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 think the two major pieces of classic literature that I am most intimidated by are the works of William Shakespeare and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I am usually not intimidated by the Classics. In fact, I love reading Classics and have begun quite the collection on my shelves. But those two men and their writings stare me in the face like a brick wall that I'll never be able to climb over.
I have read Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and absolutely hated it. There were sections in the book where it was good, but most of it was just awful. I was so bored and felt like something was missing from his style of writing. I have heard so many say that Les Miserables is their favorite or that it's by far one of the greatest classics. But I am so scared of it. My fear of it also isn't helped by the fact that I have seen the movie starring Liam Neeson and had to write a paper on it in college. I was so confused by the movie and wrestled with the paper so much that I just have no desire to touch it again. It is not on my list of 70 classics and it probably never will be. But only time will tell.
And Shakespeare... What can I say about his works? I read Julius Caesar and Merchant of Venice in high school for one of my writing classes. And that was brutal. Maybe I was just too young and still too green in my reading of the classics. But I am willing to give him another chance and maybe this time I will be pleasantly surprised.
So... there you go. My two most intimidating Classics. Wish me luck!