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  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
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    Problems in reading classic writings

    Though I love to read stories, novels & essays written in English, either by any British or American author or not, I find it quite painful to read through classic novels & stories. The reasons are as follows:

    1. Too lengthy description of beauty, filth, feelings & emotions. Very monotonous. It seems as if someone is testing my patience. It becomes very difficult to remember what I just read.

    2. Long sentences, sometimes two or more sentences are joined together to give it a complex meaning. It becomes quite difficult follow such sentences.

    3. Extravagant vocabulary. How may times can one consult dictionary while reading something?

    4. Very complex outlook towards life. I am used to with simpler outlook.

    These points are true not only for British/American classic writings but also for classic writings in other European & Asian languages.

    So far I hve failed to keep patience & hence failed to finish "Crime and Punishment", "War and Peace", "Picture of Dorian Gray", "Count of Monte Cristo" etc.

    But I really don't want to miss these great writings.

  2. Editor,
    English Teacher
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    Re: Problems in reading classic writings

    Only consult a dictionary if really necessary. I think many readers skip the deceptive bits and get back to the tale- I can happily skip most descriptions of sunsets.

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