We usually talk about newer books here on the B-Drag, so you may not know this, but I've spent a lot of time reading classics. I started reading them because I was assigned to read them in school, but I've never stopped. Classic literature feeds my mind in ways nothing else can.
However, I haven't loved every classic I've read. Here are a few that left me feeling more apathetic than enlightened. (I've also included some that I loved, just to even things out.)
I've read plenty of books that compete with this one in length, but never have I read a book that was so bloated.
Lord of the Flies
Never have I read a book that left me feeling so hopeless. I simply cannot accept that humankind is universally this bad.
I had a severely negative reaction to this book, and had a really hard time shaking off the mental and emotional weight it left me with.
The Grapes of Wrath
Each page was painful. My horrible experience with this book is probably why I have yet to read East of Eden, which has been recommended to me about a thousand times, and which I have passed over a thousand times in favor of Grey's Anatomy episodes.
I feel more apathy than dislike towards this book. I recognize it's value, but I'm just not a fan of Dickens' writing style.
And, for balance, here are some I loved:
To Kill a Mockingbird
A lot of people love this book, and it's easy to see why. So insightful, witty, thoughtful, and warm. It's nice to know that classics don't all have to be doom-and-gloom-y.
Catcher in the Rye
I wouldn't say that this book was fun to read, but it was certainly illuminating. It's one of those books that make me learn something new every time I pick it up.
The Scarlet Letter
I find this whole story extremely fascinating. It was written so long ago (it was published in 1850) and yet sometimes I feel like nothing has changed.
The Quiet American
I have yet to meet anyone who likes this book as much as I do. I found it simultaneously hopeless and hopeful and infuriating and encouraging. Incredibly written.
Age of Innocence
I've had a bit of a crush on Edith Wharton ever since I read this book. The theme of change and all its implications have never been so wonderfully or so completely portrayed.
What do you think? Are there any classics that you just don't like? Did I get any wrong? Should I give any another chance?
Many thanks to Stacked for providing the idea for this post!