Question by BookCat: I have troubles reading Classical Novels?
It’s like I wasn’t trained for them. My first classical novel was when I was 11, yes, that was a late age, and I read The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Hugo. Or was it Hemingway. Eitherway, I can’t remember. Whenever I read Classics, it tend to memorize tiny details and not the main picture. I skip through main points to the storyline and often in discussions I miss out on things while reading and therefore get a bad grade. Like, sometimes I read the novel and can’t even answer the “what’s the setting” question correctly! It’s like my mind won’t pick up on the Classic books. I can’t live without Sparknotes for my essays, and I know I do badly on reading & get bad essay grades for it, but I don’t know why it is that way. I suck at Critical Thinking, but I’m pretty good in math related stuff. The only Classic novel that I’ve read and was able to understand was The Great Gatsby, but that’s such a modern novel!
Answer by Roadwalker
Sometimes I have trouble focusing when I read classics. Hemingway isn’t a problem, but books like Hunchback make my eyes glaze over. So you’re not alone.
I still love classics and want to experience them. So I listen to audiobooks of them. My local library has a lot and I can reserve ones that they don’t have. Try this out and see if it’s better for you.
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