There are some concerns that the popularity of reading blogs and other short articles online reduces the interest of young people in old-fashioned classic book reading. It would be a pity if this is the case since reading classic works significantly improves the reader’s own English vocabulary. How many of these classic works have you read?
Henry Dana’s tale of a nineteenth century voyage around Cape Horn is written is written in such beautiful English that you don’t need to be interested in the sea to enjoy it. Dana was a New England lawyer who later became a minor government official. He sailed to California as an ordinary sailor with hopes that the voyage would bring him health benefits. He does an excellent job describing the rigors and dangers of the sailor’s life and fascinating descriptions of California before its incorporation into the USA.
Dickens tale explores the cruelty of a private schoolmaster in northern England and the struggles of teacher Nickleby to correct the injustices he encounters. As the name indicates, “Dotheboys Hall” with its cruel headmaster Squeers served as a vehicle for projecting the worst of private schooling in Victorian Britain. Nickleby soon discovers this school is a scam. He puts his job on the line through his dedication to his students including a simple and badly abused boy who turns out to be none other than the headmaster’s own son. In the end Squeers is brought to justice and sentenced to transportation to Australia.