Classics Challengers: ‘Cross Creek’ is a lovely work, but of a bygone era

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “The Yearling,” the story of the impact a boy’s pet deer has on a family in a backwater swamp in Florida. It’s a sentimental movie (I’ve not read the book, but likely will) that, even with what is sure to be some Hollywood cleansing, isn’t too hokey.

That book drew its details from Cross Creek, Fla., the place where Rawlings lived much of her adult life, having purchased an orange grove with an inheritance from her mother. Why she chose to live in such a raw place—she was born in Washington, D.C.—isn’t explored in her wonderful memoir “Cross Creek” and that’s about the only fault in it. (Well, there’s another one, but that’s to come later.) Continue reading “Classics Challengers: ‘Cross Creek’ is a lovely work, but of a bygone era”

Hey Classics Challengers: We’re halfway done

Geez, summer used to be a time of lying around and reading on the beach. These days it’s work, the work you do at home and trying to find new ways to keep your kids from killing each other before school starts in a couple weeks.

That’s why I haven’t posted. This will be a quick, sweet post with the next assignment in the Classics Challenge 2015.

So far, if anyone is still with me, we read a novel by a woman, a novel by a Russian, a novel that won a Pulitzer Prize, a novel whose title is a person’s name and a collection of short stories. It’s time to get real. Continue reading “Hey Classics Challengers: We’re halfway done”