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I am an avid reader of all books and since I have a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Literature, I have also had to read quite a lot of what the Western world might call ‘classics’. Some of these novels have become favourites of mine, but it is also good to have a bit of a laugh with books. Here are some of my short funny reflections on some 19th century classics.
Corrine, or Italy – Madame de Stael (1807)
Corrine, or Italy – Madame de Staël
If you can’t get the man of your dreams, let him marry your half sister. Before dying of a broken heart, teach your half sister all your tricks so he’ll never be able to forget you.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly (1818)
Some people shouldn’t have children.
Sarrasine – Honoré de Balzac (1830)
Falling in love can be bad for your health. No really, you could get stabbed.
Adam Bede – George Eliot (1859)
Women can only be taken seriously when they are speaking through divine possession. Also, don’t bury your baby in the woods.
The Bostonians – Henry James (1885)
If you want to be a successful feminist, be an attractive one.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1891)
Narcissism is really good for your complexion. Although, side effects may cause psychotic episodes so remember to drink and party a lot to compensate.
The Open Boat – Stephen Crane (1897)
If you are stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere, make sure you pick good company.
Do you have any funny reflections on any classic novels that you have read either for pleasure or for study? Share in the comments section! As always, share the reading love.