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The CCLaP 100: Volume 1

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Join Jason Pettus, executive director of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, as he takes an informed yet irreverent look at the subject of "literary classics," reading for the first time a hundred such books then p
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Published November 1st 2009 by CCLaP Publishing (first published 2009)
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Paul Bryant
Jun 01, 2015 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
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A long time ago when pterodactyls swooped over the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan and plesiosaurs frolicked in the Thames a steady stream of great reviews of classic novels appeared on Goodreads from Jason Pettus. He ran an outfit called the CCLaP which iis some kind of arts thing in Chicago, and he had decided to read 100 allegedly classic novels he’d never read before and report back on whether he thought they were really classics. Okay, I know, we could all do that, but over the months of 2 ...more
Rachel C.
Oct 18, 2013 Rachel C. rated it it was amazing
I came across Jason Pettus when looking at other reviews of “Special Topics in Calamity Physics.” A few link-hops later, I found his CCLaP 100 project to read the classics. His impetus for the project was to widen his literary foundation and base of reference – this despite being (to me) demonstrably well-read and thoughtful about literature already.

(It is, I think, the rare person that can confidently declare themselves to be well-read. Everyone develops their own personal taste as a reader and
Jason Pettus
Feb 24, 2014 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
FTC DISCLOSURE: I am the publisher of this book.

My arts center's newest book is here! And in fact this is a book I actually wrote myself: it's a bound collection of the "CCLaP 100" classics essays I've been penning since winter 2008, in this case collecting up the first 33 of these write-ups that many of you have been enjoying here individually over the last couple of years. I hope you'll get a chance to download the entire collection and read whatever reviews you missed the first time they came
Chris Pisarczyk
Nov 01, 2009 Chris Pisarczyk rated it really liked it
better than Beowulf on the Beach
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Holy shit, COOL!
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