Yes, some of you may indeed recognise this quote – It comes from the classic tale of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This novel was my first taste of the nature of classical novels. I picked up this book when I was ten years old and I was admittedly perplexed by a lot of the language, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.
Now it appears I have developed a bit of an obsession with the classics. Lately, I simply can’t stay away from them! A few months ago, I bought The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. That was really when my obsession set in. There is something intriguing about reading a novel that you know was written a very long time ago, using different writing techniques, appealing to a different readership. Even the layout fascinates me! Since then, I simply can’t resist the temptation of picking up a few classics when I’m near a bookshop. I’ve bought Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, and, of course, the somewhat dreaded Ulysses by James Joyce. On the desk beside my bed, the stack keeps getting bigger: Unread books fill my personal space. But so little time to read them!
I’m currently nearing the end of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and I must say that if you haven’t read it yet, make sure to do so. It is by far the most gripping, engaging and intriguing classical novel I’ve ever read. I look forward to the supposedly challenging Ulysses! Following that I hope to collect the works of Thomas Hardy – particularly Jude the Obscure.