I am listening to this as an audio book on Spotify whilst, sewing. I do know the story and have watched a few adaptations of the book, but I am actually finding it quite hard work to understand everything that the author is telling me. It shows how much our language has changed over the decades or you could perceive how poor my literary knowledge is.
As I am listening the term 'retrench' was used and I had to google the word to discover its meaning to make sense of the sentence that the narrator had said. I feel that I am being educated once more, but it is still quite enjoyable.
I have not read many of the classics SD. Its probably because of the style of writing compared to other eras and content that would not have been allowed back then compared to now. Is the book, exciting, interesting compared to modern writers, is it gripping you? do you think about it later and can't wait to get back to it?
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.
I’m the same about the classics. They take a lot of concentration to read and I don’t feel that’s the point of reading. It should be enjoyable.
However it does depend on how you define a classic. I did To Kill A mockingbird for my O levels and I loved it. Also My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrel is considered a classic and I loved that and all it’s sequels. I’ve read every Agatha Christie and nobody could call them trashy. I’ve also read a lot of classics SciFi.
Classics doesn’t always mean historical novels by the likes of Dickens and Trollop.