Ninth Day: How to find old books?

I work with used books in my job. In the inventory are a lot of books that count as “old” by my definition of the word given the other day in my reading resolutions. I should have no trouble with reading 1/3 old books right? Maybe.

Which old books to should I read? And do I read old fiction as well as old non-fiction? Yes, I should read old fiction too, but that is harder to figure out. Some old fiction books have aged well and are pleasant to read. Others are cheesy and hokey and hardly worth the paper they were printed on. IMHO of course. How does one tell the difference? I’m not sure. I think the library will be my source for older fiction, and this resolution may mean I finally read some people like Waugh or Trollope. Possibly even Dickens. I think I’ve lots of old books to read and it won’t be a problem reading 1 old book for every two new ones. But I’m a bit worried at the moment. I’ve finished a new book. I’ve got one more new book, then it is old book time for me. Good thing I’ve got St. Athanasius on the go. He definitely counts.

Any suggestions for older fiction (where my cut off date is 1970 for “old”) that is worth reading? Let me know.

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  1. Alice

    Barchester Towers (Trollope) — one I go back to again and again (almost as much as P & P).

    Don Quixote — I’ve got a very enjoyable translation. There are a few spots I don’t necessarily bother re-reading, and the second half is not quite as wonderful as the first.

    John Ciardi’s translation of Dante’s Inferno (Paradiso and Purgatorio are unfortunately a bit boring — not the fault of the translator, I don’t think). Dorothy Sayers’ translations are supposed to be excellent as well — but Ciardi’s rhymes.

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