Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Classic Books and Modern Culture

Saturday night, I finally finished reading Don Quixote. It was nearly a thousand pages long, though it could have been a quarter of the length if the writing style was simpler and the side characters' backstories were omitted. Despite being a tedious read, it still seemed surprisingly relevant. Don Quixote can be a warning for taking one's fandom to extremes. His difficulties in distinguishing fantasy from reality, as well as his finding explanations for facts that don't agree with his fiction, find parallels in the fake news and conspiracy theories of today.

Which classic stories do you feel are most readable or relevant today? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think there are a lot of older books that line up with today's world. Those authors who captured the human equation well are still relevant today.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

The human equation may never be solved, Alex.

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