A Book A Day #17 – Future Classic

Possession, A. S. Byatt

This week for my Top Ten Tuesday I had to write a list of my Top Ten Classics and I found the term ‘classic’ very difficult to quantify.  ‘Future Classic’ is even worse.  Most of the books that spring to mind are considered classics already – To Kill A Mockingbird, Cold Comfort Farm, etc.  Equally, Suite Francaise is a spectacular work but the legend surrounding its discovery has surely propelled it into the genre of classic already despite its recent publication.  There are so many books like The Time Traveler’s Wife that I love but somehow I hesitate.  I hover between Atonement and Possession but because Lil Miss Vix Reads picked Atonement for her own Day #17, I am going to go for Possession.  I was swept away by this novel and continue to be stunned by its beauty.  I hope that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

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2 thoughts on “A Book A Day #17 – Future Classic

  1. Some books (like this one) seem like "instant classics," but it's impossible to tell what posterity will make of them. What will stay current and timeless and what will become out-of-date and fall of favor? Only time will tell.

  2. Yes – so many books that I adore seem to be forgotten only a few years after everybody was going nuts over their release. It's the great issue of discoverability. I do wonder about some of the 'crazes' like Harry Potter – will it retain its popularity? Will be interesting to see …

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