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October ROC Recap November 5, 2010

Posted by Heather J in Uncategorized.

The Really Old Classics Challenge has hit the half-way mark – how are you doing with your reading goal? Last month I told you that I’d read the preface of Machiavelli’s THE PRINCE; now I’m working on the last third of the book.  It’s really short but there is just so much in there that I don’t want to rush though it.

We have two participants who are going full steam ahead and tearing through books this month, and they are even reading some of the same books!

  • My Readers Block read the Dorothy Sayers translation of THE DIVINE COMEDY and gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.  eclectic/eccentric read the Penguin Classics edition and really appreciated the way Dante made the punishments fit the crimes in his tale.
  • My Reader’s Block also read THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS, a play based on the 12th century Iranian mystical poem; unfortunately it wasn’t what she hoped it would be.
  • eclectic/eccentricalso took on an adaptation this month: THE PENELOPIAD. Her review includes other books/movies based on Homer’s ODYSSEY.
  • And finally, My Reader’s Block tackled GILGAMESH.  She called it “one of the finest and most accessible early classic translations that I have read.”

There are two more months left in this challenge – plenty of time to read just ONE Really Old Classic!  Good luck.



1. Shelley - November 8, 2010

I’ve started The Odyssey for the readalong, but not much else!

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