Seeing as there are thousands and thousands of classical novels out there, it seems quite a shame to never open yourself up and experience the words and worlds of authors long since past. They showcase authenticity of historical times and allow for a closer view of ideas, ideals and thoughts first hand, from your favorite time periods (if they’re historical, of course). But sometimes undertaking these novels can be an extremely exhausting process, with the small, close spaced words and lack of sufficient dialogue that we’ve become accustomed to in our time. So, what does that mean, should we just not read them – or read and not comprehend what the writer is trying to delegate to us in words? The answer to both is *drumroll* no, because there’s another option.
Reading and listening.
Audio books were something I just couldn’t get into. I’m a severely visual person and listening to someone else read a book to me just wasn’t my thing. I love the ability to highlight, the act of holding a book and turning the pages to see my progression. These are the attributes that makes physical books so intriguing and everlastingly beautiful to book addicts, worms, and lovers alike. However, when it came to certain classical novels I just could never get into it enough to finish and it just became a permanent ornamentation of my bookshelf (aka. the pantry). So I just gave up on them, until saw an audio book on amazon and couldn’t stop listening to it!
Personally, I enjoyed reading along while the narrator…narrated the novel. I got through it so fast and understood everything – it truly was amazing. You can check out a little excerpt from the novel War and Peace here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPAlSuzRHM4&index=6&list=LL0DEPTaiGqEMy8wl5k8g1Vw
You can find free audio books on YouTube, phone apps, Audible or the new kindle and listening option. Now, of course there are many classical novels I don’t have to do this with but for the difficult ones this was a wonderful solution. Also try not to limit yourself solely to classical novels, branch out if you enjoy audio books. I hope this post finds you well and you start “reading” more classical novels.