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Classical Literature
Sep 08 2014

Classical Literature

Intro 简介

What makes a book classical literature? Excellent writing, of course, but it’s something else, too. It might be a perfect example of a particular style of writing, or perhaps describe a country or a time in fine detail. On the other hand, some people believe a book is only a true classic if it was written by the ancient Greeks or Romans.

Each country has its own must-read classics, too. Books that are considered fundamental in literature classes in Korea are probably different than the quintessential novels of Latvia. Are there any examples of classical literature that everyone agrees upon? Perhaps not, but maybe that’s OK. Even if a person spent her whole life reading, she could never read them all.

What piece of classical literature is Marni suggesting for Rafael to read? Find out in today’s English lesson about writing.

What makes a book classical literature? Excellent writing, of course, but it’s something else, too. It might be a perfect example of a particular style of writing, or perhaps describe a country or a time in fine detail. On the other hand, some people believe a book is only a true classic if it was written by the ancient Greeks or Romans.

Each country has its own must-read classics, too. Books that are considered fundamental in literature classes in Korea are probably different than the quintessential novels of Latvia. Are there any examples of classical literature that everyone agrees upon? Perhaps not, but maybe that’s OK. Even if a person spent her whole life reading, she could never read them all.

What piece of classical literature is Marni suggesting for Rafael to read? Find out in today’s English lesson about writing.

Dialogue 对话

Marni:  So Rafael, I’ve been reading a little Jane Austen recently.

Rafael:  Awesome.

Marni:  Pride and Prejudice.

Rafael:  Nice.

Marni:  I just love classical literature. Don’t you?

Rafael:  I’ve kind of been more into a modern/defphase. I’ve been reading a lot of Haruki Murakami, actually. He’s one of Japan’s foremost contemporary authors.

Marni:  Interesting.

Rafael:  I would say he’s a must-read.

Marni:  OK. There’s such a long list of what would be considered classical literature. There are so many books that I want to read that I just stick with the classics.

Rafael:  OK, Marni. So if I were to get into classical literature, what would you describe as a fundamental reading list?

Marni:  Rafa, I guess if you’re thinking of the quintessential classic piece of literature, you might say Moby Dick, right? It’s a classic. Everybody has to read it.

Rafael:  Cool.

Marni:  “Call me Ishmael.”

Rafael:  I’ll check that out.

Quiz 测验

  1. What kind of literature does Marni prefer?

  2. How does Rafael describe Haruki Murakami?

  3. If a book is a __, it is very good or popular.

  4. Which sentence uses the second conditional?