Which classic work has caused you to become a master in avoidance? It’s not necessarily because you’re intimidated but maybe there are works out there that just cause you to have the Dracula reaction: cape-covered arm up in front of face with a step back reaction?
You know, I think it might be Ulysses, by James Joyce. I'm planning to read lots of things someday, including Proust and Les Miserables and so on---I'm no longer nervous about any of those. Solzhenitsyn can't scare me any more, and I might even read Moby Dick sometime, though American literature is not my big favorite. But I have no desire whatsoever to read Ulysses. Just none.
Or maybe Clarissa. I did it once, I don't need to do it again. At the time, I really got into it, and so did my roommate. Clarissa kind of hypnotized us, in that we got immersed in it and the premises of Clarissa's behavior made total sense at the time. It was only a few days afterwards that we sort of came out of it and realized how crazy the whole thing is. I didn't do that with Pamela last year, which is another book I shall never read again.
|Just a cartoon I like, by Wallace Tripp|