2015/07/07

Top 5: Modern Classics I Want To Read

I am pretty much in love with the Modern Classics that Penguin publishes, so I thought I would share five of them that I really want to read soon.

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall


All I know about this is that this was first published in 1928 and is a portrayal of lesbian love. I think it'll be really interesting to read something about this topic that was written and published so many years ago.

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


Basically, I want to read some Virginia Woolf, and people keep recommending this one. I think it depicts a family during a summer holiday before World War I.

Under the Jaguar Sun by Italo Calvino


In an effort to read more translated fiction, I want to read this one. The original language is Italian and as far as I can tell this follows a bunch of different storylines.

Perfume by Patrick Süskind


This is a very famous piece of work, where we follow a murderer who makes perfume out of dead virgins. Which sounds creepy and fascinating.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh


This looks back on the golden time before World War II and follows the story of a Charles Ryder who finds his world of privilege falling apart. I've heard so many great things about this book, so I definitely want to get to it soon.


Let me know if you've read any of these, or what modern classics you want to read!

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  1. Hmm, I want to read something by Virginia Woolf as well, and I was in doubt whether to buy To The Lighthouse, The Waves or Mrs. Dalloway (which comes in a beautiful Penguin edition as well). I'm not quite sure yet! From the above mentioned books, I've only read The Perfume (in a Dutch translation) some years ago and I found it really interesting, creepy and beautifully written. I'd definitely recommend it and would like to read it again as well ..

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    1. Cool, I'll definitely bump Perfume up on my TBR list! Everyone keeps telling me it's so good, so I think it's time to just read it.

      It's always hard to know where to start with authors like Woolf, but I've heard great things about Mrs. Dalloway :) But who knows!

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  2. These are so gorgeous! To the Lighthouse sounds interesting, and I've never read anything by Virginia Woolf. I'll have to keep that on my radar!

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    1. They are! I love the modern classics, and they look really good on the shelf as well :D

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  3. Brideshead Revisited is one of my all time favourite books! I own it in that edition :)

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  4. I've only read the Perfume, a while ago, but I really loved it! It's an excellent book!

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    1. So everyone keeps telling me! :D Super intrigued now :)

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