YAY! For the first time I’m not completely baffled/perturbed at The Classics Club moderators for their choice of a monthly discussion question.So I thought I would go ahead and answer it since I haven’t finished a book yet this month and wanted to get at least one post in this week. I should have another one in by Friday, but no promises.
This month’s answer to “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 The Classics Club?”, is actually an easy answer, so I won’t beat around the bush!
For me I am most intimidated by James Joyce’s Ulysses and this is for two reasons: I am afraid I won’t understand it and I’m afraid I’ll give up on it, being the first book I’ll give up on since I started blogging. I don’t have an English degree and I’m pretty sure I miss a lot of things in the books I read and I don’t mind that. I get what I want out of a book and most people who visit seem to appreciate it, but for some reason Ulysses, which I’m apparently supposed to fall in love with due to my fondness for At Swim, Two Boys, seriously intimidates me (as it does most people) and really worries me.
Prior to starting my reading for The Classics Club the “Russian’s” also intimidated me. And although I’m no longer intimidated by them, they are definitely still daunting due to the fact that I’m convinced every Russian ‘classic’ author felt the need to encompass the entire breathtaking expanse of Russian geography.
So that’s it. My book blogging secret. I have every intention of reading Ulysses next year, of course assuming I find a copy…or keep the one on my Kindle, but who knows.