I tried to do some reading today to improve English. I picked Heymingway's "the old man and the sea" because someone told me Heymingway's novels are easy to understand.
Then I realized it wasn't true. I just started reading but constantly found wierd expressions. For example,
"benevolent skin cancer", What in the world is "benevolent skin cancer"? Does that collocation even exist?
"Where are you going?" "Far out to come in when the wind shifts." I am completely clueless about what it means by "far out to come in when thewind shifts."
Mondern people don't use English that way do they?
So I started wondering whether I should continue to use Heymingway's novels as my learning resource. Should I pick contemporary novels to learn English since it represents the English people now speak and use?