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 have gotten a lot less intimidated, that is for sure. The CC has helped me focus my reading and discover that I can tackle scary books! But there are still a couple of areas that really make me nervous:
French literature. Nothing is scarier. Zola? Balzac? Hugo? Proust? Eeeek, save me! I feel quite proud of the fact that I have now read The Count of Monte Cristo (1000 pages of adventure and melodrama) and Madame Bovary (fabulous novel which required a readalong to give me courage). Now that I'm getting to the end of my CC list, though, I'm thinking I'll need to put Hugo on the next one. I still don't know about those other guys. The thought of reading Zola makes me shrink and quiver. But perhaps, someday, French literature will be my pale green pants with nobody inside them.
Anything heavily philosophical. I tried to read Aristotle's Ethics. Bleh. I took one look at William James' Varieties of Religious Experience and felt faint. I can deal with Plato and Socrates just fine, but anything else....well, I dunno.
Moby Dick. I have no plans ever to read Moby Dick. I cannot see why I should!