Classics Club July 2013 Meme

What classic book has changed your view on life, social mores, political views, or religion? The Classics Club

This is a difficult question to answer. I am definitely moved and affected by books. I am not sure if it necessary changes my view on things as in they give me epiphanies. They certainly make me appreciate life much more.

There is one classic that does come to mind:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: I am not sure if it was just the time, but when I read this at 14, something changed in the way I saw literature. It felt that I had reached a turning point in my reading life and this novel marked it. I fell in love with Russian Literature with this book, and for a few years, I had a dream of learning Russian just to read it. I had been moved before this book, but it felt like I was growing up when I read this book.

There are more books out there, and more authors who have affected me just as much, but this post would be a bit too long if that were the case.

Have a good week!

8 thoughts on “Classics Club July 2013 Meme

  • Nish

    Like you, I find this a tough meme question. It’s hard to pinpoint a book that changed my entire perspective on something. Usually, I tend to drift towards books where I am already somewhat in sympathy with the ideas it is espousing.

    When I do think up an answer to this meme, it will probably be something on the lines of your response.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Nish! I don’t think there are many books like that. I agree with the sympathy aspect and it’s more that those books remind us or teach us more about those things. It’s not a revolution, but it’s still important. Good luck!

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Jessica, if it makes you feel better, I think I was actually 15 going on 16. 😉 I was still reading some YA stuff at the time, but my adolescence is when I really started to read all the classics for school and for fun. Cheers! 😀

  • Kayla

    I’m the same way about wanting to learn Russian just so I can read the classics in their original language. I prefer Dostoevsky to Tolstoy, but I understand exactly where you’re coming from! 😉

    • athena (Post author)

      Hello Kayla! Tolstoy was my first Russian love so it’s hard for me to part from him. I have only read C&P, but look forward to more Dostoevsky. Lots and lots of Russian literature still need to be explored. Cheers!


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