Enjoying great novels

toto   Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:08 am GMT
I know of some people who enjoy reading classics.
I just don't understand those kinds of people.
What is enjoyable while reading classics?
Mark Twain even said, "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
How can it be possible to "enjoy" reading classics which are have nothing enjoyable to offer?
toto   Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:34 am GMT
Sorry for the typo "which are have".
Uriel   Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:56 am GMT
Depends on the classic. Some are more enjoyable than others.
Guest   Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:14 am GMT
One thing is for sure: tne kind of feeling that you gets after reading a classic or a book in general is immense. Finishing a book requires time and efforts on your part.
Damian in Edinburgh   Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:19 am GMT
There are literary classics in every Language, certainly in all those of European origin, which are the ones we are mainly concerned with in this Forum (with English officially being the subject Language in this section ). Classical novels, plays,poetic works are all part of our linguistic heritage and go a very long way in allowing people to appreciate the beauty and history of the Language, be they learners of English or native born speakers who wish to immerse themselves in in-depth study of it.

Personal preferences of style, content, subject matter and taste naturally occur, as in everything in life, but so eclectic and rich in variety and are the great English classical works that you can simply select what interests you and concentrate only on those, but you can't really do that so well unless you've more or less dabbled in most of them. You can only dismiss something when you've explored it in the first place. Of course some classics are heavy and difficult to plough through, but others can be a great joy - and you read them again, or at last casually flick through them when you're at a loose end.