Nineteenth-century French novels have a lot to say about our 21st-century world. And I'm not just talking about Jules Verne books that predicted some of today's technological advances.
As a teen and young adult, I managed to polish off some famous books. But, for various reasons, other renowned novels remained tantalizingly in my future.
As New Year's Day nears, it's time for some book-related resolutions!
With all the bad people in real-life politics and big business, do we really want to read about bad people in novels?