Years ago I’ve created a mental list of the classic books I wanted to read … I decided to share it here today just in case someone out there is interested in reading more classic fiction! I’ve added a few more books here …. And I must admit that I haven’t read much from my list but seeing it on this screen is encouraging me to read this list …
I’ll write a little review about each one in my old Book of the Week section (which I’m planning to start up again) once I’m done reading a book (along with other books of course)… I do have other lists like historical fiction and modern classics etc which I’ll share here some other time … Meanwhile here is my Classic list:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
No Name by Wilkie Collins
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
Zoe: the History of Two Lives by Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury
Onegin is one of my favorite movies… it is based on Alexander Pushkin’s 1831 novel and is directed by Martha Fiennes, and staring her brother Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler.
I have to say that Ralph Fiennes delivered one of his best screen performances ever as Onegin… The character seems to suite the actor’s elusive charisma perfectly, and the timings of his jagged one-liners was just remarkable….. Liv Tyler was just brilliant as Tatyana, she shifted gear from innocent to bruised and then to sophisticated woman of principle with such a convincing performance!
Director Martha Fiennes has a visual style that has been honed by her work in pop promos and commercials, and because of that Onegin is full of beautiful, often breathtaking images….The final scenes in St Petersburg and the heartbreaking last meeting between Tatyana and Onegin in an austere room in her palace were handled with great style!…..
With Ralph in the lead as Pushkin’s anti-hero…and Magnus Fiennes providing the film’s music as well as directing it, it is very much a Fiennes family affair…..A Fiennes film….a fine film indeed!!!