“Read a Classic – Of Any Decade” is one of the reading challenge categories for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race! Here is a sampling of some classics first published in different eras:
Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)
Dana, a Black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.
Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain’s assistant during the Second World War, returns home only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)
On a New Mexico reservation, one Navajo family–including Tayo, a World War II veteran deeply scarred by his experiences as a Japanese POW and by the rejection of his own people–struggles to survive in a world no longer theirs in the years just before and after World War II.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)
Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her. When she will not marry him, Heathcliff’s terrible vengeance ruins them all – but still his and Cathy’s love will not die…
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)
After being drawn together by the shadows of their past, four women start meeting every week in San Francisco to engage in hobbies they all enjoy. After one of the four members dies, her daughter takes her place to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. After the revelation of a secret, the women are forced to think back to their pasts and remember the sometimes painful events of their lives.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)
Presents Capote’s masterful account of the senseless 1959 murders of four members of a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas, and the search for the killers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith.
1984 by George Orwell (1949)
Orwell’s classic novel of one man’s nightmare odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory.
Be sure to add all the titles you’ve read between June 1st through August 31st for Summer Reading on Beanstack!