This month's discussion question at the Classics Club is:
What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? (Or, are
you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at
all since you joined our club?)
I'm getting less intimidated all the time, and I'd say that's partly because of the Classics Club. A lot of my reading this year (overall, not just CC reading) has made me get more selective and purposeful about what I read. I've gotten to read some wonderful classic-type books that I once would have made less of a priority and then failed to actually read.
However, there are still plenty of classics to be scared of. All of mine are long. I like the instant gratification of books that are shorter than 500 pages long, and tend to get distracted over the long haul, and the next thing I know I've forgotten what's going on and I quit. So:
Anna Karenina, which I really really want to read. And then War and Peace.
A Suitable Boy.
Anything by Henry James or Thomas Hardy.
Nearly anything by Solzhenitsyn.
Less intimidating but still a bit: The Good Soldier Svejk and Quo Vadis.
So scary I haven't even put them on my list:
The Count of Monte Cristo
Remembrance of Things Past
Wait a minute, those are all French works. Does that mean I'm more scared of French literature than of Russian literature?? That seems a little odd, but it's true that Madame Bovary is practically all the French literature I've read...that was written after 1500 anyway. Surely if I can read The Romance of the Rose I can read The Count of Monte Cristo?
I may have to give myself a chunkster challenge next year specifically for these books! I'm collecting quite a pile. I do want to read them quite a bit, but the amount of reading time I have is far less than the amount I want to read.