I’ve joined Sarah Reads Too Much, to be part of the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012.  Ghana’s educational system,  which had been based on the British system demanded that school children growing up in the sixties and seventies read lots of the Classics both in the Primary and Secondary school levels. And I just loved them, as most of my colleagues did. Going by the definition of Classics given by Sarah Reads Too Much, books like Jane Eyre, Mayor of Casterbridge, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Tess of the D’Ubervilles, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Treasure Island, to name a few, were all avidly read by anyone who had passed through the Ghanaian Educational system and who of course cared to read.

Later in the university, I read plays such as The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht and a Streetcar Named Desire. Poems read included the works by the Romantic Poets like Wordsworth, Blake, and Shelley.

All these had profound impact on my reading habits today. I’d love to go back to these and more as part of and in addition to my challenge for 2012.  The categories are as follows:

  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language   – To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language.
  • Classic Award Winner  – To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime

A big thanks to Sarah Reads Too Much for this nostalgic journey.