oh I certainly am looking forward to it! I think I’m going to read it next.

      I usually have a tendency to pity the villains—wondering sometimes if they had been in different circumstances whether they would still be villains. When I read the Count of Monte Cristo, I was almost heartbroken that Heloise de Villefort died. I know she was so evil, and though I don’t like her at all, I’m still sad she came to such an end. That’s why I was so glad Danglars was pardoned.

      Well, I never thought I would be “one of those” Brontë sisters novel’s fans, but after reading Jane Eyre, I have changed my mind a lot!

  3. I love Wuthering Heights for its dark passions and The Count of Monte Cristo for its lesson on the futility of vengeance and revenge. Pride and Prejudice I am now reading for my Classics Club challenge

    1. I love Wuthering Heights and The Count of Monte Cristo for the same exact reasons. Darker, complex characters are far more interesting. You’ll love Pride and Prejudice for the wit and romance.

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