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Richard Armour s r sum is formidable a Harvard PhD, who held research fellowships in England and France, and taught at a slew of institutions, including the University of Texas, Northwestern University, and the University of Frieburg When someone like that writes a book, you might be forgiven for imagining it s on an academic subject And so The Classics Reclassified is except that it s the most hilarious, the most utterly addictive take on an academic subject you could possibly imagine I Richard Armour s r sum is formidable a Harvard PhD, who held research fellowships in England and France, and taught at a slew of institutions, including the University of Texas, Northwestern University, and the University of Frieburg When someone like that writes a book, you might be forgiven for imagining it s on an academic subject And so The Classics Reclassified is except that it s the most hilarious, the most utterly addictive take on an academic subject you could possibly imagine I ve read a fair number of Armour s books and am a diehard fan of his style of humour, but I have had ever since I first read The Classics Reclassified a very soft spot for this particular book This, as the name suggests, is a book about literary classics with authors ranging from Homer to Shakespeare to Dickens but in a way that s bound to make you see not just these authors but their works too in a different light There are seven authors and seven works covered here Homer The Iliad Shakespeare Julius Caesar Sir Walter Scott Ivanhoe Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter Herman Melville Moby Dick George Eliot Silas Marner and Dickens David Copperfield Each section begins with a brief but informative biography of the writer Homer, for instance, we learn, is said to have been born in seven cities, which indicates how his mother kept on the move He is also said to have been born in six centuries, apparently after a number of false starts And, about George Eliot, Armour writes George Eliot had a great deal of trouble with her name, and so have librarians ever since most readers, however, give up after searching for a few hours and read something by, say, Eliot, T.S A footnote follows After a few hours with Eliot, T.S, some readers give up reading entirely.This deliciously irreverent style is carried forward into Armour s discussion of each work Basically, each of these is a synopsis of the work in question, every bit as pithy as the author bios And with those nutty footnotes included The next day, on the plains of Philippi, the opposing armies are met from Julius Caesar comes, for instance, with this footnote By whom, it is never divulged There are hilarious asides, very quick plot lines, and smart little tips Unless you are interested in a catalogue of famous pictures of whales, the manufacture of rope lines, the anatomy of the whale s eye, ear, and tail, how to skin a whale and cook the blubber, and the history of whaling from Perseus to the present, you would do well to turn from Chapter XXXVI to Chapter CXXXIII without further delay, thus saving nearly a hundred chapters without anybody s knowing the difference if you keep quiet After all, Ahab isn t the only one entitled to be a skipper.What s amazing is that Armour s research and his knowledge of his subject is so obviously impeccable yet his sense of humour makes this book an absolute gem, the sort of book you can go back to again and again I end up reading it at least once a year, to the point where I know all the jokes, but still find them delightful An absolute must read if you like literature, and you like humour.P.S My edition of this book is illustrated by Campbell Grant and the illustrations are every bit as brilliant as Armour s prose Very funny book Or should I say very punny Seven famous books are discussed, with mercifully brief biographies of their authors Quizzes after each chapter, just to make sure you got it all The footnotes are admittedly unnecessary, but how could we do without them With illustrations as bizarre as the text. I recalled having read this appalling, piece of garbage yesterday while I was reading a Romola by George Eliot The link comes from the fact that the The Classics Reclassified contains a rather successful parody of Silas Marner of which Armour says that it shows that good people are rewarded for their virtue but that they have to wait a great many years for their reward.I am rather inclined to think that Silas Marner does indeed deserve the unsophisticated mauling that Armour dishes out I recalled having read this appalling, piece of garbage yesterday while I was reading a Romola by George Eliot The link comes from the fact that the The Classics Reclassified contains a rather successful parody of Silas Marner of which Armour says that it shows that good people are rewarded for their virtue but that they have to wait a great many years for their reward.I am rather inclined to think that Silas Marner does indeed deserve the unsophisticated mauling that Armour dishes out in this book However, I must acknowledge that what he was doing was disgraceful As a university literature professor, Armour s day job would have been to help his students through the difficult and occasionally badly written sections of our great classics As a sideline he wrote books like this in which he made easy jokes on the problematic aspects of the great books in our Western Canon.If you enjoyed the parodies found in Mad Magazine and the National Lampoon, you will probably enjoy this slim, efficient volume Not quite as hilarious as when I read it as a child, this retelling of five classics still got a good number of giggles out of me In the same vein as 1066 and All That, Richard Armour s parodies of textbook biographies, summaries of major texts, and study questions are actually edifying as well as entertaining. For those who like their literary analyses full of puns, this is the books for you Some of the jokes may be dated, but still a fun read. The specific classics let in for the Armour treatment here are The Iliad Julius Caesar Ivanhoe The Scarlet Letter Moby Dick or, The Whale Silas Marner David Copperfield And what is the Armour treatment It s finishing the line Achilles has no choice but to draw his keen blade from his thigh with the footnote, A lesser man would have used a scabbard And then setting The specific classics let in for the Armour treatment here are The Iliad Julius Caesar Ivanhoe The Scarlet Letter Moby Dick or, The Whale Silas Marner David Copperfield And what is the Armour treatment It s finishing the line Achilles has no choice but to draw his keen blade from his thigh with the footnote, A lesser man would have used a scabbard And then setting discussion questions like this Hester is said to have made her living with her needle Did she give inoculations on the side If not on the side, in the arm There s something hilarious and quotable in nearly every paragraph, and that s not counting the footnotes, illustrations, and suggestions for further discussion Plus, this book taught me everything I know about Ivanhoe and Silas Marner.These are affectionate parodies, from someone who clearly loved literature This book made mecurious about the subjects, and told me that we shouldn t revere Great Books so much that we can t enjoy them.Some samples On The Illiad Then bronze harnessed Hec There s something hilarious and quotable in nearly every paragraph, and that s not counting the footnotes, illustrations, and suggestions for further discussion Plus, this book taught me everything I know about Ivanhoe and Silas Marner.These are affectionate parodies, from someone who clearly loved literature This book made mecurious about the subjects, and told me that we shouldn t revere Great Books so much that we can t enjoy them.Some samples On The Illiad Then bronze harnessed Hector drops in on his dear won wife, even white armed Andromache, daughter of great hearted E tion that dwelt beneath wooded Plakos, and was king of the men of Kilikia Homer wants us to be sure not to confuse her with all the other Andromaches we know On Julius Caesar The opening scene is in Rome A Street A Street is presumably just north of B Street On Ivanhoe The dastardly Front de Boeuf and his dastardly friends are interrupted in their dastardly pursuits by the sound of someone winding a horn Scott s horns always seem to be running down in the nearby forest On The Scarlet Letter After a year or so, Hester had grown tired of waiting and had given birth to a child There was strong suspicion that she had had an accomplice On Moby Dick Melville had no formal education after the age of fifteen, again showing how important it is not to be educated if you wish to become a famous writer On Silas Marner It may take a little time, say thirty or forty years, but virtue will be rewarded, sinfulness will be punished, and everyone who hasn t already died a tragic death will live happily ever after On David Copperfield David Copperfield is told in the first person Singular, isn t it This book was a very entertaining trip through many of the books students unwillingly read in their English classes Whether I loved or hated the original, I found Armour s retelling of each tale too fun to keep to myself I read whole chapters aloud to my poor, unsuspecting daughter She enjoyed them, too but don t tell anyone This book will be enjoyed most by folks who are familiar with the original classics. 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