Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.
Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts
Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century
Genre: medieval classic historical fiction
Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total
Setting: third century China
Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading
Mr. Curiosity is studying medieval history this year. As part of his work, he’s reading several medieval pieces of literature. This was one of his choices for the year. I read the books alongside him.
Translated by: Robert M. Adams
Published: originally in 1516, this edition in 1975
Genre: classic philosophy
Length: 85 pages
Setting: Utopia, a medieval society
Summary: Short version: More’s description of a society set up to benefit all Continue reading
When the new movie version of the book came out, I thought perhaps I could read the book to the kids and then we could watch the movie and compare.
Genre: murder mystery
Length: 212 pages
Setting: a train car in the Orient Express, 1930s
Summary: Short version: A closed room mystery of who killed Ratchett Continue reading
This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 376 pages
Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s
Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading
This book has been on my TBR list so long I have no record or memory of why it put it there. I’m sure it has something to do with it being a scifi classic.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 118 pages
Setting: an exoplanet, far future
Summary: Short version: What to do when marooned on an inhospitable planet Continue reading
This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.
Length: 493 pages
Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s
Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading
I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 92 pages
Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written
Summary: Short version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading