Are there any "classic" books that you think are poorly written or that you just couldn't get into for the life of you?
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I am the same way! I have read "The Hobbit", but I can't get into "The Lord of the Rings". It just doesn't hold my interest. I feel like a traitor to the literary world, but what can I do? :)
I agree with the wasting time sentiment. Sometimes I try and read some of these classics because I feel like I 'should' in order to be better read but I often labour through them slowly with disinterest
I use the publiser's editor trick , if the thing doesn't grab me on the first par, it goes back, thanks, but no thanks.
I should have added, Dune, great film, but I couldn't wade through the 1st par of the book.
I have not read "Wuthering Heights", but I know the story and I 100% agree with you. I also agree with your preferred choices :)
I love Metamorphosis. Although I guess maybe I romanticise it slightly as I discovered Kafka whilst travelling in Czech when I was 19 and so the book reminds of a good time. I struggled with his 'The Trial' though, Still not finished that one
I actually loved the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens :)
But I do agree with you, most Russian classics I have read are very sombre.