This post is written to answer The Classics Club’s November meme question:
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?)
Intimidating Classics for me are:
Especially those that are called chunky books. Number one on my list is Les Misérables, in which I did a-bit-too-bravely act when I decided to join a Les Misérables read along equipped only with an e-book and a laptop. Now I know that I really suck at reading on laptop. How could I ever finish this 1.600+ page book? I want to finish reading the unabridged version at least once in my life, since I have read and loved the abridged version very dearly.
On second place is Shakespeare plays. I joined Let’s Read Plays event to encourage myself to read Shakespeare plays, but I have to admit that Shakespeare is really hard to digest. At least for me whose mother language is not English, and wasn’t taught about Shakespeare’s works nor read any at school. Luckily, there’s still a light in the dark, I can still understand what Shakespeare was trying to say through No Fear Shakespeare. This section on SparkNotes provides today’s English translation to some Shakespeare plays. Without NFS, I am blind in case of reading Shakespeare.
Then there are lengthy works from Dickens. So far I have only read a translated version of A Tale of Two Cities and a simplified version of Bleak House. But I love Dickens and I want to read more of his works. Yes, I love Dickens. That is because I watched some movies and miniseries adapted from Dickens’ works, such as Little Dorrit (review in Bahasa here), Great Expectations (review in Bahasa here), and Nicholas Nickleby. Watching movies and miniseries wasn’t a great deal, but when I learned that most of Dickens’ works are very lengthy, I am intimidated. However, reading The Christmas Books this December might be a very nice prelude in reading more Dickens. I also have an unabridged copy of Bleak House, waiting to be read. (Though honestly I really don’t know when I can read it, I have so many other books on my TBR pile!)
Oh ya, and one more chunky book that I wish to read at least once before I die is Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Do you have any Classics that you wish to read but are intimidated with? I would love to hear about it!