Forever young and classy

By Susan Jessen Spiele, librarian at Roskilde Libraries.

Never mind corona, working from home and isolation, books never let us down. They are a constant and some more than others. These titles are classics for a reason and have delighted generation after generation. You have at least heard of them, maybe seen the films but have you ever read them? No time like the present to do so. Enjoy!

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a large and powerful creature in the likeness of man, but is disgusted by his own creation and he abandons the being to fend for itself, with horrible consequences.  
Frankenstein is a gruesome warning against playing God. Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote this story, at a time when medicine was beginning to soar and everything seemed possible – even to cheat death at one point. A 200 year old book is rarely current, but Frankenstein is.

Bram Stoker: Dracula

Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a client, Count Dracula. Once there, he realizes the count is a vampire and flees, but only after the count has left for England in search of Harker’s fiancé Mina.
One of the most well known characters in horror fiction is the vampire. Stoker’s Dracula might not have been the first, but it is the one that inspired all that came after.

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The wonderful first line in Pride and Prejudice starts a romantic story about five unwed sisters, two bachelors and fortunes in a society, where money is of greater importance than moral.

This is the most famous of Austen’s novels and here her sharp wit, great language and fine eye for the hypocrisy of her time make a true classic