Thursday, August 8, 2013
The Classic you think you know
This was the August selection for the Women's Classics book group at Women & Children First. We had a good crowd and a great discussion. I checked a database at work and found there have been over 2100 dissertations written about "Frankenstein". Almost 200 of them are tagged "women's studies". I'm a little surprised that number is not higher since there are so many feminist topics to discuss - not only sticking to the text but also bringing in examples from Mary Shelley's own life.
I liked the introduction by Elizabeth Kostova in this new edition from Penguin. If you have a book group and you want to read a classic please read "Frankenstein" because I need to talk to more people about it! I am dying to spoil parts of it but I will restrain myself.
After this one I think I'm in the mood for something silly. We are getting into the longer runs for marathon training and I like having a book going that I can read while I ice and nap. Maybe I need to read some inspirational stories. Any suggestions?