I watched a movie last night called Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson and he went back in time to the 1920s and hung out with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, and more. As I was watching the movie I thought to myself that I really missed out on reading some of the classics. I dropped out of high school and when I was there I didn’t do any work, so I decided that I’d branch out from my usual theological and biblical studies bent, and check out some other stuff. So I just ordered a bunch of books with some Amazon gift cards. Here’s what I got:
I opted not to get The Great Gatsby because after reading up a little about Fitzgerald and his books I decided that it wasn’t for me. I’m not much into jazz and whatnot. I’m still waiting on my dear friend Esteban Vázquez to recommend some T. S. Elliot, at which time I’ll immediately order it (along with, I think, Douglas Wilson’s Wordsmithy).
I went for the Brothers Grimm and Edgar Allan Poe for both me and my daughter. Some of my favorite short stories when I was a kid were written by Poe, and I know she’ll appreciate the non-Disney version of Grimm’s fairy tales. I’ve also never read a Sherlock Holmes story but I’ve always wanted to and I loved the movie.
I have plans to get some Dickens and some more Twain at a later date. I like the Canterbury Classics volumes that they have but Twain wasn’t available for 1-3 months and I wanna get to Huck Finn before then. I can wait on Dickens since I’m pretty familiar with most of his stuff.
So there you have it. Plenty of stuff to read that’s not related to what I normally read. Hopefully it will help to make me a little more well rounded. Time will tell.