Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Making Sense of the Classics

Have you ever felt like this?
You read Hamlet because your humanities teacher told you too and there was a test on it tomorow.  Now it all seems like one big blur in the back of your mind.  From “The Great Gatsby” to “Wuthering Heights,” you are told continually that there is something more to them than black words on white pages. But you read every (well, at least every other) word on those pages, and you don't seem to remember anything. 
Maybe “Sense and Sensibility” hasn’t made any sense to you since you read the title, or “Little Women” seemed  more interesting when you were younger, and you don’t even dare attempting the monotonous "Canterbury Tales" – is that even English! 
And yet, you want to be well read and well rounded.  Isn’t there some way to enjoy these books without wanting to pull your hair out (if that can be termed enjoyment)? 
Well, it's time to try them again.  You may find it easier to listen to these books, no daunting 8 point faunts, or scribles all over your used book.  Don’t read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” for a class, there is no need to cram “Oliver Twist” into one desperate night. 
Enjoy listening to these stories!

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