Friday, August 12, 2011
For me, it's Jane Austen
We had the list of books one should have read but probably avoided because they were assigned. Now from Slate we have a series of authors, many of them quite good, talking about the books they absolutely can't read, thought were vastly overrated, or outright hate. It's good stuff. For me, as noted, it's Jane Austen: I've tried, but I can't get into her light prose of manners and obligations and so many pounds a year. I just can't. I get why a lot of people like her (all right, I don't, but I know that a lot of people like her), but I cannot wrap my head around the idea of tearing through her collected works with anything but a grimace.