Here’s a glimpse of my reading corner. I’m sure all of you writers and readers can empathize. A quick perusal will show that, while I do read current stuff, I’m still mired in the old school classics. Of course there’s my NEW 2016 marketing book… sigh.
But what I really want to talk about is the classic lying atop dear Kristen Lamb. (no pun intended!) If you can’t make it out, the book is Fathers and Sons by Turgenev. Yes, Ivan Turgenev…who in the hell reads that? you might ask. Well actually that’s a good question.
Many years ago, I took a course in Russian Lit. and one of the assigned novels was this very book…which I didn’t read and consequently made a D on the next test. I, being a pretty dismal student at the time, blamed the D on Turgenev and his stupid novel. I think I managed to get a C out of the course.
But all of that aside, I have now picked the book up and started reading it. This copy I purchased for five bucks from Ebay. (By the way, I’m addicted to Ebay, but that’s another blog.) So I have the book, and I picked it up and started reading. Damn, I love it.
Now my question is this? As a late teen, was I simply too young for this book? What are the implications for my own writing? If I write a novel about a fortiesh married man who has an affair or wants to have one or fails at having one, can I expect a nineteen year old or a twenty-five year old to truly give a crap?
I don’t know. Well, this poor blog has gone absolutely nowhere, but have any of you had this particular experience: reading and enjoying a novel that many years before you had hated or shunned? And if so does that give you pause?