The Read Write Inspire Book Club is dedicated to reading a classic novel every month.
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” – Italo Calvino
Revisiting classics, and listening to all that they have to say, can be invaluable to writers. After reading Wuthering Heights for the umpteenth time, I wondered how nice it would be to discuss my favourite classics with others and read some new ones based on their suggestion.
For instance, I would have never picked up Middlemarch to be my next read had I not listened to this video by The New York Times on YouTube that discusses, in-depth, the beauty and depth of this novel by George Eliot.
While I reread my favourites ever so often, it is embarrassing to admit that I haven’t read many of the most important and seminal works in English literature despite being a writer. However, as Italo Calvino says, “….to read a great book for the first time in one’s maturity is an extraordinary pleasure, different from the pleasure of having read it in one’s youth” So, it’s never too late to pick one up.
But, why classics?
While the book club would read British, American, Indian and other classics (Victorian and Contemporary), we would be sticking with classics because classics evoke pleasure and passion for language and storytelling—both of which are vital for any aspiring writer.
It is not that the modern literature has failed to deliver on these aspects but they still haven’t passed through their trial by fire. I read a wide range of new fiction and I’m not planning to stop indulging in them. However, I would like to read the classics with more attention and depth and share my thoughts and views with others.
How should I read Classics?
I wrote a blog post on the same. You can check it out by clicking here.
Can I join the Book Club?
Of course! A monthly live online book discussion takes place on YouTube.
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Books & Discussions
You can find all the previous book discussions here: YouTube Book Discussions