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Generation After Generation

December 3, 2011


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Classics are classics not because they are educational, but because people have found them worth reading, generation after generation, century after century. More than anything else, great books speak to us of our own very real feelings and failings, of our all-too-human daydreams and confusions.

-Michael Dirda, Classics for Pleasure

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  1. December 3, 2011 9:06 am

    Lovely picture and lovely quotation! I wonder if Dirda’s book is worth reading…

    • December 3, 2011 12:26 pm

      Dirda’s book is absolutely worth reading. He profiles a wonderful array of classics from different genres with an eye to whether they’re enjoyable, rather than whether they’re important or “worthy.”

  2. FleurFisher permalink
    December 3, 2011 11:14 am

    Exactly! I love the idea that I am sharing books with previous generations of my family. I didn’t know my granparents on my mother’s side of the family, but I share a love of Marghanita Laski, and maybe others my mother can’t recall, with my grandmother, and Dickens with my grandfather.

  3. December 3, 2011 11:24 am

    So very true!!

  4. December 3, 2011 3:01 pm

    So true!
    Enjoy your weekend, Eva!

  5. December 3, 2011 6:18 pm

    Pefect quote!

  6. December 4, 2011 1:50 pm

    AMEN on the quote included here.

  7. December 4, 2011 10:25 pm

    I love Michael Dirda. There are some great videos of him on You Tube.

  8. December 6, 2011 11:25 pm

    I love this quote!

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