Which classic work has caused you to become a master in avoidance? It’s not necessarily because you’re intimidated but maybe there are works out there that just cause you to have the reaction: cape-covered arm up in front of face with a step back reaction?
So I enthusiastically began.
But let's just get to the point: after one week of struggling relentlessly, hopelessly, desperately through chapter one, I threw the book across my driveway. I wanted it out of my possession. I hated the book. I undeniably hated it.
Why? How? When so many people LOVE Song of Solomon! Part of me hated that I was not able to experience what others positively experienced. What did I have to know in order to survive this piece of literature? I wondered. Did it require special knowledge? A particular mindset? I could not figure it out.
But then, the other reason for my hatred was caused by my disdain for its rawness. It angered me, in a non-productive way, and offended my sensibilities. It disgusted me, and I was not willingly open to it. Therefore, no matter how I tried to push through it, it was like swallowing something that made me gag. I was literally forcing myself through the book, and I regretted every moment of it.
After a week of being burdened with a bad attitude about having to read Song of Solomon, I physically tossed it, emotionally divorced it, and finally gave it up. In my only post about Song of Solomon, I described my experience as "sucking the joy out of my love for reading." Come on! That is not reading.
Sure, I lost some followers who were offended by my reaction, but I had to be honest. I thought I may be willing to try a different Toni Morrison, keeping an open mind, but I received feedback that most of her novels are similarly raw and, uh, unique.
Because of Song of Solomon, my consecutive reading streak through The Well-Educated Mind is ruined. It's personal! So now, when I see a copy of Song of Solomon or other Toni Morrison novel - like in the used book sale section of my library - I do have a Dracula-reaction, and I cannot look at it. Quite frankly, I even think the fangs come out!
So what about you? Do you have a work of literature that brings out the Dracula-effect in you?