The Classics Club monthly meme is another way to bring members of The Classics Club together.
The meme question for this month is:
Pick a classic someone else in the club has read from our big review list. Link to their review and offer a quote from their post describing their reaction to the book. What about their post makes you excited to read that classic in particular?
I didn’t know that Everything was Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer is considered a classic. I stayed away from it for a long time because:
- I hated every cover for this book. Yup, looks do count for me.
- I hate modern American writing, remember this rant?
But the review of this book by Lyndsay may just change my mind.
When someone gushes about the book like below…I tend to stop and think. Do I really want to ignore a book that makes another book reviewer feel this way? What am I missing?
This book made me feel so insignificant and talentless that I properly downed tools for a couple of days and started to wonder whether I have been completely wasting my time.
I was quite overwhelmed by it because it is MIGHTY and ambitious and clever and funny, and made me feel quite stupid, actually, which is probably why it’s taken me an age to get around to writing about it.
In fact, I couldn’t stop thinking about my age and the fact that I am already two years older than Safran Foer when this was published. He was 25.
And any book that features a mangy, flatulent dog called Sammy Davis Jnr Jnr is a book that I must put on my TBR list.