A new month means a new meme question for The Classics Club. I was slack on these in 2014 but I would really like to get back into doing them regularly in 2015. This month’s question is:
What about modern classics? Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future. Contributed by Teresa.
When I first saw this month’s question I thought interesting but hard however when I sat down to write this post one book came to mind straight away; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. A British novel published in 2003 with an unusual and eye-catching title (which is actually a quote of Sherlock Holmes from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the tale of Christopher a young man with a behavioural disorder. Who is amazing at mathematics, obsessive about order and routine, and struggles to form and maintain relationships. Christopher is shaken from is obsessive routine with the murder of his neighbour’s dog as he goes out into the world to discover the truth. This is beautiful book about a fascinating character; that alone could be a reason for this to become a classic. It also I feel, like many classics do, portrays the society and culture of its time and discusses the universal issues of difference and exclusion.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been a best-selling novel read by adults and younger readers a like. It has been adapted into a highly successful play and there are plans to make it into a film too. Also in a BBC survey for World Book Night it was voted one of “the top five happy endings” with the industrious company of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. All of which I’ve read and are now classics.
What novel published since 2000 do you think will become a classic?