“What classic has most surprised you so far, and why?”
Surprise, I have two answers!
On a general level, I have been surprised by how very much I have enjoyed a lot of the books on my list. Yes, this is kind of dumb. But like most people, I always put off reading Classics (which as we know are intimidating and difficult) in favor of lighter fare, especially whatever was closest to its library due date. Even though I knew I ought to read, say, Madame Bovary, I didn't truly expect to love it.
Books from my list I have liked quite a lot more than I expected to:
The Age of Innocence
|Bleak House, and also what I expected out of it|
The Return of the Native
For my second answer, I had no idea what the plot of Bleak House was, and had always assumed it would be much more depressing and like Hard Times than it turned out to be. It has plenty of tragedy, yes, but there is a surprising amount of cheer in it too.