I’m a little embarrassed to say that I haven’t read many of “the classics” when it comes to books. I read Lord of the Flies and Moby Dick in school, but that was about it, and I really don’t remember either one. I’ve mostly read horror and non-fiction. However, as I’ve gotten older I started to feel that I really needed to read some of the “great works” that are out there.
I read my first Edgar Allan Poe last week, The Masque of the Red Death. I loved it! The language was very different from modern books, but it was an amazing short story. Now I’m several chapters into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, and again, I’m loving it.
I guess there’s a reason these books are considered classics. Even after all this time they’re still great. Sure, you need to be more intelligent than the average Jersey Shore fan to be able to grasp the word use and writing style of many of the older works, but if you can do that, you’re going to really enjoy those books.
I know a lot of people (myself included at one time) think that books that old can’t possibly be good, but you’d be wrong. The imagery and elegance of the older style writing puts a lot of today’s work to shame.
I did some searching on Amazon and grabbed a lot of classic books. I also have many new books, and I’m going to mix up what I read from now on. It really feels good to be able to say that I’ve read some of the great authors and classic works.
What’s you’re favorite classic book? Are you a fan of the classics?
Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle