50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!
Today’s Topic: Best/Worst Classic Novel
I actually have SO many favorites for this but if I have to pick just one…
Standalone to date
Release date: 1925
“Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby – young, handsome, fabulously rich – always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing for the one thing that will always be out of his reach. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.”
I absolutely adore this book. While it does help that it’s one of the shorter classics I’ve read (just under 200 pages), it’s also the one with such a tragic story that reveals a facet of humanity that I hadn’t seen before. Highly recommend! (Little Women was a close second as well as The Hobbit, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lord of the Flies, and Animal Farm but I couldn’t resist Gatsby!)
This actually was actually harder than my favorites because there are so many classics that I disliked for a number of reasons. But I have to go with:
Standalone (to my knowledge)
Release date: -750
“The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters: Achilles, Helen, Hector, and other heroes of Greek myth and history in the tenth and final year of the Greek siege of Troy.”
This is one of those classics that I really wanted to read because it plays into do much mythology and war theory (War and Peace, here I come!) but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt my attention waning and my eyes glazing over while I read it. I’m thinking I’ll attempt it again in a year or so and take it in more manageable chunks. You can get it free (the digital version) in many outlets because it’s such an old book! Also vying for this title were Brave New World and Pride and Prejudice.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite classics (and not just the old ones!)? Make a post and link up down below!
Next Week’s Topic: Best/Worst Book You Read for School