To celebrate the launch of a new reading group, the Oxford World’s Classics team asked staff in Oxford offices around the world – which Oxford World’s Classic have you always wanted to read?
And it got us talking here in the office; were we prepared to answer that question? Were any of us prepared to admit to NOT reading certain ‘classics’?! Here are our answers:
“I’ve always wanted to read Moby Dick and my interest was renewed again recently when I read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (which references this classic).”
Sascha, Editorial, Primary Education
“Definitely Ulysses by James Joyce. It seems great but the prospect of reading it scares me!”
Alex, Publishing, Higher Education
“Great Expectations (or anything by Dickens). I just feel like this is one of the classics you are supposed to have read during your lifetime but it keeps managing to slip
down my ‘to-read’ list each year!”
Stephanie, Marketing, Higher Education
“Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. This was sold to me as a must read, a “master of fiction” – 1,400 pages and lots of Russian names have deterred me so far, but this is on the bucket list!”
Ann, Sales Operations
“I would love to finish Don Quixote but I never seem to be able to get into the right headspace. Shall aim to finally finish more than 20 pages in 2015…”
“Sherlock Holmes stories. Arthur Conan Doyle created such a fascinating character that has spawned many enthralling adaptations (Benedict Cumberbatch’s interpretation is my fav!). I feel I owe it to the author to read his original creation.
Amanda, Editorial, Secondary Education
“I hesitate to incriminate myself but I have still not read Pamela by Samuel Richardson, even though I studied his novels during my English Literature degree!”
Nicola, Marketing Operations