A classic, required reading #9
Again ask yourself the question: what is a literary classic? To find the answer is not easy, because there will always be people who would challenge «classicism» By Edgar Allan PoE, HP Lovecraft or William Burroughs. They will begin to tell us about Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, like no one but them can not be attributed to classical literature. But sooner or later every reading person comes to the conclusion that classics are born of tradition, and the tradition begins with the revolt, scandal. Dostoevsky was a sensation, a man who challenged the previous generation of writers, and then it became a classic. This has happened with almost every legend in world literature: Goethe, Byron, Bulgakov, Nabokov, etc.
Not dwell on the introduction, the most important thing that you will find today this article is a new book recommendations. Good books very much, so this compilation will cease not soon, one of our.
1. «The lights went out», Rudyard Kipling
Russian reader knows Kipling, first of all, with such books as «the jungle Book» and «Kim». Yes, these creations, along with a collection of poems, «If», Rudyard brought worldwide fame. In childhood many people have read the story of Mowgli, so that the composition of this writer, and you should be familiar. But you know that mister Rudyard was not just a guy who wrote children’s books. He was a war journalist who has traveled almost the entire globe, and the majority of his life in British India — there was something to see, for sure. That is, descriptions of the exotic life that dot the pages of the novels of Kipling, very believable, because he saw everything with my own eyes.
He has serious, Mature works that are not ashamed to read a Mature man. For example, the novel «the Lights went out». This book is a terrible story of the rise and fall of an artist by the name of dick Helder. The story is very preachy. Dick Helder, by chance becomes a battle painter. He’s sketching the battle taking place before his eyes. Of course all the bouts in the territories of the colonial possession of Britain. He soon becomes so popular that he was invited to London to extend the contract. Then he becomes obsessed with the idea of making money — London it corrupts. He successfully carries out exhibitions, his paintings are sold, but what happens to his personality, and even love stories begin to remind myself. In General, the «Lights went out» is a great book that will help you to change some of the views on life that you did not make the same mistakes that made the unfortunate artist Helder. The story itself is extremely dynamic, easy to read, but not a primitive entertainment reading.
2. «Selected poems 1934-1953», Dylan Thomas
Sometimes you read some modern poetry and understand that this is nonsense, impossible to read, and do some weird writing them, and most importantly — why? But I’ll tell you that even in the twentieth century was the genius that could pour a good stiff these poets lived at the courts of emperors past, and wrote for the same aristocrats.
One of these geniuses, no doubt, can be called Dylan Thomas. In the English speaking world he is considered the black sheep, because even in the age of rationalism, he appealed to the romantic and mystical images of the past. Indeed, his poetry is steeped in symbolism, and not arrogant, melodious, fierce, somewhat shamanic.
Dylan Thomas — the heir of the Celts, a real Welshman. When you read his lyrics, even in the absence of clear rhythm, you know, that the head is born very vivid images, the real song. Of course, the first reading can not understand, what this or that verse, but to feel it meaning you certainly will. If to speak about poetry of the twentieth century, Dylan Thomas is very classic. By the way, if you watched the movie «interstellar», an excerpt from his poem just heard: «do Not go gentle into that good night, be violent before the night of all nights, don’t let your light go out!» There are also two good film relate to the biography of Dylan Thomas: «Forbidden love» and «Lighting the star».
3. «Lucifer», Joost van den Vondel
All know John Milton and his epic poem «Paradise Lost», which is considered a true gem of world literature and included in the list of required reading books in almost any University in the country. But, frankly, little Milton moved to earlier work. Won’t say it’s plagiarism, let’s call it a case of «significant influence». So, his spiritual mentor was the poet and playwright of the Golden age of Dutch literature, Joost van den Vondel. It was he who laid the Foundation for contemporary Dutch literary language.
He lived nearly a hundred years, having to see two centuries XVI and XVII. Vondel was by nature very religious. But it so happened that in one of the periods of his life have destroyed the bedrock foundations of religion, was dominated by the reformation, and the letters had some freedom of interpretation of biblical texts, even the owners contributed to this, because they wanted to get away from the influence of the Pope.
The tragedy of «Lucifer» is dedicated to Ferdinand the Third, then Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Drama is not just the forerunner of Paradise Lost by Milton, and independent and a very strong piece that you should read just to be more educated guy. Despite his age («Lucifer» was written in 1654), read this piece easily. Vondel create some sort of fantasy on the biblical story of the rebellion of Satan in Heaven. Came a Thriller, laced with numerous dialogues in verse, which give the narrative a dynamic pace. Reading is not boring, even if you’re a hidebound atheist, because every writer, even dejected Calvinism, trying to convey through their works a reality. Imagine that «Lucifer» is a tragedy about the riot. Both internal and overt — against the Lord, God, your mother, whatever. «Lucifer» it’s amazing that even then, the villain causes some kind of a pity because the reader understands that the motives of the insurgent army was, and infernal beings can understand.
4. «Wendigo» Algernon Blackwood
HP Lovecraft, exactly like all his contemporaries who write in the genre literature of horror, spoke well about one Englishman, the author of numerous stories about the unknown mystical powers — Algernon Blackwood. Blackwood himself was not a guy miss is an avid traveler, a real man, who has worked in the gold mines of Alaska and hunt moose in the wild forests of Canada. He was not alien to the labor of the farmer, reporter (he worked in the newspaper «new York times» and «new York sun»), and even spy (worked in Switzerland, a secret agent of the crown).
Still doubt that this man got something to tell you? And let you not afraid of his madness, esoteric cults, in particular on the teachings of the order of the Golden dawn, which ruled Aleister Crowley. The occult is not made from Blackwood idiot, rather gave his stories a special charm, with the scent of Oriental spices. Of course, this writer is a talented story teller, who was trying to test the waters of the irrational in human nature. A collection of «wendigo» — a compilation of his early short stories, among which I want to highlight the «Willows», «Forest of the dead», «He’s waiting» and especially «wendigo». Literature horror, Algernon Blackwood long been as a Canon, like literature magic realism — márquez.
5. «The moonstone», Wilkie Collins
You can not do without a good detective, but even this, which T. S. Eliot said: «the moonstone is the first, the longest and the best detective novel in the English literature after the works of Arthur Conan Doyle». Sin is not to believe Nobel laureate who is Eliot.
Sam Wilkie Collins is among the first authors that have shaped the classic English detective. There are psychological accuracy, a combination of logical thinking romantic nonsense, without which any book would be too bland. The narrative of the novel is narrated from different characters that will allow you to look at the problem from different angles. Especially attractive is the description of life and representatives of the Victorian society, which seems even exotic, but very interesting. Collins himself was representative of this society, and it was concerned not only trump the plot moves, but also a moral portrait of the society to which he belonged. In the end, we are seeing a very honest picture, which resonates even readers far removed from detective fiction. Overall, if you want to get a real detective, the «moonstone» is exactly what you need. And if classical subjects you’re bored and everything seems predictable, then pay attention to contemporary Norwegian detectives.